IoT Platform Maker infiswift Aims to Modernize Farming

The infiswift IoT platform deploys several patent-pending technologies that enable what the company claims is best-in-class performance for agriculture and energy customers at scale.

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Infiswift, a relatively new enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) platform provider, wants to plow the field as a leader of new-gen farming in the IoT age.

The San Francisco-based company, which uses a lower-case “i” in its name—except for at the beginning of sentences—on May 16 announced the availability of a new version of its product, which powers industrial-grade IoT solutions that require near-real time performance at scale.

The infiswift IoT platform deploys several patent-pending technologies that enable what it claims is best-in-class performance for agriculture and energy customers at scale.

“Our platform was designed for large enterprises looking to develop a connected solution that needs to be as fast and efficient as possible,” CTO Sarva Thulasingam said. “Our architecture isn’t off-the-shelf patchwork that many platforms offer; it’s the best-performing technology available. It’s a simple differentiator, but provides the foundation to solve industry-specific problems and deploy on any type of infrastructure from cloud to edge.”

The platform uses a broker to distribute messages to recipients in 300 microseconds, so that data gets where it needs to go in true real-time. For reference, Thulasingam said, the average human response to visual stimulus is 190,000 microseconds. This performance is sustained at scale processing 50,000 active devices through a single cloud-based broker. The broker is the high-speed, high-scale IoT device interconnect for data, which serves as the engine that powers the platform.

This IoT infrastructure can also be scaled down from the cloud to run on an edge device like a Raspberry Pi or Arduino. This capability is crucial because many use cases work best performing some operations at the edge and only send a subset of data to the cloud, Thulasingam said.

The efficient operation of the infiswiftIoT platform at the edge was recently tested by brokering 3,000 devices through a single Intel IoT gateway, which distributed messages to recipients in 920 microseconds, Thulasingam said.

Additional capabilities of the platform include security with built-in TLS encryption, a load balancer to maintain performance by spreading load as a solution scales and a rules engine to trigger custom alerts and actions.

The platform technology is already in action in a data-driven farming solution for harvest equipment that infiswift worked with Acuitus Ag to develop. Acuitus is currently using the infiswift platform to help farms connect, manage and analyze performance in order to operate more efficiently and drive down costs, Thulasingam said.

Infiswift will be demonstrating its technology at Booth 739 at IoT World 2017 in Santa Clara, Calif.  on May 18. To schedule a demo or meeting to learn more about the infiswift IoT platform, go here.

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