Telematics and connected in-vehicle services based on mobile communication network technologies (UMTS, LTE, 4G, 5G) providing features such as controlling vehicle comfort functions via mobile app or checking an electric vehicle's charging status are now ready for the next evolutionary step — the fully connected car.
Cellular communication modules are now more than powerful enough to run Linux and macchina.io on one or more of its CPU cores. This enables the evolutionary step from simple feature-restricted telematics systems to dynamically extensible, flexible and secure platforms based on modern IoT technologies. Such platforms make it possible to dynamically deploy new software features during the entire lifecycle of the vehicle. In-vehicle apps distributed through an "app store" enable car manufacturers and their partners to introduce new services and open new revenue opportunities.
Possible applications are automatic remote vehicle systems monitoring, emergency assistance, real-time fleet management, automatic log books, optimized service and maintenance logistics, theft protection, as well as car-sharing and rental services.
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With the Industry 4.0 revolution being already underway, it's time to make automation technology ready for the Industrial Internet of Things. Off-the-shelf industrial IoT gateways and edge computing devices powered by Linux and macchina.io provide a solid foundation to introduce IoT technology to manufacturing systems.
The market offers a rapidly growing selection of industrial IoT gateway and edge computing devices based on Intel or ARM architectures. However, these devices are usually delivered with just a basic Linux operating system and a few low-level libraries. This makes software development for these devices slow, error-prone and inefficient.
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Smart connected sensors for environmental, infrastructure and traffic monitoring are one of the cornerstones of the Industrial Internet of Things. Applications like automated monitoring of critical assets such as road bridges, railway infrastructure or power grids, as well as traffic and environmental conditions can benefit greatly from IoT and edge computing technologies.
In many cases, such systems are deployed at locations where power and broadband network connectivity are scarce resources. Being implemented with efficiency and scalability in focus, macchina.io can be used on energy efficient low-power cellular hardware that can operate for years on battery power. Intelligent sensor data aggregation, preprocessing, filtering and buffering on the smart sensor edge device helps to minimize data transmission volumes, deal with intermittent network availability and reduce loads on backend systems.
macchina.io is also perfectly suitable for gateways aggregating sensor data from wide-area low-power wireless sensor networks (LPWAN) like LoRaWAN or Sigfox.
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