The Intel Internet of Things (IoT) is all about the ecosystem: companies coming together with different solutions to expand and fundamentally redefine the possibilities of computing and address some of the major challenges faced by business and society as a whole. So, I was delighted to give a keynote presentation at IoTWF, Cisco’s third annual Internet of Things World Forum, where we showcased collaborative IoT solutions.
This year’s IoTWF was held in Dubai, home to the first Intel IoT Ignition Lab in the Middle East. We were excited to showcase how Intel IoT technologies can create efficient, safe and livable smart cities.
Intel IoT Ecosystem Collaborations
In one collaborative Intel ecosystem example, Cisco showed how Friant Water Authority plans to use Cisco’s Asset Management for Sites to create a more efficient process for vital water management in California. The solution uses Cisco IR829, a rugged industrial gateway router powered by Intel technology. It also runs on video servers from Advantech, a member of the Intel IoT Solutions Alliance (ISA). Friant will leverage IoT analytics to manage their remote assets from a single web-based dashboard.
The solution will enable Friant to move toward predictive maintenance scheduling, create statewide operational efficiencies, and optimize energy consumption across its sites. In a state facing severe drought and water shortages, Friant will be able to increase the uptime of its remote sites and improve both the quantity and quality of the local water supply.
Having presented how a water utility is using Intel IoT ecosystem solutions to manage both its assets and our environmental resources, we demonstrated how energy utilities can also benefit from the Intel IoT ecosystem with Cisco’s CGR 1240 connected grid router, which utilizes Intel Atom processors.
IoTWF demos also showed how Intel IoT ecosystem solutions can enable the integration of multiple applications onto a single platform, and then connect to ecosystem devices. This enables utilities to improve a variety of business functions, from remote bill reading to grid load management.
Intel IoT for Connected Public Safety
We also demonstrated a proof of concept that Intel IoT collaborated on with Cisco for the Dubai Police Department. Attendees were provided with a display of real-time video and data feeds from an on-site police car, along with officers’ body metrics transmitted from Hexoskin to a dashboard shown on the big screen.
The solution incorporates Cisco’s Connected Emergency Response and Public Safety work. It provides officers and support staff with real-time situational awareness and uses the advanced data analytics to aid information sharing among police units. This solution can be deployed in a number of situations from traffic management to emergency response, as well as enabling intra-agency communication and collaboration during natural disasters. At the heart of Cisco’s solution is a TCS router with Cisco soft router, powered by the Intel Atom processor, with UCS servers powered by Intel Xeon processors running big data analytics in the cloud.
Wind River Industrial Solutions
At the IoTWF Intel booth, we provided a web-based demonstration of Wind River VxWorks, the real-time operating system (RTOS) for embedded systems that require deterministic performance. We displayed how it can be used in any industrial system where latency is critical.
We also showcased Wind River’s comprehensive portfolio of software solutions for harnessing intelligence and driving innovation in IoT, including the Wind River Titanium Server, which provides an ultra-reliable, high-performance, carrier-grade Network Functions Virtualization platform. Also included in the demo were the Wind River Helix Device Cloud, which enables collection of data from and management of devices at the edge of IoT; the Helix App Cloud, a simple cloud-based solution for developing and deploying applications to devices from the cloud; and the Helix Lab Cloud, which enables hardware simulation in the cloud for the rapid development, testing, and collaboration for device software.
Of course, the Intel IoT ecosystem isn’t all about life-saving traffic management or environmental improvements. Sometimes it helps provide a little R&R. For visitors at IoTWF that meant ordering coffee at the Intel café – through smart tables powered by interactive restaurant technology from Kodisoft. Espresso and high-resolution presentations all without leaving the table! We’ll drink to that.