NetCORE has launched an Internet of Things (IoT) platform for real time data capturing and analysis called Cloud4One. The service offers a generic microcontroller platform that integrates with sensors, which then captures data in real time for data analysis.
Note that the Indian Government has recently drafted an IoT policy for the country, with a goal of creating an IoT industry in the country worth $15 billion by 2020. The agency had also announced its plans to set up a Rs 10,000 crore innovation and development fund for the electronics and IT sectors, earlier this month.
It’s early days for IoT in India, with Cisco, Vodafone, Tech Mahindra, among others, looking at the segment. What we’re curious about is where there is enough market demand and spectrum to support bringing more machines online.
What Cloud4One does
A presentation up on Netcore’s website lists Amul, Surya, ACC limited and Dorma as its clients. The company mentions that it optimizes route planning for Amul using its VTS platform (probably, Vehicle Tracking System), while ACC uses its app framework for sales force management. We haven’t heard back on Netcore on more details of what all they’re doing for clients, the response from the market, and interoperability, among other things.
According to the presentation, Cloud4One essentially adds sensors to measure location, temperature, pressure, humidity, weight etc., on movable assets like trucks, cranes etc., and immovable ones like ATMs, generators, grids etc. This data is then relayed to its servers for analysis, providing solutions for movable asset monitoring, remote machinery data, operations and maintenance and temperature controlled warehousing.
The platform also offers human asset management for field operations, sales force automation, field service fulfillment and remote attendance, along with solutions for logistics management. Additionally, it provides integration with HRMS (human resources management systems), ERP (enterprise resource planning) software, SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), relay controls and PLC (programmable logic controller) controls. It currently claims it can integrate with any backend workflow system.
Other IoT developments
– Cisco, which has signed a strategic agreement with ELCIA to setup an IoT Innovations hub in Bangalore, had subsequently inaugurated a 2.6 million square foot Smart City as a campus-as-a-city for its employees. The company recently also tied up with ILFS Technologies, at the Cisco India Summit 2014 held at Bangalore, to jointly develop solutions for digital infrastructure and smart cities in the country. It had also tied up with the engineering services arm of Larsen & Toubro, L&T Technology Services to set up an Internet of Everything (IoE) solutions centre in Bangalore, targeting the transport and mass transit industries.
– Tech Mahindra‘s Integrated Engineering Solutions division had partnered the semiconductor design & manufacturing company Texas Instruments to setup a lab called Texas Instruments Lab that will focus on developing solutions based on the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT). Setup in Bengaluru, the lab will launch IoT based solutions for the industrial, medical and automotive sectors. The company had also launched an NFC (Near Field Communications) testing lab in Bangalore earlier this year, through which it is offering NFC testing and consulting services to chipset manufacturers, OEMs, service providers, acquiring and issuing banks among others.