Artificial Intelligence is not for me – right?

About Håkan Ohlgren

He has a degree from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. In addition he has a long career as a HW architect, with over 13 years at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications.

Håkan Ohlgren, CTO and Chief architect shares some insights in the power of AI.

These days everyone is talking about AI, AI on the Edge and Deep Learning. Media is painting a scary picture of the future to come and probably – at least a part of you – agree that the unknown feels a bit scary – right? Personally, I can sometimes get afraid as I get an insight in the power of AI. But then my curiosity takes over and I start seeing the possibilities all around me.

The thing is that AI is not just about a super computer network gathering and processing tremendous amount of data with the ability to “control” the population – as media sometimes declares. It is also about optimizing the power consumption in a sensor network, based on user behavior. It is also about reducing component cost in a device. It is also about reducing the overall power consumption in a city, as the system learns the behavior of the population. Yes – AI can be used in autonomous driving vehicles, and it can also help gathering data from a mine or underground/water cave, using a self-flying drone. What if data from your sensor system that is intended to monitor a specific machine, can also be used to predict an earthquake?

What is deep learning use for?

Deep learning can be used to process the data of a huge number of sources in order to learn typical patterns, identify normal behavior etc. It can then identify abnormal behavior and scenarios and warn for a possibly hazardous situation or just prevent a machine from getting damaged or worse – a person from getting hurt. The more data available, the better the predictions.

A concrete example of Artificial Intelligence in a small device

But AI is not only about Deep Learning. Let’s look at a small device with limited battery capacity. It connects to the cloud through cellular connectivity. The connectivity consumes quite much energy and each time data is exchanged, the battery longevity is significantly reduced. In this example, the data exchanged is used to authorize the user and to give the cloud sensor data in order for it to track the device and act upon its position or unintended usage. Now what if the device itself could manage the authorization and understand by whom and how the device is used. By implementing an Edge AI engine in the device, it can learn the normal behavior of one or several users. Rather than using various expensive Bio-metric sensors, the AI engine can learn about the user by monitoring time of day, motion and tremor patterns using inexpensive MEMS sensors. Based on the “normal behavior” model, any significant deviations can trigger a connection to the cloud and/or deactivation of the device.

This short example is a typical application where Edge AI can be used to reduce cost and to improve the battery longevity of a device. Of course, a complex AI engine consumes memory and processing power and thus the cost might increase. But depending on the application, the algorithm might not have to be that complicated.

At WSI we meet a wide variety of customers with an even wider range of products. And we see a clear trend of connecting more devices to the cloud (IoT). We also see an increased interest in AI where customers are curious about what AI could do for them. At WSI we can help you to systemize, develop and manufacture your product. And with our extensive partner network, we can find a suitable AI partner that would boost your application if we find that AI is applicable for you. As an official design partner for NVIDIA, we have access to the leading companies working with Deep Learning using the NVIDIA CUDA GPU processing platform, which is used in products ranging from self-flying drones, Autonomous vehicles to the server implementations used by the big Cloud vendors offering AI services. But we also have partners working with Edge AI algorithms in small and low cost embedded systems.

So let’s ask yourself again – Artificial Intelligence is not for me – right? Well I think that it might well be!

Contact Håkan!

Look inside for customers

About Tobias Söderlund
He has a degree from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. In addition he spent a few years at Ericsson as a M2M Innovator, launching a global IoT platform and as Global Product Manager at skyrocketing wireless tech company CyanConnode.

Insights from Tobias Söderlund, IoT Business Architect. Tobias shares some examples how IoT gives you the possibility to increase internal effectiveness which often has a significant impact on the overall business case.

IoT enables unparalleled opportunities to create a long-lasting relationship with your customers and tailor your offering over time. New ways of monetization are enabled through outcome based pricing models, where you deliver what the customer really wants instead of a product. This could be climate comfort or one of the oldest examples, the Rolls Royce ‘Power by the Hour®’ where customers pay a fee for the amount of flying time for an engine.

In the innovation process the customer is in focus; however, by experience I find that many miss the opportunity to treat your internal organization as different customer segments (e.g. Supply, R&D and Marketing). Instead, these insights from within the company often come after deployment and impact the cost structure rather than the revenue stream, increases the product quality or optimizes the asset utilization.

Sure, many launch IoT solutions solely to improve productivity, reducing cost or automate processes, but the scope is then often too narrow and do not take into consideration other corporate functions.

Four examples of company internal benefits of IoT

Supply chain improvements

  • Decrease warehouse needs and deliver consumables and spare parts just in time.
  • Lifecycle information.
  • Asset tracking in the logistic flow.
  • Transport environment sensing (temperature, humidity, physical stress).

Accelerate product innovation

  • Real-time and predictive data to enhance product development.
  • Data to measure and feedback production quality.
  • Develop what matters for customers.

Increase sales agility

  • Targeted sales activities based on customer usage and meta data.
  • Streamlined upselling.
  • Comprehensive data gathering from campaigns.

Improved support

  • Real-time and predictive issue handling.
  • Issue statistics.
  • Over the air updates to remedy issues.

Some of these internal improvements can of course be captured by looking solely at customer needs, but seeing the corporate functions as potential customers increases the chances of finding highly valuable process improvements which not only improves the business case but also help increase awareness and alignment in the organization when entering into the IoT space.

Contact Tobias!

Wireless System Integration in partnership with Tele2 IoT

Wireless System Integration (WSI), part of the Allgon Group, has partnered with Tele2 IoT, a part of Telecom operator Tele2. The partnership means that the companies strengthen their offering in the Internet of Things (IoT), as they now can present a joint offer that helps customers find, in a structured and concrete way, the values ​​that IoT can create by:

  • Develop and validate new innovative business models and offers
  • Analyze the organization required to manage the offer
  • Develop a product strategy
  • Define the first product releases

The partnership has emerged from a number of projects where the parties have collaborated regarding a variety of customers.

“Our strength is that we stand by the customer all the way, from having an idea, through a product development journey all the way to helping with mass production. We can also strengthen the customer’s initial organization with product manager, solution architect or specialists on industrialization,” says Jan-Åke Lindqvist, CEO of WSI. “This partnership enables more companies to get started and increase their chances of being successful within the IoT, which feels fantastic.”

“Our commitment is to work with our partners to simplify and offer IoT’s benefits to all companies. In previous collaborations, it became clear that we complement each other in a great way, and this partnership enables both companies to add value to our customers,” says Rami Avidan, CEO of Tele2 IoT.

WSI will be at Elmia Subcontractor 14-17 Nov 2017

Elmia Subcontractor – where IoT manufacturers go (to get ahead of the competition).

Priding ourselves being a close partner to both large and small IoT manufacturers, we decided it would be worth our while to exhibit at Elmia Subcontractor Exhibition next week.

Together with our sister companies in the Allgon Group and our exhibition co-sponsor Telít we have a virtual smorgasbord of connected solutions and products on display.

Tobias Söderlund, IoT Business Architect

Tobias Söderlund, our newly recruited business wizard is spear-heading our brand new IoT Business Unit. He has some really smart tools to guide you all the way from idea to product/offering. Be on the look-out for him at Elmia Subcontractor. He is eager to share his best practices, experience and a coffee or maybe a dinner with you. Get in touch with him!

Check out the teaser about the different work flows and work bundles on our website. We are happy to hear your feedback – and we hope it will inspire you to get in touch. Jan-Åke says he is always on call, so why not hold him to it?

See you November 14 – 17 @Elmia Subcontractor – looking forward!

Tobias Söderlund
He has a degree from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. In addition he spent a few years at Ericsson as a M2M Innovator, launching a global IoT platform and as Global Product Manager at skyrocketing wireless tech company CyanConnode.
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WSI and Telit enables Husqvarna IoT robots for Urban Park Sustainability Program

It’s somewhat pretty straightforward. Smart cities are a manifestation of IOT.  It could be anything from e-meters to smart lawn mowers (like this one) or sustainable housing. Building a smart city  usually involves using sensors to generate data that can be collected and analyzed to provide information, which makes city life better in some way. Cities have a way to go before they can be considered geniuses. But they’re getting there pretty fast. And the Husqvarna lawn mower that we on WSI worked on with Telit is one example of that.

Read the full press release below:
LONDON, Oct. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ –Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that Husqvarna is using a wireless sensor device co-developed by Telit and Wireless System Integration (WSI), an award-winning Sweden-based design house developing wireless products and systems, in their city robotic mower pilot program. Cities are using the Husqvarna mowers to collect data about the environment, the quality of air, water, and levels of light and sound, while maintaining the cities’ green spaces, saving time and money, reducing emission and noise pollution.

The mowers cut the grass daily, within a boundary wire, rain or shine, keeping the grass cut and collecting data 24 hours a day from the sensors. The sensors collect real-time data on UV radiation, air quality, ambient noise, luminosity and vibration. The sensor box, designed by Telit, is a first for the industry. The sensor box mounted on top of the mowers, uses the robots’ main battery for power supply, thereby recharging whenever the robot returns to its base. The sensor box transmits the data using Telit’s HE910 cellular module and Telit’s global IoT connectivity data plans (MVNO). The Telit IoT Platform seamlessly connects, manages and delivers the environmental data in a ready-to-use format. In cooperation with Husqvarna, Quantified Planet, an organization that links innovation to science, receives the data and publishes it for citizens to review. The cities can then analyze the environmental data sent by the robots and implement programs to improve the health of its citizens, based on these insights.
“Collecting this city data gives researchers the opportunity to explore and research the health of urban public spaces in a way that has never been done before. By using the Quantified Planet data exploration platform, this new data can provide insights and innovation on how to develop and improve sustainable open green spaces which impact the citizens living nearby. We are excited to be part of the project,” said Maja Brisvall, CEO, Quantified Planet.
“The need for green spaces is growing more and more in urban areas, and it is inspiring to think about how parks in cities will be maintained in the future. I am excited about the pilot program, learning more about the possibility to increase sustainability and productivity in professional landscaping for urban areas,” said Pavel Hajman, President of the Husqvarna Division.
“According to the United Nations, 66 percent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas by 2050, creating sustainability challenges for cities to manage. Cities that are already using IoT are building the infrastructure to manage their assets and relationships with their citizens,” said Yosi Fait, Interim CEO, Telit. “Husqvarna’s city mower program is an example of how cities are using IoT to become more sustainable and efficient. Through this collaboration we have been demonstrating again our unique sensor to cloud capabilities, cutting our customers time to market through our integrated lines of products and services as well through our professional services team’s significant IoT knowhow.”
About Husqvarna
Husqvarna is a brand within Husqvarna Group. Since 1689, Husqvarna has manufactured high performing products and delivered industry-changing innovations such as anti-vibration and automatic chain-break on chainsaws, as well as the world’s first commercial robotic mower. Today, Husqvarna offers a broad range of high performing outdoor power products for parks, forest and garden, and represents technological leadership in the key areas; chainsaws, trimmers, ride-on mowers and robotic mowers. Husqvarna products are sold in more than 100 countries, mainly through servicing dealers.
Husqvarna Group
Husqvarna Group is a world leading producer of outdoor power products including chainsaws, trimmers, robotic lawn mowers and garden tractors. The Group is also the European leader in garden watering products and a world leader in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. The Group’s products and solutions are sold under brands including Husqvarna, Gardena, McCulloch, Poulan Pro, Weed Eater, Flymo, Zenoah and Diamant Boart via dealers and retailers to end-customers in more than 100 countries. Net sales in 2016 amounted to SEK 36 billion, and the Group had more than 14,000 employees in 40 countries.
About Telit
Telit (AIM: TCM), is a global leader in Internet of Things (IoT) enablement connecting the world from the inside out. The company offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of integrated products and services for IoT deployments – including cellular communication modules in all technologies, GNSS, Wi-Fi, short-to-long range wireless modules, IoT connectivity plans and IoT platform services. Through the IoT Portal, Telit makes IoT onboarding easy, reduces risk, time to market, complexity and costs for asset tracking, remote monitoring and control, telematics, industrial automation and others, across many industries and vertical markets worldwide.
Copyright © 2017 Telit Communications PLC. All rights reserved. Telit and all associated logos are trademarks of Telit Communications PLC in the United States and other countries. Other names used herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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Going to Barcelona for #IoTSWC2017 next week? Meet up with the IoT Company of the Year!

Are you going too?

3-5 October (next week), we are in Barcelona for the annual IoT Solutions World Congress.

We just wondered if you may need a better grasp of how you can digitise your business and products? If that’s the case, mark your calendar as busy when you’re on-site. We have plenty of time to meet up for a chat.

The industry is moving with the speed of light, so why not profit from the pros and get some free advice? No strings attached (promise)!

You find us at Swedish IoT, stand 5 F695!

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missmo – a digital sticky note that improves family communication

missmo is a beautifully designed and simple digital device you can understand from a single look. Simplicity as in plug & play, gsm-based, autonomous and portable. missmo is a stand-alone device that works out-of-the-box using any GSM network.
Everyone can finally enjoy simple communication technology.

Thanks to WSI’s cutting-edge knowledge we got exactly the missmo we envisioned

– Robert Grey, cofounder of Omylis

Robert Grey, cofounder of Omylis

Robert Grey, cofounder of Omylis

Can yet another screen at home provide more closeness between friends and family? If you ask missmo’s creator the answer is YES. This small screen that sticks to your fridge looks like a post-it note and is ready to take on the world.
The idea for missmo came from Robert Grey, Omylis’ founder.

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Daniel Bodin, Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, WSI

We are glad to welcome Daniel Bodin to the WSI team!

Daniel has started working as Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, and has over 14 years experience in product management, development, design and manufacturing. He has been working mostly with Mechanical design, injection molding, startup of new product lines, and product tooling.
– It is important for me to develop products that contribute to usability, benefit the user and provide good quality. I have a genuine interest in working with product development and plastics, says Daniel Bodin.
He has vast knowledge in CAD and 20K+ Hours of SolidWorks. His work in new product design and development have generated many new product solutions, of which he has one applied Patent Pending. In the spare time, Daniel is interested in the Stockholm archipelago, traveling and Bolgheri wine.

We are hiring a Senior HW designer and a Senior System Architect!

Join Swedens IoT company of the year 2017 and help shape the future!

Apply for Senior HW designer or Senior System Architect here:

WSI - IoT Company of the Year 2017

WSI appointed IoT Company of the Year 2017

Mobile Institute has appointed WSI IoT Company of the Year at the Swedish Mobile Awards 2017. The motivation is as follows:

Wireless System Integration is a true champion in industrial IoT equipping a substantial amount of successful Swedish and global tech clients and projects. One of a kind technical and business know-how with a global ambition from start.

WSI´s CEO Jan-Åke Lindqvist sees this as a result of all the hard work put down by the great development team:
– We have shown that we can deliver all kinds of IoT-projects, and bring them all the way from idea to volume production. The faith in us comes from both startups with new products as well as large, established companies that wants to expand their offer within IoT, says Jan-Åke Lindqvist.
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