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Case studies

XIThing helps companies explore new opportunities through the application of Internet of Things technologies. We are proud of what we do, so read on to see how we've helped companies take the next step. Perhaps it will inspire you to let us help you as well!

Sustainder

XIThing has partnered with Sustainder to deliver comprehensive Smart City solutions globally.

Sustainder produces smart streetlights with an innovative flexibility. This provides an incredible infrastructure that is very well suited for smart city applications. An infrastructure however is worth as much as the services that it helps provide. We help Sustainder to move beyond the hardware and towards innovative digital services.

In turn, XIThing is actively participating in projects across the globe through Contracts11, which often require a physical infrastructure for sensors and actuators. Sustainder's hardware could play an essential role here.

We provide consultancy on various levels, from strategy on board level to consultancy regarding the operational structure of the organization. We have developed a software architecture that fits the strategy of Sustainder, we have analyzed opportunities and paths forward, and we provide software development for critical parts of the Sustainder infrastructure.

Prolyte

Prolyte is an innovative manufacturer of hardware products and structural solutions for the entertainment industry. They are one of the market leaders in this area, and especially their focus on safety gives them a distinct advantage in the market.

Prolyte is always looking to innovate and as such they contacted us. We've partnered with Prolyte to provide them with input on the possibilities of software and the Internet of Things in their business.

As a start of the partnership, we've given a workshop on concrete possibilities in the world of digital services and what this could mean for manufacturers such as Prolyte. We've done a business analysis and based on all the input, created an opportunity analysis for Prolyte. Techncial research was done to investigate the viability of the opportunities, and potential paths forward were identified.

We provide strategic consultancy as an ongoing process to help Prolyte evolve as a company and to seize opportunities.

TNO - Smart Cities

For TNO we've developed an architecture for the communication and operation of devices within a smart city platform. The architecture offers a fully distributed and decentralized solution, that can scale to arbitrary sizes but can still be managed. We've also provided consultancy on the concept of the solution.

As part of this project, we've developed a number of tools to help in the development of such a platform, as it is one of our missions to improve the way software is being developed. Given the large number of nodes in a smart city deployment, it is difficult to replicate real world conditions during development, which is of course necessary to test the envisioned concepts and algorithms. And due to the complexity of the systems, it is hard to debug given only readily-available tools; humans are visual creatures, and we don't process text that well, which is what most tools use. So we've proceeded to develop our own visualization and simulation tools.

These tools, based in a large part on Docker, allows us to start an arbitrary number of nodes with programmable behaviour, only limited by the processing power available. On a typical workstation, it is possible to start around 30 to 50 nodes. This can be extended to any number when integrating with cloud solutions. We've then connected these simulated nodes with a visualization tool, which allows us to see the behaviour of the nodes in real-time to provide immediate feedback on the functioning of the system.

These visualization and simulation tools have been adapted to work in the envisioned architecture. We've developed a working solution, which consisted of a fully functioning platform as well as a development environment, which included the abovementioned tools.

AEDspy

For a startup in the north of the Netherlands in the medical world we've developed the AEDspy software (the SpyCloud). The AEDspy offers an automated control on the working of an Automated External Defibrillators (AED).

AED's can save lives, but luckily they are not needed often. This means that their correct working is often only occasionally verified. But if the AED is needed, no doubt can exist about its working; it's a life and death situation.

Through process analyses we've designed the processed of the system, as well as the data involved. This immediately gave everyone a better insight in how the system would work and directly resulted in improvements in the electronics that were already partly developed.

We then developed the system. The AEDspy checks the status of the AED and sends this over the Sigfox IoT network to the SpyCloud. With this data, notifications are sent to users of the system. Thanks to our software, you always know that your AED is ready to be used.

OS4ES (Open System for Energy Services)

XIThing participates in the European OS4ES smart energy grid project by developing software that allows access to the reservation of distributed energy services.

The volume and increasing presence of connected distributed energy services (DERs) such as solar panels and windmills results in a number of negative effects on the reliability and robustness of the energy network. The fact that they do not generate continuous but interrupted energy combined with their distributed nature and characteristics (such as energy storage) brings new challenges to the Smart Grid. It also makes the work of system operators (DSOs) exponentially more difficult and sometimes even impossible.

The OS4ES project attempts to solve this problem by bringing the DERs and DSOs closer together. It develops an open system for energy services for Smart Grid actors (DSOs, BRPs, Retailers, etc) to provide dynamic and automated integration of millions of DERs (Distributed Energy Resource, which include electric vehicles, solar panels and wind farms) into the electric grid. This open system will enable Smart Grid actors to monitor and manage the huge amount of DERs, without having to approach them individually.

XIThing develops the Registry for the OS4ES system, a distributed service that makes it possible to locate and address DERs. This takes into account the huge amount of DERs, so scalability is an essential part. Also, XIThing has established continuous integration based on Docker and Gitlab.

Gasunie

Gasunie is a European gas infrastructure company. They provide the transport of natural gas and green gas in the Netherlands and the Northern part of Germany. Because the infrastructure is critical, they could potentially benefit greatly from Internet of Things technology.

We've presented the possibilities of the Internet of Things for the Gasunie. We've shown the relevant technologies, highlighting those with special relevance for the gas industry. By demonstrating existing use cases, both developed by us as by others, we've inspired the participants to consider opportunities in their field. We've also highlighted the challenges, especially regarding security, which is of course highly relevant for such critical infrastructure.

EIC (Enterprise Infrastructure Consultancy)

EIC is specialized in advinsing on and building large company infrastructures. They are at home at the work place, and help people work with software and systems. The Internet of Things is something that will of course affect all of this sooner or later.

We've given a workshop for the EIC, advising them on the possibilities of the Internet of Things. We've discussed the technologies that have the most traction right now in the field and are most likely to mature, as well as the state of the market and the things that are happening right now.

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