Press Release

Leading IoT solutions provider Sierra Wireless has confirmed the general availability of Octave – its new edge-to-cloud solution for connecting industrial assets to the cloud. With integrated edge devices, network and interfaces to all major cloud service providers, Octave accelerates, simplifies and de-risks IoT initiatives.

The benefits for industrial companies are clear, however, the complexities of implementing and scaling IoT solutions can make it too expensive and risky for many to attempt. Octave simplifies this complex integration, allowing companies to get applications up and running within days instead of months, giving them access to use their equipment data to unlock valuable insights and opportunities. A new report from Forrester Research reveals companies can get to market up to 12 months sooner and reduce project costs by 42 percent using the Octave all-in-one edge-to-cloud solution, versus sourcing discrete solutions.

Jan ten Sythoff, Senior TEI Consultant, Forrester Research, said: “It is no longer a question of whether to attempt digital transformation for industrial companies, but rather how to do so successfully. Sierra Wireless’ Octave has created a new category of IoT solutions, with cloud-based features and configuration that make it much simpler for an organization’s development engineers. Our research shows that using Octave reduces time to revenue, as well as development, management and maintenance costs.”

The IoT provider has also revealed how early partners and customers have been able to innovate fasterm using Octave. Axibio, a Paris-based biowaste management company, developed its proprietary smart biowaste collector based on Octave. It is using data collected from its system to revolutionize how waste is managed, moving to an “Earn as You Throw” model, where people can be rewarded for ecologically conscious behavior that meets regulatory targets. Pierre-André Galy, Co-Founder and Axibio Chairman, said: “With Sierra Wireless Octave, we didn’t need to dedicate resources to developing the IoT infrastructure. Instead we could focus on building our web application and let Octave handle the rest. With the link from hardware to the cloud securely established, our product now has a near-infinite number of potential applications for a minimum development effort.”

David Mansfeld, Managing Partner at BM COM, a system integrator and developer of IoT and augmented reality applications, said: “With Octave, everything was easy to set up. The very first time we plugged in the edge device and used Octave to connect it to our solution, it worked. The entire process took less than a day. Being able to immediately get the data we want from an edge device, when we want it, will significantly speed up the testing of IoT application POCs for us. Perhaps just as importantly, we think Octave will not only make building and testing IoT applications easier for us, but it will simplify application management and updates for our customers over these applications’ lifetimes.”

Octave is powered by Sierra Wireless Ready-to-Connect devices, which come pre-certified and connected to Sierra Wireless’ IoT network with coverage in more than 130 countries. It standardizes data processing at the edge and the cloud, allowing developers to process, analyze and act on data using a common JavaScript framework, aligning OT and IT systems.

Businesses can access information from the edge and securely transfer it to their existing cloud infrastructure using available APIs for all major cloud platforms. Octave offers a transparent, flexible and predictable pricing model that allows customers to pay based on the number of messages and data points they want transmitted to the cloud, rather than difficult to predict megabytes per month.

Kent Thexton, President & CEO, Sierra Wireless, said: “It is difficult, complex and time consuming to integrate wireless edge technology. Octave is built on 25 years of Sierra Wireless IoT experience to deliver a whole new way for OEMs and industrial companies to access machine data in the cloud. Octave eliminates the complex hardware integration, certification and security concerns and allows businesses to seamlessly access their operational data in the cloud and integrate it with their IT systems.”