ST Engineering’s Electronics was one of the first major companies to join the uCIFI alliance since its creation. We met YAO Shih Jih, General Manager of Info-Comm Systems, to know why.
What is your company position about open standard technologies?
It is important to create an open, secure and reliable wireless network to drive Internet-of-Things (IoT) for smart cities. This will support an ideal ecosystem for multi-service deployment where different applications can interact and share data, allowing seamless interoperability and cross-domain analytics for better city management.
As a leading IoT solutions provider who has deployed more the 15 million sensors in smart street lights and water meters in major cities of Asia, Australasia, Americas, Middle East and Europe, we have come to realise the importance of embracing open standards in the design and development of our WISX IoT solutions to expand applications beyond street lighting and utilities management, to other applications such as environment monitoring, waste management and lift monitoring.
Our network-agnostic and scalable WISX IoT Platform is designed based on an open IoT architecture to provide multiple services on a single platform. It leverages best of breed IoT technologies, data analytics and communications solutions on a single platform to provide greater benefits to municipals, city service providers and enterprises. It also optimises shared computing resources, while maintaining independent and secure operations and control for organisations, thus offering a hassle-free, one-stop open platform, to ensure a reliable end-to-end IoT solution for smart cities.
Why did you join uCIFI?
Joining the uCIFI Alliance reinforces our efforts to ensure our WISX IoT solutions continue to adopt an open standard approach to bring greater benefits to our customers and industry partners. We bring forth new frontier technologies that can be deployed across different domains and industries, allowing seamless data exchange, analytics and sharing of softwares and tools for multiple applications on a common IoT platform. This will enable our customers and industry partners to adopt IoT applications and technologies with a shorter market cycle to fully embrace the benefits of IoT interoperability.
What do you think uCIFI and your future uCIFI-compatible products will bring to your customers?
This collaboration will enable us to deliver greater benefits to our customers and industry partners. The open source, multi-transportwireless networking technology and unified data model specified by the uCIFI Alliance will help to eliminate the hurdle to integrate multiple proprietary systems and Application Programming Interfaces(APIs). Being uCIFI-compatible will also offer easier, faster and more cost-effective adoption of IoT applications and technologies through our WISX IoT platform. Resources can be better shared without costly investment on infrastructure, connectivity, data analytics and applications. Municipals, city service providers and enterprises can then save on the set-up cost and select the IoT solution that best matches their needs.
ST Engineering’s Electronics sector specialises in the design, development and delivery of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) products, solutions and services to address the needs of smart cities for connectivity, mobility and security. Our deep technological and engineering expertise extends across various business domains in Rail and Road engineering, Satellite Communications, Public Safety and Security, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Training and Simulation, Managed Services and Defence. We have a global presence in more than 30 cities across North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, China, India and Southeast Asia.