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Tego CEO Tim Butler Featured in Aviation Week’s InsideMRO

“A smart-asset approach is about putting extensive digital product information and life-cycle history onto components themselves. Meaningful data simply becomes part of the things’ DNA, ripe to divulge wisdom everywhere they go across their entire life cycle.”

Tego’s CEO Tim Butler was a featured columnist in Aviation Week’s InsideMRO, discussing the mindset shift to the ‘things’ versus the ‘internet’ in ‘IoT,’ which simply must occur in order to bring about true digital transformation in aviation and MRO.

Tim likens the new mentality to the moment when companies realized that moving away from mainframe computing architecture to desktop PCs would liberate the the business to accomplish more than was ever thought possible.

That is a stunning consideration, when you really stop to think about it.

From the article:

Granting intelligence to an asset at its physical layer is a novel approach, a departure from typical IoT thinking that centers upon the “I” part of the IoT. It is our belief the focus has skewed too heavily toward connecting everything with a sensor all the time, to send streaming information to a database or cloud repository or enterprise system. When this happens, the value proposition for the IoT tends to get lost amid concerns of conducting a large-scale, expensive system rollout. It can engender a “where do we start” mentality among fragmented operational teams already struggling to define time lines, returns-on-investment and ownership schemes for digital adoption. This predicament already is holding many airlines back from putting digital technologies into place, despite the vast potential they hold for value creation.

After each service or inspection, new maintenance information is added to the asset’s digital history, and it retains a permanent, progressive record for all workers with authorized permission to access and perform local analysis. This is done via a local smartphone and connected reader and enables faster, safer and more precise decision-making in the field. If need be, the field worker can sync the latest data record back to the enterprise systems of the airline operator, OEM, or third-party maintenance provider, providing thorough visibility into how a part is being used and its performance over time.

In short, every asset becomes a node of distributed intelligence, with data available at the point of need to guide maintenance, prompt compliance activity for life-limited parts, ensure the authenticity of parts, verify part performance and even provide maintenance instructions directly. The asset becomes so smart that employees asks it what needs to be done!

Read the full article here: Pulling The IoT Out Of Its “Dumb Green Screen” Rut

To learn about Tego’s radio frequency asset intelligence platform for transforming aviation operations, visit this page.

To schedule a demo and see if Tego can improve the performance and interaction among your organization’s assets, contact us here.


From RFID to IoT — Radio-free wattage energy harvesting

“Like anemones on the sea floor, [devices] have to sustain themselves on what streams by.”

In another example of how Tego is redefining RFID in an IoT world, CTO Bob Hamlin spoke with IoT Agenda about the role of harvesting ambient RF energy to spur innovation in IoT and IIoT.

From IoT Agenda:

“All FM stations transmit power from antennae at 50 to 100 kilowatts,” he noted. “By the time it gets to your FM radio, it’s only a few milliwatts. These days those few milliwatts are enough to do all kinds of interesting things with electronic circuits.”

The RFID devices Tego makes take the carrier signal of the RFID reader and rectify it into a DC voltage. Tego uses that power — as little as 4 milliwatts — to power the processor that is the heart of its RFID chip. Tego’s combination RFID chip and antenna add writeable, readable, encryptable data to any kind of asset — moving intelligence to the very edge of the IoT edge.

Originally, those chips could operate only five or 10 feet from the reader. “These days, traditional passive RFID — just identification tags — can work 50 to 100 feet away. These things operate in the microwatts of power,” Hamlin said. But Tego’s goal isn’t stretching the distance between RFID scanner and, say, retail RFID tag, which might just hold 96 bits to identify the make and price of a bathing suit. Instead, it’s adding storage and processing workload to the chip. Obviously, it’s not doing this to tag bathing suits, but to track and document parts and devices in aerospace, oil and gas exploration, life sciences, and similarly weighty applications.

Tego’s roots and wireless protocols are in RFID, but it’s also looking at Wi-Fi and other radio transmissions as power sources. “When most people hear IoT, they think of their phone and their laptop,” Hamlin said. “We think of that as the first ring on the outside of the network. But further out, there are other rings where devices are no longer plugged into the wall, no longer running Windows or iOS. They’re smaller, don’t have full-blown OSes, have more dedicated processing and, by their nature, consume much less power.” In addition, they may be so remote from power sources that they have to operate “autonomously.” Like anemones on the sea floor, they have to sustain themselves on what streams by.

A version of Tego’s tags has a serial interface on its chip, suitable for connection to sensors or microprocessors. One client is working on a new highway; installing these tags every 300 feet into pavement being laid across a bridge so they can monitor temperature as the pavement cures, as a step toward improving durability.

To learn about Tego’s RFID chip and platform solution, visit this page.

And if you want to see Tego in action, contact us here.


Inside Big Data: Staying Agile by Focusing On the “T” in the IoT

Unlike traditional IoT (Internet of Things) solutions, edge computing looks to bring the power of the data closer to the asset itself so that decision making is quicker and data is nearer the hands of the right folks who can take the right actions. In practice, it’s called, “Decision making at the point of read.”

Read full article here


Smart Approaches to Smart Assets – Use cases and Immediate Benefits

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Tego provides a data connectivity platform for reaching the 90% of Things unreachable by current IoT platforms

Tego’s solutions enable data on physical assets for the aerospace, life science and energy industry. Use cases include digital MRO, pedigree for the pharmaceutical industry and asset integrity management (anti-counterfeit control).

 


Frost & Sullivan Asset Intelligence for Healthcare: New Product Innovation Award

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Why IoT Devices Need to be Digital Assets Plus Connecting by LoRa and NFC

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Read the article on constellationr.com


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