A Algar Telecom, Telecommunications and IT company of the Algar Group , through its Brain innovation center, is expanding its investments in the market for connectivity and tracking solutions. The company’s bet is on Asset Control, an IoT (Internet of Things) solution that leverages Wifi networks with tracking, geolocation, presence sensor and heat map, in addition to the possibility of inserting ads, information and campaigns through the web access page.
Priority markets are industry, education, retail, entertainment and healthcare sectors. For them, Brain develops customized projects, with features aimed at achieving gains in efficiency, cost optimization and greater profitability. The tool allows you to locate assets accurately and quickly, program alert systems for changes in location, control equipment under maintenance, integrate devices to internal systems and customize specific processes, among other functions.
“Being in charge of the management of a company or an area involves following up on all routine processes. When this activity involves assets such as equipment shared between teams and customers, the task can become quite complex. Large companies, with many assets, need the right technology to have an accurate and efficient monitoring of their plant, with the possibility of accessing data in real time, in an intuitive dashboard. However, we know that each company has very different needs and challenges, which is why it is a 100% customized tool, defined based on a careful analysis of assets and infrastructure. Thus, we can jointly build a customized project design that will allow the customer to have more efficient processes and cost reductions in their operation.”, explains Zaima Milazzo, president of Brain.
This became possible with the development of the Internet of Things, where objects are digitally interconnected through the Internet, exchanging information and automating processes. For this to work in practice, tags equal in size to a coin of 1 real are attached to objects and assets, which connect via Bluetooth with APs (access points) from partner Aruba, a Hewlett-Packard Enterprise company that works with solutions security and connectivity. Sensors pass information to a data analysis platform and the results of these analyzes are exposed as a service in a portal (dashboard), which can be checked from any device to access real-time data and reports.
Asset Control was an evolution of the solution Hospital Monitora, which tracks assets with a focus on greater efficiency in the management of hospital resources. The tool, launched in September 2020, allows you to track and monitor assets of high value to the hospital, such as wheelchairs and respirators. The information is available in real time in a dashboard, which can be accessed from any device (such as laptops, tablets and cell phones), bringing agility and data intelligence to hospital administration.
Tracking brings a number of benefits, including speed in locating assets, scheduling alerts for change of location, counting assets by area, control of equipment under maintenance, integration with hospital systems and data on length of stay by area. A practical example is that, in the event of the arrival of an emergency, the Asset Control allows the identification of which equipment will be needed in the service and issues alerts so that they are immediately mobilized to the correct place of attendance.
IoT is one of the new technologies seen as essential for the future of business and people. The integration between the real and online environment optimizes daily tasks and makes them so natural that the experience tends to be increasingly convenient and tailored to the needs. According to a study by McKinsey Global Institute, the impact of IoT on the global economy in 2025 will be 5% to 7% of GDP (between 3.9 and 11.1 trillion dollars). In Brazil, the estimate is to reach an annual economic impact of between 50 and 200 billion dollars in 2025.
Given all this potential, Algar Telecom has a business unit dedicated to IoT for the B2B market. The Business Unit’s mission is to develop, improve and scale solutions in the area, taking care of the end-to-end business, which involves budgeting, sales, installation, monitoring of results and promotion of continuous improvements, which includes ididentify and map the main pains and needs of customers.
In order to deliver a complete and integrated solution to the market, Algar Telecom entered into partnerships with four companies: Aruba (responsible for supplying the hardware and network infrastructure with Wifi antennas); Ingram Micro Brasil (technology distributor partner); Conversys IT Solutions (partner responsible for the implementation and analysis of the building’s infrastructure, ensuring that the equipment is installed in the best way so that there is no interference in the signal); and Lab³ (software house that makes the dashboard and interconnects it with a friendly platform).
Algar Telecom integrates all these fronts through connectivity. “We are the only company in Brazil that offers the complete solution for connectivity, services and applications, without the need to contract a different supplier for each step and functionality”, adds Zaima Milazzo.