What is anyThing Connected?
“Put simply, it’s a self-sticking sensor that lets you determine 24/7 if maintenance is needed on all sorts of objects. And I mean all sorts of objects: from bananas to solar panels.”
So, it’s a sticker that collects measurements?
“And passes these along. The sensor is about as big as a box of matches, with its own battery and antenna. You can stick it on various objects from which you want to collect data. It measures movement, orientation, vibration, electricity, temperature, or a combination of these. It’s a very universal and multi-functional device, and also a good alternative to installing expensive measuring equipment.”
What is its function?
“We can set it up for any organization in under 24 hours and make it suitable for any software platform. Within this time, we will also have made it compatible with whatever software platform is being used. Then, data can be collected from every object to, for instance, predict possible required maintenance. In 70 percent of organizations in the Netherlands this process currently goes as follows: an employee walks over to a machine or other object, reads the data and puts this in an Excel document. Just imagine the time and expenses that could be saved in this tedious process.”
Why did you set up anyThing Connected?
“Nowadays, anyThing Connected focuses on predictive maintenance. But that was not our initial focus. Following my study’s final project, the question arose how something as simple as a sticker could enable devices to communicate with each other. Also, adding a standard product that continually passes along measurements to the IoT is useful. That data can be used to better arrange production processes, for instance.”
When did you know anyThing Connected was viable?
“Currently, there is a plethora of standards. My original thought was: somebody needs to lower the threshold. Even if I go bankrupt —if anyThing Connected manages to significantly contribute to the standardization of IoT measuring equipment, I will be happy.”