AggreGate Business Benefits
When designing a distributed system, most companies face the need to develop some kind of back-end software managing remote devices. A well-designed back-end software would adhere to a client/server paradigm, and creating such a software may be a daunting task which is both expensive and time-consuming.
The often overlooked irony of any such development is just how similar it is to other projects of this kind. Analysis of typical distributed systems shows up to 90% of all required functionality of these systems is always the same.
AggreGate provides a rich set of features and facilities to perform common device management and monitoring tasks. Device-specific operations may be implemented by custom software modules or performed by legacy software that communicates with AggreGate.
- Fast deployment and easy integration with existing enterprise software: AggreGate lets you leverage your existing infrastructure. No need to ditch anything you are currently using or re-train your employees to use some new system. Take what you have and expand on it.
- Predictive maintenance and automated operations: vending machines can "call home" to let you know stock is running low, well before it runs out. That is just one example.
- Integrating most typical device management operations in a single distributed system: you don't need third-party applications for solving most typical device management tasks.
- Highly scalable and flexible architecture, easy customization for the customer's needs: you have "your own" branded software system.
- Multi-user distributed environment, configurable access permissions: allow multiple roles in your organization access your device, but all on a "need to know" basis. Maximum availability along with maximum security - a winning combination.
- Automated reactions to alert conditions, including automatic execution of corrective actions: common problems will be solved without intervention of system operators.
- User-defined business rules triggering interactive and non-interactive execution of custom procedures: even in normal operating conditions many machine-to-machine, machine-to-enterprise and machine-to-human interactions may be automated and joined into complex chains.
- Reduced operational costs: by using reports and alerts you will know exactly what goes on in your distributed system. Points of waste (time, money or other resources) will 'pop out'. Optimizing becomes obvious and easier.
- Reduced number of human errors: manual alert acknowledgements increase operator accountability. Also, automated business rules and non-interactive actions performed on alerts allow the system to auto-correct some errors.
- High ROI: with reduced downtime, your revenue-generating infrastructure will work harder and more efficiently.
- Increased customer satisfaction, due to increased overall efficiency: with your system working as a concerted whole, customers enjoy a unified experience.
- Reduced number of field service visits and support calls: you can troubleshoot your devices remotely, reboot your device, change its internal settings, and perform many other operations that normally require an on-site technician.
- Improved meantime to repair (MTTR): Not only will you get immediate notice when something goes wrong, you will also know exactly what went wrong. Get error codes, run diagnostics and perform other needed operations so that when your technician gets to the site, he knows exactly what the problem is. Eliminate the guesswork!
AggreGate IoT Platform:
- Provides simultaneous remote configuration, controlling and monitoring of a large number of geographically distributed and disparate devices over the Internet.
- Solves the problems associated with controlling devices which have unstable or periodic connections.
- Reduces the cost of maintaining a connection to each device by eliminating the need for real static IP addresses and firewall reconfiguration for each node.
- Uses a central server for data aggregation.
Examples of devices and machines which can be controlled using AggreGate:
- Building and site security devices, such as access control panels,
- Safety devices, such as fire alarm panels,
- Building automation devices, such as HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning) controllers,
- Vending machines,
- Remotely controlled vehicle monitoring systems,
- Remotely controlled data acquisition systems, such as weather stations,
- Stationary data entry and collection devices, such as factory floor automation terminals and time recorders,
- Mobile data collection devices, such as hand-held warehouse data terminals, credit card terminals, and order data processing terminals,
- Network devices, such as routers and different types of servers.
See Solutions for more information on devices and industries that may benefit from AggreGate.
In AggreGate, the server works as a central coordinating element, as well as a central data depository. In contrast to prior solutions requiring either repetitive individual configuration of each device or relying on proprietary closed systems designed to support specific devices where hardware and firmware must match exactly what the central server software expects, AggreGate offers a unifying platform allowing the user to combine devices of different types in a single system without extensive programming or development.
The server and client portions of the system are implemented as Java software running under any Java-enabled operating system, such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS, etc. The list of potentially supported platforms for the Client is even wider and includes smartphones and tablet PCs.