This technical information has been contributed bySANTA CLARA, Calif.—Electric Imp, a provider of an Internet of Things (IoT) platform that is reported to securely connect devices to advanced cloud computing resources, has announced the availability of its Connected Manufacturing suite. The company reported in a press release that Connected Manufacturing levers a single, secure platform to speed time to market, cut labor and materials costs, and eliminate security threats for companies attempting to ramp up manufacturing and deployment of “millions of IoT devices.”
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IoT Platform Reported to Enable Connected Manufacturing at Mass Scale
A core component of Electric Imp’s Connected Manufacturing suite is the new impFactory™, an appliance purpose-built to securely configure, track, and activate IoT-connected devices during mass production. The impFactory ships with embedded BlinkUp™, a patented technology that is said to enable secure provisioning. The impFactory collects and feeds valuable production data directly to business systems for real-time analytics, the company reported, and includes multiple interfaces to attach printers, scanners, and other machines used during device testing on the factory floor.
Along with impFactory, Connected Manufacturing also includes enhancements to impOS™, impSecure™, and impCloud™. Together, the products create workflow automation and data insights that span the entire lifecycle of IoT-connected devices—from lab prototype to factory production, to installing and maintaining devices anywhere in the world.
“Anyone who has ever built millions of connected devices knows that visibility, flexibility, and secure control of the manufacturing process can make or break a product,” said Hugo Fiennes, co-founder and CEO of Electric Imp, in the release. “Unless you are willing to have your engineers live at the factory, wherever in the world it is, you are limited in what you control. We designed our Connected Manufacturing suite to deal with the real-world, real-time, and potentially, really ugly parts of bringing a secure IoT product to market.”
Early-release users of Connected Manufacturing include Pitney Bowes, a recently announced Electric Imp customer, and Petasense.
“It takes just seconds for us to activate our connected devices using Connected Manufacturing from Electric Imp,” said Rick Ryan, Strategic Technology and Innovation Center Research Fellow at Pitney Bowes, in the release. “The ability to establish trust between a device and the recently announced Pitney Bowes Commerce Cloud is critical as we deploy new customer services while retaining the security levels required by our highly-regulated business. By utilizing impFactory™ and leveraging the Electric Imp devices and cloud services, we anticipate a cut in connectivity costs as we develop our digital relationship with our customers.”
Abhinav Khushraj, founder and CEO for Petasense, said that the company estimates that it will cut more than 50 percent of the time needed to provision by using impFactory™ and the Electric Imp platform. Petasense levers Electric Imp to provide vibration sensing technology for predictive maintenance. “Other methods simply won’t scale—particularly when you are manufacturing thousands of devices at a time. The impFactory™ is easy to use, can move around the factory floor, and can even be triggered using a foot switch, freeing the operator’s hands for other work.”
Electric Imp (electricimp.com) provides a platform that offers integrated hardware, OS, security, provisioning, APIs, and cloud services. It is said to empower manufacturers to “manage and quickly scale their connected products and services to millions of users.” Founded in 2011, the company is located in Los Altos, California and Cambridge, England.
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