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Synapse Wireless, an Internet of Things (IoT) market leader specializing in providing software, hardware, and networking solutions to connect, develop, deploy, and manage the “Things” in IoT, announced the launch of the third generation of their SNAP Things IoT Platform. SNAP is an embedded application platform for the Things in IoT and has been deployed in thousands of real-world applications that deliver business value every day. SNAP has emerged as the go-to ‘sense-and-respond network’ for industrial environments by providing true edge computing uniting end-point devices with the cloud.

The feature-rich enhancements behind the SNAP Things Platform include a series of new software services available on SNAP-enabled Gateways that address common requirements of IoT solutions. Prior to SNAP 3, developers had to write their own infrastructure code in addition to the application code. SNAP 3’s Thing Services provides robust building blocks to shorten time to market, reduce the complexity of software programs, and eliminates the need to create the fundamental framework from the ground up. SNAP 3’s Thing Services includes node management, network health, and automated data collection from remote SNAP devices.

In addition, developers have access to the new SNAPtoolbelt, which is a command line interface extension to SNAP’s Integrated Development Environment (IDE) providing the ability to access the topology of the network, upgrade over-the-air applications and firmware residing on nodes, and call event-driven remote procedure call functions on the nodes themselves. Developers and product managers have ready access to SNAP 3’s Developer Microsite, which provides documentation, APIs, sample code, and guides to extend the SNAP OS and integrate it with other platforms.

The SNAP Thing Services and SNAPtoolbelt are available on the Synapse IoT gateways, as well as through licensing on custom 3rd party devices. The SNAP Things Platform is Cloud agnostic and works seamlessly with Cloud-based IoT Platform providers such as ThingWorx, Exosite and Amazon Web Services.

“Device-level functionality is often times pieced together using disparate systems,” said Andrew Timm, Chief Technology Officer, PTC. “Synapse’s SNAP Things Platform provides customers with a well architected platform to develop and manage smart, connected Things – in one seamless integrated package. Our collaboration on projects, such as the Amerex installation, proves how simple cohesive collaboration can be – without having to develop complex infrastructure. Applications can be up and running in hours – with real-time data available almost instantly.”

McKinsey Global Institute recently reported that the Factories industry could reach up to $3.7 Trillion in economic value by 2025. Trends around industrial intelligence and Industry 4.0, have been widely promoted through leading analysts and economists. (The Internet of Things: Mapping the Value Beyond the Hype, June 2015, Executive Summary)

Amerex is a global leader in the manufacturing of fire and explosion protection and suppression systems for the home, commercial, industrial and defense industries. This 350,000 square foot facility serves as Synapse’s ‘showcase’ site to demonstrate the capabilities of the next generation of the SNAP Things Platform at production scale in a real-world setting.

“Our site produces over 17,000 commercial and industrial units daily, using state-of-the-art information and communication technology,” said Vic Modic, Executive Vice President, Amerex. “The added ability to increase productivity, optimize operations, gain predictive and condition-based maintenance alerts and improve health and safety procedures create new business models for us – and improve existing ones. In addition to monitoring vibration, temperature and humidity within key areas and assets, we’re also using SNAP technology to control a portion of our lights, through a smart lighting wireless control solution. This allows us to reduce energy consumption by providing granular control over individual lights or banks of lights.”

“These are very exciting times as the 3rd wave of the Internet merges with the 4th Industrial Revolution,” said Johnny Thorington, Synapse’s recently appointed Chief Technology Officer. “The top industrial use cases across hundreds of industries require custom intelligence at the edge enabling Intelligent Things to sense, analyze, respond and control. Making it easy for enterprise developers to connect, create, deploy and manage solutions to do these things has never been done before. We are excited to launch our SNAP 3 Things Platform to do just that – using our services-oriented and event-driven architecture to make it happen.”

What Customers and Business Partners Are Saying About SNAP 3

“This solution is a mere glimpse of what’s possible when you implement intelligent sensor technology alongside an analytics platform in the manufacturing or industrial space,” said Andy Daecher, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Deloitte Digital’s IoT practice leader. “Our customers are seeking new ways to improve common operational functions that have proved either costly or harmful to their lines of business. These new IoT technologies enable users to monitor everything from fluid levels, voltage, currency and pressure, to energy consumption, occupancy and movement. This added insight opens up a broad range of opportunities in manufacturing, including new revenue sources.”
Press Release: From Industrial to Intelligent: Platform of Things Provider Synapse Wireless to Showcase Predictive Maintenance Solution at LiveWorx 2016; June 2016

“The Synapse portfolio of RF (radio frequency) modules and services has allowed VinLogx to focus on our key areas of expertise while utilizing the capabilities and guidance that Synapse provides to accelerate our product development and integration,” said Keith McCord, VinLogx Chief Executive Officer. “Synapse’s products were the only choice that provided the scalability our multiple business verticals required while retaining a simple plug and play system that our customers demanded. The efficiency in which the Synapse tools can manage millions of IoT endpoints across the globe through over-the-air (OTA) updates and gateway monitoring has allowed us to keep staffing low while providing our customers with the excellent service at the best price.”
Customer Testimonial: October 2016

Regarding Smart Cities, Randy Morris,f General Services Director, City of Dothan, AL observed: “We were looking for a simple lighting solution that enabled us to dim and control exterior lighting around our Civic Center, and at the same time reduce operational expense that was associated with our existing lights which were obsolete and inefficient. SimplySNAP provided a reliable, economical solution that was easy to install, simple to manage and adaptable enough for us to expand into adjacent facilities when the time is right. The user interface allows for immediate status updates of our lights and we can make quick schedule changes whenever we need to from a mobile device.”
Press Release: Synapse Wireless Unveils New Feature Sets to Their Leading Lighting Controls Platform; Secures Multiple Industry Awards; May 2016

“Developing our monitoring solutions using the SNAP Things Platform as a foundation has provided our customers the ability to keep costs down by integrating wireless control seamlessly into their existing infrastructure and provide them with real-time data which helps to eliminate unexpected system failures,” said Bill Cuming, President & CEO, Plexus Controls. “The flexibility of SNAP is ideal for complex environments where other development platforms tend to fall short – which gives us the feature set and capabilities we are looking for.”
Press Release: Synapse Wireless & Plexus Controls Team Up To Bring Industrial Wireless Monitoring To Sensors Expo 2016; June 2016

Exosite Director of Channel Sales, Jim Caraccio, said, “Use of Exosite’s newly released ExositeReady Gateway Engine software package and Synapse’s SNAP Things Platform provide seamless integration between edge devices and Exosite’s Murano enterprise IoT platform. Our partnership with Synapse provides an integrated, secure solution from sensors to gateway to the Murano platform. As a result, customers spend less time integrating their edge solution to significantly improve time-to-market, reduce implementation costs, and improve security.”
Partner Testimonial: August 2016

“Leveraging the innovation behind the Synapse development platform, we’ve enabled our customers the ability to receive real-time accurate and up-to-date information on incident activity within their facilities and manufacturing plants. This solution, called AIMS (Amerex Incident Management System) is a state-of-the-art solution that proactively monitors incidents for improved visibility, trend analysis and helps us to identify areas in need of operational assessment,” said Martin Snell, Amerex Corporation.
Customer Testimonial: March 2016

“Our customers are always seeking solutions that are innovative and can adapt within a fast-paced environment. The SNAP Things Platform has made it very simple and easy to get our systems up and running to collect the data our customers need – when they need it,” said Dean Chinni, President and CEO, Sigma Industrial Automation. “We’re able to give our customers an affordable solution that results in quality data, without interruption to existing IT infrastructure. Our experience has shown that the Synapse Platform is easy to use, and most importantly, is reliable, robust, and secure.”
Customer Testimonial/Panel Participation: July 2016

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