In the United States alone there are over 26 million commercial vehicles on the roadways and in operations1, ranging across the spectrum of logistics and heavy moving equipment to agriculture equipment and waste management vehicles. In today’s connected enterprises, these commercial fleets are managed through tightly integrated operational systems that perform a multitude of services, including fleet management (automatic vehicle location, asset tracking, route optimization), monitoring of vehicle health and diagnostics, vehicle operator console operations, electronic data recording, and video capture. These systems improve operational efficiencies, reduce costs, and enable delivery of enhanced services.
Enabling technology for all of these applications is the “Mobile Edge”, the ability to extend an enterprise’s operational systems to mobile computing platforms on deployed fleet vehicles. A variety of options present themselves to both operators deploying these systems and technology companies offering communications solutions to those operators. In choosing the right solution for the Mobile Edge, the operator or integrator must consider both hardware and software aspects of their system requirements.
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Imagine how many times that expression is heard every day. It likely conjures up images of a Swish Viennese Cafè but the truth is vending machine technology has advanced significantly to include coffee and a myriad of other snack options. In the U.S. alone the vending machine business is a $7 billion industry with more than 5 million machines and forecasters suggest by the end of the year there will be more than 53 million machines globally.
The same machine that dispenses coffee can dispense soft drinks, water, candy bars, chips and other snacks. In the past the items vending machines actually did dispense was hit and miss based on what was actually available, if you had the right coins and if they were actually accepted by the tin box in front of you. In those distant days you probably thought – who on earth manages these vending machines, why don’t they ever work, why don’t they have what I want and when is the service technician coming?
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With headline like these:
Tesco stores throw out food after fridges fail
Families fill car boots and suitcases with food thrown out by Tesco after supermarket fridges break down in the heat
is it not time that organisations with existing base of refrigeration assets turned to the Internet of Things to put in place retro fitted sensors to monitor the performance and key indicators on. Identifying potential problems early can help to reduce failure rates and save on energy, food waste and potentially damaging headlines.
With Everyware Cloud – the M2M / IoT Integration Platform – and Intelligent Edge Gateways Eurotech can help customers connect and monitor any type of asset.
The IoT cloud connectivity for existing refrigeration assets let organizations to monitor in real-time parameters like:
- Power consumption
- Inside and outside temperature and humidity
- Motor vibration
- Door open / close
- Leakage detection
- Refrigerant pressure
- Compressor vibration
Knowing the assets’ status, the organizations can quickly react to prevent a failure or minimizing its consequences.
While many M2M/IoT systems are complex, an environmental monitoring system provides an excellent example for the various sensors and devices that must be combined to create a cohesive M2M/IoT system. Consider a cloud connected environmental monitoring system with high precision air pollution sensors and real time data access. The system must be rugged and compact to withstand the elements and designed to monitor traffic, industrial, construction and urban areas for temperature, gaseous pollutants, particulates, electromagnetic fields, radioactivity, and sound pollution. To add another layer of complexity, the system must be built to seamlessly connect to the cloud and send data from the field to the business application in real time.
The M2M/IoT marketplace is full of hundreds of piecemeal technologies that can be cobbled together from different vendors to form a solution, but the environmental monitoring system is best developed using the Multi-Service Gateway approach (Figure 1).
Figure 1: Multi-Service Gateways consolidate multiple business–relevant tasks.
A Multi-Service Gateway is ideally suited for the environmental monitoring system to connect sensors, actuators, and meters to the business enterprise. It enables bidirectional communication between the field and the cloud and offers local processing and storage capabilities to provide offline services and near real time management and control of the devices in the field.
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The edge of the IoT is where solutions connect, communicate and interact using sensors, actuators, gateways, agents and controllers. As technology advances vendors are touting “advanced management capabilities” for these devices at the edge. These capabilities vary, ranging from the simple ability to turn a device on and off to more complex actions such as updating software, managing Wifi connections, configuring security policies or changing data parameters.
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IoT projects present many challenges, even when the hardware is designed exactly to customer specifications. Building on proven architecture and software building blocks that would require many years to develop, the use of a Java-based IoT application framework will result in shorter, more deterministic device software development. Using an IT-centric approach to implement the device logic in smart edge devices improves both device management and embedded application management. Once this standard software platform is in place, connecting and getting business relevant data to the cloud is simpler than it ever has been before.
An advanced software framework that leverages OSGi and Java both isolates the developer from the complexity of the hardware and communications infrastructure and also complements the Multi-Service Gateway hardware for an integrated hardware and software solution.
The benefits of IT-centric application development to implement business logic in smart edge devices/service gateways are:
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It’s easy to slip into the habit of thinking of the Internet of Things as a highly technical, industrial tool at home in factories, or fleets of high powered vehicles, but who’d have thought it can also help plants grow?
It can be near impossible to predict what any one growing season will bring. So much is at the mercy of the weather, availability or certification of crop protection products and numerous other factors which have to be given a ‘best guess’ in order to plan for them. The best way to predict the most likely outcome in any season is, of course, experience.
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We constantly read that as healthcare improves, and mortality rates shrink, our world is becoming more and more overpopulated. We are told that we are using natural resources faster than they can rejuvenate and that climate change is set to devastate the world in which we live in just a few short decades. So how can we quantify the impact each of us has on our environment? We’re all familiar with the term ‘carbon footprint’ but what does it mean to us really? If we could see, in real time, the immediate impact we have on our surroundings, maybe we’d be more likely to change our behaviour for the better. Measuring people traffic has already become a key intelligence metric for retail, transportation, logistics and many other industries. Correlating real-time people patterns with other business metrics of course leads to powerful insights on sales conversion rates as well as the best way to optimise distribution of assets. What has gone previously unexploited is the opportunity to establish the effect of growing numbers of people on the environment and resources around us.
At EclipseCON 2014, Eurotech collaborated with Actuate and the Eclipse Foundation to produce a real time, real life demonstration of just how easily an IoT solution can not only be built and implemented, but can actually start providing meaningful data.
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Sports are fun. Fun to play, fun to watch, and I hear they can even be fun to coach. When I was kid running cross-country, the biggest challenge was getting up the killer hill on the Montpelier, VT high school course. My kids played different sports growing up, where they were getting into tight quarters, battling for a puck or ball with one or more players at a time. Their challenges in the midst of a competition required serious pads and gear to protect their growing bodies. I know from experience as a parent how important it is to protect all athletes from concussion and injury, from the youngest lacrosse player to the professional football player.
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As new technology evolves, it is not uncommon for both vendors and customers to jump on the bandwagon before thinking about the overarching issues, such as security. The Internet of Things presents a whole new set of security concerns – from the device side to the cloud and everywhere in between. Security is all too often an afterthought in IoT deployments.
Eurotech has been considering IoT security from the start and we believe in thinking about IoT security holistically. Our priority is to maintain customer trust and confidence by ensuring the integrity, availability and confidentiality of customer data. There is no singular IoT security solution, however creating a secure system is a step by step process to ensure total data integrity.
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