IAR Systems®, the future-proof supplier of software tools and services for embedded development, and Secure Thingz, an IAR Systems Group company, today presented a complete "development to deployment" solution for Microsoft Azure IoT and RTOS platforms. The solution enables rapid development and simplified deployment of devices ensuring out-of-the-box connectivity.
With applications rapidly transitioning from traditional embedded devices to cloud-orientated edge compute nodes, there is a growing need to integrate cloud connectivity into both the development and manufacturing processes, creating a seamless secure supply chain. The solution announced today will benefit from one of the world's most popular commercial embedded development toolchains to integrate cloud-ready identity and robust root-of-trust technology, delivering a truly "cloud-first" solution.
The integration of the complete development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench and the security development tool Embedded Trust, coupled with Microsoft's Cloud Device Provisioning Services (DPS), ensures enterprises can deliver products that are uniquely cryptographically identifiable, with secured software installation, leading edge secure update management, and secured production management. The delivery of development-orientated security for the first time ensures bad actors have no entry points into the development to deployment flow, protecting intellectual property, inhibiting malware, and delivering trust in every connected device.
"It is only by designing for security and cloud connectivity at the inception of the development process that we can truly ensure protection of devices, intellectual property, customer data and software updates. Secure development and secure manufacturing of devices, coupled with tight integration of strong cryptographic identity and valet services to ensure OEM credentials are meshed securely into Microsoft's Azure services, means that cloud-first strategies are available to every developer and enterprise."
Haydn Povey, Chief Strategy Officer at IAR Systems and CEO at Secure Thingz
"Building with Microsoft Azure RTOS and being cloud ready delivers the Microsoft vision for connected devices," stated Tony Shakib, General Manager, Azure IoT at Microsoft. "The ability to develop and deploy pre-onboarded devices which are implicitly cloud aware means everyone can rapidly connect devices to services and reduce time-to-data."
About IAR Systems
IAR Systems supplies future-proof software tools and services for embedded development, enabling companies worldwide to create the products of today and the innovations of tomorrow. Since 1983, IAR Systems' solutions have ensured quality, reliability and efficiency in the development of over one million embedded applications. The company is headquartered in Uppsala, Sweden and has sales and support offices all over the world. Since 2018, Secure Thingz, the global domain expert in device security, embedded systems, and lifecycle management, is part of IAR Systems Group AB. IAR Systems Group AB is listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm, Mid Cap.
About Secure Thingz
Secure Thingz is the global domain expert in device security, embedded systems, and lifecycle management. In 2018, the company was acquired by IAR Systems Group AB, the future-proof supplier of software tools and services for embedded development. Secure Thingz is focused on delivering advanced security solutions into the emerging industrial Internet of Things, critical infrastructure, automotive and other markets. The Secure Deploy™ architecture has been developed to solve the major security issues challenging the IoT. Secure Thingz solutions ensure a cost-efficient root of trust in low-cost microcontrollers to deliver a core set of critical services through the product lifecycle, alongside secure deployment, production and update infrastructure. Secure Thingz is a founding member and Executive Board member of the Internet of Things Security Foundation, the leading global organization for IoT Security.
Leading industrial pumping solutions provider Industrial Flow Solutions™, headquartered in New Haven, Conn., USA, announced today the agreement to acquire Clearwater Controls Ltd.™, based in Glasgow, Scotland. Clearwater Controls offers a broad line of wastewater solutions, beginning with its leading deragging intelligent systems to solve specific pumping problems, to more advanced monitoring technology to optimize and manage entire water networks. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Clearwater Controls will retain its company name and brand.Clearwater Controls is known worldwide for the DERAGGER™+ line of intelligent deragging control systems. The company is bringing the Internet of Things (IoT) to industry sectors with its newest innovation: cloud-based data analytics and management for improved monitoring of water networks.
Clearwater Controls’ solutions allow engineers and operators to analyze and create baseline data on the performance of their pump networks in real time to optimize operations, identify problems, perform money-saving predictive maintenance, and avoid potentially harmful and costly environmental impacts. These smart interventions will transform the industry from its historic reactive approach to a predictive asset management model.
Incorporating Clearwater Controls’ DERAGGER PRO pump station controller across its brands will bring intelligent efficiency to nearly all product lines of Industrial Flow Solutions, particularly the innovative OverWatch™ Direct In-Line Pumping System platform. Clearwater Controls’ complementary products and technology will provide greater value to customers seeking to reduce startup time, strengthen reliability and provide real-time cloud-based data.
“As technology and smart data bring new changes to the water industry, this acquisition will establish Industrial Flow Solutions and Clearwater Controls as leaders in the new digital revolution. This new partnership supports our combined missions to transform any industry that relies on high usage of water and the need for treatment.“
John Wilson, President of Industrial Flow Solutions
Wilson expects a dramatic increase in Clearwater Controls’ business as it develops a greater product range for the DERAGGER+ and expands its global customer base.
“This acquisition is of mutual benefit to both companies, making each uniquely more competitive. We have common values of being customer focused, highly responsive, innovative, collaborative, supportive, and ambitious,” Wilson said. “We will provide Clearwater Controls with resources and expertise to strengthen its business overall. Reciprocally, Clearwater Controls’ unique and agnostic control solutions open a huge opportunity for Industrial Flow Solutions to access a worldwide market,” Wilson added.
“Clearwater Controls is taking the lead in seizing the groundswell of interest and momentum around intelligent monitoring and management of wastewater networks. Our partnership with Industrial Flow Solutions provides us with a greater footprint to advance pumping technology worldwide.”
Simon Crompton, Managing Director, Clearwater Controls
About Industrial Flow Solutions
Industrial Flow Solutions specializes in the design, manufacturing, sales and service of pumping and fluid management solutions for harsh, rugged environments. With OverWatch™ direct in-line pump systems, BJM Pumps® products and Stancor® Pumps and Controls, the company offers a comprehensive portfolio of submersible and direct in-line pumps and controls ideal for industrial, commercial and municipal wastewater applications. Industrial Flow Solutions, headquartered in New Haven, Conn., is a portfolio company of May River Capital, a Chicago-based private-equity firm focused on lower middle-market industrial growth companies.
About Clearwater Controls Ltd.
Clearwater Controls launched in 2009 as the research and development division of ID Systems. The company has conceived, developed, and delivered a suite of intelligent pump monitoring and anti-ragging solutions, built around its unique and patented technology. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, with a rapidly expanding operation in the United States, Clearwater Controls delivers solutions to clients across the UK, Ireland, Continental Europe, and North America.
The Ennoconn Group, a global leader in Industrial IoT and embedded technology within Design Manufacturing Services (DMS), IT & system integration services, and Google Cloud have agreed to a strategic collaboration aimed at transforming Ennoconn's manufacturing systems and creating new products, services, and industrial manufacturing methods for its international customer base in core industries including Smart Cities, Smart Manufacturing, Smart Retail, Financial Services and Media & Entertainment among others.
"We're driving to become an AIoT cloud-services company and to create new business models around Innovation Platform Convergence (IPC). Working with Google Cloud as our strategic partner for innovation, we will leverage its infrastructure, platform and expertise to advance our existing DMS workflow and develop new cloud-based products, services and solutions. By delivering innovative access to content and services in new combinations across multiple platforms, we believe we will disrupt the Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) industry and create value that differentiates us to our partners and customers worldwide."
Steve Chu, CEO and chairman, Ennoconn
Modernizing for efficiency across Ennoconn's global operations
The first aspect of the collaboration will involve Ennoconn migrating its business-critical sales, marketing, and operations systems from its on-premise infrastructure to Google Cloud to realize greater efficiency and save resources. Ennoconn will also use Google Cloud's computing, data storage and analytics to power its digital management production tools for greater visibility across its design-chain and supply-chain, including manufacturing floor assembly, integration, testing, and packaging. This, in turn, will translate into more streamlined design timelines for Ennoconn, and the ability to deliver more predictive designs, support, and manufacturing services to market with speed and confidence.
Accelerating Ennoconn's business transformation and creating new revenue models
Another core pillar of the collaboration will include Ennoconn building on its current worldwide IoT embedded technology, DMS, IT and System Integration Services and advancing its enterprise-wide Digitalization-as-a-Service (DaaS) strategy to deliver innovative Google Cloud-connected Ennoconn manufacturing products and services.
Ennoconn is rapidly developing next-generation information and operational technology (IT/OT), artificial intelligence of things (AIoT), AI, and 5G-enabled solutions and services for its partners and customers. Working with Google Cloud will give Ennoconn the added ability to digitally monitor, maintain, and control manufacturing equipment and processes on behalf of partners and customers. It will also enable the company to unlock the value of component data and optimize its facilities and workflows in real time as a design-build manufacturer.
This integration and host of new solutions and services also means Ennoconn's customers will be able to harness Google Cloud's secure and scalable cloud infrastructure to flexibly deploy cloud-native support solutions across their choice of on-premise, hybrid cloud, or as-a-service models, thereby modernizing their own operations for long-term success.
Creating a new wave of Ennoconn-Google integrated solutions for manufacturers worldwide
Lastly, Ennoconn and Google Cloud have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in different areas to power collaboration and communication across the Ennoconn'ss core industries.
Ennoconn plans to develop and resell equipment and solutions for Glass Enterprise Edition 2, Google's wearable computer for hands-free industrial work, and Google Meet, Google's comprehensive cloud-based enterprise video communications and collaboration platform. In addition, Ennoconn intends to create Google Meet-compliant hardware and related products to serve its vast customer base across industries.
"Staying ahead in today's hyper-competitive and globalized manufacturing industry requires leveraging best-in-class technologies to deliver value-added services. We're thrilled to partner with Ennoconn to accelerate its Digitalization-as-a-Service strategy, and to explore new solutions and services that have the potential to transform the design and manufacturing supply chain."
Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud
About Ennoconn Group
Ennoconn Group, a global technology solutions provider delivers world-class Industrial IoT and Embedded Technology, Design Manufacturing Services, IT & System Integration Services into high-growth markets including, Smart City, Smart Manufacturing, Smart Retail, Financial Services and Media & Entertainment. With a commitment to Digital Transformation, Ennoconn's 'Digitalization as a Service' strategy integrates and delivers manufacturing systems with emerging technology solutions that address the revolutionary demand in cloud data storage, machine learning / AIoT / 5G / Cloud IoT Integration with a Digital Transformation strategy across all internal design, manufacturing and supply chain platforms and disciplines.
About Google Cloud
Google Cloud accelerates organizations' ability to digitally transform their business with the best infrastructure, platform, industry solutions and expertise. We deliver enterprise-grade solutions that leverage Google's cutting-edge technology – all on the cleanest cloud in the industry. Customers in more than 200 countries and territories turn to Google Cloud as their trusted partner to enable growth and solve their most critical business problems.