Security is vital for every service and industrial solution our clients use. As a result, security is at the core of what our development team does every day. To guarantee our solutions and services are as secure as our clients need, our development team conducts security reviews after each coding task is completed, and delivers those reviews to the Chief Software Architect.
IoT Systems, Inc. understands that applications and services are only as secure as their weakest point. SenseQ uses the latest standards in private-key encryption and transport-layer security (TLS) to protect valuable data during processing and data transfer. When our clients’ data moves from the backend to Amazon Web Services (AWS), and from AWS back to an equipment owners’ dashboard on a PC, smartphone, or tablet, it is protected throughout the process.
Our chief partner in providing our solutions, Amazon Web Services, is the most secure cloud processing provider in the world, providing services to firms such as GE, SAP, and Lexis-Nexis with redundant data processing and storage centers. Further, IoT Systems has been certified as an Advanced Technology Partner, Amazon’s top performance tier for security.
Not all clients need the same defenses. Our solutions include optional additional layers of security. SenseQ can incorporate AWS-based firewalls, AWS dedicated network connections which operate outside the Internet, multi-factor authentication, AWS security audits, AWS Shield to prevent Denial of Service attacks, and penetration testing to verify security controls, all as value-added services.
IoT Systems has the granular AWS knowledge and skills required to quickly take full advantage of the latest evolving AWS cloud technologies.
A web-based interface for accessing and managing all your AWS IoT resources.
Kits that take the complexity out of coding custom IoT applications with APIs for AWS services.
Physical kits from AWS that are designed to help accelerate development on IoT devices using AWS IoT services.
Helps developers get started with AWS IoT and learn about the features of the platform without the need to write device-specific code.
Makes it easier to securely connect your devices to AWS using the AWS IoT Device Gateway and Device Shadows.
The IoT Systems SenseQ engine ingests equipment and sensor data, organizes it in an inventory service, and visualizes data analytics in simple to use dashboards. Our serverless event-driven architecture scales easily as you add more equipment or sensors. New devices are auto-provisioned with secure certificate-based data encryption from device to cloud. All solutions leverage Open Source and are Open Standards compliant.
AWS Advanced Technology Partner
IoT Systems is an Industrial IoT Company focused on integrating the power of Cloud Connected Industrial Systems with the latest automation technologies.
IoT Systems at re:Invent in the AWS Developers Lounge
Visit us at the Sands Expo at The Venetian for a demo or request a one-on-one meeting with a IoT Systems expert and discover how can help your team manage and deploy an Industrial IoT solution.
IoT Systems presentations at re:Invent 2017
Speaker: Soren Peter Nielsen – Chief Software Architect
Automating the provisioning of Greengrass devices
How we have automated the provisioning of Greengrass devices and our data semantics model
Architectural Review: Deploying Greengrass to support an Industrial Automation Solution
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SenseQ enables the hidden potential of your connected industrial equipment through a powerful Web dashboard you can access anytime, anywhere, on any device.
In-Circuit Testing “Smart Automation”
Using a customized user-friendly “SMART” robot, In-Circuit Testing is automated with supervisory control of test instruments, “SMART” test fixtures & “SMART” circuit board (PCB) feeder. Rapid product changeover is coupled with unlimited scalability to provide a complete solution. A robust operator interface with remote access is provided for an intuitive user experience which is further enhanced by cloud connected automation with SenseQ. High throughput with an outstanding ROI.
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InControl Engineering is an innovative solutions company specializing in the design and integration of smart sensors for manufacturing in numerous industries.
In 2016, Kevin Stoddard, a managing partner, had a problem.
InControl’s customers required sensors on equipment distributed across multiple manufacturing sites globally.
To accomplish this, InControl needed a cost-effective solution fast.
They also needed this solution to be intuitive for the equipment owners, highly secure, and broadly capable of delivering custom analytics to clients around the world.
Figure 1: SenseQ - How It Works.
To address the customer’s needs, IoT Systems created a serverless infrastructure and dashboard to remotely monitor vacuum pumps on-site at a semiconductor customer and deliver that valuable data and alerts to the equipment owners.
Our SenseQ gateway and SenseQ cloud infrastructure were integrated with InControl’s Smart Sensors to securely and reliably transfer data from behind an enterprise firewall to the cloud via Amazon Web Services (see Figure 1).
Additionally, SenseQ provides quick, secure device provisioning, and scales easily for new equipment.
The solution also includes dynamic thresholds for sensor and alarm types, defined by the SenseQ Engine, to differentiate routine warnings from critical failures.
Finally, to meet changing customer needs, we built a configurable dashboard template with visualized equipment data.
Equipment owners and operators can use the dashboard from their smartphone, tablet, or PC and receive alarms via in-dashboard notifications, email, or SMS.
By delivering unprecedented access to actionable insights, IoT Systems has improved situational awareness of predictive maintenance requirements for InControl and their clients, and has lowered costs for all parties.
IoT Systems’ products securely and reliably transmit data between equipment, sensors, and the equipment owners’ smartphone to limit unplanned downtime.
With IoT Systems’ infrastructure to support them, our clients can be more efficient and innovative than ever before.
SenseQ Security Overview
IoT Systems builds custom Industrial IoT solutions, while providing the security measures and compliance certifications organizations require. With a multi-layered approach that combines a robust back-end infrastructure with a customizable set of policies, we provide businesses a powerful solution that can be tailored to their unique needs.
AWS Greengrass is an edge processing service created by Amazon Web Services (AWS) which enables IoT device management independent of a remote cloud. While typical AWS-based IoT device management happens in the AWS cloud, some firms have additional considerations that require some or all device management to be outside the cloud. AWS Greengrass allows local servers to run AWS Lambda, the AWS cloud’s “serverless” compute service, and thus manage IoT devices with at least 128 MB of memory and a 1+ GHz x86 or ARM CPU as if those servers were the AWS cloud.
For many firms, IoT device management must never be interrupted. IoT Systems’ solutions for those firms can include typical AWS-based management with AWS Greengrass-powered servers as backups, meaning that in the unlikely event of an AWS service outage, business can continue without skipping a beat.
When firms need to capture and use big data in real time, some processes need local management. IoT Systems’ AWS Greengrass-based solutions allows local network connections between IoT device owners and their devices. This ensures device owners will always have the fastest possible access to their valuable, actionable data.
Often, firms’ IoT devices transmit sensitive data that, due to professional, ethical, or legal factors, cannot be stored off-site. By using AWS Greengrass to enable local storage, IoT Systems’ solutions enable these firms to maintain and grow their operations in Industry 4.0 activities.
A broad overview of what SensorThings is, how it works, and why IoT Systems, Inc. uses it.
SensorThings is an application programming interface (API) developed in 2015 by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) to manage sensors and actuators in the Internet of Things (IoT).
The OGC, founded in 1994, is a non-profit that formulates open standards and best practices for geospatial data, data sharing, geographic information system (GIS) data processing, and IoT devices.
In 2005, with new developments in sensor technology and wireless Internet connectivity making it possible to place more sensors in more remote locations than ever before, the OGC developed Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) standards to enable sensor and Web-based application interoperability. The SensorThings API is the OGC’s latest expansion of SWE standards in sensor and actuator management.
In order to manage sensors and actuators, the SensorThings API needs a server implementation for use with Web services (e.g. Amazon Web Services) and with on-premises server hardware.
The Fraunhofer Institute, an applied science research organization founded in 1949 in Germany, has built an open source server implementation of SensorThings to scale their work for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and has released that implementation for public use. The Fraunhofer IOSB SensorThingsServer is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License 3.0.
Supporting and implementing SensorThings allows IoT Systems, Inc.’s partners to monitor, control, and scale devices with unprecedented ease.
The SensorThings API is a two-part system (see Figure 1):
I. Sensing: This retrieves and manages time-series data (periodical) and state data (event-specific) from sensors, sending them to the cloud in lightweight MQTT payloads.
II. Tasking: This allows logic engines and dashboards to maintain remote control of devices.
Figure 1: How Sensors, Actuators, and Applications Interact in the SensorThings API.