Siemens Redefining its Role in Industrial Digitalization

Siemens is leaving no stone un-turned while redefining the industrial digitisation. Today, around 900 software developers, data specialists and engineers are already working together with Siemens customers at these centres to develop digital innovations for data analysis and machine learning.

New solutions are being developed on MindSphere, Siemens’ open, cloud-based operating system for the Internet of Things (IoT). To be close to its customers, the company has distributed its 20 centres across around 50 locations in 17 countries worldwide. “We’re continuously expanding our leadership role in industrial digitisation,” said Joe Kaeser, Siemens President and CEO. “With our global experience in electrification and automation and our industrial software expertise, we’re generating optimal benefits for our customers – benefits that no other companies can replicate at such high levels of performance.”

Siemens has launched its MindSphere IoT operating system across the company about a year ago. Around one million devices and systems are now connected together via MindSphere, and this figure is to reach 1.25 million by the end of fiscal 2018. Beginning in January 2018, it will also be available on Amazon Web Services. This partnership brings Siemens and leading cloud solutions provider. As a result, users enjoy the benefits of a more powerful development environment, additional analysis functions and expanded connectivity. Industrial applications and digital services can be developed and run on MindSphere.

To further accelerate the innovation process, Siemens will again increase its research and development (R&D) expenditures in fiscal 2018 and invest an additional sum of around €450 million.   Read more…

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AI, Cognitive Technologies and IoT applications can help in India’s inclusive growth: Microsoft

Through technology, Microsoft has been successfully influencing the way citizens, enterprises and governments engage in healthcare services, agricultural practices, education and everyday work. Microsoft recently showcased several projects that make use of the company’s Internet of Things (IoT) applications, cloud-based artificial intelligence, cognitive services.

The world is today powered by an intelligent cloud and the intelligent edge. Some of the examples of transformative technology and IoT applications for a Digital India showcased were for agriculture, drinking water quality monitoring, and smart lighting etc.

Project FarmBeats is a research project for agriculture that enables seamless data collection from various sensors, cameras and drones. Next Microsoft and ICRISAT announced a pilot project of AI-based Sowing App for farmers. The program was expanded to touch more than 3000 farmers during the Kharif season of 2017 for a host of crops including groundnut, ragi, maize,etc. The Sowing App was developed to help farmers achieve optimal harvests by advising on the best time to sow using data about weather conditions, soil quality and other indicators.

Authorities across states have turned to IoT to monitor drinking water quality for its citizens. Using the power of the Microsoft cloud, IoT applications and data, the solution monitors the water quality. The solution is currently being used for Monitoring drinking water quality online by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (125 stations) and Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board(KUWSDB) in Hubli–Dharwad & Bijapur (3 stations) and Online sewage treatment and flow monitoring by Delhi Jal Board (36 stations) to name few.

Microsoft Azure IoT is also powering India’s first Smart Street Lighting Project for the pink city of Jaipur, underscoring Microsoft’s mission of transforming public spaces digitally. In 1998, Microsoft initiated Project Bhasha to provide local language computing in Indian languages. And, now it is using AI for local language computing.  Read more…

 

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IoT with IoTivity

The Internet of Things (IoT) is taking charge of the industry and our day-to-day lives. Interconnectivity between devices is simplifying, making networking a household phenomenon. For instance, a person staying abroad can monitor the safety of his elderly parents back home in India by remotely accessing and operating the security devices in his house—all thanks to the IoT connectivity.

Undoubtedly, there are millions of such vast networks that require a platform to connect and understand the architecture of connectivity. IoTivity is one such open source, free software that enables seamless device-to-device connectivity for the IoT.

IoTivity roadmap and designer

IoTivity works on the Ubuntu LTS version 12.04 OS for stack building. Its source codes are extracted from Git management software. The software uses Doxygen documentation tool to generate API documentation.

IoTivity provides a common IoT platform for all fields, especially industrial and automotive. This is made possible by establishing new communication protocols for connectivity across multiple transports. IoTivity provides a common platform not only for networking but also for system security.

A good API eases software development by providing the developer with all the building blocks. IoTivity framework APIs help developers access it in different languages and at multiple operating systems. This framework is helpful in discovery of devices even if these are placed remotely. IoTivity data transmission supports information exchange and data management to support collection, storage and analysis of data from any source.

Expansion into multiple domains (Image courtesy: https://i.ytimg.com)

Fig. 1: Expansion into multiple domains (Image courtesy: https://i.ytimg.com)

IoTivity tools and implementation

IoTivity is an Eclipse plugin tool designed to work on top of existing protocols such as Bluetooth, ZigBee, Z-wave and Wi-Fi Direct. Its framework includes hardware, OS, C++ API, C API, more bindings and high-level services.

IoTivity implements OIC security called secure resource manager, which has two main functions. In steady state operation, SRM filters resource requests, granting or denying based on configurable policies. Also, it manages security related services such as maintaining credentials, and loading and storing access control lists. At high level, SRM also carries out request filtering and secure virtual processes.

IoTivity is largely dependent on service provider and client controller perspectives.
Service provider perspective. The files for IoTivity can be simulated using RAML files. RAML files help in managing the API lifecycle from design to sharing. There are several graphical user interfaces provided for creation of OCF resources.

Simulating different OIC resources (Image courtesy: https://wiki.iotivity.org)

Fig. 2: Simulating different OIC resources (Image courtesy: https://wiki.iotivity.org)

IoTivity not only manages creation and deletion of simulated sources but also checks request handling and notifications. The IoTivity software handles the requests received and sent by the clients appropriately, sending reply to all. It has SDK support for Java API on Linux platform.

Client controller perspective. The client controller tool of IoTivity simulates the functionality of OCF client. It helps the user to find interested types in the given network so that resources can be changed. It also supports sending of automatic requests (GET/PUT/POST) to remote resources with the help of RAML file. The simulator helps the user to test the implementation by simulating real devices before purchasing them.

Block diagram of service provider and client controller perspectives (Image courtesy: https://wiki.iotivity.org/iotivity_simulator)

Fig. 3: Block diagram of service provider and client controller perspectives (Image courtesy: https://wiki.iotivity.org/iotivity_simulator)

To wrap up

Features like cross-platform support, uniform and easy-to-use APIs, open standards, support for multiple connectivity types and extensible support protocols make IoTivity a hard-to-resist tool. It provides seamless device-to-device connection throughout physical media, application layers and transports.

 

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Microsoft Aggressively Driving Digital Transformation in India

Microsoft is happy to share that it works with over 200,000 large, medium and small enterprises, 29 State Governments and over 5000 start-ups in the country. The last 18 months, were crucial for the company as their hybrid cloud enabled customers to start their digital transformation.

As the only provider of all three clouds – private, public and hybrid – Microsoft has now launched Azure Stack for India. Azure Stack is an extension of Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, and brings the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments and enables entirely new hybrid cloud scenarios. All the major Azure Stack partners HP, Dell, EMC, Lenovo and Cisco, have started shipping Azure Stack to customers in India.

Today, 70 of the top 100 Bombay Stock Exchange listed companies are now using Microsoft cloud. Considering the market potential, three of its 42 global datacenters regions are based out of India, namely Chennai, Pune and Mumbai. Not only this, Microsoft continues to be a certified cloud provider for Governments in India. With partners Microsoft will help customers utilize the full power of our cloud platform and use Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cognitive Intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT).     Read more…

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Telit Unveils AppZone 4.0

The Internet of Things (IoT) AppZone of Telit gets a new update, version 4.0. The new IoT AppZone 4.0 expands features for the well-established flagship AppZone C and adds new functionality including an emulator and support for Lua, a lightweight scripting language optimized for embedded systems that are constrained by limited processing power and resources.

The IoT AppZone is a complete solution for developers to create, debug and run embedded software on the application processor of the Telit IoT module. It is comprised of an Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE) rounded out by IoT targeted tools, libraries, online documentation and sample code. The new framework also enhances support for static libraries that simplify management of complex software projects and integration of existing code base.

As a cross-platform framework, AppZone C enables code portability across several products and technologies. IoT AppZone 4.0 delivers highly scalable solutions meeting cost and performance targets for complex business cases like sensor nets, thin monitors and ultra-light trackers. With the addition of the Lua scripting language, developers can create code to run the BlueMod 42 family of BLE modules.

The IoT AppZone 4.0 is fully integrated with Telit services. It provides extensive, easy-to-use resources for apps to collect edge information, send data securely to the cloud, publish or interface with enterprise systems, over-the-air update and manage firmware, applications, configuration files and security.    Read more…

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