Mail.Ru Group will be engaged in the industrial Internet of things

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Holding Mail.Ru Group enters the market for industrial Internet of things with new platform Tarantool IIoT. The development of this technology in the world in 20 years will fetch $15 trillion to the global economy

Holding Mail.Ru Group plans to become in Russia one of the major players in the industrial Internet of things (industrial internet of things IIoT), told RBC technical Director of mail and cloud services Mail.Ru Group Denis Anikin. The company has created a software platform Tarantool IIoT, which will allow you to collect data from millions of sensors located on the production sites, transport, agricultural fields and send them for analysis in data centers.

Industrial Internet of things so far is only a concept, a precise definition of the Internet of things does not exist as General concepts. In the framework of this concept refers to the Internet connection of various industrial objects, machines, sensors, sensors, automated control systems of technological process (ACS TP), able to communicate with each other without human intervention.

In Mail.Ru Group see in the industrial Internet a huge market and the growth point. “Our expertise and technology can be very useful to us in this. These days the whole world is becoming more and more digital, and the industry is a huge part of the economy, where new technology can provide a big jump,” said Denis Anikin. It is expected that the IIoT will enable enterprises to increase productivity and reduce costs.

According to him, the company intends to grow this business in the “important direction” and go out with him on the foreign market. “The industrial Internet is just being formed, an accurate assessment is hard to say, but we expect that our share will not be less than ten percent. Mail.Ru Group will earn very well”, — said the technical Director Mail.Ru Group.

The total investment and the expected revenue from the project in the company do not open.

Tarantula for the Internet

IIoT platform Tarantool was built on the basis of industrial data base management system (DBMS) Tarantool, which Mail.Ru Group has been doing for nine years.

Feature Tarantool IIoT indicates Anikin is the versatility: the platform adapts to any equipment that supports all popular protocols and is installed on all computers, including microcomputers cost $30-50. Tarantool IIoT does not require high power and provides even on low-end devices high speed, up to 10-50 thousand transactions per second.

Potential customers for the new product Mail.Ru Group calls the industrial enterprises and agriculture organization. The platform will allow these companies to establish a process of data collection, for example, about the technical condition of machinery and components to predict failure and reduce downtime. Thus, the company will avoid a multimillion-dollar financial losses, sure Mail.Ru Group.

According to a top Manager of the company, for several customers interested in the new platform, but to call them he refused. Tarantool, the DBMS itself is implemented in a number of major Russian and international companies, including JSC “VimpelCom”, Yota, Badoo, Amazon, PayPal and Wallarm.

IIoT to the masses

In the West the development of the industrial Internet of things are, in particular, energy companies such as General Electric, and giants such as Honeywell and Intel. Chief economist at General Electric, Marco Annunziata is estimated that if the industrial Internet will increase productivity by at least 1%, this will bring in 20 years $15 trillion to the global economy. The flourishing of the industrial Internet call 2025, when the volume of this market will reach $43 trillion, it is considered in General Electric. As told RBC Director of marketing division “Industry” of Schneider Electric in Russia and CIS Alexey Efremov, the full potential of the platform and industrial Internet of things for the Russian market may take up to 15 years.

In Russia the development of this technology is actively engaged in PJSC “Rostelecom”. The operator has initiated the creation of the National Association of market participants of the industrial Internet (NAPI), which was supported by President of Russia Vladimir Putin in 2015. Currently, Rostelecom is creating a platform for the industrial Internet, which should provide a full cycle of processing of various technical devices that are connected to the Internet. The main objectives of this system is collection and processing of primary information (from meters, gauges and sensors), and providing visualization tools and Analytics. In particular, the operator signed an agreement with “Gazprom oil”: it is planned to adapt the platform to fit the business processes and industrial applications.

In Russia also operates the Association of the Internet of things, which at the moment is developing a “road map” for implementing IIoT technologies in agriculture. This instruction to the Ministry of agriculture, the Ministry of industry and trade and the Ministry of communications gave Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich at the end of 2016.

According to the Director of industrial Internet of PJSC “Rostelecom” Vladimir Shchukin, IIoT technologies have great potential and will improve the efficiency and safety of production processes. The company estimates that the application of the industrial Internet of things will give effect to the Russian economy by 2025 to 1.4 trillion rubles., the growth of labor productivity can be up to 25%, reducing energy consumption up to 10-12%.

As noted by RBC Andrey Kolesnikov, head of the Association of Internet of things, the most promising sectors for this area are agriculture, transport and logistics, municipal services, after some time, utilities and medicine. “The most obvious sector energy, where the introduction of the Internet of things will allow you to reduce costs and improve security,” he said.

What share can take Mail.Ru Group in this market, an expert called difficult. “The market is in its infancy. It’s like the Internet in the mid 1990-ies. But it is better in this clearing up in advance,” — said Kolesnikov.

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