Dell Inc., provider of an Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure portfolio from edge to core to cloud, is helping new customers across the globe, as well as its own manufacturing facilities, to future proof their businesses through embracing IoT technology. Customers span a range of industries, from building and industrial automation to video surveillance and security, and include global automation technology provider Emerson; energy management software provider Talisen Technologies; video surveillance experts Innodep; and ICT research and innovation organization TSSG. Additionally, Dell is deploying its Edge Gateways across several manufacturing facilities after seeing productivity improvements during recent proof of concepts in Brazil.
According to a new report published by Dell Technologies and the Institute for the Future (IFTF), emerging technologies such as IoT, along with massive advancements in software, big data and processing power, will reshape society. In 2030 every organization will be a technology organization and, as a result, businesses need to start thinking now about how to prepare their infrastructure for digital transformation.
Since building a dedicated IoT division in 2015, Dell has helped organizations develop solutions that unlock the data needed to enable faster, useful analysis, greater collaboration and improved productivity. Some of the organizations that have recently chosen Dell to help build their unique, end-to-end IoT solutions, include:
- Emerson, a global automation technology provider, offers the go-to solution for chemical, oil and gas, and power companies looking to control flow and pressure in process operations via control valves. However, today’s customers need the ability to utilize control valve data through predictive maintenance and Industrial IoT (IIoT). To address these needs, Emerson worked with Dell to develop a wireless valve monitoring solution built on Dell Edge Gateways. Additionally, Emerson is developing a control valve condition monitoring service, also based on Dell Edge Gateways.
- Innodep, a South Korea-based provider of security and surveillance software, wanted to extend the success of its Vurix IP-Matrix video security management appliance by capitalizing on the power of IoT. Already built on Dell EMC PowerEdge R730 servers, Innodep worked with Dell EMC OEM and Dell IoT to enable Vurix IP-Matrix’s existing Dell EMC hardware stack by integrating the Dell Edge Gateway 5000 Series. Innodep cut development time by 40% and can now offer customers enhanced building security, greater interoperability, increased performance and simplified support model.
- Talisen Technologies, a Missouri-based software provider, chose Dell EMC OEM Solutions to help develop their IoT solution. Talisen needed a network edge device to support its Enterprise Sustainability Platform (ESP), a cloud-based building energy management platform hosted inside a datacenter infrastructure. As a result, the company deployed the Dell Embedded Box PC 3000 and worked with Dell EMC OEM to help bring its ESP gateway to market on a global scale. Now Talisen can offer its customers a gateway solution that better supports accurate and robust Big Data analytics capabilities delivered from a scalable and intelligent converged infrastructure.
- TSSG, an Ireland-based, internationally recognized center of excellence for information and communication technologies research (ICT) and innovation, was looking to develop a world-class IoT testing environment to expedite IoT research access to key verticals in the Irish economy. Building on an existing close and positive relationship with the center, Dell EMC offered infrastructure solutions and IoT expertise to deliver an on-campus, multi-protocol, multi-domain IoT testing environment for academic and industry based researchers. With the test environment, TSSG will be able to produce IoT-driven research to support vertical projects that are pivotal to the Irish economy, such as proof-of-concept designs for agricultural applications. The chosen IoT testing environment consists of Dell EMC PowerEdge R730xd, R730 and R630 with Dell Edge Gateways.
Additionally, Dell has replicated similar success within its own factories. Recently, Dell’s factory in Brazil streamlined quality-control in the production line with IoT. The customization offered by Dell’s build-to-order model posed a fundamental challenge for quality control – variability. To overcome this issue, the factory developed “Smart EQM,” or End-of-the-line Quality Metric, an IoT-enabled solution based on the Dell Edge Gateway 5100 that uses the power of real-time analytic capabilities.