Davra Networks Introduces End-to-end Platform for IoT

  • Written By: Ted Rohm
  • Published: June 27 2014

Davra Networks has launched a turnkey Internet of Things (IoT) platform which supports the collection and presentation of data for the connected world. The new RuBAN platform is an end-to-end platform which offers a number of capabilities for providers wishing to offer a wide range of solutions for the IoT market. The platform presents a number of benefits over other solutions that are being developed to enable the IoT era.

The RuBAN platform allows companies to translate raw network and sensor data into an easily accessible open format that can be analyzed and presented to their own highly visual GUI or fed to third-party app developers and data consumption tools such as ERP systems, CRM, and predictive analytics tools. The plug-and-play platform needs no customization, with no extensive end-user training required for the final applications.
Key benefits of the RuBAN platform:
  • Data is gathered, filtered, and managed near the source, meaning that only the relevant data needs to be sent back to the host for business insight.
  • The solution is delivered via the cloud—The RuBAN platform runs on common cloud platforms and can be deployed as a public or private service.
  • The platform handles automated network troubleshooting, response, and problem repair remotely. This eliminates the need to send a technician out to troubleshoot problems with the remote sensing device(s).
Paul  Glynn, CEO of Davra Networks, explains that networks developing in the IoT era are fundamentally different from the networks of the past. “The new networks are remote, cellular, and satellite based.” According to Paul, the network is not important—“it’s the meaningful data that one can collect from the network.” This difference led Davra Networks to take a new approach to managing the data.

The RuBAN user interface is extremely intuitive. Unlike other IoT solutions that are developed for the technical crowd, RuBAN is designed to make IoT data accessible to a business user. Below are a few screenshots from RuBAN that show the commitment made by Davra Networks in developing the user interface components of the platform. Figure 1 shows how the platform represents assets being monitored. An asset might be a smart, connected bus running a route; part of an electrical distribution network; a smart city monitoring device tracking temperature and humidity; or any other connected device.

Figure 1: RuBAN map of monitored assets (click for larger images)

From this graphical map, a user can easily drill down to view the detailed information on a particular asset.

Figure 2: Detailed monitored asset information

According to Glynn, “We work with our partners to do all the heavy lifting and installing of Cisco® IoS Integrated Services routers and sensors on location, then we manage information coming from the IoT environment as well as information from the network itself. We make sure to bring only the relevant raw data back to the customer. That’s what makes fog computing so compelling—it’s about decision-making at the ground level. Our VAR customers value our flexible solution because it can be used as easily in vehicle tracking or water meter usage as it can in smart cities and farms.”

There are a number of vendors coming onto the market with solutions for the IoT and M2M era. The solutions range from A—Arkessa Platform to T—the ThingWorx Platform. The RuBAN platform has a number of unique features that make it an instant contender in the IoT platform arena, especially for system integrators and network VARs wishing to immediately take advantage of other business opportunities.
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