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Flowfinity's New Release Sets the Stage for IoT Device Support, Bringing Business Process Automation to Another Level

Flowfinity | September 21, 2021

Flowfinity Wireless Inc., a leading no-code platform for business application development and workflow automation, today released Flowfinity 21.2 featuring support for Internet of Things (IoT) devices to augment human workflows and bring business process automation to another level.

This important update empowers organizations to deploy IoT devices at the edge of their physical infrastructure, connecting assets directly to Flowfinity servers and software robots. Now any business can achieve 24/7 asset monitoring and process automation in addition to people-driven data collection, including authorizing controllers to take actions driven by Flowfinity workflows configured and overseen by human operators.

By updating to Flowfinity 21.2, users will have the ability to securely collect data from a wide variety of sensors and inputs without human intervention, unlocking the power of machine data to drive automated workflows and populate dashboards for real-time monitoring and analysis.

When combined with reliable system integration options and flexible on-demand access tokens allowing external users to participate in workflows, Flowfinity is becoming the platform of choice for forward-thinking firms needing accurate data collection, 24/7 asset monitoring and streamlined process management.  

"This is a big step for the Flowfinity platform as we enter a new era where we can augment the traditional people, processes and technology framework with IoT capability to automate data collection and asset monitoring," said Larry Wilson, VP Sales & Marketing, Flowfinity.

"We started out 20 years ago by enabling people-driven data collection on mobile devices. Then we evolved to enabling automation and mobilization of B2E workflows. Now we are enabling those workflows to encompass IoT devices that allow the deployment of edge computing solutions to extract even greater value from business process automation."

Other capabilities introduced in the Flowfinity 21.2 update included the ability to send SMS notifications as part of your workflows to mobile phones globally using either the Twilio or Plivo gateways, and various UI and security enhancements.

About Flowfinity
Flowfinity is a no-code platform used to create, automate, and integrate custom business processes applications. For over 20 years, Flowfinity has empowered business leaders and IT professionals to build flexible, scalable data collection apps and workflow automations without committing the resources required to write and maintain code.

Our intuitive platform combines a web-based app editor, SQL database, process automation robots, advanced data collection including IoT capability, interactive reporting dashboards, and reliable system integrations.

Spotlight

The IoT will expand the data collection practices of the online world to the offline world. — The IoT will enable and normalize preference and behavior tracking in the offline world. This is a significant qualitative shift, and a key reason to evaluate these technologies for their social impact and effect on historical methods of privacy preservation. The very notion of an offline world may begin to decline.


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Ynvisible Strengthens European Sales Channels, Signs Distribution Agreement With Computer Controls AG

Ynvisible Interactive | June 16, 2022

Ynvisible Interactive Inc. a fast-growing printed e-paper display manufacturer, positioning its technology as the lowest energy-consuming printed e-paper display on the market, has signed a distribution agreement with Switzerland headquartered Computer Controls AG to distribute Ynvisible’s products and solutions for battery-driven or battery-less IoT devices. Computer Controls AG is a supplier of high-quality electronic components, IoT communication modules and technology for test & measurement. The distribution partnership with Computer Controls AG expands Ynvisible’s sales footprint in the DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) and East European markets. Computer Controls AG is a leading-edge technology supply partner to customers seeking high-level electronic solutions for IoT, electronic and mechanical engineering, ICT, and research & education. “In line with our Q1 launch of Ynvisible’s printed e-paper display product, we are actively expanding our channels to market and are excited to strengthen our distributor network through this partnership with Computer Controls AG,” states Keith Morton, VP of Sales & Marketing at Ynvisible. “Computer Controls is a full range technical supplier to companies looking for leading-edge innovations to fuel new product creation. Their clients now gain access to Ynvisible’s printed e-paper displays that offer energy-efficient, ultra-low-power, thin, flexible displays, and provide endlessly customizable design freedom.” “We are pleased that Ynvisible’s cutting-edge technology fits perfectly into our portfolio for IoT applications. We are determined to bring e-paper solutions quickly and competitively to the DACH and Eastern European markets”, says Harald Weigelt, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Computer Controls AG. About Computer Controls AG Computer Controls translates customers’ needs into high-level electronic solutions. With 30 years of knowledge in distribution, support, and service, the company helps to find the best products for applications in IoT, electronic and mechanical engineering, ICT, and research & education. Computer Controls delivers efficient performance for best results and implements agile in quality assurance for different industries when independence and transparency matter; qualified and inspiring professionals at Computer Controls act as leading-edge technology partners. Ynvisible is also pleased to announce the appointment of Dirk Becker to the position of European Sales Manager. He will head Ynvisible’s sales in Europe based in Germany effective immediately. He is a well-educated technical Engineer in the field of mechanics. Since 1995 Dirk has been in a sales role for the business development of international companies in Europe. He has extensive experience in sales, especially in the electronic display niche, mainly related to the industrial and automotive markets. “I am proud and confident to support customers on their needs and their path to success,” said Dirk Becker. About Ynvisible Ynvisible is disrupting the low-cost and ultra-low-power display industry thanks to the latest advantages in sustainable electronics and roll-to-roll printing production. Ynvisible’s printed e-paper displays are ideal for low-power and cost-sensitive applications, such as digital signage, smart monitoring label, authenticity and security, and retail labels and signage. Ynvisible has the experience, know-how, and intellectual property in electrochromic materials, inks, and systems and offers a mix of services, materials, and technology to brand owners developing smart objects and IoT products.

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INDUSTRIAL IOT

InfluxData Announces InfluxDB Edge Data Replication

InfluxData | June 20, 2022

InfluxData, creator of the leading time series platform InfluxDB, today announced Edge Data Replication, a new capability for centralized business insights in widely distributed environments. Edge Data Replication enables developers to collect, store and analyze high-precision time series data in InfluxDB at the edge, while replicating all or subsets of this data into InfluxDB Cloud. With Edge Data Replication, InfluxData delivers on both platform breadth and simplicity, scaling time series data processing in a new way that embraces the precision of the edge and the power of the cloud. Modern applications are highly distributed across architectures and produce enormous volumes of time series data at the edge. Effectively managing the data in these applications and associated assets is a time-consuming, resource-intensive process, and developers often don’t have the capabilities or budgets to manage hundreds or thousands of data pipelines. InfluxDB Edge Data Replication changes the way developers and operators process time series data across distributed environments using a new edge database configuration that durably queues and mirrors select datasets to the cloud. The availability of Edge Data Replication marks a critical first step in InfluxData’s journey to solve key time series data integration and orchestration challenges for customers building distributed Industrial and Internet of Things (IoT) applications in energy, manufacturing, aerospace, and other high-tech industries. "Data has gravity, and much of it is created far from clouds and data centers. This pulls applications out to the edge, where the data is born and produces its greatest value. Unfortunately, most databases don’t acknowledge or respect these emerging hybrid edge-cloud environments,” said Rick Spencer, Vice President of Products, InfluxData. “Edge Data Replication sets a new benchmark for time series platforms by combining the power of cloud with the precision of the edge – a best of both worlds solution that’s key to tomorrow’s distributed applications.” According to Gartner, “Enterprises are now employing machine learning models and computing at the edge in order to preprocess data rather than just migrating data to the cloud. Rather than one-way archiving, early adopters are doing multidirectional synchronization of data between edge, core data center and public cloud. Two-way synchronization allows enterprises to make use of the elastic nature of the compute infrastructure found among cloud service providers. 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Downsampling data with Edge Data Replication delivers faster processing and reduced transfer costs. Transform data before transfer: Dynamically add context to edge data that is needed for processing in the cloud. Cloud processing may require extra dimensions to query on or feature engineering. Enforce edge/cloud consistency: Withstand planned and unplanned disruptions in network connectivity by queueing data at the edge until it can be safely transferred to the cloud. Full data workflow at the edge: Full support for applications at the edge by enabling data preprocessing close to the data sources. “Loft Orbital’s mission is to deliver space infrastructure as a service to give our customers rapid access to space, Our network edge extends onto our spacecraft in low Earth orbit, requiring real-time access to highly distributed mission-critical data. 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We empower developers and organizations, such as Cisco, IBM, Siemens and Tesla, to build real-time IoT, analytics and cloud applications with time-stamped data. Our technology is purpose-built to handle the massive volumes of data produced by sensors, systems or applications that change over time. Easy to start and scale, InfluxDB gives developers time to focus on the features and functionalities that give their apps a competitive edge. InfluxData is headquartered in San Francisco, with a workforce distributed worldwide.

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ENTERPRISE IOT

ADLINK Releases New AIoT SMARC module, a First Based on MediaTek SoC, featuring Genio 1200 with an 8-core CPU + 5-core GPU

ADLINK | June 17, 2022

The ADLINK’s new module is of SMARC 2.1 specification, short size, based on the MediaTek® Genio 1200 processor, and designed to drive AIoT, 4K graphics applications at the edge It features an octa-core (4x Cortex-A78 + 4x Cortex-A55) CPU at 2.2GHz, a 5-core GPU for advanced 3D graphics, and an integrated APU (AI Processor Unit) for on-device AI while supporting multiple 4K displays and camera inputs, all packed with exceptional power efficiency ADLINK Technology Inc., a global leader in edge computing, announces the release of its very first SMARC module built with a MediaTek® SoC. Utilizing the MediaTek® Genio 1200 processor, this ADLINK SMARC COM features high-performance AI and graphics-centric capabilities, ideal for various AIoT use cases at the edge. This includes everything from advanced smart home, human machine interface, 4K multimedia applications, to industrial IoT, robotics, and more. ADLINK’s MediaTek Genio 1200 SMARC Module harnesses an octa-core CPU (4x Cortex-A78 + 4x Cortex-A55 at 2.2GHz) for running compute-intensive workloads, a 5-core GPU for advanced 3D graphics, and an APU (AI Processor Unit) for on-device AI processing, such as deep learning, neural network (NN) acceleration, and computer vision. Its spate of functionalities includes support for multiple 4K displays, up to three MIPI camera inputs, and extended IO connectivity. “With a powerful 8-core CPU and integrating GPU plus APU, the module showcases a computing prowess previously only seen in x86 platforms, and at half the power envelope, It enables our clients to bring advanced intelligent systems that can not only handle extreme workloads but also reduce energy costs and leverage for an improved carbon footprint.” Henri Parmentier, Senior Product Manager, ADLINK "MediaTek’s Genio AIoT platform was designed to play a key role in helping drive the next generation of innovation at the edge,” said Richard Lu, Vice President of MediaTek’s AIoT Business Unit. “We look forward to seeing the many new user experiences that are brought to life through ADLINK’s latest Genio 1200-powered SMARC module.” For industrial AIoT innovations, the module can build powerful robots for use in harsh industrial conditions and in temperatures that range from -40° to 85°C. Its features include: MediaTek® MT8395 CPU (Arm Cortex-A78 x4 + Cortex-A55 x4) Up to 5 TOPS APU system Up to 8GB LPDDR4 1x onboard UFS, up to 256GB DSI up to 1080P HDMI up to 4K/60 3x MIPI CSI interfaces 10 year product availability ADLINK’s MediaTek Genio 1200 SMARC Module is part of ADLINK’s portfolio of SMARC form factors that support both ARM and x86 designs. ADLINK has worked closely with MediaTek to deliver a smart, powerful solution for AI and graphics-centric IoT applications. Alongside its high-performance, on-device AI and multitasking compute capabilities, the module is offered with low power consumption and extended temperature tolerance option, empowering system integrators to run complex AI workloads even in harsh environments, and making it the ideal solution to various AIoT use scenarios in any industry. About ADLINK Technology ADLINK Technology Inc. leads edge computing, the catalyst for a world powered by artificial intelligence. ADLINK manufactures edge hardware and develops edge software for embedded, distributed, and intelligent computing – from powering medical PCs in the intensive care unit to building the world’s first high-speed autonomous race car – more than 1600 customers around the world trust ADLINK for mission-critical success. ADLINK holds top-tier edge partnerships with Intel, NVIDIA, AWS, and SAS, and also participates on the Intel Board of Advisors, ROS 2 Technical Steering Committee and Autoware Foundation Board. ADLINK contributes to open source, robotics, autonomous, IoT and 5G standards initiatives across 24+ consortiums, driving innovation in manufacturing, telecommunications, healthcare, energy, defense, transportation and infotainment. For over 25 years, with 1800+ ADLINKers and 200+ partners, ADLINK enables the technologies of today and tomorrow, advancing technology and society around the world.

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Scope AR Unifies the Digital Thread with Industrial IoT Capability

Scope AR | June 03, 2022

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The IoT will expand the data collection practices of the online world to the offline world. — The IoT will enable and normalize preference and behavior tracking in the offline world. This is a significant qualitative shift, and a key reason to evaluate these technologies for their social impact and effect on historical methods of privacy preservation. The very notion of an offline world may begin to decline.

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