Collaborating Authors

Kontrol Energy and RF Controls Partnership Enabling Passive RFID Data and Making Buildings Smarter -- Kontrol Energy Corp - A Leader in Energy Efficiency, Smart Building Retrofits, Integrated Energy Systems, GHG Reduction


TORONTO, November 1, 2019 Kontrol Energy Corp. (CSE: KNR, OTCQB: KNRLF, FSE:1K8) ("Kontrol" or "Company") a leader in the energy efficiency and smart building sector through IoT, Cloud and SaaS technology is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic partnership with RF Controls LLC ("RFC"). RFC is a technology company bringing the promises and possibilities of the Internet of Things (IOT) to life by transforming the physical world into real-time data visibility using battery-free and cost-effective Radio-Frequency IDentification (RAIN RFID) tag technology. Under the strategic partnership, Kontrol and RF Controls will jointly undertake efforts to promote and deploy the CS Smart Antenna Real-Time Location System (RTLS) integrated into Kontrol's energy and asset performance tracking software, to help customers improve operations and operating performance. By using low cost RAIN RFID tags, this integrated solution tells you where the asset is, when it's being used, and who is using it. CS Smart Antennas installed overhead, light up the entire floor area, providing wall to wall RTLS coverage of tagged assets automatically with no human interference.

Printed And Flexible Sensors To Be Next Big Point In Internet of Things (IoT)


Printed electronics are being vouched as the next best thing in Internet of Things (IoT), the technology that is rightly regarded as a boon of advancing technology. Silicon-based sensors are the first that have been associated with IoT technology. These sensors have numerous applications, such as track data from airplane, wind turbines, engines, and medical devices, amongst other internet connected devices. However, these silicon-based are not suitable for several other applications. Bendable packaging and premium items are some of the application where embedded sensors do not work.

PLCs and controllers are being used as intelligent gateways to IIoT


It isn't that the terms programmable logic controller (PLC) and programmable automation controller (PAC) are necessarily divorced from IIoT; in fact they may form the very core of IIoT. But early on, I want to get the term "IIoT" out of this discussion on PLCs/PACs and focus on what they do best: receive data from sensors, intelligently control a process (e.g., discrete, batch or continuous, motion control, robotics), orchestrate a group of subordinate controllers, and provide data about what they're doing to other key information subscribers in the enterprise. We'll cover more on the IIoT aspect in an online story--so stay tuned! As one interviewee suggested, the term "PLC/PAC" may still conjure up a vision of a very basic device for handling I/O processes, but it's not necessarily the case for today's more technically advanced PLCs. Current state-of-the-art PLCs/PACs may have extremely powerful communications onboard, "cloud" connectivity and even digital simulation capabilities to make them critical components in control ecosystems. Years ago, they probably operated on a proprietary industrial network (remember token-passing architectures?) or 10 Mbit Ethernet, but now most operate on open 1 Gbit--or faster--Ethernet, though they may still use proprietary application protocols. PLCs/PACs are the unseen workhorses in our processes and material handling/packaging equipment today.

Taking a Closer Look at Intelligent BPM Software


Intelligent Business Process Management Suites (iBPMS) is defined by Gartner as having capabilities such as validation (process simulation, including "what if") and verification (logical compliance), optimization, and the ability to gain insight into process performance have been included in many BPMS offerings for several years. The iBPMS market today is the natural evolution of the earlier BPMS market, except with added features (above) making it possible for greater intelligence within business processes. In light of this, we recently spoke with Miguel Valdes Faura, Founder and CEO of Bonitasoft, about iBPM software to help provide a more depth definition. He's also provided us with some insight into iBPM solutions, where Robotic Process Automation (RPA) comes into play, and his views on the marketplace. MF: There are a lot of AI related technologies that are complementary to BPM when it comes to improve business processes and applications efficiency, compliance and continuous improvement.

Embedded Linux or RTOS: For IoT


Embedded Linux utilizes Linux kernel for an embedded device, but it is quite different from the standard Linux OS. Its application to embedded systems is motivated by the availability of device support, file-systems, network connectivity, and UI support. It is a customized version of Linux for embedded systems, consequently having a much smaller size and minimal features and requires less processing power. Based on embedded system requirements, the Linux kernel is modified and optimized. Such embedded Linux can only run device-specific purpose-built applications. The Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) with minimal code is used for such applications where least and fix processing time is required.