Mikkel C. Sørensen, CEO of Omnio on Challenges in Industrial Connectivity

It was projected that by 2020, more than 50 billion devices would be connected to the cloud. But that goal doesn’t seem to be achievable as we approach 2019. And the biggest reason for this lack of pace is the protocol incompatibilities of different kinds of industrial machines in the world – especially from legacy machines that do not support standard connection protocols and need complicated integration, workarounds and configurations to connect them to cloud and draw data out of them. If any IoT platform ever has to have a competitive edge over other it has to have a fast and easy way to connect, which my German friends would say, schnell and einfach.

I spoke to the CEO of Omnio, Mikkel Sørensen to understand the topic better.

About our guest Mikkel C. Sørensen

  • CEO, Omnio
  • Mikkel has many years of experience in Industrial connectivity.

Questions for Mikkel:

  1. Why is it so challenging to connect industrial devices than it is to connect consumer appliances easy?
  2. What do you mean by data models?
  3. Welcome Mikkel, Its an honor to have you as my first guest on this podcast. How are you doing today?
  4. Please give us a brief background about yourself and your career trajectory?
  5. You have connected hundreds of thousands of machines in the last decade. 
  6.  Help us understand the challenges of industrial machine connectivity today – let this be a connectivity class 101 for all newbies here?
  7. You also mentioned that normalization of data happens on device to device basis. What does normalisation mean?
  8. Do you need to write custom drivers or plugins?
  9. How does Omnio solve these challenges?
  10. You also said that Omnio provides read/write capabilities, so settings on devices are easy to change and industries can evolve data requirements. Could you help us understand this better?
  11. Give us a broad categorization of different protocols in the industry.  Help us understand the protocol stacks and data models that are prevalent in teh industry.
  12. Omnio focuses on Manufacturing, Water & Power, Offshore & Maritime and Commercial Buildings. How does it matter which vertical it is. Are data models for devices different for different industries?
  13. How is connectivity in industrial machines different than connectivity in consumer products? 
  14. In one of your product videos, You mention that you are doing integration for SAP Leonardo IoT platform and the way you do it is  you send the instructions for how to communicate with industrial devices straight from your service into the edge gateway of SAP leonardo system. Could you help us understand more?
  15. What is the future of machine connectivity? 
  16. What is your advice for the industry that wants to scale machine connectivity in the next five years?

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