Technology Record - Issue 23: Winter 21/22

83 to the zoo management offices. “The staff and management are really pleased,” said Lisowski. “Now they can monitor each specialised environment from anywhere that has internet access. They can make changes to temperature and humidity settings in the real-time graphical display right from their desktop. And a huge plus is that the DataHub software is secure by design, running behind closed firewalls yet it still lets you read and write data in both directions.” Soon other organisations started asking for remote access to their data. Some had the same VPN-based system that the zoo had been using. The facilities manager at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), responsible for water filtration, had been tinkering with such a system for months and had not managed to get any data flow at all. They had a high-tech process that needed precise, robust, real-time control, and they were willing to try a new approach. “I came into the RIT lab with my hardware, connected it, and had a system up and running in 40 minutes,” Lisowski said. “Now the manager logs in, sees his data, and he’s happy.” Skye Controls has since leveraged this approach on projects for a large supermarket chain and a major pharmaceutical company that needed to scale up production to meet demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Each connected location requires a secure, reliable way to monitor and control its water usage and purification systems. Although the choice of hardware can vary, the principle is the same for all of them. Lisowski uses Skkynet technology in the facility to make a secure, outbound connection to a DataHub instance running on Azure, establishing secure, real-time, bidirectional communication. “These customers all had the same problem,” said Lisowski. “Someone else came in, thought they knew what they were doing, but didn't have a clue. They couldn’t provide the security or a steady data stream, or two-way access to the data. I needed real-time, and I needed security. I knew my hardware options. When I found out about DataHub software and how it runs on Azure, it was just a matter of putting it all together. Nowmy motto is: I can get any data from anywhere you have it and push it to anywhere you need it.”