Amplía teams up with Sigfox to boost the merchandises tracking

Amplía teams up with Sigfox to boost the merchandises tracking

Amplía teams up with Sigfox to boost the merchandises tracking

As result of this collaboration, the companies have presented an IoT solution that allows registering the location and status of the assets and remotely access information on the devices.

Amplía, OpenGate IoT Platform Provider, has joined Sigfox to develop a comprehensive, global and massive solution for the monitoring of any type of merchandise.

Thanks to the combination of both technologies, companies can obtain the location of their assets in real time, view their location on a map, remotely collect all types of events and access information on all their devices instantly. It also allows access to the history of the data, something especially useful in making business decisions.

Rebecca Crowe, Spain Country Manager at Sigfox, explains:

“Monitoring the status of assets in real time is key for the industry, since it not only facilitates the detection of incidents, minimizing their impact, but also helps to locate points of improvement that configure a more profitable experience for the client.”

“Thanks to the support and versatility of OpenGate, and our low-power, low-cost connectivity, we have been able to configure a solution that will significantly simplify and expedite merchandise management.”

These are the main functions to which the IoT solution of Sigfox and Amplía gives access:

  • Visualize your routes in an exact way, being able to see the route the goods take and where they are at any time.
  • Analyze online and in real time the routes to know if the marked route is being followed or if there is going to be delay.
  • Control the quality of the supply chain by monitoring the temperature cycle and detecting vibrations, shocks or any other parameter that may affect the merchandise.
  • Issue alarms in case the quality of the supply is not within the minimum parameters established.

Javier Martínez, director at amplía:
“This collaboration is key to amplía, since it allows to offer solutions that until now were difficult to make due to the low return of investment offered to customers. The key points to enable these solutions are the cost savings in communications, the long life of the batteries, and the single rate without roaming. All these make possible adjusted costs in the devices and in the overall solution”.

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How to evaluate process and quality data to boost your production

Worker in factory at metal skip machine putting work piece in press.

As a Solution Architect, the author Henryk Fischer works on creating new Industry 4.0 solutions close to the customer and is responsible for the Unide open source project at the Eclipse Foundation. He was also involved in setting up the customer project with Promess and Bosch, described in the use case below.

How can you judge the quality of a process and take steps to improve it ? The first step is to get a thorough understanding of the process. But I think this shouldn’t be something new for you. However, getting this understanding can be a real challenge sometimes – especially when working with closed processes that are highly complex. Think about the production of manufacturing parts like spark plugs, windshield wipers, or high-pressure pumps! Is there an easy way to create transparency within these production processes?

Yes, there is: Dedicated software for monitoring process quality increases the transparency of the production process . The software makes it possible to digitally map and analyze manufacturing processes and take appropriate measures for boosting product quality.

A standardized machine language for process and quality data

To analyze this wide range of different manufacturing processes you need a common “language” for the process and quality data. This common format needs to be independent both of the process in question and of the software program used to perform the analysis. The great news is: Such a format already exists! The Production Performance Management Protocol already offers a standardized format for measurement values and machine feedback . The Eclipse Unide community, that created the protocol, expanded it now to include a new type of notification: the process message.

How do I use it in practice ?

Now, the Production Performance Management Protocol makes it possible to summarize processes in a single message, which the respective Industry 4.0 solution can then work with further. The message abstracts the actual process, e.g. pressing, welding, or tightening, regardless of type.

But which kinds of data does a process message include so that the software can then evaluate as needed? Let’s take the example of a pressing process:

  • For one thing, the process message contains information about the device that carries out the process. In this example, this could be information about the press.
  • It also contains details about the process itself. This can be program data or shut-off values that determine when the press needs to terminate the process.
  • And it delivers information on the finished parts or batches, for example, the ID of a metal part, that has been pressed.

This links the process data to the quality data and ensures a better understanding of the evaluated processes as well as of the correlations between process parameters and product quality.

Infographic shoing how the PPMP works.

Structure of the Production Performance Management Protocol process message.

What are measurement values and special values?
Measurement values describe the process sequence. They, in turn, are split into phases characterized by special values; for example, values for how long to maintain a certain level of force, or extremes in a defined range. Based on this data, the software can quickly evaluate process quality without having to analyze the entire process curve.

How Bosch & Promess are visualizing and evaluating ECU pressing processes

The Bosch plant in Ansbach makes electronic control units (ECUs) for airbag, ABS, and ESP systems. Mechatronic presses made by manufacturer Promess assemble the individual components of these ECUs. With the help of the Production Performance Management Protocol data is extracted from the proprietary control units of the presses and sent directly to a software that is evaluating the process and quality data. At Ansbach plant, they use the Production Performance Manager for this evaluation.

Screenshot Production Performance Manager

Evaluation of pressing processes at the plant in Ansbach. In the software, you can click on the green and red bars at the top and get a visualization of the force/position curves for every single process.

Promess is one of the first machine manufacturers to have independently implemented the Production Performance Management Protocol for process and quality data. This saves the company the time and cost of developing special gateways or integrators for extracting process data for the end user (the plant). The Promess presses now send their data directly to the appropriate software.

Why does the evaluated process data not need a common point of reference, such as time?
Time references are not strictly necessary for visualizing this data. In contrast, continuous measurement values are always captured in relation to time (e.g. temperature progression of cooling water). As a result, users can correlate non-time-based values (for example, force to position).

Based on the data from the control units of the presses the ideal form of each process is defined and thus serves as a reference for each and every pressing operation in the plant. The software enables users to evaluate each process directly and immediately based on the complete set of raw process data. Previously, this was possible only by random sampling in the downstream quality assurance phase. Furthermore, the resulting transparency of historical data makes it possible to identify parameters that are critical to the process but have thus far gone undetected.


More from Henryk Fischer

Video: Get an easy explanation of the Production Performance Management Protocol.

Listen to Henryk introducing Eclipse Unide – A way to establish an open Industry 4.0 standard in this webcast from the Eclipse virtual IoT meetup.

Looking for something more hands-on? In this video Henryk gives you an overview on what it’s like to hack with the Production Performance Manager.

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Bell uses IoT to boost production at Canadian winery

Bell uses IoT to boost production at Canadian winery

Canadian telecommunications giant Bell has teamed up with BeWhere Technologies and Huawei to kit out a winery with connected technology.

Bell, BeWhere and Huawei are currently implementing an automated IoT system at the Henry of Pelham vineyard in St Catherines, Ontario in a bid to transform planning and sustainability. The partners announced the news with the support of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Bell has provided the winery with a range of wireless environmental sensors, connected to its LTE-M network. These sensors monitor temperature and water levels, prevent vine disease and improve the health of plants, the firm said.

With this project, the winery will be able to lower its operating costs and make use of years of data gathering and insights.

Read more: Verizon teams with ITK to bring IoT to three California vineyards

IoT to the rescue

Kathleen Wynne, premier of Ontario, commended the project. “Ontario’s technology sector is leading the way when it comes to developing solutions that can promote sustainability, grow our economy and create opportunities for our people,” she said.

“This new IoT pilot shows the innovation that can be achieved when internationally recognised companies like Huawei partner with world-class Ontario businesses like Bell Mobility, BeWhere and Henry of Pelham and leverage the incredible talent of our province’s highly skilled workers.”

Matthew Speck, owner of Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery, said that there are a number of challenges faced by vineyard owners, but that IoT technology can help them overcome them.

“Unexpected adverse weather conditions can impact quality, yield and mortality of our crops. Bell’s solution will increase the density of our environmental monitoring,” he said.

“We’ll be able to automatically act on temperature inversions by turning on fans when temperatures change, ensuring the health of our grapes and an optimal product for our customers.

“The solution is not only economical and scalable, it gives growers a good view of the vines’ temperature needs to improve quality and drive sustainability.”

Read more: Winemaker uses drones and IoT to boost crop production

Big possibilities

Claire Gillies, vice president of Bell Mobility, said: “Bell’s leadership in LTE-M wireless technology and in the IoT space is a result of our continued investment and innovation in broadband communications networks and services.

“The LTE-M network enables smart sensors to collect and send data over a wider range and with much better battery life – a perfect fit for Henry of Pelham, wineries and growers across the country and many other industries.”

Connected technology is a big focus for Bell. In June, it unveiled plans to launch an LTE-M wireless network to cater for the growing amount of devices being connected to the internet.

LTE-M can support IoT technologies such as smart city services, smart metering, home automation, weather and environmental monitoring, asset tracking, supply chain management and security monitoring. It offers low power consumption and better coverage.

Read more: Chilean winery PengWine adds IoT marketing to the blend

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Amdocs and Gemalto join forces to boost the eSIM consumer market

Amdocs and Gemalto join forces to boost the eSIM consumer market

Amdocs and Gemalto join forces to boost the eSIM consumer market

A cloud-based solution providing consumers with a vastly simpler experience connecting IoT devices to their MNO.

Amdocs and Gemalto today announce a best-in-class integrated industry platform that provides consumers with a simple, more intuitive and hassle-free experience in connecting eSIM-equipped smartphones, wearables and future Internet of Things (IoT) devices to their mobile network operator (MNOs).

The many players in the IoT eco-system, including device manufacturers, retailers and developers, now have a single technology bridge to the growing eSIM market.

The new device-agnostic cloud solution, enables MNOs to keep pace with the consumer’s appetite for the ever-growing range of smart devices and Internet of Things (IoT) available. This is achieved by protecting the MNOs business critical systems from lengthy and costly integrations and instead requiring simple, one-time integration only to the SaaS solution on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. It provides MNOs with the cutting-edge capabilities to both manage the eSIM profile download and the subscription of the new profile to the customer contract, a process which today is done separately and can cause a cumbersome, manual consumer experience.

Yuval Mayron, general manager of the Amdocs IoT Division, said:

“With the high-growth, emerging Internet of Things (IoT) opportunity, enabling MNOs to provide consumers with a fast and simple way to complete network registration of their latest IoT device is critical to delivering a next generation digital experience.”

“The joint Amdocs and Gemalto solution features a state-of-the-art, highly scalable and flexible cloud-based platform that supports current and future standards so that MNOs can enjoy the evolution with minimum risk.”

“With the acceleration of the digitalization of the consumer mobile journey, the integration of Gemalto’s On-Demand Connectivity subscription management platform and the Amdocs eSIM Orchestrator will enable mobile operators to embrace eSIM opportunities for consumer devices,” said Frédéric Vasnier, Executive Vice President Mobile Services and IoT for Gemalto.
“In particular it has been designed to provide a best-in-class digital customer experience through smoother activation, and easier device onboarding and replacement.”

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Make an Arduino-controlled boost gauge for your racing sim dash

If you’re really serious about car racing games, at some point you may want to upgrade your instruments from being on-screen to physically residing in your living room.

While this would appear to be an arduous task, displaying your in-game boost level on a physical gauge is actually as easy as connecting a few wires to an Arduino Nano, then using SimHub to tie everything together.

As seen in the video below around 2:45, it looks like a lot of fun! While a boost gauge by itself might not be as immersive costly sit-inside racing sims, one could see where this type of hack could lead to ever more impressive DIY accessories.

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