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Williot Pixel Sensors Without Williot Cloud

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    Zach Lowman

    Hi Manuel Parra,

    Thank you for posting and we appreciate your feedback!

    The Wiliot Solution is comprised of both chip and cloud, working together to provide unit-level IoT insights. The main functions of the Wiliot Cloud are Security, ensuring pixel data and ID's remain private, Sensing Analysis, using a cloud-based machine-learning approach to extract the actionable sensing data, and Data Accessibility, enabling users to pull data from the Wiliot Cloud into their own IoT platforms via connectors. The Wiliot Cloud continues to be a vital and necessary component to all Wiliot Solutions, as IoT Pixel data will not be available without it.

    More information on this can be found in the Wiliot Academy.

  • Thomas Lockwick

    Hi Zach Lowman,

    So no plans at all for direct communication to your pixels via a Bluetooth device (smartphone) without your bridge and proprietary cloud?

    If so, saying I'm very disappointed would be an understatement. I had a few good ideas for the device, which won't work if that's the case.

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  • Zach Lowman

    Hi Thomas Lockwick,

    Correct, Wiliot IoT Pixels depend on energy from integrated devices (such as the Dual-band Bridge, available from our partner at Energous) and their data must first reach the Wiliot Cloud for decryption and sensing analysis.

    From there, the data is available from the Wiliot Cloud via the Wiliot Automation Platform, letting users pull the IoT Pixel data into their own IoT platforms via connectors.

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  • Malte Sanders

    Hi Zach Lowman,

    that is very sad. For a lot of businesses this is a no go. Just an example, coming from an aviation background. We do not have 24/7 internet connectivity and thus a cloud based solution is not viable.

    I guess a lot of industrial partners would not work with a cloud based solution due to availability, security and privacy concerns.

    Do you think things might change in the future. I wont believe it is not technically possible. I was about to order a kit, but not having full control over the data and the need for internet connectivity is a no go for us.

    Best regards, Malte

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  • Zach Lowman

    Hi Malte Sanders,

    We truly appreciate the feedback and understand how internet connectivity may be a challenge in your industry. This is something we're also thinking of, and while the Wiliot Cloud will always be an integral part of what we do, we aim to work with our partners to enable data logging of Wiliot packets on edge devices in the future. This would enable those devices to hold onto their Wiliot packets until an internet connection is restored, at which point the packets are sent to the Wiliot Cloud for decryption and sensing analysis, before then being available to data owners.

    We're not there yet, but we too see how this type of architecture is necessary where internet connectivity isn't available, and aim to enable it in the future!

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  • Malte Sanders

    Hi Zach Lowman,

    even that is not sufficient. Imagine the data is needed in a timely manner and should be analyzed to trigger alarms and actuators. I won't believe it is not possible to supply customers with a virtual appliance. I think it looks more or less like a viable business case to get continuously money by selling subscriptions. Proof me wrong.

    Malte

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  • Zach Lowman

    Hi Malte Sanders,

    The Wiliot Cloud is critical to what we do for a few key reasons: Security, Sensing, and Flow Control. I invite you to take a look at the Wiliot Academy where we dive into each of these features in detail and explain how/why they are necessary for any and all Wiliot-based solutions, not only today but also as we look ahead.

    Wiliot is certainly not the answer to every use case that is out there, but as Wiliot's own functionality and the network of Works with Wiliot partners both continue to grow, we are very excited about those new and innovative opportunities to come.

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