Good news is hard to come by these days but even then, amid the overwhelming gloom of the Covid-19 pandemic, Bangladesh can truly rejoice a proud moment today.
For the first time, Hitachi, a Fortune500 company, has launched its IoT backbone today in Japan that has been engineered by Datasoft, a local software company.
With the software, users can use Hitachi devices, thousands and millions of them connected together, through their mobile phones and make life easier while saving energy in a big way.
The Internet of things or IoT is a network of Internet connected objects able to collect and exchange data. The objects are interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines that can transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. This IoT technology will have use in various fields from home automation, to engineering, power, agriculture, security, medical and healthcare, transportation and many others.
Using machine learning algorithms, the devices will operate at optimum levels. For example, it will adjust air conditioner temperature depending on a host of factors such as number of employees in the office, adjusting for any minute changes in workforce presence and outside temperature.
Or say, the user can remotely monitor power consumption, lock temperature and constantly adjust for any changes.
And all this is the handiwork of a highly competent team of 300 IoT engineers sitting at the 20-storey tower of Datasoft in Dhaka's Agargaon area.
Machine learning is giving computers the ability to do things on their own and learn from experience and that is just what Datasoft has designed for the Hitachi IoT devices.
"It is a big leap for our software industry," said Manjur Mahmud, the COO of Datasoft. "This did not happen accidentally, we have been consistently investing in next generation technology for years. And now we have truly made a big achievement for the country and for our company as well."
Manjur explained to The Business Standard how the system works.
"It has four parts. The first part connects all the key components of devices so that a company using Hitachi products can check the health of the device anytime. In this part of the system, Datasoft has designed the next generation IoT for sensing and connectivity," he said.
The next part deals with bulk connectivity and operation of the devices through mobile applications. Through this software a whole neighbourhood or a shopping mall are connected to devices through mobile phones.
The third part of the software deals with data storage and analyses using machine learning. All the data generated from the devices are stored in the cloud and these are analysed using machine learning algorithms.
So, for example such algorithms will tell a freeze exactly what kind of food the user is likely to have this evening, or whether the AC should set the temperature at super cool mode or just at a comfortable temperature depending on whether the user is coming from office or from a walk on a hot afternoon.
And lastly, the whole system is built on a platform and hence thousands and millions of devices can be plugged to the platform easily.
"This is a very important milestone for the Bangladesh information technology sector," Manjur said. "This was not an easy task. It needs world class cutting edge technology and our boys have been able to deliver.
Datasoft has also been working with another Japanese company to bring 10,000 homes under IoT to transform them into smart homes. The home owners can do hosts of jobs through Datasoft's software such as auto-ordering of food and medicines, laundry and shopping as the food stock in the freezer goes down.