Imagine an air conditioner that sends temperature, pressure, vibration and other telemetry data to a central location where the data is analyzed. When any of the parameters shows unusual behavior, the platform sends a notification, such as an e-mail or an SMS. This is how most of the M2M platforms envision IoT: devices connected to the cloud, with data visualized on a dashboard with simple threshold crossing and alerting. We call this a “SCADA in the cloud” approach.
Can we increase operational efficiency even further?
Let's start from the example above with an air conditioner showing abnormal behavior. First thing we want to do is to create a ticket in the customer support system. But we should not stop here. What if it was just too hot outside and someone forgot to close the window while keeping the airco running over the weekend? In order to verify that hypothesis, the system must check the outside temperature. How do we find the outside temperature? By calling the weather API for a given location. How do we find the location of the airco? By querying the asset database. In case of emergency, we also need to inform a support person. Who should we inform to inspect the building or close the window? That information is in the ERP system.
What we can observe from this simple example is that connecting people, devices, software applications and online services requires much more than a "SCADA in the cloud" approach. To truly unleash the power of Internet-of-Everything (IoE), we must have a service orchestration platform that seamlessly connects all the dots.
Once an IoT platform gets in place, many enterprises are facing with problem of integrating IoT with their existing IT systems. Usually, they need to make a trade-off between flexibility in orchestration and time-to-market:
You do not need to compromise between flexibility and time to market. That is why we have built Waylay. Waylay is an orchestration and automation solution that provides a structured framework to connect data sources, develop logic, deploy, scale and maintain it over time. With an API-driven and open architecture, it provides enterprises also with the right flexibility to tune to their specific use cases.
Implementing similar use cases by connecting dots while following the story line sounds either too obvious or too good to be true. There are many reasons for the "healthy skepticism", as IoT/API rule engines face many challenges:
At Waylay, it is our mission to solve these problems. The Waylay award wining platform is based on the patent pending technology that is result of 15 years of experience in the domain of rules engines and M2M.
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