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IoT Business Connector has been designed to de-risk and accelerate IoT initiatives in areas such as predictive maintenance, service management, asset management and manufacturing.

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 IoT Business Connector shortens the leadtime from ideas to tangible benefit initiatives
IoT Business Connector shortens the leadtime from ideas to tangible benefit initiatives

Global enterprise applications company IFS has launched IFS IoT Business Connector at its world conference in Gottenburg, Sweden. The company claims that this product shortens the leadtime from ideas to tangible benefit initiatives by providing end-to-end architecture and the ability to turn IOT discoveries into action.

 

IoT Business Connector has been designed to de-risk and accelerate IoT initiatives in areas such as predictive maintenance, service management, asset management and manufacturing. It provides harnesses data gathered from products, assets and equipment to identify actionable observations that trigger user-defined, automated or semi-automated workflows in the IFS enterprise software.

 

IFS IoT Business Connector provides plug-and-play connectivity with the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite for device communications and data analytics, alongside open APIs to connect other IoT platforms or specialised IoT discovery applications.

 

This new product is designed to bridge the gap between IoT data analysis and then using the intelligence to execute maintenance, service, and manufacturing more efficiently. It adds the ability to turn an investment in IoT connectivity and data analytics into savings through process efficiencies, and into new revenues through service innovation.

 

The key components of IFS IoT Business Connector are:

  • IFS IoT Controller, determining what actions to take when IoT data analysis reveals observations relevant to the business. It also handles a range of practical issues that occur when mapping operational technology (OT) into IT and business applications.
  • IFS IoT Gateway, enabling secure communications between the cloud-based discovery and analytics of IoT data, to the on-premise or cloud-based IFS products.
  • IFS IoT Discovery Manager, providing additional management and monitoring capabilities when using the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite as the discovery platform.

The IFS IoT Business Connector is currently being implemented at early adopter customers Songa Offshore, an international midwater drilling contractor, ATS, a leading provider of factory maintenance and IT services based in the U.S., Anticimex, an international pest control company, and Hecla Mining, a North American precious metals mining company.

 

“We decided to join the early adopter programme because we understood the enormous impact that IoT technology can have on our business,” said ATS Automation Director of IT Christopher Lebeau. “By connecting our field service value chain we are able to automate our processes in a new way and use the insights to make smarter business decisions.”

 

Anticimex CEO Jarl Dahlfors said, “The IFS IoT Business Connector allows us to take control of the data generated by our range of digital pest control devices, improving both the service to our customers as well as providing them with the information they need.”

 

IFS CTO Dan Matthews added, “By working with our customers and partners we are able to connect the dots so that investments in IoT not only yield piles of data and pretty charts, but result in real actions that are co-planned and executed in an optimal way together with everything else that is going on in a business. For our customers it means an easier way to get started with IoT, lower risks, and faster time to realised value.”

 

The IFS IoT Business Connector is expected by be available to the market early next year.

 

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