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Large IoT Equipment OEM system architects

easily move stalled reference designs to enterprise application deployments for their customers

Problem

A global IoT equipment OEM’s system architects use Node-RED to develop reference designs on their edge devices at several customers. Customers include manufacturers, smart warehouses, and mining operations. Because Node-RED is very easy to use, in all cases the engineers were able to quickly set up reference design demos that included OEM edge devices, sensors, cameras, cloud data application, and a dashboard. However, scaling up the reference design is not possible because Node-RED requires maintenance and update per edge device.

 

Node-RED is a programming tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways.

It provides a browser-based editor that makes it easy to wire together flows using the wide range of nodes in the palette that can be deployed to its runtime in a single-click.

However, scaling up the reference design is not possible because Node-RED requires maintenance and update per edge device. Thus for customers whose application requires more than a handful of edge devices, Node-RED is not scalable. Today, the customer would have to redesign the solution in traditional IoT development framework which requires complicated coding, device management, and continuous-integration/continuous-development technologies.

Solution

Being familiar with Node-RED’s low code environment, the system architects were able to transfer their reference design into Prescient Designer and quickly replicate the reference design. This included incorporating the edge computing applications, vision systems, and analytics that they had previously developed, and it included a cloud-based software environment that allows cloud data collection from all edge devices, data analytics, and visual dashboards. Once the reference designs were replicated, the OEM engineers scaled the projects to an entire facility containing 90 edge devices within minutes. Additionally, the OEM engineers are currently working with its team members and customers collaboratively to update and improve the solution remotely post deployment.

Result

By switching to Prescient Designer, the OEM was able to quickly scale pilot projects developed in Node-RED under a single platform without bringing in additional third-party applications. Plus, Prescient Designer’s security architecture, enterprise-grade reliability, rapid change management, and extensive tool kit resulted in an enterprise class solution. Using rapid deployment and quick changes, the end customers were able to accelerate internal learning resulting in new insights and business models, increasing ROI. The OEM developed a much closer partnership with the end customers due to increased collaboration and support capabilities, resulting in rapid adoption of its product and increased revenue.

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