The Internet of Things, or the interconnectivity of sensors and actuators connected by networks to computer systems, has received enormous attention over the last few years, and for good reason. In a relatively short time, the IoT has changed the way we do almost everything.
However, for as much as we have integrated it into all aspects of our lives including business applications, an enormous untapped potential remains. According to the McKinseys Global Institute, linking physical and digital worlds could generate up to $11.1 trillion a year in value by 2025.
But capturing that value requires understanding where the real value can be created and be prepared to take advantage of the opportunity. One of the areas of largest potential? Interoperability. Of the total potential economic value the IoT enables, interoperability is required to be able to seize between 40 and 60 percent of it.
Overcoming the Hurdles with Better Interfaces
The communication between various products and external systems requires an interface. It is the connection point for data exchange. An interface communicates by translating the language of its own system into that of the external system and vice versa. A distinction is made between G-Core integration, Software Development Kits (SDK) and G-Link.
G-Core Integration is a connector made by Geutebrück that exactly matches the linked external system. To put it simply, G-Core communicates in the language of the customer.
One example of integration is provided by G-Core/OpenData. It is an interface between Geutebrück’s video management system G-Core and potentially all ERP systems or databases that support the standard open-data interface. G-Core/Open Data enables additional metadata from the ERP system in question to be added when an “event” is triggered, such by when a package is scanned.
Software Development Kit
The SDK is a programming platform that allows Geutebrück solutions to be precisely integrated. All SDKs contain comprehensive documentation and numerous design examples.
G-Link – the all-round connector
G-Link was designed to be able to quickly and easily implement connections based on customer needs. The integration server connects G-Core with several external systems and thus creates a fully centrally operable overall system. G-Link is an adapter that understands and interprets the various event reports of all connected security systems and conveys them to the other security systems in a format they can understand.
Many different components can be integrated into one system, from a fire alarm system, access control and a burglar alarm system to video analysis.
Geutebrück currently offers around 150 different interfaces. All interfaces combine an existing, image-based security system to create a complex, centrally operable and homogeneous overall system. For an overview of Geutebrück's connectivity options, go to the interface search.
Geutebrück was swift to realize the value of interconnectivity in imaged-based security solutions. Our in-house-developed failure safety solutions have been relying on this principle for a long time. The video system includes redundant recorders or servers which automatically take over when components fail – without the user having to directly intervene.
The possibilities of allowing cameras to "see” external systems are virtually limitless – at least from a technical point of view. To learn more about our solutions or the many applications, call Geutebrück USA today!