To protect intellectual property, prevent reverse engineering and avoid manipulation of appliances. To design customized appliances with low entry-level prices from software modules and license models. Precautions to prevent reverse engineering of .NET software include secure and high-performance protection methods. Medical appliances must be safeguarded from manipulation to comply with the directives of the MPG (the regulation body for medical appliances).
More and more functionality of machines and manufacturing facilities is determined by the controller software, production settings, and machine data. This essential know-how of the machine producer must be protected and shielded from manipulation by competitors, organized crime, or simple incorrect use. New business models need to be supported. And any solution has to be highly reliable and work even in harsh environments.
Global energy leader ENGIE is implementing an ambitious digital transformation strategy that is vital to the Fortune Global 500 company’s plan to confront the major challenges posed by climate change and promote people’s access to reliable, innovative, socially responsible, low carbon, and decentralized energy. To do this, ENGIE plans to invest €1.5 billion in new businesses and digital over the next three years.
Microlise is among only a handful of players in the Transport Management Systems space that offer a one stop solution and service capability. Its investment in research and development needs to be underpinned by a robust, global connectivity platform, enabling the reliable transmission of data from vehicles to customers.
After intensive market research among homeowners, Chamberlain confirmed a common usability issue that impacted a significant majority of its customers: the “U-Turn Problem”.
A few minutes after leaving their home, most garage door opener owners experience a nagging worry about whether they closed their garage door. Many homeowners will actually turn their car around and drive back home just to double check. Wanting to improve the consumer’s user experience with their products, Chamberlain’s connected garage door opener project was born. Chamberlain now markets their Internet-connected garage door openers as a “peace of mind” purchase and reports that their customers open the app an average of four times per week.
Fuel delivery has always had some built-in inefficiency. Like most fuel and lubricant distributors, Retif Oil & Fuel followed a keep full model when restocking fuel tanks and was spending too much money topping off customer fuel tanks and making emergency deliveries. Without an accurate view of customer fuel stocks it was impossible to determine who needed fuel or how much they actually needed.
A medical product company needed to install 230 thin client PCs across four manufacturing plants. Thin clients have been used in offices for many years, but their introduction onto the factory floor has been slow. A thin client network consists of a management computer in a secure, air-conditioned room with back up UPS, whilst on the factory floor there are a number of simple computers which are used to connect to the management computer, thereby removing the need to install individual operating systems and applications on each of the clients whilst also ensuing that there is only one point of failure.
The company was looking for a network architecture that would have the lowest maintenance costs and the quickest deployment time. To meet all these needs, each of these sites would have approximately 50 thin clients installed on the factory floor and these would then be connected to a central server located elsewhere on the site. This leaves only one point of maintenance for software updates, security patches and rules for what applications are allowed to run on the thin clients.
Vipoll aims to consolidate its market position and break into new markets not only in Slovenia but also internationally.
A brewing customer needed to access the entire data from a production line. It was necessary to visualize the whole line and also to collect all its data, record that data transparently and make the data available to business users. The main focus was to grab data according to Weihenstephan standards. The Weihenstephan standards define which production data should be recorded at a filling plant and specifies how that data should be transferred.
Customer experience is a key competitive differentiator for airlines, and increasingly depends on digital channels. How could American Airlines meet its customers’ appetite for instant information and services?
Use of attributes to encrypt the source code and code signatures to protect against manipulation. Licenses are transferred to the compact USB dongle – CmStick/C – online via CodeMeter License Central, a software fully integrated into the Sirona sales process.
B&R clients can use their Technology Guarding system to manage the functionality and settings of their machines. The machine operators do not want to pay for functions that they do not need. At the same time, engineers cannot simply provide additional functions free of charge. They need the ability to manage the machine’s configuration for each client. B&R enables them to do so with dedicated license management using CodeMeter. The licenses required by each client are managed on a license server and used on the machine itself. Technology Guarding is produced with Automation Studio software and implemented on a custom B&R version of the CmStick/C.
After a thorough review process, ENGIE selected C3 IoT as its strategic partner to provide the technology foundation for its enterprise-wide digital transformation. Since the joint press conference in Paris announcing the agreement in June, ENGIE and C3 IoT have initiated an aggressive roadmap enabling ENGIE to immediately leverage C3 IoT’s high-performance, integrated, enterprise-scale IoT analytics and application development platform. In addition to using C3 IoT’s pre-built SaaS applications, ENGIE will develop and deploy custom applications on the C3 IoT Platform across all of ENGIE’s 24 business units worldwide.
This unified application suite and shared IoT platform will accelerate business integration and leverage economies of scale by capturing functional best practices and expertise within and across business lines and providing the ability to benchmark, rationalize, and share the benefits of comprehensive data across geographies and industries.
Additionally, ENGIE and C3 IoT are partnering to establish ENGIE’s Digital Factory, a global Center of Excellence that unites highly skilled data scientists, developers, and business analysts to create a self-sustaining group of 100 experts knowledgeable in analytics and data – as well as ENGIE’s organization and operations – to propagate techniques and expertise across ENGIE worldwide.
C3 IoT is training a dedicated ENGIE team to become expert implementers of the C3 IoT Platform and applications in order to meet ENGIE’s goal of increasing shared functional expertise, unifying product strategy, and delivering operational data consistently across ENGIE’s lines of business.
During a recent visit to C3 IoT’s headquarters, ENGIE CIO and Chief Digital Officer Yves Le Gelard sat down for a video interview to explain ENGIE’s mission and why C3 IoT is an essential partner enabling ENGIE’s digital transformation.
Microlise has well over 100,000 Vodafone connections in 116 countries. The Vodafone Managed IoT Connectivity Platform enables Microlise to install Global SIMs in all its products, allowing them to be deployed quickly anywhere in the world. Microlise can switch SIMs on or off and view usage via a unique portal.
Chamberlain is using the Arrayent Connect Platform for one of the market’s first and most valued, Web-connected garage door openers. With the ability to alert homeowners about open doors and malfunctions, the Chamberlain MyQ Garage uses a free app (available on Android and iOS) which enables customers to remotely control their garage door opener from anywhere in the world.
The Arrayent Connect Platform provides the ability for Chamberlain to build complete connectivity into their entire line of garage door openers and to enable homeowners to use the Chamberlain app with other garage door manufacturers. The security and peace of mind that comes with knowing the status of a homeowner’s garage door provides great value to homeowners, and enables a safer, more secure home environment.
After deploying the iTank solution, which runs on a secure, scalable, and robust IoT Platform, Retif personnel and customers can now view tank levels and alerts in the iTank Management Portal.
“The application is color-coded, so they simply look at the customers approaching the 25% full mark. This makes deliveries easy because they can pull up all of the deliveries in a designated area and just service those customers that meet a certain threshold in a geographic region, saving time, money and increasing efficiencies.”
The deployment expanded across more tanks in Retif’s seven state coverage region. To date, Retif has deployed thousands of tank monitors, many of which were installed by Retif personnel.
o meet the customer's requirements, Advantech's ThinManager ready hardware, consisting of the UNO-2053GL, ACP firmware and ThinManager software was presented. This deployment required the installation of ThinManager and HMI software on the server only, and the UNO-2053GL acted as a thin Client on the plant floor. 230 UNO-2053GL with AMD Geode™ LX800 processors, were installed across the four sites. The UNO-2053GL has no operating system or storage installed; each time the server boots, ThinManager sends the control software to the UNO-2053GL over the network and it then runs the small Linux operating system in RAM. The UNO-2053GL with an operating temperature range of -10 ~ 55°C (14 ~ 131°F) has been designed specifically for harsh industrial environments, and its rugged aluminum chassis protects the fanless and cableless design from the rigors of the factory floor. To guard against network failure, each UNO-2053GL has dual LAN ports that will automatically switch should one go down; thus, data will be protected and successfully transferred and stored on the management server. The management server is stored in a separate air conditioned room with UPS systems and a back-up server. On the factory floor, each UNO-2053GL is connected to a flat panel such as the IP65 compliant 15” FPM-3151G for onsite management.
zenon offers equipment efficiency built around the individual needs of each user. A tailored workstation is the key to ergonomic and efficient working. zenon makes it easy to adjust projects according to individual user needs, whether in advance or during running operations.
zenon’s strong network encryption, comprehensive user management and unique security mechanisms advance the Vipoll equipment. By deploying zenon, Vipoll equipment runs safely and securely so that customers can feel confident in the solutions and feel at ease.
Working with IBM to migrate some of their key legacy customer-facing applications to VMware HCX on IBM Cloud, while simultaneously transforming them to a cloud-native based microservices architecture is enabling the world's largest airline to innovate faster in response to changing customer needs.
Founded in 1997, Sirona is a spin-off of Siemens’ medical business unit. As a leader of current thinking in the industry, it boasts more than 2,700 employees in 24 locations worldwide. The US market represents the largest share for Sirona, followed by Germany, Western Europe and Asia. The main products are manufactured in Bensheim, Germany, the global largest facility in the dental industry.
The pioneering spirit of the company’s founders Erwin Bernecker and Josef Rainer and their determination to achieve a great leap for the automation industry, are still felt in the company today. Enterprising courage, combined with real vision, have made B&R into a globally successful corporation over a quarter century span. With its excellent sense for developments and trends in the market and its dedication to developing high-tech solutions for the good of its clients, B&R has become an innovation and technology leader in the industry.
ENGIE provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs approximately 155,000 people worldwide and achieved revenues of nearly €70 billion in 2015. The global power company plans to invest €1.5 billion in new businesses and digital over the next three years.
Microlise is one of the UK's largest and most established providers of vehicle tracking, telematics and proof of delivery solutions.
Chamberlain is world’s largest garage door opener manufacturer. The company sells its products under several brand names and channels and is popular both for DIY and professional installations.
Retif Oil & Fuel
A medical product company
Vipoll, a Slovenian machine manufacturer for the beverage industry.
Within this specific case study, the customer was American Airlines; however, the applications of the paper go well beyond one customer. The study can be of use to all those in the aerospace and mobility industry.
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As both CodeMeter and CodeMeter Licence Central are perfectly integrated into the Sirona sales process, CodeMeter not only protects the product, but also simplifies the logistics. A license code is emailed to the user which allows additional functions to be easily unlocked according to requirements.
The USB dongle is included in B&R’s package when the hardware is installed for the first time. Replacing hardware in the field is not an issue, as the CmStick can simply be connected into the new component and will automatically resume its safeguarding function.
Creates a platform from which Microlise can test, develop and commercialise new telemetry solutions
Remote Control - Real-time visibility, monitoring, and control of equipment improves asset and resource efficiency.
Flexible industrial control with complete line monitoring
Migrate: IBM’s comprehensive proposal addressed American’s immediate and long term operational concerns through a seamless migration of on-premise servers to IBM Cloud’s Infrastructure as a Service with VMware Cloud Foundation solution.
Single Global SIM and access to technical expertise enables the business to plan for global expansion and entry into new markets
Real-time Tracking - The status of assets can be identified in near real-time.
Adherence to Weihenstephan standards
Transform: IBM also proposed to accelerate the transformation of American’s application development, organization and skills, based on its IBM Cloud Garage Method. As IBM and American jointly developed the new cloud-native apps in Cloud Foundry on IBM Public Cloud Platform as a Service, the old components would be retired.
Provides a real-time view of customer usage, payments and SIM control from a single Global platform. Improves user experience through comprehensive visibility of individual vehicles, helping reduce the cost and environmental impact of fleet operations
Time-to-Market - Programming time, production time, and installation time are shortened during the introduction of new products.
Real-time supervision of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
Operate: The solution brings operations into the development squads, and leverages IBM’s Cloud Solutions Operations Center to provide 24-hour application support and management services, with the IBM team located both onsite at American’s location and at an IBM off-shore location.
Retif has reduced the number of unnecessary deliveries by 48%, resulting in a net total in return-on-investment of over $10,000 per month in delivery expenses alone.
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