Beacon Tower is Glaze’s Industrial IoT Cloud Platform that can act as either a stepping stone (Platform-as-a-Service, PaaS) or as an out-of-the-box solution (Software-as-a-Service, SaaS) for collection of IoT-data.
Beacon Tower resides in Microsoft Azure and is designed as a customisable and cost-effective IIoT Cloud Platform that helps simplify deploying, managing, operating, and capturing insights from internet-of things (IoT)-enabled devices. Our customers have the full ownership of their data.
When running it as a PaaS we utilise the design and can run it on our customers’ Azure tenant and customise it fully to their requirements.
Beacon Tower connects to all sensors, PLC, DCS, SCADA, ERP, Historians and MES to gain maximum automation flexibility and prevent vendor lock-in.
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Device:o Sensorso Internet connectivityo Battery consumptiono Field Gatewayo Communication protocols (HTTP, AMQP, MQTT, Gateway)o Format of the telegrams sent to the cloud (JSON, Avro, etc.)
Data:o Number of devices & number of signalso Amount of data to transfer per day– Event-based or batched or mix– Transfer rate (every second, minute, hour)o Device timestamps– Synchronized timestamps with cloud or not– Local buffering on device, late and/or repeated datao Any time-critical notifications / alarms– Latency expectations for non-time critical data– Alarms generated by device and/or by cloud platformo Cloud-to-device messages & commandso Analytics– Results from time-series data / Streaming analytics– Analytics workflows on data, machine learning etc.– Edge analytics / intelligence
Cost expectations:o Retention periods (for reporting purposes)o Aggregation of data, possibilities for cost saving
External integrations:o Reference data / online data
Administration, rights and access:o Requirements for multi-tenancy (segregated owners)o Owners/tenants and operators/technicianso Administrating access to data, auditing useo API management, consumption of data, 3rd party integrators
Operation:o KPI measurements for deviceo KPI measurements for cloud platformo Requirements on operators and SLA’s
User-interfaces and functions:o Operators/technicianso Customers/end-users