For industrial machine builders, end-users and service providers alike, visibility into the status and performance of remote assets was—and still is—the original “killer app” of the Industrial IoT era. Compelling value propositions range from predictive diagnostics that head off unscheduled downtime to incremental digital services that can transform the business models of OEMs.
But a funny thing happened on the way to Industry 4.0. Establishing the necessary communications between remote assets and home base turned out to be harder than many expected, with issues ranging from lengthy deployments to complicated integrations. As a result, many have struggled to gain the visibility they need. One of the biggest challenges is the sheer number of point solutions required to get equipment connected—communication networks, hardware, service contracts, server infrastructure—the list goes on. This often leads to large, time-consuming infrastructure projects, difficult troubleshooting, and a high likelihood of failure and compatibility issues over time.
Here's how Samsara, a six-year-old start-up, focused on the providing cloud-based visibility for industrial assets and vehicle fleets to launch an industrial gateway device, the IG41, designed to substantially reduce the technical barriers that stand in the way of successful remote monitoring applications.
“We believe that it shouldn’t be prohibitively complex to connect your operations. We believe that modern technology can make data collection and analysis seamless, freeing you to focus on your core business," says Pete Atkin, vice president and general manager for the company’s industrial product line.