Fast Lane Announces Strategic Partnership with azeti Networks AG

The worldwide Fast Lane Group including ITLS in APAC and Middle East, a leader in high-end Managed Enablement™ Services and Training and azeti Networks AG, a global provider of remote asset management software serving the Internet-of-Things (IoT) market, are announcing a new strategic partnership. Fast Lane will deliver comprehensive azeti IoT training programs to account managers and engineers at azeti’s partners and customers around the globe.

azeti's IoT remote asset management software enables businesses to manage and monitor their remote technical equipment in real time. The software can collect, analyze and process any sensor data, as well as control any remote assets, directly at the edge. The new IoT related services and training curriculum developed by Fast Lane focuses not only on the technology but also on the business value resulting from applying azeti’s IoT solutions to customer-specific use cases.

In particular, the Training and Managed Enablement programs for azeti’s partners and customers include:

  • Sales Enablement Program
    Pre-Sales services for Account Managers and Sales Engineers from vendors and channel organizations.
  • Customer Engagement Workshop
    A use case analysis service for customers who would like to explore and finalize IoT use cases optimized for their organization.
  • Designing, Managing, Implementing and Administering azeti Solutions
    Services and training for partner’s and customer’s solution architects, engineers, developers and operators.

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Cisco openBerlin IoE Innovation Center: New Asset Management Solution Unveiled Less than Six Months after Opening Its Doors

The new solution offered in collaboration with azeti Networks analyzes sensor data via fog computing and shares relevant results via the cloud

BERLIN, Germany – March 24, 2015, The first solution incubated from the Cisco IoE Innovation Center in Berlin is now available to the market.  Developed in collaboration with Berlin-based company azeti Networks, a new asset management solution monitors and controls distributed infrastructure over the Internet. The solution was developed in the Cisco openBerlin IoE Innovation Center and is now available just six months after the center was announced. The center will officially open later in 2015, and is currently operating in an interim location..........


azeti IoT Monitoring Software available on Yocto Linux for embedded devices

SONARPLEX 5 under Yocto-Linux 


•     SONARPLEX IoT monitoring software and applications running on Linux available for gateways and other devices of third party manufacturers like Cisco and Intel

•     Substantial reduction of data traffic through Intelligence@the edge


The SONARPLEX software for collecting and processing sensor data in M2M Multipurpose Gateways will be shortly available for various hardware platforms from manufacturers like Cisco (e.g. Connected Grid Router (CGR)) and Intel (e.g. Development Kits Series (DK)). SONARPLEX supports those hardware platforms by using Yocto, an open source project of the Linux foundation for creating “tailor made” Linux distributions independent of the hardware specification. This makes the universal deployment of SONARPLEX’ Intelligence@the edge technology in industry specific hardware possible. „We’ve been waiting long time,  until manufacturers like Cisco engaged with Yocto. Now, we are among the first to deliver applications and software tools.“ says Dirk Sommerfeld, CTO of the Berlin tech company, which contributes with its software solutions significantly to the reduction in data traffic in the area of M2M and IoT (Internet of Things), enabled through the intelligent processing of sensor data locally on the devices.  

The Yocto project of the Linux Foundation provides tools and meta-data as well as documentation for creating customized Linux distributions for embedded systems. Depending on different technical, requirements as for instance in production and maintenance systems, azeti’s SONARPLEX applications including their intelligent data processing, can now run on industry specific gateways of manufactures like Cisco or Intel.

The outcome: azeti Networks’ SONARPLEX technology along with local intelligent processing of complex sensor data can be used on various hardware platforms of different gateway manufacturers. Those ones can now also benefit from the SONARPLEX technology, which helps to reduce data traffic substantially as well as to report and transmit from standard deviating sensor measurements immediately, leading to an increased reaction time of the responsible staff. 

Especially, for the remote maintenance and supervision of complex facilities like faraway cell sites or remotely located warehouses, SONARPLEX enables to execute remote actions, which reduces the demand for physical presence of staff at the site. Automated, rule-based routines allow to run different scenarios, while the availability of different communication channels (ethernet, GSM)helps to keep the system up and running even in the case of a network failure.

azeti Networks is a global provider of M2M technology for a variety of verticals with proven experience in monitoring and managing complex technology infrastructures. Based on the industry leading SONARPLEX technology, azeti helps companies across industries to ensure continuity of their operations while enabling them to operate at the highest level of efficiency.

With the comprehensive 360° approach, azeti Networks addresses a broad range of needs and contributes to the success of more than 700 clients in 35 countries. Founded in 2006, with corporate and European headquarters in Berlin, Germany, azetiNetworks also maintains subsidiaries in North America and the Middle East. From all business locations, they are providing commercial as well as technical support to numerous strategic partners, customers and system integrators. Already in 2009, azeti began to focus besides IT-Monitoring also on cloud-based industry applications. 

With their steady investment in R&D, azeti Networks is not just looking at the future, they always strive to be part of it. Their research efforts include the development of a cloud platform called Social Sensor Cloud for universal interaction of sensors and actuators. A future proven technology, which will not only shift borders of efficiency but also create new opportunities for several cutting-edge applications. 


Smart Meter, Smart Grid, Smart Power?

Recently, I went to my friend’s new place at the outskirts of Berlin, where he had built his new home. We spoke about how pleasant it is to call the place you are living in “yours”. But when you are building a house, there are a couple of restrictions you have to be aware of. Germans are quite good in regulating a lot of things around building houses starting from the cladding of an external wall over the height of the rooftop to energy efficient windows. The last one, I admit is quite useful.

A couple of years ago, another regulation was introduced by the German legislation. A law which states that the installation of Smart Meters for newly built houses is mandatory. This seems smart, since they give a detailed breakdown on energy consumption and allow for more incentive-based tariff models. They also save energy by analyzing and learning from usage patterns.

Smart Meters are recording the energy consumption and then send it to the utility companies for billing, monitoring and reporting. They can track the consumption behavior of households or industrial consumers, which provides the foundation for usage patterns and, therefore, enables the utility company to make forecasts about future demand. The devices are usually capable of bidirectional communication. That means, they are not only tracking the consumption but also if energy is generated (by households e.g. photovoltaic installations) that is fed into the grid.

One of the overall goals for the upcoming future is to follow a resource driven approach for providing power to consumers including the possibility to match individual preferences about the kind of energy they would like to use. An intersecting point between Smart Grid and Smart Home is to equip household devices like washing machines, tumble driers or dish washers with actuators, being switched on automatically if for instance the energy is cheaper during the nighttime. Since, those devices normally need more energy than others in a typical household, this approach can clearly show how cost savings can be achieved by using this kind of Machine-to-Machine Communication.

Those examples are not far away from where we are at the moment. But there are still a couple of shortcomings that have to be properly addressed. One of the biggest challenges is the intermediation platform. Currently, in order to determine the demand of energy, utility companies are making a forecast based on consumption data from the past. The procurement of energy is done on a market, where amounts of that non-storable commodity are traded. Energy is bought in advance on different markets depending on the timeframe.

Mainly three markets for trading energy are differentiated: the futures market (long-term), the spot market (short-term, one day ahead) and the intraday market (same day as consumption). The trading tries to create cost-efficiency in the supply and demand process of energy. If just looking at conventional energy generating methods like coal or nuclear power plants, supply is to some extent controllable but only in advance. The fact that renewables are preferably treated when feeding into the grid creates higher uncertainty about the amount, the location and the point of time energy is available or deliverable, since their generation partly depends on weather conditions, which can change quickly. Therefore, the timeframe is rather short to integrate them. In sum, the biggest problem on the energy market is uncertainty about demand, while also conventional energy sources cannot adjust quick enough in order to meet the optimal output level. In addition, the energy production by renewables can only be considered in a short time frame. So the biggest challenge seems to be time.

The Social Sensor Cloud (abbreviated SSC), a R&D project carried out by azeti Networks with research support of the Technical University of Berlin, can address the challenges in the energy market and increases not only the efficiency of matching supply and demand in an even shorter term than currently possible. It also allows to integrate Smart Home devices (with actuators) like washing machines and tumble driers to be automatically triggered when preferences of the household are matched (e.g. green energy usage or low price of energy).

The cloud-based platform, where sensors and actuators can interact on a global scale, helps to  broker near real-time information between utility companies, energy producers, households and industrial consumers. All the collected information is grouped and analyzed in order to provide the most efficient allocation with regard to energy supply of all different available kinds and the demand including the preferences. Especially utility companies, which have to buy energy in advance are now enabled to optimize their energy portfolio, due to shorter time windows for reacting on specific demands or shortages in supply. This makes the integration of renewable sources of energy production more efficient in terms of quantity and overall costs.

With the SSC, it is possible to build virtual sensors based on topics. On the consumer side, households or industrial customers preferences can be assigned to virtual sensors like demand for renewable energy in a region or households with heavy nighttime consumers and a preference for energy generated from coal-fired power plants for instance. On the supply side, the SSC can collect information from conventional power plants as well as from the various small energy producers, whose amount of generated power can be aggregated in a virtual power plant, which can contribute to the optimization of the energy supply.

In summary, the specific structure and characteristics of the energy market, namely the time-constraint together with the lack of short-term information, can be addressed by using the Social Sensor Cloud. In terms of the energy market, the SSC represents an intermediation platform, where near-real time information of both, the supply and the demand side is brokered in order to achieve the optimal allocation with regard to quantity produced, quantity demanded (taking into account the various kinds of energy and preferences over it) and the price. With this technology, the logical continuation of Smart Meter and Smart Grid can be provided, which is Smart Power.


Wireless sensors as a deployment accelerator

Reduce installation costs, enable remote configuration and eliminate cable theft using azeti’s SONARPLEX technology

Operating a telecom network is a challenging task. Due to the great number of mobile towers that contain a wide variety of onsite equipment, the risk that a single component fails or is removed is always threat. This could lead to the complete shutdown of one or more cell sites or even a complete network failure. The resulting costs associated with SLAs and downtime, repairing damaged equipment, replacing stolen equipment, and the workforce management of field engineers means there is a significant financial risk for operators.

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