Some of the big buzzwords in the industry today are big data and the Internet of Things (IoT). Though sometimes the buzz that’s generated doesn’t always translate to real-world success, it’s hard to not believe that big data and IoT won’t in someway change the way change the way companies operate.
The vast amounts of information being collected via embedded sensors about their products and how their products operate and are used once they leave production facilities is something all companies should want to understand. Harnessing this information in a usable fashion is another issue all together.
Sensor technology is certainly capable of capturing the data, but how do companies wrap their hands–and minds–around all of that big data and make sense of it in a way that benefits the design and manufacture of future generations of products?
Platform emerges to help manage tangle of IoT data
This quandary brings me to the announcement by Davra Networks. The company is announcing the release of RuBAN, an end-to-end platform for what it calls “fog computing,” which helps users collect and analyze data from sensors at the source (the fog) and manage that data across the network so only the most relevant data is sent on to the cloud where it will hopefully be leveraged into useful business solutions.
In Davra’s approach, data is gathered, filtered and managed near its source, sent to the cloud, then turned into insightful business intelligence. In addition, the RuBAN platform is the only product presenting this data in an easy-to-use, intuitive way and solutions require no customization. The platform is also unique in that it handles automated network troubleshooting, response and problem repair remotely.
“Our customers are using the RuBAN platform to turn IoT raw data into usable everyday solutions that are as visual and easy to use as your smartphone,” said Davra Networks CEO Paul Glynn. “We work with our partners to do all the heavy lifting and installing of Cisco IoS Integrated Services routers and sensors on location, then we manage information coming from the IoT environment as well as information from the network itself. We make sure to bring only the relevant raw data back to the customer cloud by utilizing fog computing. Our flexible solution can be used as easily in vehicle tracking or water meter usage as it can in smart cities and farms.”
Although Davra Networks and its product are just now being announced, Davra’s product is already embedded within Cisco’s IoT platforms and is a part of its global dCloud demonstration system.
The RuBAN platform allows companies to translate raw network and sensor data into an easily accessible open format that can be analyzed and presented to their own highly visual GUI or fed to third-party app developers and data consumption tools such as ERP systems, CRM and predictive analytics tools. The plug-and-play platform needs no customization nor is extensive end-user training required for the final applications.