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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 15:49

Analytics key to IoT: SAS

SAS global telco industry lead Mari Bjorkman SAS global telco industry lead Mari Bjorkman

IoT projects will often require automated decisions to be made at the network edge to avoid latency issues, according to a SAS official.

SAS is already embedded in a variety of IoT use cases as a way to incorporate AI into connected devices, SAS global telco industry lead Mari Bjorkman told iTWire.

The company is "part of a huge ecosystem" that also includes manufacturers and integrators, she said.

This market is still being explored, and telcos, in particular, are finding a role, for example in smart city projects using video analytics to quickly detect anomalous crowd movements that could indicate abnormal activity such as terrorist attacks.

SAS principal industry consultant for the Australian energy, utilities and telco sectors Grant Dyer pointed to the company's involvement in the UTS IoT innovation lab.

Launched a year ago, the lab is said to be a world first.

The first project looked at microgrids (small-scale electricity generation), in particular to forecast how much electricity would be required from traditional generators.

"Small devices can look for very large consequences," Dyer observed.

More generally, organisations are looking to move intelligence to the edge for tasks such as root cause analysis.

IoT is about achieving new levels of efficiency in everyday life, he said, but it's not always going to be possible to wait for data to reach a central facility for analysis before decisions are made.

Bjorkman also cited the example of the way Swedish telco Telia is working with the city of Stockholm to use data from connected buses and trains in order to recommend the optimum route to travellers.

"The value is indisputable," she said.


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