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. Furthermore, with the upcoming expansion of edge computing, there will be a growing need for solutions that enable data workflow among edge, storage and multiple public cloud providers.”*
Unlock Centralized Business Insights with Edge Data Replication
InfluxData’s Edge Data Replication creates a new and intuitive experience for developers building at the edge by allowing data from an InfluxDB instance to automatically replicate to InfluxDB Cloud with a simple configuration setting. By leveraging Edge Data Replication in tandem with the full power of the InfluxDB platform, including Flux, InfluxDB’s native data scripting language, users can:
Integrate edge and cloud DataOps: Connect edge and cloud workloads to automatically mirror data from InfluxDB edge sources to InfluxDB Cloud instances in real-time.
Reduce cloud ingress and egress costs: Filter and aggregate data intelligently from InfluxDB at the edge before replicating it to InfluxDB Cloud. 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. With Edge Data Replication, it’s easier than ever for us to centralize our time series data while ensuring we don’t lose data from edge storage locations.”
Caleb MacLachlan, Head of Software Integration, Loft Orbital
“Every year there are 10 times more IoT edge devices deployed. Developers know that expectations for consistency, efficiency, and reliability are growing at a similar rate,” said Rick Spencer, InfluxData. “With this kind of scale, IoT developers need excellence in local operations, taking advantage of granular data for real-time insights and control, while also having a centralized view across all of the edge operations, sometimes at an enormous scale. The combination of Edge Data Replication, InfluxDB at the edge, and InfluxDB Cloud makes building such IoT applications not only possible, but also incredibly simple.”
InfluxData is the creator of InfluxDB, the leading time series platform. 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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UserTesting | March 28, 2022
UserTesting (NYSE: USER), a leader in video-based human insight, today released new test templates for the UserTesting Human Insight Platform that enable companies to see first-hand how people experience the Internet of Things (IoT) and other connected devices. As more devices become linked via the Internet and cloud computing and the expectations of customers change, there is a heightened need for companies to understand how people interact with and react to these connected devices and new experiences.
As the number of IoT devices increases, forecasted to nearly triple from 8.74 billion in 2020 to more than 25.4 billion IoT devices in 2030, companies are innovating the means in which they interact with their customers – from VR headsets and self-driving cars, to wearable devices and smart home assistants and appliances. The increase in connected devices in both business and consumer worlds presents more opportunities for brands to engage with customers. Companies can gain a great deal of value through learning how their customers utilize and benefit from connected devices, and UserTesting’s new templates help companies provide greater experiences for their customers.
UserTesting’s connected device templates provide companies a competitive advantage by giving them access to a more complete picture of their customers’ expectations in their use of connected devices. For example, a large commercial airline has been using UserTesting to develop a new voice assistant feature with insights gathered around travelers’ information needs. Understanding needs, frustrations, assumptions and more is crucial to building a best-in-class device experience and the ability to elevate the connected experience to a new level. The latest templates feature pre-built sample questions that organizations can use as-is or customize to fit their exact testing requirements.
Digital transformation is accelerating, more consumers are connected via their devices, and companies want to know how to meet customer expectations in ways they couldn’t have anticipated. Research by the McKinsey Global Institute shows the Internet of Things has the potential to grow in value between $5.5 trillion to $12.6 trillion by 2030. Companies mastering the Internet of Things early have a decided advantage in opening new markets and meeting customer demands.”
Janelle Estes, Chief Insights Officer of UserTesting.
Companies that struggle to capture the value of IoT can turn to the templates to gain rapid user feedback using UserTesting’s technology to better understand how digitally connected devices perform. UserTesting provides video recordings of actual interactions of customers who have opted in to share their perspectives and experiences as they execute a pre-built series of tasks and instructions online.
The new connected device templates add to the more than 100 pre-built testing templates available on the UserTesting Human Insight Platform.
UserTesting has fundamentally changed the way organizations get insights from customers with fast, opt-in feedback and experience capture technology. The UserTesting Human Insight Platform taps into our global network of real people and generates video-based recorded experiences, so anyone in an organization can directly ask questions, hear what users say, see what they mean, and understand what it’s actually like to be a customer. Unlike approaches that track user behavior then try to infer what that behavior means, UserTesting reduces guesswork and brings customer experience data to life with human insight. UserTesting has more than 2,300 customers, including more than half of the world’s top 100 most valuable brands according to Forbes.
Kontron | June 14, 2022
Kontron, a leading global provider of IoT/Embedded Computing Technology (ECT), and Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFE&C) solutions, today announced FAA PMA approval and general availability of the latest generation of Cab-n-Connect™ Wireless Access Points based on Wi-Fi 6.
The Cab-n-Connect™ A200 provides a backwards compatible version to Kontron’s previous generation Cab-n-Connect™ CWAPs and allows airlines to easily upgrade their existing CWAPs without changing any wiring on the aircraft. The Cab-n-Connect™ A201 provides a version that meets the ARINC 628 CWAP standard which utilizes a different connector interface and is preferred for linefit installations. The A200 product received FAA PMA approval earlier this year and the Cab-n-Connect™ A201 is expected to have PMA approval by Q3 2022.
Both products use the same Extreme WiNG Enterprise WAP engine which provides the highest level of efficiency and performance based on 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 technology, optimized for video streaming in dense multi-client environments within the aircraft cabin and with a 3rd dedicated radio provides the highest level of security and monitoring along with intelligent edge capability.
The increased security features, efficiency improvements through new channel-sharing capabilities, and built-in intelligence at the edge significantly improves the passenger experience while giving operators and the airlines more control and options within their wireless network on the aircraft.
Kontron is an active member of Seamless Air Alliance and the Cab-n-Connect™ CWAP aligns with the features and requirements within the Seamless Release standards such as Hotspot 2.0.
About Kontron – Member of the S&T Group
Kontron is a global leader in IoT/Embedded Computing Technology (ECT). As part of the S&T technology group, Kontron offers individual solutions in the areas of Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 through a combined portfolio of hardware, software and services. With its standard and customized products based on highly reliable state-of-the-art technologies, Kontron provides secure and innovative applications for a wide variety of industries. As a result, customers benefit from accelerated time-to-market, lower total cost of ownership, extended product lifecycles and the best fully integrated applications.
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Senet | April 21, 2022
Senet, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based software and services platforms that enable global connectivity and on-demand network build-outs for the Internet of Things (IoT), and the Helium Network, the world’s largest decentralized wireless network, today announced an expansion of their roaming integration to include Helium-compatible Hotspots deployed globally. This global expansion follows a previously completed network integration for US customers and the delivery of integrated network mapping and planning tools designed to simplify the rollout of IoT solutions.
Available today, Senet’s Extended Coverage Services now include global LoRaWAN network connectivity delivered by more than 720,000 Helium-compatible hotspots in over 55,000 cities and 170 countries. The Helium Network broadens coverage in areas where Senet has already deployed carrier-grade networks and provides access to LoRaWAN network connectivity for enterprise and consumer-grade devices where Senet has not yet deployed carrier-grade services. As new hotspots are added to the global Helium Network, they will automatically contribute to Senet’s network coverage at no additional cost to customers.
The Carrier Grade On-Ramp for IoT Solution Providers
For solution providers deploying commercial applications at scale, Senet provides a carrier grade on-ramp to the Helium Network. Through a full suite of cloud-based services, solution providers partnered with Senet can onboard and operate their IoT devices using Helium-compatible hotspots while benefiting from Senet’s world-class managed network services and superior customer support, including:
Application management through an intuitive user portal or APIs
Simplified billing in US dollars
Secure device provisioning and onboarding
Network monitoring and management
Notifications and alerts for application and network health
Centralized device control and reporting
Customer-specific network mapping and system health tools
Expanding Senet’s integration with the Helium Network is an example our combined interest in delivering LoRaWAN coverage at a global scale for the widest range of use cases. The growth of the Helium Network has been explosive and as solution deployments grow in scale, robust network and device management services are becoming increasingly important. Through our Extended Coverage and managed services on-ramp to the Helium Network, solution providers benefit from greater coverage and consistency in operational service which are vital to success.”
Bruce Chatterley, CEO of Senet.
Network Planning and Coverage Visualization Tools
With this global network integration Senet has also enhanced its network planning and coverage visualization tools. Features unique to Senet’s integration with the Helium Network include:
Global and integrated display of Senet and the Helium Network’s public network coverage from a dynamically updated map
Interactive capabilities, including zip code search and zoom functionality, allowing users to view coverage available at any location
Through the click of a mouse, Senet customers can “drop a pin” on a network planning map resulting in the display of path quality to that location from the Senet network and the number of Helium-compatible gateways in proximity to that location
“Senet has been a trailblazer in innovating around LoRaWAN service delivery, and they continue to drive market adoption of low power wide area networks for large scale commercial applications,” said Scott Sigel, COO of the Helium Foundation. “With our expanded network integration and Senet’s managed services approach to onboarding and supporting solution providers, we look forward to entering more markets, faster and with more opportunity for scale.”
About Senet, Inc.
Senet develops cloud-based software and services used by Network Operators, Application Developers, and System Integrators for the on-demand deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) networks. In addition to industrial and commercial applications, Senet has designed smart meter networks for many municipal water utility districts across the United States, representing millions of households. With a multi-year head start over competing Low Power Wide Area Network technologies, Senet offers technology in over eighty countries and owns and operates the largest publicly available LoRaWAN network in the United States. Our disruptive go-to-market models and critical technical advantages have helped us become a leading connectivity provider with recognized expertise in building and operating global IoT networks.