IoT interview series P.1 – Peter Fredriksson

At Scionova, we strive to make the world a little bit better. But what does that mean in practice? To give you an insight into our daily work, we have performed an interview series asking our consultants about their experiences within IoT. First out is Peter Fredriksson, senior consultant and co-founder of Scionova. Here is what he has to say:

First off, what is your current role and what tasks do you work with?

– The latest assignment I worked on was a system to make trucks smarter. Trucks that are used in big warehouses, both self-driving ones and those with drivers. The task was to create a more efficient inventory management and to better keep track of when a truck needs maintenance.

What I did was to manage the connection between the trucks and the Wi-Fi or 3G/4G/LTE network. Simply, to give the trucks access to the internet.

 

What platform and language did you work in?  

– We used a fairly standard Linux distribution for embedded systems and developed in C for the most the part. For some parts we did use Python.

 

What value was created to the customer or end user?

– The biggest value was created for the customer’s customer. Apart from making the work in the warehouse more efficient, the absolutely most important value was improved safety. One of the most dangerous situations in a warehouse is when two trucks go around a corner, both typically in a hurry. By using positioning and radar systems we could prevent these types of collisions to occur. In that way we saved lives or serious injury.

 

What is the overall problem that developers try to solve?  

– What is closest to my heart, is safety and improving it in different ways. It is also about making processes more efficient in order to save time and resources. I think making systems smarter will play a big role in meeting and mitigating the effects of the environmental and climate challenges we are facing. 

 

In what way do you think that connectivity can help lessen our impact on the environment?

– In the way that you can ensure to only use the amount of resources that is really needed, for example when we are talking about manufacturing and so on. Also in making each step in the process as efficient as possible. With more data you can definitely make better and smarter decisions.

It would be fun to work with projects like this in the future, where the main goal is to save resources.

 

Want to know more about the work of our consultants? Stay tuned for coming posts in the interview series!