Colaboration for Wireless Communication Solutions

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Colaboration for Wireless Communication Solutions

Advantech, Behr Technologies, Hitachi Solutions America, and Microsoft announced that the companies are collaborating to deliver wireless communication solutions with high scalability, reliability, and security for private industrial Internet of Things networks. Since no single technology provider can enable IIoT alone, this joint effort can provide the first mass-market, end-to-end wireless gateway solution to ensure connectivity with sensors for production-level industrial and commercial applications. The solution will deliver scalability, deep building penetration, integration and interoperability with legacy systems, along with long battery life for nodes.
This collaboration aims to meet growing demand in the marketplace for robust and comprehensive out-of-the-box wireless IIoT communications solutions to connect various sensors. The foundation for the joint effort is BTI MIOTY, a low-power, wide-area network communications solution that is the first to use the ETSI standard telegram splitting ultra-narrow band (TS-UNB) technical specification for low throughput networks. Using Advantech gateways, BTI MIOTY will transmit up to 1.5 million messages per day within a radius of five to 15 kilometers, without carrier requirements. Layered atop this infrastructure, Hitachi Solutions’ IoT Service Hub will enable organizations to connect and monitor devices and analyze the data in real time to dramatically improve operational efficiencies.
The first application resulting from this collaboration for Wireless Communication Solutions is an approach to workforce safety: Using a wearable device to monitor the heart rate of workers in industrial high-risk environments, data on the health of hundreds of workers is transmitted over unlicensed, sub-gigahertz frequencies via BTI MIOTY to a Advantech base station. From there, it is communicated to the Microsoft Cloud, where Hitachi Solutions’ IoT Service Hub can provide actionable insights on workers’ health and send alerts when workers are in danger. Employers, such as mining site operators, can deploy this end-to-end solution to protect their workforce with unprecedented responsiveness at a fraction of the cost of previously available technologies.
“Through this collaboration with Microsoft, Hitachi Solutions, and BTI, we are working to deliver an integrated IIoT solution,” said Stephen Huang, associate vice president of Advantech’s Embedded IoT Group.

Our Edge Intelligence Server provides a device-to-cloud solution at the edge. With WISE-PaaS EdgeSense IoT software built into the gateway, we can provide connectivity and manageability at the edge to simplify IIoT applications.

The BTI MIOTY contribution to the overall, end-to-end ecosystem with Microsoft, Hitachi Solutions, and Advantech gives customers an out-of-the-box IIoT solution that provides critical machine data and telemetry in areas they cannot currently access,

said Albert Behr, chief executive officer of Behr Technologies Inc.

BTI MIOTY has been specifically developed for massive and lowest-cost LPWAN communications and is poised to be the commercial standard for wireless IIoT connectivity. The use cases are endless and it will deliver a wireless IIoT solution that is unparalleled in the market.

Through this collaboration, we can add our unique and advanced analytics-based business value to the solution,

said Craig Burbidge, senior vice president of Hitachi Solutions America.

With our IoT Service Hub as the platform, customers will be able to aggregate and analyze equipment telemetry data in real time. The actionable insights provided will allow them to be more predictive and proactive, ensuring a safer and more productive environment with more efficient and cost-effective operations.

With Azure services and BTI MIOTY, customers can implement cost-effective and highly scalable solutions to facilitate the ‘last mile’ of communication for messages delivered from sensors to the Cloud,

said, Rashmi Misra, general manager, IoT Solutions at Microsoft.

Working with our broad partner ecosystem, we are ushering in a new era of IoT communication that will enable organizations around the world to realize the promise of industrial automation in ways that were not previously possible.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Hitachi Solutions America

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