Case Study: IoT Technology Platform – ThingWorx [10]

In my previous blog, I mentioned some platform design considerations at the outset. In this blog, I discuss one such Platform that has gained significant traction in the industry in recent times.

About ThingWorx10

ThingWorx is one of the first software platforms designed to build and run the applications of the connected IoT world. ThingWorx reduces the cost, time, and risk required to build innovative Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The ThingWorx platform provides a complete application design, runtime, and intelligence environment with the below features:

  • Modern and Complete Platform
  • Mashup People, Systems & Machines
  • Deploy 10X Faster with Model-based Development
  • Deploy How You Like
  • Evolve & Grow Your Application Over Time

What ThingWorx does that was really clever was that they created a modelling environment based on a database of graphs that keeps track of thousands of devices that communicate with other devices and applications.

“There’s nothing new about gathering and using data to make something better. What is new, and complex, is getting these things that are now web-enabled to take better advantage of the IoT. This requires application developers to rethink how they collect, analyze, manipulate and interact with information,” said Russ Fadel, CEO, ThingWorx9. “ThingWorx is the first software platform on the market designed to build and run applications in the connected IoT world and offers a fully integrated and pre-architected solution that covers connectivity, event processing, analytics, storage and presentation of any kind of M2M and IoT data. Our goal is to provide customers with instant insight into collected data from these smart, connected things so they can be proactive and address issues before they happen in a smarter way than previously able.”10

Figure 7: ThingWorx Architecture [10]
Figure 7: ThingWorx Architecture [10]

Features10

ThingWorx Composer™

ThingWorx Composer is an end-to-end application modeling environment designed to help you easily build the unique applications of today’s connected world. Composer makes it easy to model the Things, Business Logic, Visualization, Data Storage, Collaboration, and Security required for a connected application.

Codeless Mashup Builder

ThingWorx “drag and drop” Mashup Builder empowers developers and business users to rapidly create rich, interactive applications, real-time dashboards, collaborative workspaces, and mobile interfaces without the need for coding. This next-generation application builder reduces development time and produces high quality, scalable connected applications which allows companies to accelerate the pace at which they can deliver value-add solutions, resulting in greater market share against new and existing competitors.

Event-Driven Execution and “3D” Storage

ThingWorx’s event-driven execution engine and 3-Dimensional storage allows companies to make business sense of the massive amounts of data from their people, systems, and connected “Things” – making the data useful and actionable. The platform supports scale requirements for millions of devices, and provides connectivity, storage, analysis, execution, and collaboration capabilities required for applications in today’s connected world. It also features a data collection engine that provides unified, semantic storage for time-series, structured, and social data at rates 10X faster than traditional RDBs.

Search-based Intelligence

ThingWorx SQUEAL™ (Search, Query, and Analysis) brings Search to the world of connected devices and distributed data. With SQUEAL’s interactive search capabilities, users can now correlate data that delivers answers to key business questions. Pertinent and related collaboration data, line-of-business system records, and equipment data get returned in a single search, speeding problem resolution and enabling innovation.

Collaboration

ThingWorx dynamically and virtually brings together people, systems, and connected equipment, and utilizes live collaboration sessions that help individuals or teams solve problems faster. The ThingWorx data store becomes the basis of context aware collaboration and interaction among the systems users, further enhancing its value. Additionally, the tribal knowledge exposed during the process is automatically captured and indexed for use in future troubleshooting activities.

End of Case Study

References 

10: ThingWorx: About ThingWorx

http://www.thingworx.com/

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