iPLON GmbH - Increasing the efficiency of embedded software development

Published on 30-Apr-2010

Validated on 07 Feb 2014

"We now improve productivity, quality and communication by abstracting complex designs graphically, automating the development process and finding defects early." - Victor Thamburaj, iPLON CEO

Customer:
iPLON GmbH

Industry:
Energy & Utilities

Deployment country:
Germany

Solution:
Smarter Planet, Systems Engineering

Smarter Planet:
Smart Products

Overview

Founded in 1996, iPLON is a German technology service provider that specializes in measurement and control technology and process engineering. The company’s hardware engineers and programmers create innovative solutions that help make products and systems more intelligent, efficient and effective.

Business need:
This German technology services provider needed a way to reduce the complexity of manually coding the embedded software used for systems that remotely manage and control photovoltaic systems. The company wanted to decrease product defects, improve traceability, increase reuse of software modules and ensure consistent product quality.

Solution:
The company implemented a new software development environment, which uses model-driven development for real-time and embedded systems engineering. The new environment helps the company test models early to identify potential problems, meet all product requirements, create reusable subsystems and source code modules, and ensure consistent, high quality of software.

Benefits:
The company is building intelligent systems that facilitate the remote management and control of photovoltaic systems while collecting and analyzing power consumption data. Remote management and control system is part of a highly instrumented solution that integrates photovoltaic cell installations from multiple vendors. Monitoring and control capabilities are distributed across the set of installations and interconnected with centralized remote data collection and analysis systems.

Case Study

Founded in 1996, iPLON is a German technology service provider that specializes in measurement and control technology and process engineering. The company’s hardware engineers and programmers create innovative solutions that help make products and systems more intelligent, efficient and effective.

The Need
This German technology services provider needed a way to reduce the complexity of manually coding the embedded software used for systems that remotely manage and control photovoltaic systems. The company wanted to decrease product defects, improve traceability, increase reuse of software modules and ensure consistent product quality.

The Solution
The company implemented a new software development environment, which uses model-driven development for real-time and embedded systems engineering. The new environment helps the company test models early to identify potential problems, meet all product requirements, create reusable subsystems and source code modules, and ensure consistent, high quality of software.

What Makes it Smarter
-With the new software development environment, the company is building intelligent systems that facilitate the remote management and control of photovoltaic systems while collecting and analyzing power consumption data.
-The remote management and control system is part of a highly instrumented solution that integrates photovoltaic cell installations from multiple vendors.
-The monitoring and control capabilities are distributed across the set of photovoltaic installations and interconnected with centralized remote data collection and analysis systems that are accessible over the Web.

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Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
Rational Rhapsody

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