amnimo, Inc. and TK International Sdn. Bhd. an IT solutions provider in Malaysia, have packaged a suite of features necessary from installation to operation of the Industrial Internet of Things (Industrial IoT). The two companies have begun offering the package in Malaysia as amnimo sense beta, an IoT service for the industry available in instalments from as little as one month, for ease of use and implementation.
IoT is a framework for the exchange of information among a wide range of objects by connecting them to servers and cloud services over a network. In recent years, companies and organizations in a broad array of industries and business models have made rapid strides in the application and use of IoT. However, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have made considerably less progress in IoT utilization than large companies, as they often lack the necessary IT specialists or resources to commit to major continuing investments in new businesses.
Overview of amnimo sense
1 Example of actual service use
- The monthly fee is based on the number of endpoint devices and gateways selected by the user on the e-commerce website, the data traffic volume generated on the mobile network and the number of users.
- For example, if 10 users operate 10 measurement points (endpoint devices) and one gateway on a single 100MB connection, the monthly fee is US$305 per month (tax included), provided the users supply the sensors themselves.
The advantage of amnimo sense is that it packages the features necessary to implement IoT from installation to operation, including data collection, communications, operation, monitoring, security and more in the basic service. This comprehensive package makes amnimo sense easy to connect, use quickly and easily with no specialized knowledge.
To ensure security, each gateway of a customer who purchases amnimo sense is issued a unique digital certificate, which is installed at the factory before it is shipped. After shipment, the digital certificate is issued automatically by a simple activation performed by the user, establishing safe data communications.
Basic features of amnimo sense
Developed exclusively by amnimo, the endpoint devices (devices that input the analog data acquired from sensors and communicate it to the parent gateway device using the LoRa2 protocol; see photo) adopt an energy-saving design that enables them to continue acquiring data over extended periods of time.
2 A wireless communication protocol that covers a wide area with low power consumption (Low Power Wide Area (LPWA)). Used in IoT communication networks.
■ amnimo’s exclusively developed endpoint device consists of a communication module integrated with an I/O interface
The gateway is a relay device that connects the endpoint devices with the amnimo cloud system.
■ Use cases: amnimo sense recipes
Some potential users of amnimo sense may lack a specific idea of which devices to use to acquire data or how to apply the service. For such users, amnimo has posted on its website a series of use cases for amnimo sense, listing the devices required and the sequence of steps to build the system for each. We call these use cases “IoT recipes.”
amnimo has published the following 15 recipes and plans to continuously expand the list with the addition of further recipes. The amnimo sense recipes can be found here.
- Recipe for monitoring temperatures inside aquaculture freezers – temperature sensors are used to gauge remotely the temperature inside a freezer.
- Recipe for monitoring and recording temperatures for warming cabinets in the hospital – temperature sensors are used to gauge remotely the temperature inside a hospital temperature-controlled storage facility that is subject to inspection.
- Recipe for CO2 concentration management for greenhouse cultivation – this recipe can easily gauge declines in CO2 concentration inside a vinyl shed from a remote location.
- Recipe for detecting uncomfortable conditions in buildings – this recipe enables easy control of HVAC to adjust CO2 levels inside a facility, preventing drowsiness and discomfort.
- Recipe for monitoring operation of equipment (signal tower light) – light sensors are installed on the stacked signal lights inside a factory, enabling operators to gauge the status of operation of machining and molding equipment. These devices can be installed without modifying existing equipment.
- Recipe for monitoring operation of equipment (AC cable) – aternating-current (AC) sensors are mounted on the power-supply cables of machining and moulding equipment inside a factory, enabling operators to gauge the status of equipment operation. These devices can be installed without modifying existing equipment.
- Recipe for visualization of parts inventory in plants – weight sensors are used to gauge remaining parts stocks, providing a simple guide for timing the placement of parts orders.
- Recipe for visualization remaining food and tableware for restaurants – this recipe visualizes remaining stocks of plates, etc. in a restaurant, providing a simple guide for timing the replenishment of materials.
- Recipe for detection of intrusion into hazardous areas – entry detection sensors are installed in hazardous areas. When entry is detected, a manager is notified.
- Recipe for notification of door opening / closing – opening and closing sensors are installed on doors, enabling remote detection of opening and closing of doors.
- Recipe for oxygen concentration management in underground machine room – this recipe measures oxygen concentrations in underground workplaces, enabling remote monitoring of danger levels.
- Recipe for monitoring electrical leakage from equipment (Ver.3.3) – this recipe notifies operators by e-mail alert when an electrical leak occurs, to prevent electrical shocks and other accidents.
amnimo will continue to expand the service menu for amnimo sense, adding a wide range of new hardware such as devices and sensors as well as application programming interfaces (APIs: frameworks for sharing software features).
Subscriptions to amnimo sense are already available here.