Ultraflex Power Technologies to demonstrate in Las Vegas IioT monitoring tool developed together with IndigoVerge

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fabtech-2016-02UltraFlex Power Technologies will be showing innovative IioT solutions for Induction Equipment at FABTECH in Las Vegas, November 16-18 2016, Booth N4106. They will also demonstrate the UPT Monitor.

UPT Monitor is a cloud-based IioT tool for monitoring the industrial heating processes. It allows easier quality control and traceability and reduces the time needed to identify problems on the production line.

UPT Monitor is a product designed and developed by IndigoVerge in close cooperation with Ultraflex Power Technologies. IndigoVerge plans to actively develop the UPT Monitor as an IioT solution and add more and more features in the next 12 months, including alerts and notifications, real-time analytics and advanced reporting capabilities. UPT Monitor is based on Microsoft Azure.

A few snapshots (click to open):

IioT solution developed by IndigoVerge

IioT solution developed by IndigoVerge  IioT solution developed by IndigoVerge

FABTECH provides a convenient ‘one stop shop’ venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find the tools to  improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions to all of your metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing needs. The upcoming event is expected to cover more than 550,000 net square feet and anticipates over 28,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibiting companies.

If you are in Las Vegas, stop by Ultraflex booth N4106.

If you need an IioT-based solution for your business, contact us at info [at] indigoverge.com .

Want to adopt IoT? Be ready for change management!

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You are probably already convinced in the benefits you may reap by integrating an IoT solution for your business. You’ve probably already read and heard enough that IoT is the future – it saves costs, increases the revenue, optimized processes and opens a whole world of new possibilities.

It is now time to realize, however, that IoT does not only mean ‘new technologies’. It is a new way of making business, a new way of thinking.

One of the common problems faced by enthusiastic managers seeking IndigoVerge for IoT consultancy is: How to ‘sell’ that IoT vision to the other C-level managers and how to overcome the resistance to the changes it will bring?

Usually the biggest and most loudly spoken resistance comes from the most profitable departments in a company, those with good financial results. They have really low motivation for change, claiming that “If something is working well, there is no need to change it’’. At the same time, other departments fighting for a portion of the budget are pushing to have their new and better idea implemented.

What should be the management approach in such a situation?

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Highlights from my IoT business session at the recent Sofia IoT Summit

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I have recently announced my participation in the first Internet of Things summit in Bulgaria, organized by the Software University and Microsoft Bulgaria. My session on the ‘IoT adoption process from business perspective‘ was part of the IoT business line of sessions (there was a tech line as well).

My session – I am truly happy about that – got a good number of attendees and, judging by the post-session meetings and conversations, sharing my business experience in this domain did provoked a lot of interest.

Since some of my international contacts asked me about the event and were sorry they couldn’t attend, in this post I’ll be sharing some of the key points from my session. Truly hope those would help initiate a conversation on the topic.

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Implementing smart IoT-based street lights – how smart is smart enough?

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How smart should a smart IoT-based LED lighting be?
This was the key question we had to answer when we started work on a recent IoT consulting project – an IoT solution responsible for managing the street LED lighting. The result we were looking to achieve was, of course, increased efficiency and reduced energy and maintenance costs, considering the longer life and much reduced energy consumption of LED-based lighting.

During the discussions with our client, we put on the table three possible levels of optimizations. Each of those had to be evaluated based on costs and value added. All three optimizations had to be put into a financial model so we could figure out the financial reasoning behind each stage of the project.
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IndigoVerge will participate in Internet of Things Bulgaria Summit 2016

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IndigoVerge will participate in Internet of Things Bulgaria Summit 2016, a one-day event focused entirely on Internet of Things.

Ivan Dragoev, CEO of IndigoVerge has been invited as a speaker and will lead a 45 minute session with topic “Internet of Things adoption process from business perspective”. The event will take place on 29 September, at Software University, Sofia.

The event has two tracks – Tech and Business. Ivan Dragoev’s session is a part of the business track and will begin at 11:45. He will talk about his experience at IndigoVerge helping clients understand, plan and adopt IoT-based solutions. Adoption of a new technology is always risky and building solutions on top of Azure IoT Hub, Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Active Directory and Azure App Service can help to significantly reduce that risk, shorten the development cycle and reduce time and costs. Based on real world scenarios from IndigoVerge IoT consulting and development experience, this session will give managers an idea how to handle the IoT adoption process for their companies.

More information about the event is available here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1242275769202181/

Hydrogen Vehicles vs. Electric Vehicles

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VideoToday I watched a very interesting video about the efficiency and the environmental impact of both the Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles (HFCV) and Electric Vehicles (EV). The presenter is Tony Seba – a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Disruption and Clean Energy at Stanford University. He managed to outline the main differences between both technologies in a very comprehensive and clear way.

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Choosing software for managing charging stations network for EVs – the process and lessons learnt

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IoT consultingIn October 2014 IndigoVerge was selected as the IoT Consulting partner in a project for building a network of charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs). Our responsibility was everything IT and IoT such as consulting, evaluating different software solutions, tests, upgrades, deployment, integration, mobile apps, support etc. But, our first and probably most important task was to find the least expensive (in terms of money and time) way to give the business a start so we can figure out whether it’s viable at all. So in this post I’ll explain the approach we followed during this IoT consulting phase, and hopefully you’ll find something useful for yourself.

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World Economic Forum research of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) potential

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Industrial Internet of ThingsWhile Internet of Things was appointed by Gartner as the most hyped technology in 2014, I believe that Industrial Internet of Things has even bigger potential and will change the business models in the industry entirely in the next decade.

World Economic Forum in collaboration with Accenture released a research paper “Industrial Internet of Things: Unleashing the Potential of Connected Products and Services” which brings more light to the future based on the IIoT.

Here you will find out the key points from the research regarding the business models, opportunities and problems. Continue reading »

5 Google Analytics features you should pay attention to

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Google Analytics is for sure the most widely used website statistics tool. Since it first rolled out in November 2005, the platform has undergone some spectacular changes so it could offer you the most targeted data about your users and their interaction with your website/app. And since it’s such a big tool, loaded with lots of features, you could easily miss some of the opportunities it could offer to you. Below I have briefly explained 5 essential Google Analytics features that will help you make the most of the platform.

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9 ways to spice up your company Facebook page

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Are you looking for new ways to spark your Facebook fans’ interest and bring some charisma to your company page? I’ve summarized in this post 9 tips/good practices that I am using on my job as an online marketing specialist.

1) Update your cover image every once in a while

You know what people say – there’s no second chance for a first impression. And the cover image is among the first things a user visiting your company Facebook page will see. So – make sure the cover image is up-to-date and conveys the appropriate message to your user. Update it to reflect new product releases, an active marketing campaign, upcoming events, holidays and others. Check out these 25 awesome examples of creative ways to use cover photo.

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