When this industry analyst attends technology and industry conferences, I attempt as time permits, to seek out what I believe our technology vendors that are providing unique or different technology approaches to business process needs. In our next two Supply Chain Matters postings, I will touch upon two such providers.

While attending the PTC LiveWorx 2016 Internet of Things Technology (IoT) conference in Boston, I had the opportunity to briefly speak with Tego, Inc.

One of the current considerations for business and IT teams in evaluating an IoT technology initiative is the overall architectural approach.  Consideration can be given toward investment in a broad-based IoT network connectivity and supporting applications platform, essentially a predominant focus on a system-wide approach. However, some organizations that want to start on smaller, more manageable proof-of-concept or service management type initiatives will often find the platform approach somewhat beyond budget resources.  That was the prime topic of conversation that I had with Tim Butler, the Founder and CEO of Tego.

Based in the innovation hub of Boston, and working with clients around the world, this provider’s original mission was in providing high-memory RFID tags along with the supporting technology to transmit data from tagged items. That has migrated to an RF-enabled platform to bring intelligence to assets. Initial efforts have been focused in aerospace and other industry settings where monitored equipment and assets include items such airplane seats, navigational systems, medical and other equipment.  Tego’s efforts in aerospace alone have resulted in a supplier relationship with Airbus in the tagging of important serviceable assets such as life vests and seats for new aircraft such as the Airbus A350. Such assets have service lifecycles that extend from 3 to upwards of 20 years and it is important to be able to capture key service information throughout that lifecycle.

This provider offers an integrated and configurable platform consisting of multi-functional TegoChips, ruggedized TegoTags, and Tego OS software platform. The approach is essentially a reverse flow, namely allowing the physical asset to communicate and exchange key information with a database or business application. Butler is clearly passionate about Tego’s different approach and indicated that the firm has encountered many customer prospects with current limited budgets and resources, but has a need to make certain assets and equipment smarter and more interactive with other processes.

Tego’s smart asset approach can further allow businesses to bring intelligence to physical assets that exist beyond the reach of the Internet. As its web site points out, industrial assets don’t necessarily exist in climate-controlled environments bathed in WiFi signals. In the real world, objects can be found in geosynchronous orbit, at the ocean floor, exposed to gamma and x-ray radiation, or boiled in autoclaves. They may only rarely have the opportunity to upload or download data. Tego’s stated mission is to make every asset a smart one.

During our conversation, we also touched upon the topic of information security involving connected devices. Butler provided a compelling argument that his firm’s architectural approach can insure data security. He is not shy in declaring that Tego is setting a standard for new levels of intelligence and insights using a next-generation platform that unites high-capacity memory with unparalleled ruggedness and security.

We found this technology approach to be one that we wanted to make visible to our readers who may be seeking a different option in IoT or connected assets deployment.

Bob Ferrari

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