Woman in Tech of the Week (8/2/17)
Yvonne Wassenaar, Chief Executive Officer, Airware Inc.
A single Internet of Things-connected device is nice, but two or three put together are better. That is, the data each device collects yields smarter insights when analyzed together. But crunching many converged data streams at once can strain ordinary data centers’ compute power.
May research from Cisco Systems Inc. breaks down the struggle in numbers: 73 percent of surveyed businesses are implementing IoT strategies, and 60 percent say that execution is generally more difficult than expected. One company we spoke with — commercial drone software analytics provider Airware Inc. — says that storing and computing all data in the cloud makes IoT analytics easier.
“The magic is really in marrying the different data sources,” said Yvonne Wassenaar, Airware chief executive officer, noting that this is true for IoT analytics generally and particularly for Airware’s business. Cloud infrastructure facilitates pooling IoT data streams in a number of ways, she added.
Airware primarily serves insurance, agriculture, mining and construction industries. Customers fly drones over large quarries or mining sites, for instance, to gather intelligence. Airware’s software aggregates and analyzes the data from the sites and other relevant sources.
“You have a lot of big equipment that has a tremendous number of sensors,” Wassenaar said. It amounts to a mass of data the company would have difficulty analyzing if not for cloud technologies, she told John Furrier (@furrier), host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile livestreaming studio, during the Accenture Labs 30th Anniversary Celebration in Mountain View, California.
This week, theCUBE spotlights Yvonne Wassenaar in our Women in Tech feature.