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Solution Design

We take your unique operational requirements and build a bespoke solution for you, ensuring maximum impact and RoI.

We'll explain how we do this through the simple example below.


The Problem


HVAC is by far one of the biggest energy consumers within an operation, such as retail, or offices spaces.

Someone comes into the meeting room, switches the AC on, and begins their meeting. However, when the meeting is over, everyone leaves, and usually the AC is left on, cooling a room nobody is in, wasting energy and money.

What's the solution?
"When everyone leaves the meeting, the AC is usually left on to cool a room nobody is in, wasting energy and money."
"What is then super cool, is that through the EMS, you can watch the energy usage drop, and see the carbon and costs saved."

The Solution


The EMS observes, live, how much energy the building is consuming. Within a meeting room, occupancy, door (open / close) humidity and temperature sensors are installed to watch and learn. With the technology list above installed, now watch what happens. People leave the meeting room and leave the AC on. The door sensor knows the door has been opened and then closed, which then speaks to the occupancy sensors, who says "there has been no movement within the room for the last 5 minutes".

The humidity and temperature sensors know that the room is at a temperature of 16c, even though outside its 21c (hence why the AC is on), the sensors within the room then send a signal to the control unit, which is connected to the AC, which then switches off the AC, remotely, without any human intervention at all.

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Different & Diverse
IoT Solutions

What does it take to develop IoT solutions, and how do you establish the right architecture? IoT solution design is quite different from typical IT solutions in that it bridges the physical world of Operations Technology (OT) with sensors, actuators and communication devices, and the digital world of Information Technology (IT) with data, analytics, workflows, and applications.

The diversity of use cases and operational requirements creates an array of IoT Endpoints, communication protocols, data management, and analytics technologies, as well as corresponding deployment topologies.

And that’s just for establishing the foundation. The real value of IoT comes from turning data into insight, and making it actionable to drive smarter operations or launch new products and services. This fuels the need for IoT data that empower users to act upon insight, by combining sensor data, data residing in enterprise systems such as ERP, CRM, and PLM, and even 3rd party services such as weather and traffic data.

The Nitty Gritty

Every scenario is different and we work with your exact requirements to create a solution that works!


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Things
Common endpoints are physical products like cars, jet engines, and lighting systems. Sometimes they're even other ‘things’ like livestock, crops, human beings, or spatial areas like rooms or outdoor space.
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Sensors
Collect and report data on the actual status of things to which they’re connected. Sensors could be mounted on, or embedded in, things to monitor temperature, pressure, light, motion, location, etc.
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Actuators
Control the physical or logical state of a product through signals they get from IoT sensors or other systems, like opening a valve, or turning a camera, motor or light on/off. This includes commands sent to embedded software e.g. to reboot or update configurations.
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Agents
Components that mediate between a set of IoT devices and act as a bridge between the sensors/actuators and the cloud, deciding what data to send and when. In reverse, they also process commands and updates coming from the cloud.
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Edge Computing Device
Distributed architecture processed at the edge of the network. Transmitting massive amounts of raw data over a network puts tremendous load on resources. In some cases, it is much more efficient to process data near its source and send only valuable data.
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Communication
Physical layer and communication protocols are distinguished. At the physical layer, gateways, mobile devices, mesh networks and direct (or broadcast) device communication are alternatives that may or may not be suitable depending on the use case.
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