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Thursday, June 09, 2016

Solar cell security system wins Intel and Dell IoT competition

By Nick Flaherty

Dell and Intel have unveiled the winners of their “Connect What Matters” IoT Contest.

Over the last six months, businesses large and small have been submitting interesting, practical, data-driven ideas. The overall platinum winner is V5 Systems which has developed a portable, solar-powered security and Industrial IoT system. The technology can be deployed without being tied to power or data cables for applications from law enforcement to agriculture to other outdoor uses. The portable units contain analytics, multiple sensors (including video, acoustic and chemical detection), power, computing and Wi-Fi and cellular communications. 

“As IoT moves from hype to reality, the diversity of applications and use cases among the IoT Innovation contest winners clearly demonstrates the value developers and customers can capture by implementing real IoT solutions,” said Jonathan Ballon, vice president in the Internet of Things Group (IOTG) and general manager of the Markets and Channels Acceleration Division from Intel. “Through our partnership, Dell and Intel are able to provide re-usable building blocks that will help these applications scale in the future.”

Gold winners include:
  • Eigen Innovations who built a video analytics solution that leverages thermal imaging cameras and PLC/sensor data for real-time process and quality control
  • Iamus used its IoT platform and facilities management expertise to build a unique smart streetlamp solution for various applications in smart city project.
  • applied its technology to turn a manually-dependent, subjective farming operation into a highly-instrumented and autonomous example of precision agriculture
  • RiptideIO created a packaged software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution designed to scale in small retail building spaces
  • Software AG built a predictive maintenance solution that includes in memory edge analytics for acting on collected machine data in real-time
Silver winners include AZLOGICA, Blue Pillar, Calibr8 Systems Inc, Daliworks, ELM Energy, Independent Automation, Onstream,PixController, Inc., PV Hardware and We Monitor Concrete.

Dell is expanding its year old IoT Partner Program with VMware, Nokia, Eurotech and others to address new opportunities as the market expands. “We’re proud of the progress that we’ve made this past year,” said Andy Rhodes, executive director, Commercial IoT Solutions, Dell. “With the launch of the Edge Gateway and Embedded Box PCs, our quickly growing partnership program and now our successful IoT Gateway Contest, our efforts underscore Dell’s deep commitment to driving IoT adoption for real world use.”

VMware has qualified its new Liota (Little IoT Agent) open-source software development kit (SDK) with Dell’s IoT hardware, providing customers with further choice for IoT gateway management and the ability to build apps on Dell’s gateway. Liota also acts as a bridge to VMware’s AirWatch and VMware vRealize Operations to allow customers to configure, monitor and deploy millions of things from one console, view device health and act on anomalies as they arise. With Liota open-source SDK, developers can write applications that interact with any data center component, over any transport, for any IoT gateway.

In the spirit of the program, three partners that have demonstrated differentiation have been promoted from the Registered to Associate tier. 
  • DGLogik offers an end-to-end platform for Industrial IoT and Building Automation applications with a particular focus on enabling the rapid creation of rich data visualizations with its DGLux offering. 
  • Exara is collaborating with Dell and Intel to deliver digital oil and gas production optimization solutions that leverage software-based edge data management technology. Exara’s software delivers machine data at any fidelity, any view and always on-demand to enterprise customers and applications without compromising existing industrial control system security or service levels. 
  • FogHorn’s platform is purpose-built to enable edge intelligence and analytics for gateways in Industrial IoT use cases, hosting high performance processing, analytics, and heterogeneous applications closer to control systems and physical sensors. Also joining the program as new Associate partners are KMC Controls, Eurotech, Nokia, and V5 Systems.

“Working together with our customers and partners, including gateway vendors such as Dell, VMware is paving a way for IoT innovation across industries,” said Bask Iyer, chief information officer, VMware. “Our Liota open source SDK provides the libraries to develop apps that connect and orchestrate data and control flows across things, gateways and the cloud.”

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