Sixis Technology in Bristol is a subsidiary of Telemisis which supplies end-to-end monitoring systems for power and telecoms networks. The gateway hardware and connection manager server-side software has been spun off into the new venture for other markets such as water monitoring and smart cities.
“We aim to help system integrators and developers of Industrial IoT applications to bring their products to market more quickly and at a lower cost, by providing them with a complete Industrial IoT device solution,” said Chris Begent, Co-founder of Sixis.
“We’ve poured over 100 man-years of experience into the design and manufacture of every Sixis device solution, laying a solid foundation for any Industrial IoT application”, said the other co-founder, Tony Richardson. “The technology is already deployed with customers in over 100 countries across six continents.” One Telemisis customer has over 9000 of the gateways deployed around the world.
The Sixis Connection Manage handles communications between all Sixis devices and is deployed as part of an application on a customer server. This handles the secure communications with the gateway and provides remote device management and configuration, remote control of equipment, and ensures accurate sensor data collection and integrity. An open API allows system developers to easily include the application in a network.
In conjunction with the Sixis Connection Manager, the initial device portfolio consists of two cellular enabled, IoT edge devices, the Sixis Mini and Sixis Midi. Both have been specifically designed to address the challenges of harvesting high quality, consistent sensor data and remote control of equipment in Industrial Internet of Things applications.
The Sixis Mini manages the harvesting of accurate data, remote control of equipment, or the integrity of the communications path, leaving system integrators and developers to focus on development of the Industrial IoT application itself. It includes two cellular connections with the applications on the SIM monitoring the performance of the ARM-based system processor, with support for RS-232, RS-485 and other legacy networks such as MODbus and Microwire.
The Sixis Midi provides greater levels of sensor and control connectivity, in the same footprint and low power consumption package. Designed for use in more complex environments, deployment and installation is simplified, through downloadable profiles and remote device management.
The modules are built by a UK board maker, allowing them to be easily customised with different enclosures says Begent.