The Interconnected Company

Companies have traditionally been slow to respond to the advent of digital technologies such as intelligent robots, drones, sensor technology, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and 3D printing. With smarter solutions based on the Internet of Things, your business can acquire data from any source, from machine to enterprise-wide, based on big-data analytics for end-to-end visibility. Help your company move into the future through loT technology that makes all connected devices “intelligent” and significantly improves performance through predictive analytics.

The Interconnected Company

A New World through loT

Complex customer demands, e-commerce boom, customization, and more created the need for data that is fast & accurate paving the way for explosion of connected devices and platforms. Combined with then abundance of data and the rapidly changing technology landscape has made it imperative for businesses to swiftly adapt their products and services to move from physical world to a digital one.

Black Box's digital business strategy gives you the flexibility, bandwidth, and support your business needs to not only be prepared for today's IT, but also to remain secure and future-proof as loT continues to expand and networks become essential to your success.

Driving Efficiency and Productivity

Design, implement, and manage advanced IoT technologies to drive business efficiency. Reducing repetitive or time-consuming tasks increase inter/intra-office communication between locations, both local and global, resulting in better productivity.

Reducing Costs

From using IoT sensors to keep business equipment at peak efficiency via predictive analytics to streamlining common work processes and energy management, there are numerous ways to use IoT technology to favorably impact the bottom line of your business.

Protecting the Environment

IoT sensors have made it possible to monitor the environment to determine the presence of pollutants in air and water, gain real-time insight into energy consumption as well as proposals for optimization, and promote better sustainability. IoT advancements are paramount in predicting, monitoring, and planning for environmental changes and enable cost and energy efficient methods to run industrial operations.

One Source for Industry 4.0 Transformation

Black Box IoT solutions help companies in industries such as manufacturing, logistics, oil & gas, healthcare, commercial, and IT be more competitive, as well as build smarter infrastructure for a greener, sustainable economy. Our comprehensive portfolio includes solutions designed and developed at the Black Box R&D center in Mumbai (India), such as VISIBLE IoT Cloud, Magikk, AlertWare, AlertWerks, and Jido, complemented by IoT solutions from leading technology partners such as UnifyTwin, Avnet, Advantech, and more.

Covid-19 has catalyzed companies to make greater use of Industry 4.0 technologies, especially the Industrial Internet of Things, to maintain business continuity. The companies that implement IoT technologies earlier than their competitors and in their value chains are the ones that will win in the long run.

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    AI-powered Industry 5.0

    UnifyTwin is the first Industry 5.0 IIoT platform unifying human and machine intelligence to drive predictable outcomes eliminating digital blindspots. With AI-based apps such as asset life prediction, predictive modeling and vision analytics, UnifyTwin is able to capture untapped tribal knowledge from the shop floor and combine it with machine learning to provide accurate recommendations to frontline workers.

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    Environmental Monitoring and Analytics

    Green Lens or GLens is a comprehensive, real-time data acquisition, monitoring, and analytics platform for industrial emissions, effluent discharges, and ambient air monitoring.

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    RTLS-based Smart Buildings

    VISIBLE IoT Cloud provides businesses with the infrastructure needed to connect their assets and gain insights from the data collected to improve decision making. The modular design of VISIBLE IoT Cloud helps the user focus on what's important.

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    Connected Assets

    Improve asset utilization, track moving assets in real-time, and reduce asset lifecycle costs with AlertWare. These remote monitoring devices use Bluetooth 5.2 Low-Energy (BLE) with Apple iBeacon technology for wireless networks. The collected information integrates into your IoT platforms and mobile apps.

  • Connected Workforce

    Connected Workforce

    Magikk is a sensor-enabled device the size of a matchbox that combines the power of satellite-based positioning and sensor-based data to track the location of workers. Widely used for "lone worker" scenarios, Magikk acts as a first responder system, where at the push of a button it sends all information in the form of voice or data, allowing the organization to act quickly and decisively.

  • Connected Logistics and SCM 4.0

    Connected Logistics and SCM 4.0

    Use real-time GPS location data to gain 24/7 access, visibility, and control over the status of long-distance shipments in transit and storage with Jido. Event-based alerts enable rapid response to tampering, system failures, unauthorized use, and other critical issues that can jeopardize valuable assets.

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  • Sensor-based Condition Monitoring

    Sensor-based Condition Monitoring

    Actively monitor a wide range of ambient conditions – such as temperature, humidity, power spikes, water leaks, and smoke - anywhere where you need to guard mission-critical IT equipment. AlertWerks ensures the wellbeing of environments, makes your building intelligent, and conserves energy.

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Smart System Framework (SSF)

Smart System Framework (SSF)

Where does your business stand? Is your business ready to generate value by leveraging Industry 4.0 technologies?

To facilitate your journey into the digital future, Black Box supports you with an Industry 4.0 Readiness Assessment. During this half-day workshop, we will work with you to assess your business, processes, and capabilities.

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IoT and the Safe Return to the Office

Dec 18, 2020, 12:26 PM by Black Box
IoT plays a critical role in protecting people. Learn how deploying IoT and smart in-building technologies can ensure the health of employees during COVID-19.

Technology That Protects People

The office as we know it is gone. We will return, eventually, but it will be a different environment the one we left in March 2020. People really do want to go back to the office — when it’s ready. In the post-pandemic world, it’s estimated that 80-85% of workers will return to the office.1 But it won’t be business as usual.

COVID is accelerating change in the workplace. The key is to prepare your work ecosystem for the safe return of employees. In fact, 92% of executives said COVID-19 forced their company to rethink how work gets done.2 That’s why organizations in all industries such as healthcare, education, manufacturing, retail, and hospitality, are looking to adopt strategies and technologies that enable a safe return to in-house operations. One of those strategies is to embrace smart office technologies that will take your workplace into the future while protecting the health of employees now.

The Time to Act is Now

Give IoT a critical role to play in protecting people. Take action now, while employees are still working from home, to deploy IoT and other smart in-building technologies. You’ll be able to get the system(s) fully deployed and operational with little or no disruption to building occupants. You'll also be able to show workers and guests that you are doing everything you can to keep them safe when they do return to the office.

Why You Need a Global Solution Integrator

If you’re thinking about deploying IoT devices, such as contactless temperature kiosks, occupancy sensors, and air quality systems, there are several fundamentals you need to consider.

One key component to the successful deployment of IoT devices is the ability to easily integrate with existing network and security systems and to be remotely managed.

Wired and wireless connectivity is also key depending on where you need to implement devices. If you are deploying contactless entry/thermal sensors at all building entrances, you may only have electrical connections and no network connections. With a wireless option, you can deploy IoT almost anywhere.

How to Manage Rapid Deployments

Because we are all racing to implement smart, safety technology, this is not necessarily the time for a DIY deployment. You may want to consider enlisting the support of a Global Solution Integrator, such as Black Box, so you don’t have to worry about network integration, connectivity, testing, and validation. This is especially true if you are part of a large, dispersed enterprise, such as healthcare or education, and will have multiple IoT deployments at each site and have few remote IT resources.

“Not only can Black Box provide the highest quality implementation services at your primary sites,” said Charlie Martin, Black Box, Vice President Solution Delivery, Strategic Accounts. “But we can scale to implement our solutions at our customers’ locations, large and small, around the globe.”

Step-by-Step Quality Assurance

Let’s take a look at the steps involved in a multisite deployment with an integrator to ensure you get professional, timely installation(s). These steps reflect best practices and are what you should expect of any vendor, not just Black Box. We follow an exacting Design, Deploy, Prepare, Validation, and Transition methodology to ensure you get predictable results from site to site, quality in the step-by-step technology processes, and value with the right technicians for the project.

Step 1: Plan
In the initial stage, the overall project structure is defined. This is a key differentiator. Every step of the project is planned and all processes are laid out ahead of time.

Step 2: Design
This includes a thorough on-site assessment of what infrastructure is in place and what is needed including wired/wireless networks, hardware/software, and existing applications, such as access control. The result is a detailed project blueprint with step-by-step processes that can be duplicated by technicians anywhere in the world.

Step 3: Deploy
This phase includes executing the defined activities to move into production. This phase may also include the deployment of a pilot site and testing.

Step 4: Prepare
Here, the key overall and per-site deliverables are prepared.

Step 5: Validation
This step confirms the solution is operating to the client’s satisfaction.

Step 6: Transition
This is the last stage and involves key hand-offs to support, maintain, and complete the project. Depending on the client’s IT resources, Black Box may also be recruited to maintain and manage the system.

The First Step in IoT: Entryway Contactless Temperature Screening

Ready to take the first step into making your building safer? Consider this first. One of the best, and increasingly common ways, to alleviate health concerns is to start at the door and deploy contactless temperature screening kiosks, such as the BDS-8 from Black Box Technical Products. When someone enters a building, the kiosk’s advanced thermal detection technology automatically scans the person’s temperature in less than a second with an accuracy of ±0.5°. The accuracy of the temperature scan is critical. A deviation of 2° can give sick people entry to the building. In addition, the kiosk’s facial scanning capabilities can help you enforce mask-wearing, prevent strangers from entering the building, and very importantly, be used for contact tracing.

“People everywhere are working diligently to return to normalcy,” said Jonathan McCune, Black Box AV Product Director. “However, in order to return to the status quo, IT leaders need to take precautions to alleviate COVID-19 concerns. The BDS-8 is one tool that can help businesses return to operation safely and effectively.”

If you’re ready to get your building prepared for the return of the workforce, contact us at 855-324-9909 or email us at [email protected].  Detailed information on the BDS-8 Contactless Temperature Screening kiosk can be found here.

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1. Harry Smeenk, “Unified Buildings Key to Post-Pandemic Return to Commercial Property,” Connected Buildings Mag, October 29, 2020

2. Wright, Dave, Workflow, "The new age of innovation", October 7, 2020

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Why Black Box?

Black Box has a dedicated IoT practice team, adept at building end-to-end IoT solutions for smart manufacturing applications. Our consulting services include a unique, proprietary Smart System Framework for Industry 4.0, allowing us to provide you with the right solution mix. In addition to our own IoT solutions covering Connected Assets, Connected Workforce, and Connected Logistics, developed by the Black Box R&D center in India, we also work very closely with highly experienced technology partners in manufacturing, including UnifyTwin, a proven Industry 4.0 solution in Gartner's Magic Quadrant.

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