The Internet of Things (IoT) is connecting sensors, cameras, machines, and other devices at an amazing rate. But what drives the value of these digitized devices is not just the connections—it’s the applications that the connections enable. Think, for example, of a connected transportation system. It is not enough that buses have GPS and can connect to the Internet—what could really make a difference is an application that dynamically plans bus routes based on where people are, how long they have been waiting, and where they are going. That’s where the true value is.
You might even say that applications are the reason we connect things and collect data from those things. So those of us who are building the IoT infrastructure must understand what application developers need, and then enable them to take advantage of the IoT infrastructure and the data it carries. This means we need more than open APIs—we must make it easy for an application to get the data it requires from the infrastructure and to provide input into the infrastructure.
Additionally, we need to respond to the changing ways people want to interact with the devices at the edge. Traditionally, a process engineer might control or program a production line using a fixed human-machine interface (HMI) screen physically attached to the production machinery. Today, there is a growing need for remote and mobile interface capabilities—especially for the growing ranks of Millennials who want to be able to use iPads and other mobile devices to interact with IoT deployments. Cisco’s IOx platform is a flexible application development environment with a goal of enabling developers to connect applications with any protocol, interface, or device. In the future, this could even enable a control engineer in the factory to look at a robot’s operation through smart goggles, instantly viewing maintenance statistics and malfunction alerts.
Millennials in the workforce demand flexibility and mobility in interacting with IoT deployments
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Tags: application development, azeti, Davra Networks, Fog, Fog computing, internet of things, IoT, IOx, Maciej Kranz
We caught up with Andrew Miller, Sr. Sales Engineer from Bit Stew Systems at Cisco Live this year. Bit Stew is a Cisco partner that focuses on the analytics space with a platform that they call ‘Software Defined Operations for the Industrial Internet’. Their solution works with Cisco IOx on a number of Cisco platforms. The demonstration in this video shows just a small part of what they do, but does showcase analytics at the edge (Fog Computing) in a practical way with, in this case, an electrical utility customer.
Bit Stew’s Mix Core platform automates data ingestion, applies machine intelligence to learn patterns in the data, allowing industrial companies to discover actionable insights that optimize operational performance. MIx Director™ (formerly Grid Director™) is powered by the MIx Core platform, and is the application that industrial enterprises rely on for a contextual and real-time view of their operations, assets and customers.
In the Video, Andrew talks about the “Fog Computing” aspects of the MIx Director solution. With this solution running in cisco Grid routers at the edge of the network, a lot of the filtering of data can be done locally, without back-hauling to the data center or elsewhere. So long as everything is ticking along nicely, there’s no need to burden central resources or comms networks with unnecessary traffic. But if something untoward should happen, then operators will get alerts and see in real time what’s happening. Service crews or emergency services can be dispatched and potential disasters minimized. Well, don’t let me steal too much of Andrews thunder. Watch the video to see what happens next!
You can find out more about Bit Stew and some of their key people by reading these other blogs:
There’s a great “point of View” document that talks about the business benefits of the partnership here: Read More »
Tags: #CLUS, analytics, Bit Stew, collaboration, edge computing, Energy, Fog computing, IoE, IOx, MIx Director, utilities
Kevin Collins, CEO and co-founder, Bit Stew
We’ve introduced several of the key figures within Bit Stew and shared with you the ways they are working to bring the IIoT to fruition, particularly within the energy sector.
I had a chat with Kevin Collins, CEO of Bit Stew to discuss the next opportunities for the company:
“It’s an exciting day at Bit Stew, with the announcement of additional funding from Cisco Investments and GE Ventures. With this support, we will continue to bring our experience in managing massive data sets and optimizing edge and fog computing to automate industrial operations in utilities and other industries as well.”
Kevin told me that the new funding will help fuel Bit Stew’s ongoing technology innovation and customer adoption: “This investment will open doors to new market opportunities for Bit Stew, and positions the company as a global leader in Software Defined Operations for IIoT. Bit Stew has quickly become the hot company to watch”.
Bit Stew was recently recognized to Greentech Media’s prestigious Grid Edge 20 list, as one of the top 20 innovators architecting the future of the electric power industry, along with Tesla, Duke Energy and SolarCity. “Making the Grid Edge 20 provides validation of our strong market traction, and is a tribute to what we’ve achieved since Bit Stew was incorporated in 2009. It also serves as a reminder of the responsibility we have to our utility customers, partners, and the industry as we work towards transforming the power sector to one that is more efficient, reliable and agile.”
Purpose-built for the Industrial Internet
The MIx Core platform is the culmination of years of industry-hardened machine learning derived from trillions of data points analyzed throughout the utility and oil and gas industries. Purpose-built for the Industrial Internet, MIx Core processes and analyzes greater volumes of data than most of the largest social networks in the world every day.
Bit Stew’s MIx Core takes full advantage of Cisco’s IOx technology, by embedding its core technology inside Cisco fog devices, providing data analysis at the edge of the network and in cloud-based systems – all in real-time. Running MIx Core in the “fog” brings a significant new advantage for organizations that are dealing with massive amounts of data running on complex networks in the IIoT
“Bit Stew’s collaboration with Cisco and the synergy between our Mix products and Cisco’s IOx platform has allowed us to utilize fog computing to completely revolutionize the way the energy sector operates,” Kevin said. “By using the edge of the network in the computing and analysis process, together we can create instant intelligence that is shared simultaneously in the operations center and in the field. This contextual analysis of industrial operations enables decision-making with a confidence that wasn’t necessarily available before. This expanded awareness results in increased up-time, faster issue resolution and optimized dispatch of resources,” adds Kevin.
Clearly Bit Stew is going places. And not just with utilities anymore. Find out more here: Read More »
Tags: Bit Stew, Bit Stew Systems, Fog computing, IIoT, IoT, IOx, MIx Core, MIx Director, oil and gas, utilities
I caught up with Franco Castaldini, VP, Marketing at Bit Stew Systems to talk about Bit Stew and Cisco and wanted to know about where Bit Stew are going with product offerings, industry solutions, and customer engagements. This is what he told me:
Franco Castaldini, VP, Marketing at Bit Stew Systems
“It’s an exciting time for Bit Stew Systems as we extend our heritage in utilities into new markets such as the oil and gas industry. This week, the Bit Stew team is showcasing our MIx Solutions at the Entelec Spring Conference & Expo in Houston, Texas.
Bit Stew’s transformative MIx Core™ platform manages real-time industrial data at scale, automating the ingestion process, and utilizing machine intelligence both centrally and at the edge. Our MIx Director™ application (formerly Grid Director), harnesses the power of MIx Core, by building operator workbenches to provide industry-specific data models, search, reports, dashboards and so much more. MIx Director continues to serve as a container to plug-in MIx Apps™, which offers pre-built analytics, data adapters and visualizations that solve specific use cases that improve asset and operational performance.
Bit Stew majoring in Fog Computing with Cisco’s IOx Platform
With Cisco’s IOx® technology, Cisco’s field-based hardware devices such as the Cisco Connected Grid Router (CGR) and Integrated Services Router (ISR) bring a whole new level of capabilities to market. These devices are capable of hosting a guest operating platform where companies like Bit Stew can run our own applications like never before. Bit Stew is a member of the Cisco ‘Solutions Partner’ program.
Collaboration goes Beyond ‘Big Data’ and Drives Value
Bit Stew at Entelec
Bit Stew’s MIx Core takes full advantage of Cisco’s IOx technology, by embedding its core technology inside these Cisco fog devices, providing data analysis at the edge of the network and in cloud-based systems – all in real-time. Running MIx Core in the “fog” brings a significant new advantage for organizations that are dealing with massive amounts of data running on complex networks in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This end-to-end visibility enables industrial companies to gain actionable insights from the network in order to manage risks, improve asset performance and increase uptime.
A Proven Track Record of Success
Together, Bit Stew and Cisco have worked collaboratively to bring fog technology to life at major utilities such as BC Hydro, a Canadian electric utility in the province of British Columbia, which first deployed smart meters in 2011. The successful and proven track record we have had together with utilities is now resonating with the upstream and midstream oil and gas markets. The response the Bit Stew and Cisco teams saw at Entelec this week has been exciting and we will have more to announce in the weeks ahead.
Take time to learn more about Bit Stew at www.bitstew.com and read our new blog the Bit View for more insights and commentary on the IIoT.”
Make sure you catch the interview with Bit Stew’s CEO, Kevin Collins here: Fog Computing Becomes Clearer with Cisco IOx Solution
You can read more about Bit Stew here (click on the link below)
Cisco and Bit Stew Point of View: Distributed Intelligence: Unlocking the benefits of the Industrial Internet.
About Franco Castaldini
Franco Castaldini is an experienced marketing, sales and product management executive who has led go-to-market strategies for innovative startups to large global companies. Franco leads Bit Stew’s product marketing and management, marketing communications, and global go-to-market strategy for the company’s growth in the Industrial Internet market.
Tags: Bit Stew Systems, entelec, Fog computing, IoT, IOx, MIx Core, MIx Director, oil and gas
Many of you may have missed the recent presence of Cisco at DistribuTECH in San Diego last month, so that blog is summarized here and a link to the live blog is given at the end of this summary:
At DistribuTECH, Cisco had the pleasure of engaging with attendees, demonstrating how utilities the world over have worked with Cisco and our partners to reduce costs and deliver more services on a single, intelligent and secure platform. The IT model we shared is one that brings innovation to the Operational Technology (OT) environment, integrating information, data, people and processes – the building blocks for the Internet of Everything.
In the included video Bit Stew went on to talk about how they’re taking their software, embedding it in Cisco routers, putting it inside substations, allowing that intelligence and that automation to happen in real time, right at the edge of the network, yet tie back into cloud based systems. This technology is brought to life at major utilities such as BC Hydro, a Canadian electric utility in the province of British Columbia, which first introduced smart meters in 2011. Find out more by reading the whole blog below.
Read the blog here: Fog Computing Becomes Clearer with Cisco IOx Solution
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Tags: Bit Stew, DistribuTECH, edge computing, Fog computing, IoE, IoT, IOx, utilities