Skillfully implementing the potential of the new connectivity technology in your own value chain with IoT.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is more than just a passing trend. It will change the world we live in at an even more rapid pace, especially our business relationships. According to the McKinseys Global Institute, IoT will have an economic impact of 3.9 to 11 billion US dollars by 2025.
IoT refers to the interconnection of real or virtual objects via digital networks. This allows automated processes to run even without the intervention of a user. Networked solutions and services can lower operating costs, increase efficiency and grow the customer base well beyond current business and national borders.
However, in order for companies to take advantage of the potential of this new connectivity technology along their own value chain, they must be prepared for it. Many companies hesitate, but connecting your system to the IoT is not as complicated or expensive as feared.
IoT is already being implemented efficiently
For Geutebrück, the manufacturer of image-based video security solutions, IoT is no unchartered territory. The 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.
IoT is ideal when it comes to automated yard management. A camera recognizes license plates. As soon as a registered vehicle drives up, the command to open the barriers is given. Other events, such as the opening of the finish ramp or the connecting of additional cameras can also be initiated. The possibilities of allowing cameras to "see” external systems are virtually limitless – at least from a technical point of view.
Interfaces: Diplomatic translators between complex software worlds
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/OpenData 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 in 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.