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CW: Wipro is primarily known as a service provider. What role does product engineering play within the overall strategy?
Anita Ganti: The world is changing fast. For today's businesses, innovation is key to survival. Product Engineering Services (PES) are driving this change and enabling Wipro customers to innovate and transform. PES is therefore a strategic key area for Wipro. As the world becomes more and more interconnected, experiences in the way we interact with one another are also changing. And this is exactly where our PES business comes in for our customers.
CW: How does product engineering fit in with the comprehensive range of services from Wipro?
Anita Ganti: For us, Product Engineering is a service that enables our customers to design and develop new intelligent products. After all, we don't build our own products under our own brand, but transform our customers' product development. For example, thanks to our services, one of the world's largest software companies has been able to develop innovative testing models to perfect its software, which is used by billions of people, and a leading semiconductor manufacturer and provider of network equipment was able to manufacture the corresponding product from scratch.
CW: What are the components of your product engineering offer?
Anita Ganti: The spectrum covers a wide range: from the design of integrated circuits for the semiconductor industry to testing to the development of systems and products that use these circuits and the software with which these products run. We also work with the major software providers and help them with product development and program testing. In the same way, we also offer services related to engineering design and product design. This is about Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and material management, software and tools that cover the development of a product and make it possible in the first place.
CW: That sounds like a real vendor's tray?
Anita Ganti: All of this ultimately holds things together and ultimately makes up the actual overall product. There are no products that consist of hardware or software in isolation. Today, both components are very closely interlinked and deeply intermeshed.
CW: How is product engineering organized internally at Wipro?
Anita Ganti: Our Product Engineering Service Line is geared towards specific markets and application areas. For example, an important segment for us is automotive. We work and develop with our customers, for example, on an automotive instrument cluster as well as infotainment and driver assistance systems.
These issues in particular require a close interlinking of hardware and software. Another focus is on media transmission, such as videos. We are working on systems for the authentication and management of video transmissions. Another area in which we are very active is peripheral devices. The spectrum ranges from printers and copiers to video cameras to security and payment systems.
CW: And how does it all fit into the large Wipro organization?
Anita Ganti: Wipro is organized vertically according to industries and service lines - a typical matrix organization. Our industry focus is based on market requirements. Our product engineering meets the engineering and R&D needs of our customers from all possible sectors, be it automotive, aerospace and defense, healthcare, media and entertainment, printing and peripherals, energy and utilities, or even mobile devices.
All things in life are getting smarter
CW: What role do trends like the Internet of Things play in your strategy?
Anita Ganti: All sorts of products that we deal with every day - that can be the garage door opener, the home security system or a set-top box - are an integral part of our Connected World strategy. Over time, more and more things are networked with one another. It is an ongoing process that we are in.
All things in our life are getting smarter, like the cars. They collect data on driving behavior or battery life. The next step will be that all products around us will communicate with each other. For example, hotels use GPS data from a smartphone to recognize when a guest is arriving. The check-in then works automatically. The guest gets their room number on their smartphone and opens the door via NFC.
- Manufacturers' IoT products and strategies
Almost every major IT manufacturer is positioning itself in the future market of the Internet of Things (IoT). Sometimes the market access is understandable, sometimes smoke candles are thrown and existing products are redefined. We give an overview of the strategies of the most important players.
Like over 200 other companies, the software group was until recently a member of the AllSeen alliance initiated by Qualcomm and recently switched to the newly formed Open Connectivity Foundation. Their goal is to develop a single specification or at least a common set of protocols and projects for all types of IoT devices.
On the client side, Windows 10 IoT Core acts as a possible operating system for industrial devices. The example shows a robot kit.
Microsoft provides the Azure IoT suite as a cloud platform. This already contains some preconfigured solutions for common Internet of Things scenarios. The portfolio is expanded with the acquisition of the Italian IoT start-up Solair.
With AWS Greengrass, the portfolio extends into the edge area. IoT devices can react to local events and act locally on the data they generate, while the cloud continues to be used for management, analysis and permanent storage.
In March 2015, Big Blue announced that it would invest around three billion dollars in the development of an IoT division over the next four years. It should be located within the IBM Analytics division. IBM wants to develop new products and services here. In the course of this, the "IBM IoT Cloud Open Platform for Industries" was announced, on which customers and partners can design and implement industry-specific IoT solutions.
Although Intel is already well equipped for the age of wearables and IoT with its single-processor computers "Galileo" and "Edison" in the field of end devices, the company wants more of the pie. "The Internet of Things is an end-to-end topic," said Doug Fisher, vice president and general manager of Intel's Software and Services Group, on the announcement of the IoT strategy six months ago. Its core component is therefore a gateway reference design that can collect, process and translate data from sensors and other networked IoT devices.
At the center of the chip manufacturer's IoT strategy is a new generation of the "Intel IoT Gateway". Based on the IoT platform, Intel offers a roadmap for integrated hardware and software solutions. It includes API management, software services, data analytics, cloud connectivity, intelligent gateways and a product line of scalable processors with Intel architecture. Another important part of the roadmap is IT security.
The SAP IoT platform "HANA Cloud Platform for IoT" is an IoT version of the HANA Cloud Platform that has been expanded to include software for connecting and managing devices as well as data integration and analysis. The edition is integrated with SAP's already presented IoT solutions "SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service", "SAP Connected Logistics" and "Connected Manufacturing".
At the end of February 2015, HP presented its "HP Internet of Things Platform". The company is targeting "communications service providers" who are to be enabled to create "smart device ecosystems" - that is, to manage large amounts of networked products and end devices in their networks and to analyze the resulting data.
With the takeover of ThingWorx, the American software provider PTC was able to catch up with the circle of the most promising Internet of Things providers at the beginning of last year. With "ThingWorx" the company offers a platform for the development and commissioning of IoT applications in companies.
CW: That may sound smart - but I have the impression that many companies still have no idea how they can generate additional business from the large amount of data and new opportunities.
Anita Ganti: I do not believe that. The data is finally there. People are increasingly willing to share information. It makes your life more comfortable. In addition, most of the data is aggregated anonymously in order to identify certain patterns. But of course - you have to be creative, then business models can be developed from it.
Take the hotel example: the service for customers is better and the operators can save money because nobody has to be at reception around the clock. In the future, customers will choose their providers based on how conveniently they are served.
CW: Especially here in Germany there are many concerns about data security in this environment. How do you assess the security problem?
Anita Ganti: Security in this environment must definitely improve. The level at this point is not yet what it should be. We keep reading that customer databases have been hacked by major online retailers. But the whole world is becoming more digital, the banks, the retail sector, the media. In view of these developments, there is no getting around us transforming ourselves and becoming more digital. If you don't understand how to live in a digital world, your life will be more difficult. It is therefore just as important that security continue to improve.
- The most common "entry holes"
A so-called Cologne study by the LKA NRW from 2011 indicates that most break-ins are carried out through patio doors in single-family houses and apartment doors in multi-family houses.
- Miele @ home: white goods are bright
With Miele's Miele @ home, household appliances can be controlled remotely, which can mean a bit more security if they are forgotten.
- A brand as a symbol of security
Abus has stood as a symbol of security beyond the borders of Germany since 1924. Padlocks, with which August Bremicker Söhne KG (originally “and sons”, hence Abus) grew up, are now also used as a symbol of love on many bridges. In 2001, the still owner-managed company from Wetter an der Ruhr expanded its business areas to include modern video surveillance, locking and alarm systems through takeovers.
- Diversity of detectors with Abus Secvest
The Secvest family from Abus includes a large number of components to be prepared against break-ins, water, fire and in an emergency. Presence can be simulated by controlling lights and electronic devices, remote status reports can be obtained, the alarm system can be switched on and off and much more. The IP camera at the bottom right does not let the intruder out of sight, but follows his movements in the room. Up to three of them can be integrated into a Secvest system for video verification.
- Pressure resistance of more than a ton
According to Abus, the mechatronic components of the Secvest product family counter intruders with a pressure resistance of over a ton. The prying open of windows and doors with a large screwdriver, usually in a matter of seconds, should thus be made much more difficult. As the manufacturer quotes the State Criminal Police Office of Lower Saxony, in the experience of the police, casual burglars usually stop doing their thing after three to five minutes if they encounter resistance.
- Telekom Smart Home
In the event of an alarm, you can have a message sent to you at any time using the Smart Home app from Deutsche Telekom.
- Let there be light with digitalSTROM
Microcomputers in the form of luster terminals are the idea and trademark of the Swiss smart home provider digitalSTROM. Here the company shows how intelligent lighting control can bring life into your own four walls when you are out and about in order to deter burglars. The next picture shows the command center for the presence simulation.
- Intelligent luster terminal
The heart of digitalSTROM's technology are intelligent luster terminals. In order to be able to address these, a specialist company must install digitalSTROM meters, servers and filters in the power box. The installation should be cheaper than using conventional KNX cable solutions.
- Philips hue brings "life to the shop"
Philips hue, seen here as a starter package, stands for intelligent LED lights that can be integrated into smart home environments while on the move via smartphone or tablet, in order to deter burglars through presence simulation. Therefore, they are also popular demonstration objects from various providers and initiatives in the home networking area. For example, Deutsche Telekom has integrated Philips hue into its own smart home concept based on the Qivicon platform. The Munich startup iHaus also advertises with control of LED lamps from Philips. Apart from the presence simulation already mentioned, hue can also welcome the residents of the house via geofencing, so that you don't have to grope in the dark to find the keyhole first and maybe even be attacked in the end. That is also a bit more secure.
- Philips hue with iHaus app
The Philips hue LED lights can be conveniently controlled and changed in color from anywhere in the world using apps such as those from the Munich start-up company iHaus.
- Light in all colors with Philips hue
If you only think of cold, bluish shimmering light when you think of LED lights, you will experience a colorful wonder with Philips hue. Because the three E27 lamps, for example, which are part of the starter set of the same name for around 200 euros, are not only dimmable, but can also take on different shades of white from warm to cold and 16 million different colors. Using a smartphone app like the one from iHaus, Deutsche Telekom or digitalSTROM, you can make the settings from anywhere in the world in order to reinforce the impression of presence.
- Osram Noxlite for outside
In the country or in residential areas you can often see that the lights go on gradually as you walk past. Professional burglars may not be deterred by such lamps with motion detectors, but occasional thieves are likely because observant neighbors could spot them. Osram has developed the Noxlite line of LED floodlights for outdoor use, and the Lightify series for indoor use, which is available as a starter kit with an LED lamp and a gateway for less than 65 euros. This is not only dimmable, but also allows the color temperature to be continuously regulated from cold to warm with 2,700 to 6,500 Kelvin as an additional protective measure against break-ins. Up to 50 Lightify components can be connected to the gateway supplied.
- Gembird EnerGenie in action
This graphic shows where Gembird envisions its intelligent sockets and multiple socket strips in the house.
- Belkin NetCam WiFi camera with night vision mode
Belkin has launched the WeMo family for the smart home sector with the aim of bringing easy-to-install WiFi-enabled products to market that can be controlled while on the move using a smartphone or tablet. This includes two cameras with infrared-controlled night vision mode and a wide-angle lens. These not only make it possible to keep an eye on the children or animals at home via mobile devices, but also to detect intruders using live recordings on the smartphone or tablet. E-mail notification in the event of movement is part of the “Cloud + Premium” services, see below. The model F7D601de shown here for 89.99 euros offers VGA resolution with up to 30 frames per second and has a built-in microphone.
- Belkin NetCam HD WiFi camera with night vision mode
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