Haltian, a Finnish startup, has developed an Internet of Things platform called Thingsee to simplify the adoption of connected devices in sectors such as smart cities, manufacturing, energy, logistics and facilities management.
Platforms such as Haltian’s Thingsee, which includes both wireless sensors and a cloud-based data management service, are seen as a critical step toward wider deployment of connected devices. While observers have touted the benefits of such systems for years adoption continues at a measured pace as companies launch pilot projects and weigh the costs and benefits.
To lower some of the hurdles, the Thingsee platform starts with a variety of customizable wireless sensors. These sensors can, for example, measure things such as distance which allows for tracking the rate at which a container is filled, or the movement of assets. They can also monitor the movement of people in a facility or enviromental factors such as temperature, humidity, air pressure, or light. The company packages those sensors with hardware called the Thingsee Gateway that manages the connection of all the sensors and hooks them into the company’s cloud-based data plat form.
Through the platform, customers can monitor performance, need for maintenance, and analyze the data to improve efficiency of their workflows, says Haltian co-founder Ville Ylläsjärvi.
The company is now working with Finland’s transmission system operator, Fingrid, to help digitize the maintenance of its electrical grid. Its sensors are doing things like monitoring temperatures of various components. Sudden changes in temperature can indicate some kind of trouble, whether it’s dirt, corrosion, or a faulty part.
In its largest deployment to date, Thingsee has partnered with Lindström, the global textile provider and facilities management company. Lindström is using more than 100,000 of the IoT devices as well as the Thingsee cloud service for a service it calls “Flowability Smart Washroom Service.” Sensors are placed in towel dispensers which monitor the rate of usage and alert facility managers of the need for replacements or maintanence, Ylläsjärvi says. The system has lowered Lindström’s costs while allowing its clients to offer improved service in facilities such as shopping malls, hospitals, and various other public spaces.