April 22, 2015

Industrial Internet - partnerships and benefits of the ecosystem

Jukka Kuusinen

Chief Operating Officer, Industrial Internet, Tieto

When it comes to Industrial Internet, only a few of the existing solutions consist solely of the company's own software and hardware. It's more common, and ultimately inevitable, to fit several technologies together to get the required functionalities. In this blog post I will be discussing how partnerships can support our Industrial Internet applications.

Balance between self deployed technology and partners

Our Industrial Internet team aims to find the best balance between self-deployed technology and technology developed by our partners. Some of our partnerships are global in nature while some are localised. This way, we are providing added value to these partners by providing a sales channel for their skills.

Partnerships are sought horizontally and vertically. By selecting the appropriate partner for analytics, the same investment can be used in different industries. When this happens, there are economic advantages and improvements in quality and speed. The technological risks are reduced when solutions are generally useful instead of customized industry-specific solutions.

However, one cannot only rely on analytics alone. First, you must ensure that the data is obtained by measuring the right data. A good example is the Finnish company TreLab, whose technology can be used to monitor specific industrial machinery and process monitoring. The sensors may not fit well for other industries, but the measures used for their analytics can be re-molded to fit their environment.

Extracting relevant data

When new sensors are added to a network, they collect a vast amount of data. Some of the data is relevant, and some is unnecessary. An increased amount of data brings an additional load to networks. Instead of creating networks with millions of measurement points, the focus should be on creating an intelligent system that only transfers relevant data.

Local analytics have thresholds for alarms. The challenge with data collection is defining how much information we actually need. It is not reasonable to transfer all of the collected data. The price of individual sensors is constantly decreasing but this comes with challenges. A sensor can be "stupid" if it just transfers and transmits all the data it collects. In this case, the intelligence of an individual component rises significantly. This is when the importance of nearby network component becomes the key.

We envision these sensors not only be used to build measurement systems, but also supporting the collection of relevant information and supporting the information flow.

Industrial Internet applications supporting the healthcare industry

The healthcare industry can benefit from Industrial Internet applications. One example could be a device that measures a patient's blood glucose levels. Devices are connected to the platform and some of the data is transferred in almost real-time to the patient's medical record. Electronic medical records include the patient's medical history and real-time treatment information. There is a need to have an integration point between various 3rd party systems and medical record databases that contain the electronic patient journal - such as Tieto's eSense.

The main goal is to create highly-integrated systems with a variety of options for organizations and consumers. Users know the possibilities of integration and that the information collected can be transferred to existing information systems. Such applications support the overall treatment planning and statistical analytics in the healthcare industry.

 Below, watch Jukka present our new IoT platform partner for Tieto Industrial Internet Portfolio.

Read more about Tieto Industrial Internet here.

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