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Tapestry Solutions Commercializes Enterprise-wide IoT System
The commercial solution for global manufacturers and other firms, dubbed Enterprise Sensor Integration, is based on a 50-site-wide middleware platform developed for Boeing to manage 80 different systems using RFID or other sensors to track assets, inventory and work in progress.
Dec 05, 2016—
A year after launching an enterprise-wide Internet of Things (IoT)-based solution to capture and manage radio frequency identification and other sensor data at 50 Boeing assembly sites, San Diego-based software company Tapestry Solutions is marketing a commercial version of the system. The new version, called Enterprise Sensor Integration (ESI), is aimed at large companies across multiple industries.
At Boeing, the existing solution—which it calls the Automated Identification Technology – Information Management System (AIT-IMS)—manages all data collected from more than 1,000 different sensor devices, such as readers, receivers and access points across the aerospace company's U.S. sites. The data being centrally managed on Boeing's server comes from both passive and active RFID readers, as well as from GPS technology and multiple software platforms, so that users can access data regarding assets, work in progress (WIP) and materials at numerous sites.
Tapestry Solutions has provided sensor-based middleware to the U.S. Department of Defense for years. The company caught Boeing's attention in 2008 when the aerospace firm was seeking a system to manage the many independent RFID- and other sensor-based systems installed at its sites worldwide. Boeing acquired Tapestry Solutions that same year, and in 2013 it began integrating its systems with AIT-IMS. Boeing and Tapestry Solutions then spent two years deploying the solution across the entire global enterprise. The technology has been live since 2014.
Tapestry Solutions worked with Boeing's commercial airplane, defense, space and security divisions. The resulting system, Spencer says, was based on similar solutions provided for the U.S. military and had to accommodate a variety of hardware types. "Boeing had different types of RFID systems that were better for different processes," he explains. For instance, various assets and materials require a variety of RFID, ultra-wideband (UWB) or Wi-Fi tags.
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