Digital Automation & IoT
Recent advances in electronic and digital technology have brought life to the idea of IoT. Industrial and home automation have become a reality and are making incredible progress daily. We have built our own IoT technology – hardware and software – and are able to design and implement custom automation solutions for your business.
Automation & IoT – What is IoT?
Technology is evolving faster than ever before, with many calling the Internet of Things (IoT) the fourth industrial revolution.
Digital or M2M automation is a blanket term used to describe any technology that enables networked devices to exchange information and perform actions without manual assistance from humans. In product restocking, for example, a soda machine will alert the distributor when a particular drink is about to run out. M2M communication is an important aspect of warehouse management, remote control, robotics, traffic control, organisational services, supply chain management, transport management and telemedicine and forms the foundation on which IoT is built.
A drawback of M2M devices is that they can only communicate on their own network, with their own exclusive protocol and parameters. IoT-based devices, on the other hand, communicate via the Internet, and are able to communicate between different devices from different vendors.
IoT takes M2M to the next level by replacing most actions traditionally required of the human operator. These actions vary from the mundane to the marvellous! It could mean your fridge ordering vegetables from your favourite grocer, setting your house alarm, reporting stock levels in the warehouse, indicating an emergency on the factory floor or even tracking the movement of workers on a railway line for their safety.
IoT is no longer a futuristic concept. It’s an essential business reality that every entrepreneur should consider implementing. Using gathered data helps you keep your finger on the pulse. You can keep track of goods, reduce loss and improve costs. You’re able to run your business proactively rather than reactively, as you’re alerted in advance when things need to be repaired, replaced or recalled. An enterprise that uses intelligent data analysis is sure to reap big operational dividends.
IoT is no longer a futuristic concept
How we do IoT
We’ve developed sensor devices that measure what’s happening in the immediate environment. We use a distributed cluster-type (star-to-star) network, with the centre of the star being our own secure cloud server.
What makes us different is that we use a common communication medium, which is available on nearly every smart phone in the world. This means end users can easily communicate with sensors, making the adoption process quick and simple. The way our technology is implemented allows us to use our sensors, collectors and central servers not only for sports data collection, but also for data collection in the industrial and commercial environment. The information, which shows trends and the history of an environment, is displayed in real time on beautifully designed dashboards.
we have developed sensor devices that measure what is happening in the immediate environment
What sets us apart from our competitors is that we’re able to build very specific solutions from start to finish. We develop the sensor (the on-site brain which relays the information to the Internet), the physical connection to the Internet, the programming of the server in the data centre (which receives the information) as well as the dashboard and warning system used to inform the end user of the status of the system.
The value is not only in real-time reporting and actioning, but in building a history from which data can be intelligently mined to enable the user to make more informed decisions in future, thus complementing strategy.
Because we work in specific industries and build specific solutions, we easily acquire an in-depth knowledge of all aspects surrounding the solution.
We’ve designed and are developing sensors and collectors with all their own software and hardware.
Future development will include more sensor types to collect more information for analysis. Our units have a long battery life and are designed to withstand water and dust ingress.
Our collected data is encrypted before it leaves a sensor. All our systems are designed to be secure at the start of the development process. This is done to minimise system downtime caused by nefarious activities. All collected data is sent to a server for analysis and storing, which is based in a secure data centre. Our software solution analyses the data to indicate trends, usage, stock levels or any other requirements our clients may have, and reports and updates the results accordingly.
Our current solutions provide the following information:
- dew point;
- barometric pressure;
- movement sensing;
- mechanism monitoring and controlling;
- GPS location;
- RF positional tracking.
What does it mean for your business
By using environmental data, you’re able to monitor usage of your product – see where and how it’s being used, what environment it’s being subjected to, improve service delivery, save time on unnecessary stock taking, improve product quality, environmental conditions and security and safety, and track products or people. For example, if you use sensors to monitor a heating unit, the temperature will be automatically adjusted as the ambient environment changes. When it’s cold your heating unit will generate more heat and if it’s a sunny day, it will run at a cooler temperature, saving electricity.
IoT gives retailers a better understanding of how consumers interact with products in the retail environment. Sensors on machines can see if something is trending towards poor quality. The problem can be addressed proactively – it’s about anticipation instead of reaction. If you can better understand consumers’ challenges, you can deliver a better product. This creates value for consumers, giving them power and control, and ultimately driving sales.