3/2014

Home

IoT revolutionizes industry: Lewel Group’s SeeMore concept ensures higher client satisfaction

Known for their expertise in the mobile radio space, Lewel Group has expanded into several industries in recent years. With their experience in industry, healthcare and e-health product platforms, they expanded into wireless sensoring networks a year ago, focusing further on the Industrial Internet (IoT solutions in industry). Along with that company development, they’ve developed a larger concept called SeeMore. “We realized that clients are increasingly in need of tailored solutions instead of on-the-shelf network default products, not to mention decreasing costs,” says Aleksi Ukkola, Engineering Manager, Technology & Solutions at Lewel Group. Use case examples include smart maintenance like failure prediction, wear-out warnings, use monitoring, smart metering like safety, monitoring and alarms or energy consumption, smart control via M2M applications and asset control, or smart building automation – energy and water usage, remote controlling or access control. The list goes on…

Lewel’s SeeMore platform provides more alternatives to better face the challenges the client has, as opposed to industry players being used to browsing catalogues for ready-made options and learning to live with the choices. With carefully selected existing technologies and products already used in their own product solutions for clients, they have a good understanding of the best solutions for each need, with tested and reliable components. “We also make sure that the manufacturing companies have a reliable lifespan, because it’s important that we choose companies that won’t go bust in a year or two,” says Ukkola.

Connected but not power-hungry

The idea behind the Industrial Internet isn’t to replace the sensors already used in industry. As the name suggests, SeeMore gives the client additional tools for maintenance and service, measuring humidity, temperature, velocity or whatever is needed to increase industry reliability, with mobile access through cloud services. “The process is not tied to any particular industry, and we can attach the sensor networks to the client’s own system, be it ready-made or a proprietary one, although the latter types are famous for giving headaches. Still, we can do whatever is needed.”

The challenge remains minimal power usage, with regular intelligent and automated measurement usually required every five years or so. “We use Bluetooth LE, among others,” tells Ukkola. “With SeeMore, we have certain pre-thought technologically-independent APIs, with certain technologies selected to match the specific hardware and needs the client has. We don’t create new technologies, but opt to use existing, tested, proven and increasingly efficient yet cost-effective ones that are already available.”

Expertise means business for Lewel

It’s not exactly mind-blowing, but the company expertise makes it pretty impressive. In layman’s terms, it’s like any other development process that has to be exactly right for something specific: define the need, choose the best hardware, develop the required software, and sew it into the client’s own system. However, you might imagine that this branded version of decades of experience would be finalized into something concrete. This is not the case. “The SeeMore platform needs to adjust to the client’s own business model, and that’s just another thing that’s bound to change, maybe even more rapidly than the technologies we choose to use.”

The system may be in motion, but the stepping stones stay the same. The idea is to stray from the specification sheet in an agile manner with specific tools and a starting point, but with today’s requirements of cost-efficiency and the rapidly changing technological landscape, it takes a company like Lewel to combine all this into a workable package. “It’s absolutely essential to have really good contacts and relations in component manufacturing and development, just so you know what they’ll be coming up with in two years,” says Ukkola. “Although SeeMore is designed specifically for industrial needs, it isn’t going to remain exclusively for that – it will be modified to provide added value to the company’s existing product lines in the medical industry.”