Terra Solutions has built up a portfolio of strategic solution vendor partners which provide cutting-edge technology in the areas of cloud-based IIoT platform/dashboard solutions, IIoT GSM/Ethernet gateways/industrial routers, AR smart glasses, industrial sensors, PKI-based security and data science (AI/Machine Learning) solutions. These technologies represent key elements in an overall, end-to-end IIoT solution design.
IIoT platforms enable the realization of IoT projects and the development of IoT solutions faster, cheaper and better. Their essential features/capabilities include visualization/dashboarding, data analysis/condition monitoring, device management, data acquisition, connectivity and applications.
An IoT Gateway is an essential hardware element for enabling IoT communications, usually device-to-device or device-to-cloud communications. The gateway is typically an industrial-grade device with integrated agent application software that performs edge processing, protocol connector/conversion, data filtering and data forwarding functions. Remote device management and security of IoT gateways can be realized through agent software and PKI-based solutions, respectively.
Wearable computer glasses which enable the user (e.g. at the home office) to see what the remote smart glasses wearer is seeing and to indicate specific objects/controls/parts to the remote wearer through the use of Augmented Reality 3D notated arrow and drawing graphics (also available to the wearer to create). In this way, a remote technician, for example, can be very efficiently and accurately guided through a support call or repair.
Assisted and Augmented Reality
Augmented reality (AR) is an interactive visual experience in which real-world objects are enhanced by computer-generated graphics and perceptual information.
An IIoT system typically involves sensors installed within industrial machinery which can feed back information on temperature, humidity, current or many other metrics. Via an IoT gateway and a connectivity medium, information from these sensors is relayed to an IIoT platform where it can be processed and automatically acted upon.
Data science uses scientific methods, AI and Machine Learning techniques and algorithms, neural networks, deep learning and advanced data analytics to extract knowledge and insights from “big data” sets gathered in “data lakes” from sensors in machinery. These insights are utilized to provide a high level of operational efficiency and predictive maintenance as well as to enable the production of better machinery in the future.
IoT Security is the technology area concerned with safeguarding connected devices and networks when connecting machinery within a machine builder’s customers’ premises.
Providing workers in a manufacturing environment with wearables can be one of the best ways to ensure their health and safety. Wearables with sensors can not only track temperature changes, humidity levels, harmful gases and chemical exposure but also gauge the health parameters of workers like blood pressure variations, stress levels and other data related to their well-being.