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Gateways Drive the Success of IoT in Smart Buildings

The Internet of Things (IoT) is comprised of an array of vertical markets. One of those, the Industrial IoT (IIoT), is a fairly large vertical. As expected, the IIoT connects machines to the cloud and adds intelligence. That connection is typically handled with an IoT gateway, which can be designed using the AAEON AIOT-X1000 subcompact board. Powered by the Intel® Quark™ SoC X1000 series, the board integrates rich communication interfaces such as RS-485 and analog and digital I/Os. For more information, please watch the video.

Video Surveillance Gets a Boost from the IoT

One vertical industry that’s prospering from the Internet of Things (IoT) is digital security surveillance (DSS). The growth stems from the power and availability of the network combined with the abundance of inexpensive digital cameras and dependable analytics software. Kontron offers a series of network video recorders (NVRs) that use an open design system based on the Intel® Atom™ processor E3845 and its quad-core, 1.91-GHz performance. The NVRs can run standard video-management software (VMS).

Improving Access to Medical Data at the Point of Care

Medical/healthcare professionals can benefit from the Internet of Things (IoT) due to the wealth of information it provides. In fact, greater data access promises to help improve patient outcomes and provider efficiency. For example, the point-of-care terminal POC-W212, developed by Advantech, is a high performance point-of-care computer that’s capable of displaying, rendering and transmitting medical images and videos for medical professionals. Designed from the ground up for enhanced safety and reliability, the fanless POC-W212 computer is UL60601-1/EN60601-1 certified and features an IP65-rated front panel and IP54-rated system enclosure.

Scalability of Processors and Sensors Serve Well in Industrial IoT Applications

New opportunities and business models for just about any vendor in the embedded Internet space are opening up thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT). One good example is the Industrial IoT (IIoT), where a bridge is formed between a host of connectors and industrial machines to the Internet. By leveraging the Intel® IoT Gateway reference design, technology partners can expand the connectivity, improve the interoperability, and shorten the time to market for developers looking to transform their IIoT business and operations. NEXCOM is one such partner, and the company is enabling realization of the IIoT-based Smart Factory, through what it calls the “IP-based factory” infrastructure. For more information, please watch the video.

IoT Gateway Saves Time, Bandwidth by Boosting Analytics at the Edge

Data analytics is crucial in the IoT realm. To address this issue, Dellis launching IoT gateway solutions in collaboration with Intel. Using the headroom in analytics power offered by embedded Intel® processors, Dell is implementing a strategy of aggregating and analyzing data closer to the IoT edge. Dell’s gateway utilizes hard¬ware and software technologies from the Intel® IoT Gateway reference design to provide customers with the end-to-end connectivity, security, and manageability needed to help realize an IoT vision. The company’s iSERIES WYSE 3290 gateways are compatible with Wind River Linux*, Ubuntu, Microsoft Windows* 10 IoT, and other popular operating systems for maximum flexibility and adaptability to business needs.

Gateways for the Industrial IoT Ease the Integration Pain

The potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) is huge, but the challenges can be daunting. Take the Industrial IoT, or IIoT, which can be fragmented amid interoperability issues, thereby making it difficult to demonstrate its true value. Connecting devices and systems with potentially incompatible protocols and fieldbus technologies can be daunting. The next difficult task is securing dependable transmission of collected data and functionality in harsh and demanding industrial environments. By leveraging Intel® IoT Gateway designs that include technology from McAfee and Wind River, technology partners like ADLINK Technology can address this challenge. For more information, please watch the video.

Deploy Your IoT Gateway in a Smart Home/Smart Building

Features of a Smart Home/Smart Building provide countless opportunities for the Internet of Things (IoT). This could include energy management, occupant comfort, asset management, and security access. By leveraging the Intel® IoT Gateway reference design, which includes technology from Wind River and McAfee, technology partners can expand the connectivity, improve the interoperability, and shorten the time to market for developers looking to transform their IoT business and operations. Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) offers its GWS-QX gateway to connect various devices within the home/building. The gateway is equipped with custom changeable I/O ports, as well as LAN and GPIO ports to support most Smart Home/Smart Building applications. For more information, please watch the video.

Industrial IoT Data: Predict and Act

To be competitive, innovative solutions are needed at each step of the IoT value chain. Take industrial automation, for instance, where it’s imperative to avoid production disruptions that can result in significant revenue losses. Avoiding unplanned downtime requires remote monitoring and management, system health diagnostics, and knowledge of each machine’s operating parameters to enable failure prediction. One must also ensure that when failure is predicted, steps are taken to make sure that system recovery, if required, occurs in a timely fashion. A combination that can help achieve that phenomenon is Wind River’s Helix Device Cloud solution and Predixion Insight™, Predixion’s advanced analytics software.

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NEXCOM and Intel® IoT Gateway Bring Intelligence to Manufacturing

Many manufacturers are eager to tap the power of big data in order to increase competitiveness, improve the bottom line, and anticipate trends. They are exploring the Internet of Things (IoT), which facilitates communications between all types of field devices and enables manufacturers to act upon decisions derived from data analytics. However, a major challenge is gaining access to field data, made more difficult by field devices that use different fieldbus protocols, run independently, or lack connectivity.

Formosa Plastics Wins with Open, Scalable Intel® Architecture

Helping to overcome communication barriers amongst various field devices, including machinery, robots, PLCs, and sensors, the NEXCOM NIFE 100 IoT Controller* provides cross-protocol communication capabilities, among many other benefits. The NIFE 100, a PC-based controller running the Intel® IoT Gateway stack, is an open-architecture solution design for connecting fieldbus modules to the cloud. This paper discusses this controller, as well as other NEXCOM offerings that can be used to build IoT solutions that improve operations, strengthen security barriers, simplify device management, and reduce maintenance costs.

Increasing Production Line Performance and Reducing Operations Costs with IoT Technologies

The SUSIAccess* remote management system from Advantech allows maintenance personnel to perform equipment status and maintenance checks from a web browser at any time, from anywhere, and with any connected device. The factory automation solution uses an Intel® processor-based gateway running an Advantech client-side agent to transparently handle protocol and data conversion, and acts as a conduit between manufacturing equipment and the Advantech server-side software. This solution can interoperate with high-level applications such as data analytics and machine learning. This paper details the benefits and the key ingredients of the solution.

Smart Manufacturing for Formosa Plastics Corp

Formosa Plastics integrates real-time analytics and smart manufacturing with the Intel® IoT Gateway to help detect anomalies and address issues

Predictive Maintenance Technologies: Fusheng IoT Success Story

Intel helps Fusheng, a global air compressor manufacturer, develop a smart factory based on the Intel® IoT Platform to transform Fusheng’s traditional hardware business with new solutions and services.

Improving Manufacturing Processes, Customer Experiences, and Energy Efficiency

Gateways based on Intel® technology expand Supermicro’s full line of computing, storage, and switching solutions for connecting devices to the cloud.

KMC Controls Partners with Dell OEM to Create an Internet of Things Building Controls Appliance

By partnering with Dell OEM, KMC Controls have a plug-and-play IoT solution that helps facility managers to easily integrate automated system data from different locations throughout their buildings.

Optimize IoT Analytics with an Edge Gateway

Not all the sensor and device data in IoT needs to be sent to the cloud. The Dell Edge Gateway is an intelligent device to help with this data overload, provide expanded I/O, local analytics and more.

Internet of Things Solution Improves Vending Machine Profitability

Vending machine operators know greater profitability is driven by higher sales and lower operating costs. Addressing these priorities, Intel and ADLINK Technology are delivering products and services based on the Internet of Things (IoT), which refers to billions of Internet-connected devices ranging from industrial sensors to pedometers. This paper details a vending machine management and data analytics solutions that connects a fleet of machines to the cloud-based tools that can help generate more revenue and reduce maintenance effort.

Helping the Beer Industry Tap Increased Profits

The SteadyServ® iKeg® system uses an Intel® gateway and data from the Internet of Things (IoT) to revolutionize inventory and sales planning.

Hyperconnecting the IoT

This paper will show you how to realize the full potential of large-scale end-to-end IoT applications with public and private cloud infrastructure.

Taiwan’s YouBike* System Grows with Advantech and Microprogram

Advantech and Microprogram help expand Taiwan’s YouBike* system to more cities and 700 stations in Asia with Intel® technology.

Improving the Quality of Urban Life

Chunghwa Telecom collaborates with Intel on an Intel® IoT Gateway solution for smart city poles that use sensors to collect data for air quality, weather, traffic, and power consumption to help improve the quality of urban life.