Slingshot 6 was formed due to frustration experienced in trying to win large scale 1000+ cellular router installation projects.
Although M2M and IoT as buzz words have been around for many years now, there are surprisingly few truly large scale projects that are live and in production today.
The cause? Not the physical technology like routers, antennas and interfaces – which are all long proven, perhaps ‘big data’ management challenges have played a role to a certain extent (for those projects that collect data of course which are not all of them by any means), but in our experience so far one of the biggest challenges are the operational ones of installation and subsequent service management.
When you want to deploy cellular connectivity to 100, 1000 or even 10,000 locations be they fixed or in vehicle, the cost of the traditional approach to installation (human IT engineering resources installing each unit by hand) – and the subsequent service monitoring and management costs, can completely eclipse the costs of actually buying the hardware and paying for the cellular data.
Imagine how long it takes to drill holes in brick walls and vehicle bulkheads to run antennas, how many staff you need on site to do this quickly and efficiently (at least two normally), and the level of qualification the engineering team would need themselves to configure the hardware as they install it.
Slingshot 6 is based on the belief that these costs, and the challenges of finding quality engineering for national and global territories are the biggest barrier to large scale deployment of M2M/IoT in enterprise environments.
So we came up with a very simple idea. Make a completely self contained solution, in a rugged enclosure that can be easily shipped by courier, and make the installation possible by anyone.
This is what cloudcase delivers.