Better Understanding the Real Value in the Internet of Things (IoT)

Author: Brian P Pause – Co-founder of Transcends and Rifidi

The scope of the Internet of Things ecosystem is rapidly evolving to be comprised of Machine to Machine (M2M) communication, Smart Devices, Wearables, Sensors/RFID, BigData/Analytics/Visualizations and low cost computing (embedded and Cloud). This is all well and good but what does this mean in terms of the real value? There have been many articles as of late discussing the market size and revenue potential but in my opinion value goes beyond a quantifiable amount (such as dollars and size)

The noun form of value is defined as “the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something. “

To understand real value using this definition one needs to take the time to understand why would people (organization, customer, employee, friend) care to get to the real value of IoT?

In conversations I have participated in and research I have performed the real value appears to align these categories

  • The New Business Model Opportunities
  • The potential realized productivity and efficiency gains
  • The increased quality of life
  • The new insights into data driven by analytics

Examples of these can be seen by current and near term happenings in the market around IoT.

Wearables being used by people to monitor ones health and day to day activities soon integrating with the retail medical facilities being setup at places like Walmart.

Automation of factories and workflows previously requiring manual labor and human intervention driving productivity and efficiency .

Sensor data such as wifi, beacons, rfid, mobile devices being used by retailers to better understand consumer behavior through analytics tools like Tableau and ClickView (to name a few).

And not to far completely new business models such as drones delivering orders from Amazon or new business for the matter when the complete business/organization is developed and enabled through the use of IoT

Yes the ultimate desired outcome is growing market share and revenue. But ultimately taking the time to understand the real value in IoT will ensure you realize the near and long term potential.

Transcends’ Summer 2014 Newsletter. RIFIDI® Edge 3.1 Coming Soon

Transcends is currently developing RIFIDI® Edge 3.1 along with Product and Solutions Updates based on community, customer and partner feedback.

The High Level Goals are to provide a richer interface and ease of use for managing sensors/reader devices and RIFIDI applications.

Target Release: Fall 2014

RIFIDI® Edge 3.1 Candidate Features: (Click here to nominate features and provide feedback on the RIFIDI roadmap )

  • Core Framework Upgrades (Esper 5.x – Event Processing Engine,)
  • Integration with Rifidi Edge API through Restful Services (such as add/remove/start/stop//update reader/senor(s) )
  • Provision Rifidi applications / plugins from remote / cloud repositories (leveraging OSGi P2 Repositories as foundation for a RFID/Sensor Application Market Place)
  • Richer device management interface such as integration with Google maps / floor plan layouts
  • Richer SDK Interface for developing Sensor Adapters, Rifidi applications and Rifidi services
  • Develop Rifidi applications on other IDEs (in addition to Eclipse such as NetBeans)
  • Include custom LLRP tag report information in generic way
  • Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) Reader support
  • Java 64 bit support
  • Primary / secondary node failover support

Internet of Things (IoT) Model: Where is Your Organization and How RIFIDI® Can Accelerate

recently attended the RFID Journal Live 2014 event in Orlando, FL and one messaging shift I observed this year was how the RFID industry was starting to align themselves with the Internet of Things (IoT).

I figured it would be a good idea to provide a framework for how we at Transcends perceive IoT from a maturity model perspective and how the Rifidi platform can help accelerate one’s adoption.
IoT_Maturity_Model

Basically the model steps one through how organizations can benchmark where they currently stand across their products and services and think through a roadmap on how to continue to grow and mature.

The model starts with the concept of devices/machines/things are connected with the ability to communicate. Next these machines are capable of being serviced via these connections. As machines are serviceable one can now move into the space of analyzing the data to provide business insights and predictions. These data streams can be leveraged to optimize existing business processes and provide a foundation for new use cases. Finally organizations can be in the position to differentiate products and services providing a competitive advantage and new business models

How does the Rifidi platform fit and add value.

Simply put, RIFIDI®  connects your RFID reader and sensor network, Analyzing sensor information real-time and over time, Optimizing business processes and Integrating with the enterprise. Ultimately, Differentiating your products, solutions and organization.

  • Connected: Rifidi connects many different RFID readers out of the box, and allows to extend connectivity to any sensors utilizing the sensor API.
  • Serviceable – Rifidi also provides the required infrastructure for maintaining connectivity, custom define connectivity and dynamically configure based on business and infrastructure events.
  • Intelligence: Rifidi utilizes a rules engine to turn sensor data into business events integration with your Big Data and Analytics Strategy
  • Optimized: Rifidi integrates with business processes and existing systems in various ways: Cloud, Databases, WebServices, JMS etc.
  • Differentiated: A Rifidi system offers many out-of-the box components accelerating 80% of your solution but is also highly customizable via Rifidi SDK using technology standards to bridge the gap on the remaining 20%.

In summary, with the growing number of RFID devices and sensors in the world the types of solutions and applications are boundless and only limited by your imagination.  The real question at hand now is IF your Things could Talk what would you want them to Say?

We look forward to continue working with the RFID community to bring innovative solutions to market and continue to evolve the RIFIDI platform roadmap as IoT  grows further and matures.

Note : Concepts for IoT Maturity Model were referenced from  Maturity Model and Value Curve for M2M and IOT

RIFIDI® Edge Platform 3.0

Transcends Announces RIFIDI®  Edge Platform 3.0 Public Release – Accelerate your Internet of Things (IoT) Adoption

“Connecting the Internet of Things with People (Web, Cloud, Big Data, Mobility). Smart Sensors. Smarter Applications. Simpler Solutions.

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Transcends is announcing the RIFIDI® 3.0 Major Public Release with the goal of  Connecting the Internet of Things (IoT) with People”. The release was made possible through client implementations, the RIFIDI open source community feedback, surveys, forums and our dedicated Global engineering team.

Accelerate your IoT Adoption with  RIFIDI®. by Connecting your RFID reader and sensor network, Analyzing sensor information real-time and over time, Optimizing business processes and Integrating with the enterprise. Ultimately, Differentiating your products, solutions and organization.

The release positions Transcends and the RIFIDI community to continue to bring innovative sensor driven business solutions, appliances and smart devices to the marketplace through integration with how businesses, consumers and clients interact in today’s market (Web, Cloud, Big Data, Mobility).  By utilizing the Power of RIFIDI®, the possibilities are boundless across many verticals (Retail, Health Care, Transportation, Aerospace etc..) for the types of solutions, products and services that will emerge meeting the needs from the Global Enterprises to the Local Small and Medium Size Businesses.

RIFIDI® Release Highlights

Extended Read Zone Filtering with RSSI   – Leveraging RIFIDI Services included in the SDK

Dynamic Reader Configuration – Run-time Updates to Reader Configurations based on Business and Infrastructure Events

Advanced Read Zone Filtering –  included in the SDK

Platform Upgrades  – Esper 4.11 – Event Engine and Equinox  KeplerSR2 -OSGI Container

Support for Java 8

Few Key Bug Fixes

Backward Compatibility with RIFIDI 1.3 and 2.x Applications

Full RIFIDI 3.0 Release Notes

Current Products and Solutions

RIFIDI Platform – Rifidi Edge Server  – Accelerate your IoT Adoption with  RIFIDI®.

Business Solutions – Asset TrackingInventory Management, Inventory Control w/ Handheld User Interface – Pricing Available on Product Website

Appliance – RIFIDI Pi Embedded Appliance

Appliance – RIFIDI Box Appliance

Solutions –  Smart Sensor UHF Gen2

Transcends Product and Feature Comparison Matrix – Powered by RIFIDI- Excel Format PDF Format

Thank you for all the contributions and support.  We look forward to continue to work with the RFID Community to bring innovative and business value solutions to the market.

Transcends Product Development Team

White Paper & Blog History

 

August 2013 –  Transcends Announces the RIFIDI Edge Platform 2.2 Release – RFID App Development Made Simple Leveraging the RIFIDI Platform.

June 2013 – The Transcends Products & Solutions are Easy as 1-2-3

May 2013 – RFID Solutions – News Ways of Providing Value to Business and Consumers

March 2013 –RIFIDI Product Roadmap – The New Internet = People + Things = Internet Ecosystem

November 2012 – RIFIDIi 2.0 Major Release – Connecting the Internet of Things with People

May 2012 – Leverage Transcends Global Marketplace

September 2011  – RFID, Recession, Globalization are crossing roads – With Challenges are Opportunities

May 2011 – RIFIDI Edge Sever Scalability and Performance Benchmarks

December 2010 – Definition of a RFID Edge Server

Transcends Fall 2013 Newsletter: RIFIDI® Edge 3.0 Coming Soon.

Transcends is currently developing RIFIDI® Edge 3.0 along with Product and Solutions Updates based on community, customer and partner feedback.

Target Release: Winter 2014

RIFIDI® Edge 3.0 Candidate Features: (Click here to nominate features and provide feedback on the RIFIDI roadmap )

  • Core Framework Upgrades (Spring 4.0 – Application Framework, Esper 4.1 – Event Processing Engine, Equinox Kepler – OSGI Container)
  • Advanced Read Zone Relationships
  • Extended Read Zone Filtering  (through configuration) – RSSI, Extended Tag Attributes, Reader Attributes, Customer Parameters
  • Dynamic Reader Configuration – Run-time Updates to Reader Configurations based on Business and Infrastructure Events
  • Automatic Fail-over (Primary/Secondary Nodes)
  • Redhat/Centos Packaging

 Current Products and Solutoins

Upcoming Product & Solutions Offerings: Additional Embedded Offerings, RIFIDI Edge 3.0 and Business Solutions in the Cloud (SaaS)
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White Paper & Blog History

Thank you for all the contributions and support.  We look forward to continue to work with the RFID Community to bring Innovative and High Business Value Solutions to the marketplace.

Transcends Product Development Team

Transcends Announces the RIFIDI Edge Platform 2.2 Release: RFID App Development Made Simple Leveraging the RIFIDI Platform

Transcends has release RIFIDI Edge Platform 2.2 to the public along with Product and Solutions Updates based on community, customer and partner feedback.

Here are the Key Highlights:

Product and Solution Updates (Includes improvements for any LLRP compliant readers, updated support for Motorola, Sirit and Alien devices, Handheld and Smartphone Adapter and RFID App Development Simplified)

  • RIFIDI Edge Platform  2.2 Release Notes
  • RIFIDI Platform – Rifidi Edge Server
  • Appliance – RIFIDI Pi Embedded Appliance (Retail – $595 USD)
  • Appliance – RIFIDI Box Appliance (Retail – $1,680 USD)
  • Solutions –  Smart Sensor UHF Gen2  (From $995 – $1,195 USD)
  • Business Solutions – Asset Tracking, Inventory Management, Inventory Control w/ Handheld User Interface – Pricing Available on Product Website
  • Transcends Product and Feature Comparison Matrix – Powered by RIFIDI- Excel Format PDF Format
  • Upcoming Product & Solutions Offerings: Additional Embedded Offerings, RIFIDI Edge 3.0 and Business Solutions in the Cloud (SaaS)
  • Follow us on Linkedin and Twitter
  • White Paper & Blog History
  • June 2013 – The Transcends Products & Solutions are Easy as 1-2-3
  • May 2013 – RFID Solutions – News Ways of Providing Value to Business and Consumers
  • March 2013 –RIFIDI Product Roadmap – The New Internet = People + Things = Internet Ecosystem
  • November 2012 – RIFIDIi 2.0 Major Release – Connecting the Inernet of Things with People
  • May 2012 – Leverage Transcends Global Maketplace
  • September 2011  – RFID, Recession, Globalization are crossing roads – With Challenges are Opportunuities
  • May 2011 – RIFIDI Edge Sever Scalability and Performance Benchmarks
  • December 2010 – Definition of a RFID Edge Server
Thank you for all the contributions and support.  We look forward to continue to work with the RFID Community to bring Innovative and High Business Value Solutions to the Market.
  • Transcends Product Development Team

Transcends’ Products & Solutions, As Easy as 1-2-3: Set Up, Configure, Verify

The Transcends Products & Solutions are Easy as 1-2-3. Through customer and community feedback we are now introducing a quick start guide across our products and solutions to lead you through Set Up, Configuration and Verification of a Production ready environment.

Here is where you can find the Rifidi Edge Quick Start Guide  – Setup, Configure & Verify  (Open Source and available to the public)

The same information is also available across all our products and solutions:

Transcends Product Stack

Rifidi_Product_Stack

  • Appliance – Rifidii Box Appliance (Retail – $1,680 USD)
  • Solutions –  Smart Sensor UHF Gen2  (From $995 – $1,195 USD)
  • Business Solutions – Asset TrackingInventory ManagementInventory Control w/ Handheld User Interface – Pricing Available on Product Website
  • Events: Transcends Exhibiting Products, Solutions & Roadmap (Enterprise, Embedded Appliance, Business Solutions and Integration with Amazon Cloud @ The 4th Annual Auto-ID & Sensing Solutions Expo hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge on Thursday June 13.
  •  Upcoming Product & Solutions Offerings:: Rifidi Edge 2.1.1, Additional Embedded Offerings, Rifidi 3.0 and Business Solutions in the Cloud (SaaS)
Thank you
Transcends Product Development Team

RFID Solutions – New Ways of Providing Value to Business and Consumers

Back in 2009, we were traveling around the world @ universities, organizations and conferences discussing and building awareness around RFID, the business value and the impact to our lives..

Part of our presentation gave an example of how all this RFID reader data (via tags) would grow as businesses and consumers realized more value from the information.

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Now 4 years later and recently participating in our 7th RFID Journal Live 2013 Event.

What do I see now that is different from 4 years ago supporting the above growth in information with the potential to yield tremendous business vale.

  • Tags – Many different types of tags, form factors, appliances and a price point that is moving towards ¼ of a cent by year end.
  • Readers – Hardware vendors are now focusing more on variations of readers – embedded, appliances, more granularity within a read zone. Plus globalization of suppliers continuing to lower the price and entry point for the end user.
  • Software – Only a few software vendors were at the event but there is consistent theme for such a need based on customers, partners and vendors we had a chance to speak with. Much of this is being driven by the growth in data and the need to make readers/sensors smarter (business rules, cloud, mobility integration points)
  • Solutions – You now see full hardened solutions in the market (medical cabinets, tool cribs) along with components and building blocks out of the box

These RFID industry trends build a compelling foundation for how the user stories, business cases and RFID data will grow over the next few years.

Making sense of all this information will be key and software, appliances and business solutions driven by sensors are enablers.

How the Rifidi Edge Building Blocks Create Value

  • Sensors/RFID Adapters – Connects sensors (readers/tags)
  • Event Filtering/Business Rules – Turns sensor events into meaningful business events
  • Communication (Web, Social Media, Mobile, ERP, Database, Legacy Systems)- Connects meaningful business events to enterprise and consumers

Rifidi Edge has built around common RFID/Sensor design patterns learned through experience, customers, community and observing market demand and trends.

The most basic is the pattern of defining when a tag/item/person has arrived and/or departed.

In speaking with clients who have looked at solving the design pattern on their own they quickly came to realize how challenging this can be. Within seconds one can rapidly have megabytes of tag read data without making sense of all the information by translating into meaning full business events such as a item has arrived or departed.

Now take the same scenario above and multiply by the number of read zones you are planning times the number of locations and so on. Lots of potential interesting data but without solutions including Edge software you are missing the meaningful business events.

Where can you go from here?

The sensor design patterns can be applied to common business solutions. Such business solutions Transcends Powered By Rifidi can address today include:

  • Asset Tracking (Traceability)
  • Inventory Control (Automation an order fulfillment process )
  • Inventory Management (Stock Out, Fraud Detection, Where Is It)

Using the Rifidi Edge building blocks one is able to seamlessly connect numerous sensors to businesses and consumers by making sense of the information leveraging these design patterns.

As Transcends and the Rifidi community continue to discover more patterns within new business areas and markets you can continue to grow with the Rifidi platform

The use case pictured below (from our 2009 presentations) is now a reality with the Rifidi Edge Platform , Transcend Business Solutions and Enterprise to Embeded Rifidi Appliances

Learn more about how you can benefit from the Transcends Product Roadmap

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Transcends Announces Rifidi Edge 2.1, Product & Solution Updates

Transcends has release Rifidi Edge 2.1 to the public along with Product and Solutions Updates based on community, customer and partner feedback.

Here are the Key Highlights:

Product and Solution Updates (includes Integration to Cloud, Databases, JMS, Social Media+ Customized Business Rules + Full Support for many of the popular RFID Readers/Sensors in the Market)

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Thank you for all the contributions and support.  We look forward to continue to work with the RFID Community to bring Innovative and High Business Value Solutions to the Market.

Transcends Product Development Team

The New Internet: People + Things = Internet Ecosystem

There has been much discussion as of late on what the Internet of Things (IoT) means and how does it impact and relate to the world we live in. The way I see it is IoT is an important aspect to the overall Internet Ecosystem and is and will continue to play a key role in how will evolve as a society.  There are many social challenges and responsibility topics at debate here but the focus of the blog is what is and what could be and not what is socially good or bad for society.

IoT is basically the concept of machines (such as devices, appliances, phones etc..) interacting with each other leveraging the internet as a means of communication. The term that is being used in the industry to refer to such interactions is M2M (Machine to Machine).

An example in our everyday life where such an interaction plays a part is in an automobile alerts the driver another car is approaching while attempting to switch lanes. This could be extended to collecting these events to gain a perspective for an insurance company on the safety rating/insurability of the driver.

How does IoT fit into the overall picture?

I’ll start with a diagram of my perspective of the key building blocks within the Internet Ecosystem.

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Building Blocks:

Points of Interaction is where the world interacts with the ecosystem. Web and Mobility are two very popular means on interacting but this could be extended into applications, call centers, IVR/VRU etc. These POIs occur via device and /or human interfaces.

 

Social interactions is the various categories of interactions taking place within the Internet Ecosystem.

  • Life  – Health, finances, diet, household events
  • Commerce – Buys/Selling, business operation events
  • Networking – Idea sharing, connection with others, self-expression events

Infrastructure is the bases and platform for how the Internet Ecosystem’s will exist, gather resources and be supported

Big Data and Analytics are key building blocks for how data will be aggregated and analyzed necessary to make real time and/or long term decisions.

Security is focused on protecting an identity within the ecosystem throughout these interactions/events ensuring the appropriate level of authentication, authorization and auditing.

Monitoring is used to measure the vital signs across these events ensuring no fraudulent behavior and thresholds are being met.

The Center depicts the ways these interactions can occur from Person to Person, machine to machine and machine to person.

 

So what role do sensors/RFID potentially play?

The way I have seen this evolve is sensors/rfid provide the skin, nerve endings and central nervous system to the Ecosystem.  To put into everyday life as Sensors (which are already around us – cameras, phones, scanners etc..) and RFID grows we are essentially expanding upon our abilities to gain a better sense of the social interactions taking place around us. For example, a store  could benefit by being able to have a better understanding of a consumers behavior across all points of interaction (mobility, web store front, call center, IVR) and be able to react to the consumer’s needs in a more effective way both real time and over the life of the relationship with the consumer