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Convergence is needed for a successful IoT deployment, and Pacific Controls provides this with its end-to-end solutions focused on unlocking value from IoT technologies

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Total control Rahulan: It is without doubt that IoT is set for a drastic radical change in the whole business fraternity
By Staff Writer Published  June 28, 2015

Many diverse businesses are now discovering the concept of connectivity and smart services. The opportunities driven by this trend are enormous and everywhere. However, the existing tools that support the development of smart systems are not providing the full measure of value they could.

The next chapter in the smart sensors, machines and systems arena will be driven by new tools and platforms that will help product OEMs, service providers and enterprise users realise more value by providing a unified solution framework that strips out unnecessary complexity and costs and, ultimately, leverages intelligence in devices, networks and cloud-based services.

Machine communications or the Internet of Things and cloud computing are combining to create new modes of asset intelligence, collaboration and decision making. This convergence is informing significant new capabilities in which inputs from machines, people, sensors, video streams, maps, news feeds, and more are digitised and placed onto networks. These inputs are integrated into systems that connect people, processes, and knowledge to enable collective awareness, efficiencies and better decision making.

What is important about this next wave of M2M, IoT and smart systems is the combined impact of these technologies. While there is standalone value in each of the innovations, it is the combination of all three technologies that will allow computing technologies to inform real-world physical systems.             

Pacific Controls is positioning itself as an end-to-end service provider for the delivery of IoT services. The company says that, through these services, enterprises and government organisations will be able to take advantage of the impact that M2M, the IoT, and smart systems are having on the technology world.

“Through our experience, it is without doubt that IoT is set for a drastic radical change in the whole business fraternity in how business in conducted as a whole. From having a product-based orientation, business are set to move towards a service orientation in all aspects of how business is conducted and clients are served,” explains Dilip Rahulan, executive chairman at Pacific Controls Systems.

“To deploy IoT solutions successfully, the businesses would have to redefine the deliverables. Handling large volumes of data accumulated through IoT deployments would be a high area of focus, without which the plot would be lost. The term big data analytics would become an acronym to deliver meaningful and useful data. Businesses should be able to use the big data through intelligent, accessible and actionable enterprise-level platform deployments. Pacific Controls’ Galaxy platform has been proven to handle big data analytics across various verticals of business deployments.”

Indeed, according to Rahulan, Pacific Controls’ edge devices and secure embedded software are the best of class for enabling smart connected devices and systems. And the Pacific Controls Cloud Services infrastructure, delivered using partners like Microsoft and Fujitsu, are the most advanced technology solutions in the market, he adds. Meanwhile, the Pacific Controls Galaxy 2021 device-to-enterprise platform which he alludes to comes with built-in security and artificial intelligence, enabling end-to-end services for a smart city deployment.

According to a Pacific Controls whitepaper, convergence is now driving value when it comes to the Internet of Things. The vendor points out that the development of the IoT’s critical elements, such as smart connected systems embedded software, device connectivity and cloud computing, has evolved within separate cultures and silos. This is hardly useful when it comes to defining and deploying real-world technology to deliver smart connected systems innovation. M2M is a classic example of this; it is a story of “piece-meal” technologies cobbled together from disparate supply-side vendor segments that have, for the most part, never really spoken, communicated or learned from each other.

Convergence changes all of this, and according to Pacific Controls, the company has achieved the sort of convergence necessary to put into action real IoT deployments. With these systems, Pacific Controls says that it has recognised the fact that sensors and machine systems require new development and integration tools, and through this, it can deliver new user and customer value. According to Rahulan, there is enormous potential when it comes to the value offered by the Internet of Things – if things are deployed correctly.

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