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NCS previews Internet of Things concept

Jack Loo | May 22, 2012
Applications range from energy management to customer experience.

Singapore-based systems integrator NCS has unveiled plans to roll out a new set of services based on the "Internet of Things" concept during its user conference earlier this month.

"It is the ability of devices and machines to be able to communicate with each other," explained NCS CEO Chia Wee Boon in his opening address at NCS' annual event TechConnect.

Using microcontrollers to provide machine-to-machine communication, management and maintenance across a range of wirelessly connected devices is a concept known as the Internet of Things. A report published in March this year estimated that the number of connected objects will reach 50 billion worldwide by 2020.

The NCS model will consist of three layers; the first layer will be sensors, followed by networks, and the final layer has applications.

One example where NCS' Internet of Things service can be applied to will be energy management.

Energy usage can be monitored via an online dashboard or through a downloadable mobile app. Sensors monitoring energy usage communicate through wired or wireless networks to translate data into meaningful usage information.

The information displayed can include the amount of energy used in real-time within the various locations of the building, as well as a breakdown of energy consumption by month, day or even by the minute. With such information, companies can monitor and identify potential sources of high energy usage to reap cost savings.

Other possible areas of application include managing beds, equipment and patient records in hospitals, as well as enhancing customer experience and loyalty in the retail shops.

An NCS spokesperson said more details on NCS' offerings will be revealed publicly next month.


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