Edge-to-cloud-to-application IoT solution

26th November 2015
Joe Bush

A new platform as a service (PaaS) Smart Embedded Management Agent (SEMA) Cloud application enablement platform (AEP), has been launched by ADLINK Technology, which offers an industrial IoT cloud solution from a single source.

 “The IoT is all about data. When gathered, shared and applied the right way, data creates a better end user experience, reduces costs, builds revenue, enables new applications and improves the overall value of technology,” said Dr Boye Färber, ADLINK Product Manager for IoT solutions. “Automating and streamlining these benefits through the use of device data in business processes is an example of a practical application of IoT technology.”

SEMA Cloud is comprised of a cloud server architecture hosting the SEMA Cloud IoT Service, which can be managed and administered from the web-based SEMA Cloud Management Portal. The cloud solution includes gateway software with an IoT stack on top of intelligent SEMA middleware, enabling embedded devices to connect securely to the cloud using encryption technologies without additional design requirements. SEMA Cloud is a flexible platform that is application ready or open for further development of customer specific applications.

By pushing data to the user’s cloud server via any kind of TCP/IP connection - such as 3G, 4G, LAN or wireless LAN - system operators have easy access to data and analytics through web browsers or a web application programming interface (Web API), using devices such as a desktop PC, tablet or smartphone, or using data analytics systems. Operators can verify, monitor and manage system performance from a single, central location, improving reliability and reducing management costs.

Intelligent SEMA middleware is built into ADLINK computer modules, boards and systems to enhance the end user’s embedded system’s reliability and offer support during initial system integration and customer carrier bring up. SEMA middleware provides a large set of deeply embedded tools enabling remote device and system management using the SEMA Cloud platform and Management Portal. With SEMA Cloud, system operators can access board information, run-time statistics, CPU temperatures, fan speed, system voltages, power consumption, and other important system data.

In addition, operational limits can be defined and proactive event notification alarms set in order to pro-actively prevent system failure. SEMA Cloud also allows users to control devices remotely, for example to throttle CPUs, access I2C bus connected sensors, upload and download files or to perform remote firmware updates. By means of so-called ‘campaigns’, such actions can be performed remotely on many devices in parallel, significantly reducing maintenance costs.

ADLINK offers its customers SEMA Cloud Evaluation Packages, which include licenses to use the SEMA Cloud AEP for one year and covering connections of up to either ten or 50 devices for test and development purposes. Customers can easily enter IoT and test and develop their own IoT solution with reduced time to market (TTM) and without the need for a large investment in new IT infrastructure. Thus, SEMA Cloud enables customers to reduce maintenance costs of their embedded systems and to monetise their data in a short time.

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