Dell Disrupts Internet of Things Marketplace with Dell IoT Gateway 5000 Series and New Edge Analytics Capabilities, Expanding End-to-End Portfolio of IoT Assets
IoT Gateway 5000 Series delivers purpose-built gateway with powerful analytics capabilities, expanded I/O options and ability to operate in extreme environments
DELL WORLD, AUSTIN, Texas – Dell today announced the launch of the new IoT Gateway 5000 Series purpose-built for the building and factory automation sectors. Composed of an industrial-grade form factor, expanded input and output interfaces, and with wide operating temperature ranges, the IoT Gateway 5000, combined with Dell’s data analytics capabilities, promises to give companies an edge computing solution alternative to today’s costly, proprietary IoT offerings.
Making good decisions using data generated by sensors is the central objective of IoT. Yet the rich data generated by IoT devices presents its own set of challenges. Harbor Research estimates that by 2020 smart systems will create over 194 petabytes of data1. The sheer volume and complexity of managing this new decentralized, localized data can quickly overload traditional environments and analysis tools. Edge analytics, carried out with the help of versatile gateways, will help with this data overload by determining what data needs to be acted on quickly and then filtered or stored.
The Dell IoT gateway sits at the edge of the network (near the devices and sensors) with local analytics and other middleware to receive, aggregate, analyze and relay data, then minimize expensive bandwidth by relaying only meaningful data to the cloud or datacenter. Thanks to new Dell Statistica data analytics capabilities also announced today, Dell is expanding analytics to middleware on the gateway. This means companies can now extend the benefits of cloud computing to their network edge and for faster and more secure business insights while saving on the costly transfer of data to and from the cloud.
“Organizations are struggling to make the best decisions regarding the data volume and complexity created by the vast numbers of sensors, embedded systems and connected devices now on the network,” said Andy Rhodes, executive director, Commercial IoT Solutions, Dell. “As more of the data is processed in real time at the edge of the network, the gateway becomes the spam filter for IoT.”
Dell’s end-to-end portfolio of IoT-enabling solutions
The IoT Gateway 5000 is the newest addition to Dell’s end-to-end portfolio of IoT-enabling solutions and services, which provide customers with choice and flexibility to architect IoT ecosystems with analytics at the edge, the cloud or the data center and take advantage of Dells world-class management offerings to reduce complexity and enhance security. The gateway is available for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to build into their solutions or for building and factory automation customers to use as part of their IoT strategy which can span data center solutions, advanced analytics and digital services. Additionally, customers’ can take advantage of Dell’s global availability, trusted security options, and Dell Support and Deployment services including ProSupport which provides end-to-end hardware support throughout the entire product lifecycle, helping customers maximize their gateway environment and minimize time spent on maintenance.
For example, ELM Energy is already using Dell gateways to make a difference in securing a more sustainable energy future. ELM’s FieldSight Controller automates decision structures that toggle between the use of distributed energy sources such as solar, wind and backup generators and traditional utility grid sources. The systems also help customers make decisions about the most effective times to broker surplus energy back to the open market.
“Through the power of technology, ELM Energy and Dell are enabling real-time decision making that is optimizing and balancing power generation and maximizing the use of renewable energy,” said James Richmond, president, ELM Energy. “For example, if the renewable energy being generated exceeds demand, our technology is able to automatically decide if the excess should be fed back to the grid or stored for later use when the renewable sources are unavailable. The new Dell IoT Gateway 5000 Series is the perfect platform for our FieldSight Edge software to perform computing functions close to the source, at a fantastic value.”
Key benefits of the Dell IoT Gateway 5000 Series include: Featuring Intel Bay Trail processor to drive a wide range of IoT applications
Unlike a PC or router, it has a form factor designed for industrial and building automation environments so can be mounted on walls and has adapter plates for DIN rails.
The ability to operate in temperatures from -30°C to 70°C in locations like boiler rooms and deserts
An expanded input/output (I/O) structure designed to connect even legacy devices and sensors to the internet by accommodating many physical connections including CAN Bus, serial ports, various RS inputs, Zigbee/802.15.4 for wireless mesh networks, and others under development.
Operating system flexibility with choices that include Ubuntu, Wind River Linux, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.
Security foundation including TPM, secure boot and BIOS level lockdown of ports.
Manageability with Dell Command|Monitor for Linux and Cloud Client Manager.
Dell is working with innovative independent software vendors and system integrators like XXX, OSISoft, Eigen Innovations and Lucid add domain expertise
Native and third-party-certified ISV middleware to perform data integration from a variety of network protocols (BACNet, ModBus, OPC, etc), along with tools for local analytics such as predictive modeling or executing automated control rules for certain system conditions, such as a fire.
Standard Dell lead times allowing customers to receive hardware in as little as a few days, a rarity in the IoT industry today.
Dell Services offers consulting, strategy and integration to help information-intensive enterprises customize IoT approaches for their industry and unique business needs
In addition to the new IoT Gateway 5000 Series, Dell today also unveiled specialized IoT services offerings for healthcare and insurance companies and a series of new big data and analytics solutions and services designed to help companies quickly and securely turn the right data into insights for better decision-making.
Dell and Intel are also launching the “Connect What Matters” contest for innovative IoT solutions built on Dell IoT Gateways. The contest is open to commercial companies and solutions can be developed for any vertical. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2016.
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