Have you already tested the new modeling capabilities of Visual Rules, the so-called State Flow? It’s a type of model used to control and monitor the behavior of things (a fire alarm box, a camera, etc.) and the corresponding services. If something of interest happens in the environment, a thing or service fires an event with which the State Flow is called and which it then tries to handle. A State Flow is hence event-driven, reactive and does not include much human interaction. Have a look at Irene’s recent post for an example use case in the field of industrial IT.
The State Flow combines a subset of the well known concepts of a state machine with the core functionalities of Visual Rules. In general, it consists of two parts: A graphical editor to model State Flow diagrams (see figure 1) and a Java class, the so-called Controller, to execute the State Flow, i.e. to call it with the current event. Read more…
When I joined Bosch Software Innovations some years ago, one of my first projects was the analysis of a fancy fire detection scenario, which was intended to guide the development of the Visual Rules State Flow (a state diagram using transition rules modeled with Visual Rules). I still remember myself standing in front of a whiteboard, lively discussing the scenario with Markus and Mike, who tried to scribble the stuff that we came up and subsequently discarded. Time passed and the State Flow grew from toddler to promising juvenile. While it has been and still is pretty much underestimated, we finally have the opportunity to show its potential in an Industrial-IT showcase. Currently, we develop this showcase, which is supposed to look eventually as illustrated below, with a bunch of illustrious partners, among others Stäubli (who provide a 6-axis robot), SICK (who provide an image-based code reader), and HP (who provide the server).
One major goal of the Internet of Things and Services (IoT) is the connection and interaction of systems and things. Formerly, most of those things were offline and not able to play a role in a networked world. Now, those kind of connected systems provide users added value by supplying services across domain boundaries, e.g. telemedicine, energy, mobility, smart homes. By integrating systems and things in this exciting, networked world, not only new stakeholders come into play, but also the number of situations grows immensely.Read more…
The following video is showing the interaction between BPM and BRM in the Internet of Things. The demo is based on a scenario where live video cameras are submitting events to a security firm. Visual Rules BRM is used to filter the events and start incident management processes in case of significant events (e.g. intrusion, loitering). inubit BPM is used to implement the incident management process, including management of the mobile work force, work schedules of the guards, etc. BPM based monitoring and analytics provides transparency for important KPIs. Master data management is used to manage information about customer sites and cameras.
With the VisTA project (Visibility of Transport Assets), REWE Group, one of Europe’s leading retail and travel companies, has taken a decisive step in its logistics and shipment tracking processes towards the internet of things and services. The EHI Retail Institute now awarded the VisTA project the Retail Technology Award in the category “Best Enterprise Solution”. Congratulations!Read more…
Internet of things topics are spreading in the blogosphere. This particular blog is a manifest. But only in the blogosphere? No, not at all. We will also present a lot of different perspectives on it at various events this year. One of the events is the CeBIT 2012 in Hannover/Germany. There will be a series of presentations at our booth, which I would like to introduce to you, briefly.
Two new studies regarding Business Rules Platforms have been released only recently: one study presents the current situation on the market and the other forecasts two future business rules trends.
Our Visual Rules Suite was part of the reviews. As a result of the briefings, the analysts highlighted different assets of our business rules management platform. For instance our efforts, we have been investing in easier integration with other products as well as better performance and manageability for large-scale implementations. But also the various ways the Visual Rules Suite empowers business experts to do rule-authoring by themselves.
I have continued my interview series with James Taylor, Decision Management Expert. This time we´ve talked about dynamic and event-driven applications and why those kinds of applications need business rules and need those rules to be managed effectively.
Enjoy listening James Taylor´s thoughts on this approach and on our efforts to develop a platform, which helps to quickly set-up dynamic event-driven applications. Read more…
I have talked to James Taylor, Decision Management Expert about the Internet of Things and the role of business rules in this distributed and connected world.
Personally, I found two aspects especially interesting to hear from James:
- One is what James thinks about the challenge to handle rules when the things
are owned by consumers.
- The second is how he reflects decision management disciplines and technologies – that
are traditionally focused on enterprise applications – for the extended world of things
and objects. This is still very new and at the same time seems very obvious.
Which is your opinion on the Internet of Things and the role of (business) rules in this world? Which role will rules play? Will they help to reduce complexity?