Sixgill Integrity 2.0 Makes Blockchain Data Integrity Easy and Practical for Enterprise

Integrity 2.0 adds IBM Hyperledger integration for practical adoption and now makes blockchain data integrity available via SaaS

Sixgill, LLC, a leader in data automation and authenticity products and services, announced the release of Integrity 2.0, a powerful data authenticity solution that combines a practical permissioned blockchain with a public blockchain auditor in an industry-first “hybrid-hybrid” implementation that achieves absolute data integrity and veracity.

Integrity 2.0 makes blockchain data integrity easy and practical so organizations can quickly solve the rising need for end-to-end, real-time data authenticity assurance. Organizations will be able to monitor and guarantee the veracity of any data stream (or data in motion), including today’s sensors emitting time-series data in any form – including video data.

Integrity 2.0 offers an unrivaled system of checks and balances to ensure data integrity either within an organization or across a trusted consortium. Organizations gain absolute assurance that the data they create, transmit, process, act on, and store remains unchanged and tamperproof throughout its lifecycle. Now, Sixgill adds a new SaaS version that makes it easier to get started.

Sixgill Integrity 2.0 is built on IBM Hyperledger Fabric, a private blockchain, and uses the public blockchain Bitcoin as an optional trustless, immutable auditor. It can also be customized to the blockchain of a customer’s choice. Integrity 2.0 maintains the on-chain/off-chain scheme originally delivered in version 1.0, which assures the performance required to sheath data in motion and generate any necessary corruption alerts in the unlikely event an Integrity-protected data stream becomes compromised.

“Most people still view blockchain in terms of crypto currencies and not as a data technology for practical enterprise solutions,” says Phil Ressler, CEO of Sixgill. “With Integrity 2.0, Sixgill provides any organization with a real-world, real-time, blockchain data authenticity guarantor that achieves absolute data veracity, now also with a SaaS version for easy entry.

“Our hybrid-hybrid authenticity architecture allows any enterprise to start building data integrity into IoT and IoE automation processes using a well-understood private blockchain, with the option to add public blockchain immutability when the most stringent protections are mandated. This also enables easy generation of immutable audit trails for highly regulated processes or where liability for errors runs high,” says Ressler.

Integrity 2.0 Provides Immediate Real-World Solutions

Integrity ensures that organizations – including their stakeholders, regulators, clients and others – can truly trust their data, particularly for high-stakes data automation applications. Use cases span a wide range of industries and data integrity needs that include:

  • Supply Chain: Immutable data evidence of authenticity of goods origin and permanent traceability to originating data sources, as well as the secure exchange of transaction information, history and compliance details

  • Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare: Permanent auditability, traceability and certainty required for regulatory-grade medical and clinical trial data records. (Intel recently profiled a current healthcare instance of Sixgill Integrity on its insight.tech website, here)

  • FinTech: Unalterable transaction records for permanent audit trails

  • Utilities: Backbone data integrity for widely distributed infrastructures enabling centrally managed, system-wide programmatic actions triggered by device, data, and contextual rules for operating on data truth

  • Insurance: Verified data lifecycle authenticity from smart devices, smart homes, sensor-intensive vehicles, smart buildings, etc. for rate setting and claim settling

  • Video Surveillance: Permanent data immutability and auditability for tamperproof video data streams with configurable alerting to any tampering

SaaS Makes Integrity More Easily Accessible and Scalable

Integrity 2.0 SaaS is a self-serve managed and hosted instance of Integrity with secure multi-tenant support, providing easy accessibility and cost effectiveness. SaaS version benefits also include:

  • Auto-generation of key analytics

  • Capacity for multiple channels allows for different data types and data streams within a single organization

  • Ability to create multiple credentials and invite different users within an organization with different levels of access/permissions that can be changed

  • Ability to set rules that will automatically generate alerts for any type of data compromise

  • Robust API, developer tools and documentation

  • 30-day free trial available

Other Technical Details of Integrity 2.0

Integrity 2.0 stands apart from other data security offerings in that it combines the maximum-integrity properties of distributed ledger technology (DLT) with the speed of a modern distributed data system. This is made possible by Integrity’s unique on-chain/off-chain hybrid-hybrid architecture that marries the immutability of private and public blockchains with an off-chain data layer that preserves real-time performance at scale.

Integrity 2.0 supports the ability to leverage the public blockchain Bitcoin to provide the highest possible level of immutability available in the world. The Bitcoin layer sits on top of the Integrity Hyperledger enterprise solution and achieves levels as close as possible to 100% immutability. Bitcoin’s blockchain is leveraged for its absolute immutability, but Integrity still offers near-real-time performance and high data storage capacity, using its unique hybrid on/off-chain architecture.

Sixgill Integrity 2.0 also provides:

  • End-to-end data lifecycle immutability

  • Permanent and continuous regulatory-grade data auditability

  • A powerful, fully configurable rules engine that can define and trigger actions

  • Full functionality that is data-, device-, and ledger-agnostic

  • A comprehensive dashboard for rules and operations monitoring, with real-time analytics that are auto-generated

  • Automated real-time alerts of any data compromise

  • Complete visibility into who has permissions, what activities they are performing, who has accessed data or added data, etc.

  • Deployment to single tenant private clouds or custom on-premise deployment

  • Ability to handle any data type, including video data

This independent IoT Data Security Market report from Frost & Sullivan, which profiled Sixgill as “a leading provider of IoT data services” may also be of interest.

Contact Sixgill for more information and pricing. See more about Integrity 2.0 here.

About Sixgill

Sixgill provides a full suite of agnostic data automation and authenticity products and services that enable organizations to govern IoE assets. With the Sixgill® product suite, organizations easily acquire, analyze and act on IoE data, including video, at any velocity or scale. Meeting the increasing necessity for end-to-end sensor data management, process automation and analytics for sensor-informed operations, Sixgill offers Sense™ for IoE data enrichment and automation, which includes Sense Vision™ for ML-based camera data intelligence, and Integrity™ for blockchain-based authenticity. HyperLabel™, by Sixgill, is a desktop application for creating, automating, updating, and managing annotated datasets for Machine Learning. To learn more, visit Sixgill.com.

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Daniel Kehrer | Sixgill, LLC | dkehrer@sixgill.com

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Trend Micro Research Identifies Critical Industry 4.0 Attack Methods

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Research report outlines advanced attack scenarios and recommendations for OT operators

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today released research describing how advanced hackers could leverage unconventional, new attack vectors to sabotage smart manufacturing environments.

For this report, Trend Micro Research worked with Politecnico di Milano in its Industry 4.0 lab, which houses real manufacturing equipment from industry leaders, to demonstrate how malicious threat actors can exploit existing features and security flaws in Industrial IoT (IIoT) environments for espionage of financial gain.

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Cisco IoT Field Network Director Denial of Service Vulnerability

A vulnerability in the Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP) implementation of Cisco IoT Field Network Director could allow an unauthenticated remote attacker to cause a denial of service (DoS) condition on an affected device.

The vulnerability is due to insufficient input validation of incoming CoAP traffic. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a malformed CoAP packet to an affected device. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to force the CoAP server to stop, interrupting communication to the IoT endpoints.

Cisco has released software updates that address this vulnerability. There are no workarounds that address this vulnerability.

This advisory is available at the following link:
https://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-iot-coap-dos-WTBu6YTq

Security Impact Rating: High

CVE: CVE-2020-3162

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Manufacturing & Industrial Automation Lead The Way

I’m always surprised that some people think of manufacturing as stodgy, old school and slow to change – in my view, nothing could be further from the truth! All the evidence shows that the manufacturing industry has consistently led the way from mechanical production, powered by steam in the 18th century, to mass production in the 19th century, followed by 20th century automated production.

The data center merging with the factory floor

Fast forward to today. The fourth industrial revolution is well underway, driven by IoT, edge computing, cloud and big data. And once again, manufacturers are at the forefront of intelligent production, leading the way in adopting technologies like augmented reality, 3D printing, robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud-based supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA) plus programmable automation controllers (PACs). Watch the video below that addresses how manufacturers are changing to embrace Industry 4.0.

In fact, I always visualize the fourth industrial revolution, otherwise known as Industry 4.0, as the data center merging with the factory floor, where you have the perfect blend of information and operational technology working together in tandem. Let’s look at a couple of examples.

Helping monitor and manage industrial equipment

One of our customers, Emerson, a fast-growing Missouri-based company with more than 200 manufacturing locations worldwide, provides automation technology for thousands of chemical, power, and oil & gas organizations around the world. Today, Emerson customers are demanding more than just reliable control valves. They need help performing predictive maintenance on those valves.

To address these needs, Emerson worked with Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions to develop and deploy an industrial automation solution that collects IoT data to help its customers better monitor, manage and troubleshoot critical industrial equipment. With our support, Emerson successfully developed a new wireless-valve monitoring solution and brought it to market faster than the competition. This is just the first step in what Emerson sees as a bigger journey to transform services across its entire business. You can read more about our work together here.

Bringing AI to the supply chain to reduce waste and energy

Meanwhile, San-Francisco based Noodle.ai has partnered with us to deliver the world’s first “Enterprise AI” data platform for manufacturing and supply chain projects.

This solution allows customers to anticipate and plan for the variables affecting business operations, including product quality, maintenance, downtime, costs, inventory and flow. Using AI, they can mitigate issues before they happen, solve predictive challenges, reduce waste and material defects as well as cutting the energy required to create new products.

For example, one end-customer, a $2 billion specialty steel manufacturer, needed to increase profit per mill hour, meet increasing demand for high quality steel at predictable times, and reduce the amount of energy consumed. Using the “Enterprise AI” data platform, the customer reported $80 million savings via reduced energy costs, freight costs, scrapped product, and raw material input costs.

Helping design innovative and secure voting technology

Yet, another customer, Democracy Live wanted to deliver a secure, flexible, off-the-shelf balloting device that would make voting accessible to persons with disabilities and that could replace outdated, proprietary and expensive voting machines.

After a comprehensive review of vendors and products, Democracy Live asked us to design a standardized voting tablet and software image. Our Dell Latitude solution complete with Intel processors and pre-loaded with Democracy Live software and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise operating system provides strong security and advanced encryption.

And the good news for Democracy Live that we take all the headaches away by managing the entire integration process, including delivery to end-users. The result? Secure, accessible voting with up to 50 percent savings compared with the cost of proprietary voting machines. Read what Democracy Live has to say about our collaboration here.

Change is constant

Meanwhile, the revolution continues. Did you know that, according to IDC, by the end of this year 60 percent of plant workers at G2000 manufacturers will work alongside robotics, while 50 percent of manufacturing supply chains will have an in-house or outsourced capability for direct-to-consumption shipments and home delivery? More details available here.

Unlock the power of your data

Don’t get left behind! Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions is here to help you move through the digital transformation journey, solve your business challenges and work with you to re-design your processes. We can help you use IoT and embedded technologies to connect machines, unlock the power of your data, and improve efficiency and quality on the factory floor.

And don’t forget we offer the broadest range of ruggedized and industrial grade products, designed for the most challenging environments, including servers, edge computing, laptops and tablets. We’d love to hear from you – contact us here and do stay in touch.

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IOTA News: New details on Trive.Park, HOCHTIEF seeks developers

IOTA Smart Parking trive.park

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  • The IOTA partner EDAG has released an update to its Trive.Park app and presented the hardware behind the system for parking garages.
  • Germany’s largest construction company, HOCHTIEF, is looking for a blockchain developer with practical project experience in the technologies of Hyperledger, Ethereum, Corda and IOTA.

The IOTA Foundation and EDAG Engineering GmbH, a service provider for the automotive industry and an engineering service provider for vehicle development, plant construction and prototype building, have already been working together for some time on various mobility issues. In September last year, for example, both partners presented the CityBot concept. Another joint project is the Trive.Park app, which was first announced in August 2019 and is already available for IOS and Android, as well as being used in various car parks in German cities.

Paying the car park barrier via IOTA token

Alexander Süssemilch from EDAG has published new details about this project in a blog post. As he describes, the developed platform is the only solution that car park operators can use immediately to digitally market parking offers in a car park. In addition, additional services such as interior cleaning, tyre changing or a delivery service could also be offered via the platform.

Booking is done via the Trive.Park app, and payment is made via Apple Pay, Google Pay or credit card. According to Süssemilch, the hardware for the entrance barrier was developed together with Datafox, making it an IoT device. An additional module was developed for the barrier opening, which includes a hardware component specially designed for car park barriers. The communication takes place via a Bluetooth transmitter, which can be seen in the following picture

Source: https://medium.com/@asuessemilch/die-parkhausschranke-wird-zum-iot-device-726e219c6b67

Via this Bluetooth transmitter it is possible to realize messages between the backend and the hardware of Datafox via the https protocol, a directed “Bluetooth beam” for indoor positioning from the barrier, software updates of the hardware “over the air” and logging and remote debugging. In addition, further sensors can be connected.

Süssemilch also emphasizes that the installation and operation of the hardware is very convenient for car park operators. Power can be supplied directly via the barrier system. The data connection to the backend, on the other hand, can be made via LAN, mobile radio or WLAN. With regard to IOTA, Süssemilch explained further:

In addition, the payment flow could be displayed using the cryptocurrency IOTA as an example, which in the future will help to reduce transaction costs.

When and if the implementation of IOTA payments beyond a proof of concept in the Trive.Park app will be realized remains to be seen.

The Largest German construction company is looking for blockchain developers for IOTA or Ethereum

Moreover, it became known yesterday that NEXPLORE Technology, which bundles the digital transformation processes of the largest German construction company, HOCHTIEF, is looking for a blockchain developer. The company develops specific technologies and software applications and is looking for a developer in the area of blockchain application development as well as Hyperledger fabric chaincode (smart contracts).

As a requirement, the job description states that practical project experience in the technologies of Hyperledger, Ethereum, Corda and IOTA is desirable:

You have first practical project experience with blockchain and DLT technologies (Hyperledger, Ethereum, Corda, IOTA…) and programming languages like NodeJS, TypeScript, Go and Java, JavaScript is required.

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Cross-Industry Maritime Team Design & Build Fast Prototype 75 Ft Boat Equipped with IoT and Rugged IT Technology – New Search & Rescue Functionality Plus Real-Time Performance Metrics

In the past, I’ve talked about how technology has been successfully deployed on big ships like ocean cruisers and defense vessels but what about fast leisure craft, like powerboats, speedboats and ribs?

I don’t know about you, but I felt that these sailors had literally missed the boat (pardon the pun) when it came to the latest and greatest technology, particularly around safety. And yet, according to the European Boating Industry, 36 million Europeans are boaters. Over six million boats are kept in European waters while 4,500 marinas provide 1.75 million berths both inland and in coastal areas.

Experts together for safety

I spoke to other colleagues in the industry. Together, we decided we were going to address this gap. Our mission was to design a fast boat, equipped to operate in extreme environments with rugged technology to track performance and importantly, deliver new levels of safety.

Together, we assembled a group of like-minded marine visionaries, namely: Safehaven Marine, boat designers and builders; Navarino, one of the world’s largest distributors of integrated satellite communications solutions, Iridium, a leading mobile satellite communications company, 8West, a software development and consultancy company with a focus on innovative marine safety solutions, and of course, yours truly from Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Maritime.

First of its kind

This wasn’t a talk forum or an excuse for PowerPoint slides. We didn’t sit around, drink coffee and shoot the breeze! No, over the last three years, we’ve rolled up our sleeves and worked together to design and build a prototype boat in Cork, Ireland, like no other. And where better than Cork – home to one of the largest natural harbours in the world and the oldest yacht club?

This experience has been what I would call a labour of love, a collaboration where we collectively worked as a single crew, using a combination of tried and trusted craftsmanship honed over the centuries allied with the latest technology.

Wave-piercing design

Built by Safehaven Marine, the boat design in itself is revolutionary, crossing a wave-piercing monohull with a catamaran hull with four Caterpillar C8.7 650hp engines providing top speeds in excess of 50 knots.

Ruggedised technology

Picture a 75 foot boat, equipped with customised and rugged military-grade compute and network infrastructure, including Dell Latitude 7424 laptops, PowerEdge XR2 rugged servers, Dell 3002 IoT Edge Gateways and switches. All our rugged technology packs a punch and is ideal for tough conditions and tight spaces.

Ship to shore

From a communications perspective, the boat is fitted with Dual Cobham Sailor 4300 Iridium Certus L-band satcom antennas, a Navarino Infinity Cube dual node, high availability , high performance/active cluster plus IoT G-force sensors, which connect real-time to Azure via a dual-site connection.

Information is power

Using Dell Edge Gateways, these sensors collect and analyse data, gathering a huge range of inputs, for example, the weather, temperature and humidity, engine data, speed, geographical position plus sea motions like heave, pitch, roll and acceleration. A real-time web portal allows the crew to record and analyse vessel performance in real-time before live-streaming the data onshore.

Search and rescue functionality

That’s not all! In addition to performance data, Safe Trx Ranger software from 8West can automatically track the boat’s location and alert emergency contacts ashore, should the craft fail to return on time.

In this scenario, the user’s location is automatically sent to the SafeTrx Monitoring Console, meaning that the Coast Guard can instantly view the position of the emergency call, accessing vessel name, user name, gender, phone number, vessel name, craft type, radio equipment, last reported position, people on board, activity and trip ID. The application also displays the location, speed and heading on the emergency call screen.

Cost-effective, easy and reliable

Importantly, the system provides boat users who don’t have or use Automatic Identification System (AIS) on board with a cost-effective, automated and reliable way to keep the Search and Rescue authorities informed of their voyage plans and location. In fact, SafeTrx is the first data source that focuses on leisure craft users without AIS. In this way, it significantly contributes to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) IMdatE maritime situational awareness picture.

What a beauty!

I believe that as a team, we have achieved our goal. Our prototype boat is capable of delivering fast performance in extreme environments and comes complete with rugged, reliable IT infrastructure, promising new levels of safety for leisure craft.

Our team is proud to participate in this partnership and contribute to better safety standards at sea. I believe that this is a great example of how IT technology can be a force for good, driving human progress and making a real difference to society.

Are you a regular sailor? Do you work in the maritime industry? Do you have comments or questions? Do join the conversation. We’d love to hear from you.

Learn more about Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions

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Cross-Industry Maritime Team Design & Build Fast Prototype 75 Ft Boat Equipped with IoT and Rugged IT Technology

In the past, I’ve talked about how technology has been successfully deployed on big ships like ocean cruisers and defense vessels but what about fast leisure craft, like powerboats, speedboats and ribs?

I don’t know about you, but I felt that these sailors had literally missed the boat (pardon the pun) when it came to the latest and greatest technology, particularly around safety. And yet, according to the European Boating Industry, 36 million Europeans are boaters. Over six million boats are kept in European waters while 4,500 marinas provide 1.75 million berths both inland and in coastal areas.

Experts together for safety

I spoke to other colleagues in the industry. Together, we decided we were going to address this gap. Our mission was to design a fast boat, equipped to operate in extreme environments with rugged technology to track performance and importantly, deliver new levels of safety.

Together, we assembled a group of like-minded marine visionaries, namely: Safehaven Marine, boat designers and builders; Navarino, one of the world’s largest distributors of integrated satellite communications solutions, Iridium, a leading mobile satellite communications company, 8West, a software development and consultancy company with a focus on innovative marine safety solutions, and of course, yours truly from Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Maritime.

First of its kind

This wasn’t a talk forum or an excuse for PowerPoint slides. We didn’t sit around, drink coffee and shoot the breeze! No, over the last three years, we’ve rolled up our sleeves and worked together to design and build a prototype boat in Cork, Ireland, like no other. And where better than Cork – home to one of the largest natural harbours in the world and the oldest yacht club?

This experience has been what I would call a labour of love, a collaboration where we collectively worked as a single crew, using a combination of tried and trusted craftsmanship honed over the centuries allied with the latest technology.

Wave-piercing design

Built by Safehaven Marine, the boat design in itself is revolutionary, crossing a wave-piercing monohull with a catamaran hull with four Caterpillar C8.7 650hp engines providing top speeds in excess of 50 knots.

Ruggedised technology

Picture a 75 foot boat, equipped with customised and rugged military-grade compute and network infrastructure, including Dell Latitude 7424 laptops, PowerEdge XR2 rugged servers, Dell 3002 IoT Edge Gateways and switches. All our rugged technology packs a punch and is ideal for tough conditions and tight spaces.

Ship to shore

From a communications perspective, the boat is fitted with Dual Cobham Sailor 4300 Iridium Certus L-band satcom antennas, a Navarino Infinity Cube dual node, high availability , high performance/active cluster plus IoT G-force sensors, which connect real-time to Azure via a dual-site connection.

Information is power

Using Dell Edge Gateways, these sensors collect and analyse data, gathering a huge range of inputs, for example, the weather, temperature and humidity, engine data, speed, geographical position plus sea motions like heave, pitch, roll and acceleration. A real-time web portal allows the crew to record and analyse vessel performance in real-time before live-streaming the data onshore.

Search and rescue functionality

That’s not all! In addition to performance data, Safe Trx Ranger software from 8West can automatically track the boat’s location and alert emergency contacts ashore, should the craft fail to return on time.

In this scenario, the user’s location is automatically sent to the SafeTrx Monitoring Console, meaning that the Coast Guard can instantly view the position of the emergency call, accessing vessel name, user name, gender, phone number, vessel name, craft type, radio equipment, last reported position, people on board, activity and trip ID. The application also displays the location, speed and heading on the emergency call screen.

Cost-effective, easy and reliable

Importantly, the system provides boat users who don’t have or use Automatic Identification System (AIS) on board with a cost-effective, automated and reliable way to keep the Search and Rescue authorities informed of their voyage plans and location. In fact, SafeTrx is the first data source that focuses on leisure craft users without AIS. In this way, it significantly contributes to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) IMdatE maritime situational awareness picture.

What a beauty!

I believe that as a team, we have achieved our goal. Our prototype boat is capable of delivering fast performance in extreme environments and comes complete with rugged, reliable IT infrastructure, promising new levels of safety for leisure craft.

Our team is proud to participate in this partnership and contribute to better safety standards at sea. I believe that this is a great example of how IT technology can be a force for good, driving human progress and making a real difference to society.

Are you a regular sailor? Do you work in the maritime industry? Do you have comments or questions? Do join the conversation. We’d love to hear from you.

Learn more about Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions

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Keep in touch. Follow us on Twitter@DellTechOEM or @Etienne_Mary.

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Why We All Need Partners – The Story of How Hark Systems and Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Started Working Together

I love talking to customers. I find that I always gain the most amazing insights and hear some great stories. Here’s a classic example. “Hello, my name is Jordan. I’m the CEO of Hark. I assumed back in 2016 that designing and shipping hardware was good for us. That assumption was dumb.”

Hardware time anyone?

I don’t know about you, but I admired Jordan’s honesty and wanted to learn more! For those of you who are unfamiliar, Hark Systems has a mission to build innovative energy management solutions to remedy real-world challenges.

Jordan explained that Hark’s decision to enter the hardware area was driven purely by practical reasons. Quite simply, the company wanted to build hardware infrastructure to run alongside its cloud-based software. And so, Hark’s decision went something like this, if you want something done well, the only way is to do it yourself. As Jordan said, “We’re technical people and being accomplished software developers, we assumed hardware design would be relatively straightforward.”

A horse of a different colour

As Jordan admitted a couple of months later, while it had been an interesting journey, hardware design was way more complicated and costly than originally envisaged. ” Everyone thinks they can buy a CPU board or Raspberry Pi and off you go but there’s a lot involved. Selecting the right prototype platform, waiting for samples, the cost of moulding, resolving hardware bugs all take time, expertise and money.”

Even when issues are resolved, it’s not easy to scale up to volume manufacturing. And as Jordan says, “There’s the whole regulatory side, where you need to gain certification to ship to different countries. That requires time and expertise.”

Stick to what you’re good at

This is where yours truly gets to feature. When I heard the story, I interjected, “Hey, Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions has something you could use.” And the rest, as they say, is history – a partnership was born. Hark and Dell Technologies have now partnered on a number of successful retail projects including a major IoT win with a top four UK supermarket. More on that in a follow-on blog!

Lessons learnt

Despite the challenges encountered, Jordan doesn’t regret the journey. “Designing hardware has made us even better at designing cloud software that talks to hardware. However, we quickly realized that we needed a partner like Dell to scale up. We needed a partner like Dell for supply chain, logistics and to manage regulatory certification. We needed Dell to take the complexity away, reduce lead-times, manage the certification process and allow us to focus on our own IP.”

As Jordan says, “We built hardware because we needed to, we didn’t necessarily want to be a hardware company.”

A two-way partnership

Of course, it’s not a one-way street. While Dell Technologies offers an amazing set of building blocks, we don’t make energy management solutions like Hark does. We might be one of the biggest IT infrastructure companies in the world, but we need partners like Hark with specialist expertise across a whole range of industries.

Like our other partners, Hark is successfully disrupting the market, making solutions affordable and linking legacy, proprietary-based analogue systems with new platforms, which means customers don’t have to rip and replace existing, expensive infrastructure. This specialist expertise is hugely beneficial, allowing us to credibly enter key vertical markets and enabling our sales team to close projects quicker and more efficiently.

Here to help

Hark’s experience shows why a partnership with Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions pays dividends. The moral of the story is clear – stick to your core competencies and pick the right partners for the rest.

On that note, allow us to take away the headache of handling the hardware and integration-related complexities that can drain your resources, wreck your head and cause delays in bringing your IP to market. We can help you select the right compute power for your solution, the appropriate system to optimally run your IP, certify it to industry standards or regulatory requirements, customise it, build it and ship it. And, of course, we can share some great stories together along the way!

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Chainlink Links with Intel & Hyperledger, Presents New Trusted Computation

Chainlink has announced liking up with Intel, Hyperledger and EntEthAlliance to present a new Trusted Computation Framework that makes use of public blockchains, Chainlink oracles and trusted computing to bring about enterprise blockchain adoption.

The presented paper shared to the blockchain community was ably coauthored by Chainlink team, Eugene Yarmosh, Intel Systems Architect and TCF Technical Lead.

Using blockchain technology, it becomes easy to strengthen scalability and privacy with the help of Chainlink oracles to forward transactional computation off-chain to the Trusted Computation Framework (TCF).

The new design pattern was featured in Intel’s recent article which includes broader advantages as well as the shortcomings of TCF architecture, public blockchains, and how confirmed oracles through Chainlink can ensure bi-directional connectivity between on-chain and off-chain environments.

Chainlink detailed three important use cases in insurance, finance and global trade purposely to showcase how the system works. The introduced TCF solves problems related to blockchain scalability and privacy challenges.

In the finance industry for example, where Decentralized Finance (DeFi) is highly sought after, the TCF offers a completely secure environment that gives room for party to enter into a variety of derivatives contracts by offering off-chain computation purposely to achieve high throughput and lower cost update to contracts before they are finally resolved.

For this purpose, Chainlink oracles works in the area of relaying necessary market data required for execution. It can also forward metadata to repositories and regulators.

In the multi-trillion dollar Insurance industry, the TCF can function well in the realm, concealing execution information needed to process claims and settle the contract.

Chainlink oracles, however, supply necessary data detailing events and determining the outcomes.

As well, in the Global Trade where several components like the regulation, trade financing and importantly, the supply chain are involved, TCF provides computation to achieve global trade contracts that save web data, GPS, IoT among other confidential information.

For Chainlink oracles, the model serves as a reputable bridge to link ERP data, Web and IoT into the smart contract while also serving as a link for sending data out.

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