ThingOS is a platform to integrate all kinds of smart devices and provides a technology neutral layer. On top of this layer, ThingOS Apps can operate and connect smart devices, sensors and actuators. This interoperability allows ThingOS customers to drastically speedup the development process of smart connected Applications. ThingOS performs best wherever two or many different technologies have to be bridged. This is the case for more and more application domains. Three of our target domains will be highlighted below: Smart Factory, Smart Home/Object and Smart Retail.
Today the industrial technology landscape is already very fragmented and with the exponentially rising number of connected devices the fragmentation will even become worse. The ThingOS approach to this trend is radical integration. ThingOS does the hard job of integrating any communication technologies and platforms in order to provide a technology neutral layer. This interoperability allows to rapidly interconnect heterogenous machines, realise complex processes and to drastically simplify the programming task for both experts and end-users/workers.
This has been proven in projects at ARENA2036 in cooperation with companies such as Daimler or Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Together with Daimler, a variable assembly platform has been equipped with ThingOS such that various wireless and wires hardware sensors can now be pluged-in at runtime and easily be utilized by the worker without the need for any PLC/SPS programming. Together with HPE, a Smart Order Picking application for intralogistics was implemented based on ThingOS and connected to HPEs Universal IoT Platform in order to easily manage and analyse many distributed location.
Smart Home and Smart Object
In smart home and smart object environments (such as hotels, restaurants), ThingOS serves as a great platform to integrate any kind of heterogenous mobile devices, smart sensors and actuators. ThingOS can integrate off-the-shelf smart home devices with customer products and additionally connect them to existing infrastructure like KNX or DALI.
ThingOS Apps for smart home and smart object environment can come with fixed predefined functionality or provide end-users intuitive interfaces enabling them to customize their smart home and smart building to their individual need. This ranges from simple controls, to smartphone and tablet graphical user interfaces as well as natural speech assistants.
Sensors at the point-of-sale (POS) can provide various benefits. The customer experience can be improved by providing invisible smart behaviour. The customer can be targeted individually, displaying content which is of interest for the customer instead of the classical standard image and video.
Smart, interactive POS applications that provide clear added value to retail and end-users can be simply realized in the form of ThingOS Applications. At Retail Tech Hub, we currently evaluate innovative solutions with partners such MediaMarkt Saturn and the Lidl Schwarz Group. We regualarly present result at venues such as the ITH (Innovative Technologie für den Handel).