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“What seems like a crazy idea today eventually grows. It’s a ‘with hindsight’ thing. One day, someone will turn around and say, ‘That was genius’.– Natalie Massenet

Overview

Although many people will say “we have had devices connected in the field for years”, the IIoT/IoT growth predicted by industry analysts wasn’t really about them.  In many ways, these people/companies were visionaries and ahead of their time – and they could  justify the cost of the equipment at the costs of the last decade.  The newest trends are more a result in of the convergence in the reduction of component costs, data communication costs and coverage, and easier access to enterprise systems that are likely to lead to paradigm shifts in whole industries – up and down the supply chain.  Because the investments and expenses have to be justified, there are still hurdles to be overcome, but the hurdles are lower and the extent of the impact is so widespread it is yet to be fully appreciated.

Key InsIIoTs

A couple big things stood out in 2016:

An increasing number of companies have explored wireless technology options for IIoT and those that have found their way to LoRa appear to have done some of the most extensive research, testing, and evaluation.  LoRa appears to be leading the pack for distributed devices in industrial settings.

Affordable sensors, that are also robust, are making the ability to detect, monitor, and report on field operations parameters accessible to an increasing number of applications that could not previously justified the expense.  As these solutions fall into the sub $100 range, managers and directors (and field staff) are starting to imagine all the things that would fundamentally change how they get “the job” done.

Scalable flexibility in a plug-n-play end-to-end solution that can use existing resources from an enterprise, or leverage a “one stop shop” installation, are increasingly being demanded by organizations looking to get something in place quickly, inexpensively, and with high reliability (low risk).

Conclusion

With the number of corporations customizing new connected products for 2017, the rate of new enterprise-wide initiatives for remote monitoring, and the growing appreciation for “complete solutions”, expect 2017 to be a period of great acceleration in the IIoT market.

“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Overview

The mightiest of forces in the world are the result of massive numbers of some of the tiniest forces.  For example, colonies of ants can move mountains of dirt, 75,000 people can build an epic canal, untold quantities of sand can create land where it did not exist before.  All of these, at scale, are game changers when the forces are coordinated and leveraged in an organized way.  The result is a paradigm shift in what is perceived as possible.  So to is the impact that remote monitoring and control of seemingly the smallest of events can provide when considered in aggregate over time.

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Game Changing

Consider the simple case of placing devices across 10,000’s of locations to detect rare and unlikely events, that should they happen (if left unresolved) could be catastrophic to persons, animals, property, and/or earnings.  The effort required to get humans mobilized and disciplined enough to tirelessly, continuously, and consistently observe and report on the status of all these locations would not only be cost prohibitive, but also result in spotty and unreliable reporting.

Employing inexpensive and distributed technology like Cellio, on the other hand, is an affordable and reliable approach that at scale can be counted on to report events ranging from rare to regular no matter the environment.  For example, consider light posts or streetlights across a city or state.   Knowing that all the lights have power can provide confirmation that everything is GREEN – for those rare cases where power is lost it is important to dispatch resources as quickly as possible to address the outage and provide alternative traffic control to avoid unnecessary accidents.  When power is restored, the system updates the status to GREEN and attention can confidently be focused on items other than wondering if power to traffic control is at risk.

Bonus 1 – Control:  With a technology like Cellio deployed, the additional element of control is also accessible using the same installed hardware.  Remote control can be used to turn on emergency lights, sound an alarm, or activate other equipment like a back-up generator.

Bonus 2 – Advanced Analytics:  Although some simple math can be performed on the data in real-time, advanced analytics can be leveraged to show various trends, areas for improvements, opportunities for increased efficiencies, and optimizing investments/savings.

Bonus 3 – Tier -1 Support:  Built into the system is the ability to anticipate some failure modes before they occur.  Reported data from the equipment and deployed sensors can be leveraged in advance of  a reported event to anticipate and alert service personnel to resolve before they turn into situations that could impact operations.

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Conclusion

The Cellio Wireless Network has been designed to be quick, affordable, and high quality.  Cellio Wireless Transceivers allow the Cellio system and customers to quickly and easily expand existing systems with as many sensors and controllers as they like (with minimal incremental expense).   The data collected in the back-end data system can be easily and rapidly mapped and provided for view on PC’s, tablets, smartphones, etc. both via browser views as well as automatically generated native mobile app views.  Sharing and modifying the dashboard views is quick and easy.  All of this is available and in place today.  There is a saying that you should “Inspect what you expect”.    The best way to inspect all of the important data points in the enterprise is to deploy Cellio to monitor and report on them regularly as well as to alert you when there is a change in status.  These insights into your enterprise provide a peace of mind that is worth its weight in gold.  Cellio puts the MIIoT of IIoT in your hands!

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Overview

From a business perspective, one of the most powerful approaches to growth is to choose those things that keep or create as many options as possible. Given the uncertainties from market forces, evolving technologies, and real cost constraints, having agility to adapt and change is superior to locking into path(s) with few options.  Of course, amidst the sea of options, it is also important to have a clear path to get a foundation in place and leverage the benefits of the investment as quickly as possible to justify the investment of time and talent. Depending on the business, the more broadly the investment serves the greatest number of areas of the business the greater the return and the greater the perceived value of the strategic decision. Cellio was conceived and implemented with these types of options in mind – all to help an organization “where it is”.

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The RIIoT Options at the RIIoT Time

Imagine the three following scenarios:

  1. An organization already has a number of sensors/systems deployed in the field but they all required different portals and credentials to access, no one has the time to try to log in every day to get the data and then try to integrate it into a unified view to figure out what is important versus what isn’t. The value of sensors/systems is far from being fully utilized or maximized.
  2. An organization is needing something simple and a relatively small scale to demonstrate that their idea to remote monitor/control equipment in the field will provide the kind of data, alerts, and analytics that will justify investing in a much larger enterprise deployment – but they need to get it done with limited upfront resources and need to guarantee success of the initial pilot effort. They know that with the initial results they will be able to assemble a compelling business case for the full investment.
  3. An organization has large corporate enterprise systems already in place, they have existing products in the market, but the products are not yet enabled as connected devices. They would like, with very limited risk, rapid market deployment, and end-to-end capabilities to migrate their products to increasingly offer higher value services and new revenue streams to the business.

With Cellio, all three of these scenarios (and more) are not only possible, but anticipated, by the Cellio ecosystem. Whether it is simply taking existing data streams from devices and assembling a unified view of the data, starting with a small pilot and knowing that the success will drive a need for rapid scale, or that a retrofit into existing products is needed quickly while the established systems are adapted for the new paradigm – all of these options exist in the Cellio platform.

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Conclusion

The Cellio Wireless Network has been designed to be quick, affordable, and high quality. Cellio Wireless Transceivers allow the Cellio system and customers to quickly and easily expand existing systems with as many sensors and controllers as they like (with minimal incremental expense).  The data collected in the back-end data system can be easily and rapidly mapped and provided for view on PC’s, tablets, smartphones, etc. both via browser views as well as automatically generated native mobile app views. Sharing and modifying the dashboard views is quick and easy. All of this is available and in place today. There is a saying that you should “Inspect what you expect”.  With so much uncertainty about the future directions of technologies, wouldn’t you prefer to have a platform with as many options built in as possible?

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Overview

Freedom of Choice. The choice to go with an integrated/optimized solution with little to no risk of delays and almost guaranteed successful deployment in days or weeks. The choice to customize your own solution to your heart’s content. Freedom to chose those elements you want to manage yourself vs. allowing Cellio to manage them all “out of the box.” Whether it is a turn-key end-to-end application specific solution where you drop it in and it works, or you need something as customized as a modified Transceiver device to fit your specific application, Cellio puts the power in your hands.

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Power to the People

Although Cellio Transceivers, connected to sensors and controllers, are primarily gathering data that report status, levels, alarms, and other important information to the back-end, the real power is when the most important information is provided timely and directly to the people that need the information – in the manner in which they need it for it to be useful. From the selection of sensors, to the organization of the Transceivers, to the communication to the back-end, to the data hosting, dashboarding, analytics, and alerts/notifications – most anything a user would need to increase their efficiency can be automated through the Cellio system. For example, some users have expressed their dissatisfaction with systems that send out too much information and therefor create MORE work for them to sift through oceans of data. Cellio, whether through immediate alerts, dashboarding, texts, emails, notifications, or communications with other enterprise systems can great simply focusing on the data and information that matters for better and more timely decision making. Ideally, you can leverage Cellio to help with automation and optimizing the flow of processes to make operations smoother, more predictable, and more visible. Cellio is also there 24/7 to keep a watchful eye on situations that may go out-of-bounds and need more immediate attention. Again, there are out of the box settings that can be initially leveraged by users, or they can be specifically configured for the unique environments in which Cellio is utilized. Additionally, Cellio can be used for retrofit installations and applications with many sensors and equipment already in the field, or Cellio can be paired with brand new devices to assure consistency of support and maintenance across large enterprises. All of these attributes make Cellio one of the most affordable options for an end-to-end IIoT platform for organizations of all sizes and types.

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Conclusion

The Cellio Wireless Network has been designed to be quick, affordable, and high quality. Cellio Wireless Transceivers allow the Cellio system and customers to quickly and easily expand existing systems with as many sensors and controllers as they like (with minimal incremental expense).  The data collected in the back-end data system can be easily and rapidly mapped and provided for view on PC’s, tablets, smartphones, etc. both via browser views as well as automatically generated native mobile app views. Sharing and modifying the dashboard views is quick and easy. All of this is available and in place today. There is a saying that you should “Inspect what you expect”.  If you are looking to control your own destiny in the near or long term with an IIoT platform, you need to take a hard look at Cellio. You could have your IIoT solution up and running tomorrow and then customize it as your needs and technology evolve. Don’t you prefer having a choice?

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Overview

Enterprise Industrial Internet of Things => Enterprise IIoT => EIIoT is the natural expectation of organizations that want to create a paradigm shift by setting the tempo in their market for themselves and their competitors. While so many organizations in IoT have focused on pieces and parts of the elusive EIIoT, Cellio has invested in bringing together the necessary elements in an integrated end-to-end turnkey offering that provides for everything an Enterprise should expect in an IIoT solution;

  • continent-wide installation and deployment expertise and resources
  • best in class sensor manufacturer and integration partners
  • world class wireless communications and connectivity (including security)
  • unified datahosting, analytics, dashboarding, mobile apps, and notifications
  • open connectivity to market leading corporate enterprise systems
  • post deployment support and service

And quite possibly the most pivotal aspect of the Cellio integrated offering is the ability to offer it at the most competitive combination of CAPEX and OPEX anywhere in the market – end-to-end. Considering that successful EIIoT project deployment is effectively guaranteed with Cellio, why would there be a need to look any further?

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Why Enterprise?

At its core, Cellio has focused on maximizing value to organizations by minimizing costs in almost every aspect of the design and ecosystem required to successfully deploy, operate, maintain, support, and extract value for stakeholders throughout an organization and across the supply chain.

Ways that Cellio minimizes ownership costs:

  • Distributed architecture of Sensors and Transceivers
  • Distributed architecture of Transceivers and Gateways
  • Streamlined design of Transceivers and Gateways
  • Over the air and remote upgrading
  • LoRa protocol between Transceivers, Gateways, and Datahost
  • Minimized wireless data and cellular session usage
  • Cloud based datahosting, analytics, and dashboarding
  • Unified dashboards from disparate datasources
  • Unlimited users and unlimited dashboards, including native mobile apps
  • Post deployment support and resolution escalation

When considering the enterprise environment, a large portion of installations require a flexible/agnostic platform that can make use of equipment and resources already in place (helping to reduce the cost of upfront CAPEX) while also providing a path to connecting to the newest of technologies where completely new installations are needed. By working with best in class partners, leveraging existing resources, and providing a completely functional end-to-end out of the box system, Enterprises can count to Cellio to provide value in all phases of deployment – from the first pilot installation to the full rollout across business units, supply, and global geographies.

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Conclusion

The Cellio Wireless Network has been designed to be quick, affordable, and high quality. Cellio Wireless Transceivers allow the Cellio system and customers to quickly and easily expand existing systems with as many sensors and controllers as they like (with minimal incremental expense).  The data collected in the back-end data system can be easily and rapidly mapped and provided for view on PC’s, tablets, smartphones, etc. both via browser views as well as automatically generated native mobile app views. Sharing and modifying the dashboard views is quick and easy. All of this is available and in place today. There is a saying that you should “Inspect what you expect”.  If you are looking for an affordable, extensible and scalable platform for your Enterprise-wide IIoT applications, look no further. Cellio is leading a paradigm shift – bringing all the necessary ecosystem elements to put the power of IIoT into the hands of Enterprise users.

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Overview

If something fails and no one there is to detect it and report the failure, did it really fail? With so much safety, compliance, and critical equipment in place, you would think that wireless distributed remote monitoring equipment would already be in place in almost every aspect of our lives. Surprisingly a very small percentage of the things we take for granted to keep our lives moving and keep us safe is actually monitored by more than someone driving by every once in a while to check on the status of the equipment to make sure it hasn’t failed. Only at the time that a concerned citizen or a conscripted agent reports the failure did the failure actually occur – if it is seen and reported the failure actually exists!

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What is the Equipment Doing When We Aren’t Looking?

With most of the equipment deployed today; nothing is checking on status – good or bad. The assumption for most equipment is that unless someone complains about it, it must be fine and functioning properly. Of course many of us have experienced that eerie intersection where all the lights are dark or even worse they are all blinking yellow (and at the very worst they are all green). These situations can exist long enough for there to be real damage to people and property. If, as we would propose with Cellio, those lights were monitored wirelessly and remotely, the moment that a light failed, the failure could be immediately detected and transmitted to notify everyone and anyone who needed to know about the failure to address the issues until the failure was resolved. For the traffic light example, the police could be notified immediately to get to the intersection to help direct traffic, the power company or the municipality could dispatch someone with the correct parts to replace the failed item. In Open Data Initiative (ODI) communities, that information could be shared via maps and road condition systems to alert people to the condition before they found themselves in real danger.   Cellio is always watching the equipment (24/365) with the sole purpose of detecting the failure and reporting it to back-end data systems where the information can be used to quickly address the issue. Cellio can also take measurements across continuous levels and control electronic devices remotely. 

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Conclusion

The Cellio Wireless Network has been designed to be quick, affordable, and high quality. Cellio Wireless Transceivers allow the Cellio system and customers to quickly and easily expand existing systems with as many sensors and controllers as they like (with minimal incremental expense).  The data collected in the back-end data system can be easily and rapidly mapped and provided for view on PC’s, tablets, smartphones, etc. both via browser views as well as automatically generated native mobile app views. Sharing and modifying the dashboard views is quick and easy. All of this is available and in place today. There is a saying that you should “Inspect what you expect”.  If the expectation is that critical equipment used for safety, critical processes, or reliable information on the status of assets, then Cellio should be the first system you evaluate. Cellio will keep an eye on things for you, day and night.

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Overview

The convergence of technologies and trends can result in indelible changes that ripple throughout an industry. As noted in a recent NPR piece, “What Is A Paradigm Shift, Anyway?”, paradigm shifts are denoted by replacing the usual way of thinking with a different way. One example trend is replacing manual field data gathering with distributed automated devices that consistently, regularly, and accurately collect and transmit data from sensors to the back-end where it can be aggregated, analyzed, displayed, and automated. Cellio is the technology platform upon which these subtle systemic shifts can occur as business owners, business pressures, or changes in process and supply chain demand them.

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Select Systemic Shifts

There may be a number of shifts going on in parallel when an organization has a platform like Cellio. These shifts taken independently or in combination may lead to a new standard that all competitors will have to follow just to keep from losing their position. These source of these shifts can be based on many different elements:

  • Low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) that is not only low cost, but even less expensive than the traditional equipment installed
  • Very low equipment/CAPEX costs allowing for more flexibility in cash flow and cash reserves
  • Rapid and relatively low installation effort
  • Consistent and dependable reporting of data from the field
  • Remote control from the same dashboard to the same devices
  • Fully integrated end-to-end (E2E) offering out of the box
  • Full system deployments possible in the span of hours or days

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Conclusion

The Cellio Wireless Network has been designed to be quick, affordable, and high quality. Cellio Wireless Transceivers allow the Cellio system and customers to quickly and easily expand existing systems with as many sensors and controllers as they like (with minimal incremental expense).  The data collected in the back-end data system can be easily and rapidly mapped and provided for view on PC’s, tablets, smartphones, etc. both via browser views as well as automatically generated native mobile app views. Sharing and modifying the dashboard views is quick and easy. All of this is available and in place today. There is a saying that you should “Inspect what you expect”.  Looking at a paradigm shift, before it has shifted, is a bit like betting on the lead candidate, who happens to be the underdog, before the race has completely been run. The best bet is to get behind that candidate and help make sure they get across the finish line first.

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