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Pelion partner, Zizo, has been selected as one of 14 innovative technology start-up’s for the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator. In this guest blog they explain the idea that won them their place in the Accelerator. IoT is so often the missing piece in a modern manufacturing challenge. We hope this blog sparks your inspiration. Could you be the next Zizo?

The Pelion partner ecosystem is filled with experts in their own field. Zizo are a specialist solution provider for data engineering, data science and analytics on the Pelion Platform. They provide solutions for all kinds for business, logistics and retail analytics use case.

When presented with the opportunity to be paired with a manufacturer to design a solution to address one of the UK’s most prevalent manufacturing challenges, Zizo welcomed the challenge.

The Made Smarter Technology Accelerator, run by Digital Catapult, the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre, has been developed to pair manufacturers with technology companies so they can take advantage of advanced technology to radically alter, and improve, the way manufacturing is approached. It is this Accelerator that Zizo was selected for.

What is the challenge?

Zizo partnered with Safran Landing Systems, which is a partner to 30 leading commercial, military, business and regional airframers. It supports more than 31,200 aircraft making over 73,000 landings every day.

The operation and maintenance of test rigs, equipment used for testing purposes, is an essential component of Safran Landing Systems’ assembly shop. The rigs are dedicated to one product each, covering the testing of complete landing gears (nose and main) and some detailed parts. Safran is looking to explore advanced technology solutions that can provide better visibility both in terms of the test rig performance and those influencing the test results. Integrating these solutions in an intelligent way will control parameters, monitor routines and implement preventative measures.

However, one of the key areas of difficulty is locked internal network and no external connectivity capability.

How do you overcome lack of connectivity and locked internal networks?

To overcome this challenge, Zizo will be building a portable edge industrial internet of things (IIoT) analysis platform, using data analysis software to provide big data capability on a small, edge footprint. This solution will create a repository and platform to manage data from across teams and across functions within Safran, with the ability to add external data sources to the solution as required.

This end-to-end connected edge device also combines device management and analytics in one single platform, without the need for implementing a factory-wide network. As the IoT platform can be connected to any protocol and access any data, future opportunities include mobile engineers equipped with a portable test platform that is not reliant on any internet connection or cloud-based database.

Why Zizo was the right choice

Zizo have been selected for this challenge for their ability to store, manage and analyse large quantities of data on small hardware platforms.  Their patented data platform, Zizo, allows them the flexibility and agility required to work in challenging situations (both with data and with the environment) and deliver cutting edge data applications that will improve the operational efficiency of their customers.

Zizo is incredibly excited to be chosen for the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator programme and we can’t wait to demonstrate the power of edge analytics and what is possible to do with data. We are looking forward to working with Safran Landing Systems and learning more about their challenge and their business, and how we can use data to accelerate their move towards manufacturing 4.0.

Peter Ruffley, CEO, Zizo Software

Through each individual challenge, the programme aims to improve productivity in the manufacturing sector and help boost the post-Covid economy – supporting the wider Manufacturing Made Smarter Challenge, with its ambition to raise productivity by 30% by 2030.

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Zizo enables organisations of any scale to work with their data effectively to drive improved performance and increased efficiencies.

Utilising a direct connection to Pelion, Zizo enables fast access to data, combined with extremely flexible architecture, all within a secure, hosted environment – either on premise or in the cloud.

This allows our customers to drastically reduced the time it takes to get the right information, to the right person, at the right time. In addition, The open Zizo platform allows users to experiment with data and enrich that data with other, possibly external data sources and share their ideas with others.

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