N'osairis Technology Solutions: Empowering Enterprises with IoT-as-a-Service
2013 had been an important year for the South East Asia (SEA). “It was around this time we witnessed businesses in the region opening up to M2M deployments as an alternative” recalls Stalin Vijaya Kamaraj, CEO, N'osairis Technology Solutions. Driven by the stated demand, that period also turned out to be an important year for the technology landscape of the region. “IoT was surfacing in the region in a big way, and we decided to explore how we can provide it as a service.”
Stalin’s comment points toward the present market wherein IoT is divided into three distinct islands, namely Sensors, Connectivity, and Business Intelligence (BI). The process of embarking on an IoT deployment starts with enterprises foraging the market for suitable sensor vendors; then they need to connect those sensors leveraging on services from a connectivity provider; finally, deploy BI software to gather and mine the data generated. However, N’osairis’s market approach of providing “IoT-as-a-Service” is something completely unique and equally interesting. The firm bridges the three components and provides IoT as a managed service, tailor made for a given organization’s specific needs. He elaborates the process: The environment of a client is studied to develop a suitable IoT blueprint, which once approved is implemented, and the firm manages the entire IoT ecosystem on behalf of the customer. The service is powered by N’osairis’s flagship platform, the NeX which incorporates the 3 key components of IoT in a single logical ecosystem.
The NeX platform draws its competence from the multitude of partnerships the firm has forged with sensor and connectivity providers globally. What this translates to an enterprise is connecting to the NeX platform is synonym to connecting to hundreds of sensor and connectivity providers.
N’osairis’s market approach of providing “IoT-as-a-Service” is something completely unique and equally interesting
“Enterprises just have to tell us what type of end-result or data they need captured and analysed, and we will deploy the right sensors and the right connectivity. All the information from the sensors flow into our platform which then get pushed into a smart dashboard that gives the user the insights required to optimize or automate the business processes,” adds Stalin.
Stalin puts forth the instance of an oil and gas company to present a closer view of the platform’s capabilities. Supplying gas to nearly thousands locations across the nation, the client’s process of distribution was manual, which was time consuming and laborious due to the technical drawback. After analyzing the provider’s environment, N’osairis proposed a blueprint that suggested converting analog signals generated from the meters installed at consumers’ locations to digital signals, and routing the same to the NeX platform via the cellular connectivity. Post implementation, the provider was able to monitor gas utilization at every location precisely; and when gas in a consumer’s tank dipped below a set threshold, the NeX platform would trigger the provider’s systems to replenish the gas automatically. This culminated into reduced cost of operations for the provider and improved end-user experience that translated into increased revenue. “The customer intended to search the market for different vendors that could cover all their needs. But, as the NeX platform carries the advantage of being connected to various sensors and connectivity providers, they got everything they needed to weave together the multitude of locations at a single place-N’osairis.”
N’osairis’s success extends beyond its list of happy customers; N’osairis was the only firm from SEA to bring home the TiE50 Silicon Valley award last year.
Underlining market reports which suggest that the SEA will become a major market for IoT, Stalin notes that N’osairis is well positioned to help businesses in the region to tap into the maximum potential of IoT. Currently focused on Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines the firm is in planning to extend into Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar, and “plans to cover the rest of SEA in the next three years, and the Greater Asia in the coming five years.” “In terms of technology, we are working on newer versions of our platform which will support more sensors and provide more detailed BI that will unlock new possibilities for our customers.”