All in the same cloud
By Daniel Perciante
The fourth industrial revolution or Industry 4.0, as it is alternately called, is no stranger to modern machine builders. Today it is common for them to offer cloud services for remote monitoring of their products.
I will not mention brands but some examples. There are HVAC equipment, pneumatic systems, road machinery, generator sets, etc. etc. whose electronic control units are connected to the cloud to report their operating parameters. Sometimes they do it using electronics that are already integrated into the equipment, while in other cases they use external communication modules. In all these cases, manufacturers offer a web application or App to install on mobile devices that allows their customers to register their devices and monitor them remotely.
For the user, it is very good to be able to connect to the cloud of their equipment provider to configure, supervise them and even define alarms and notifications that are triggered automatically when something is not right. If the company works with a single brand of equipment, the above is great, but the reality is a bit more complex since each brand has its own platform in the cloud.
It is extremely inconvenient to have to use several independent platforms from each other; with different interfaces and even worse, with different functionalities. To this is added that the company’s staff must be trained to handle the different platforms. What finally happens is that there are several clouds but, in the middle of that storm, none are used.
Our specialty is integrating heterogeneous systems to our IoT platform. Taking available data from existing equipment and systems or installing suitable sensors when necessary, we make their infrastructure data available to our clients in a single cloud.
Regardless of how heterogeneous our clients’ infrastructure is, we take care of making all its data available on a single IoT platform.
About the author: Daniel Perciante
Researcher, Engineer and Entrepreneur.
Daniel is one of the founders of Nettra. Today he is Co-CEO and Commercial Director of the company. He is an electrical engineer with a doctorate in Engineering from the University of the Republic as well as a level II researcher of the National System of Researchers.
He has a particular interest in applied research for the generation of value and works actively to generate and deepen links between academia and industry in Uruguay. From Nettra he has participated in numerous technological research and development projects related to IoT and its applications.