In a previous blog post celebrating our 31st anniversary of business, we highlighted 3 key strengths from Premio’s long-withstanding history in computing and electronics manufacturing in the North American market. In order to celebrate Premio’s 31 years of industrial computing once more, this blog post is dedicated to our partners and also highlights some of most popular case studies and application stories over time. "Your Success, Our Commitment."
But First, What Makes Premio Different?
Over the past 31 years, Premio’s mission has focused on tackling challenges in engineering, design, and manufacturing for some of the most successful enterprise companies in the USA. Many of these enterprise partners provide mission-critical solutions in markets that require robust processing and storing of valuable data. Especially with growing demands in the internet of things (IoT) and Edge computing, Premio’s purpose-built products and agile manufacturing services are in a position to help our partners achieve rapid scalability into their markets.
Our Three Core Strengths = Valuable Assets for Partners
- Engineering Design and Validation in Computing Hardware
- Scalable Manufacturing and Quality Management Systems
- Purpose-Built Product Solutions and Roadmap for Industrial Computing and Data Center Cloud Solutions
Product-Focused Case Studies:
Below you can learn more about popular case studies about Premio’s core capabilities and how we continue to help our partners succeed from product engineering to agile manufacturing of computing solutions.
1. Robust industrial computing optimizes railway signaling
As part of its ongoing renewal of infrastructure technologies, a global railway leader sought to upgrade its railway signaling system, deployed as a 2U 19-inch rackmount system with train-borne installation. Long-deployed and proven, the railway signaling system had been developed from the ground up. The company had sourced every component – building the chassis, integrating the motherboard – and took the system through an 18 to 24 month certification process. To upgrade performance, a similar extended timeline was just too steep a trade-off, making clear the need for smarter and more competitive options.
2. Industrial-Grade Computers: The Brains Behind Today’s Smart Kiosks and Self-Service Machines
With three distinct brands capitalizing on the self-service kiosk market, this company faced growing consumer demand for its popular services. For years, each line of business worked separately with Premio to gain the advantage in its respective market. Premio designed all the kiosk computers for their interactive kiosks using industrial grade materials with ultra-compact chassis form factors and a universal mounting mechanism.
3. Industrial Fanless Mini PCs Provide Micro Markets Wide Expandability And Reliability
Premio’s client, a micro market startup with a vision to maximize ROI for independent business operators, was looking for a hardware partner to successfully integrate into their interactive kiosks throughout their entire fleet of micro markets worldwide. Initially using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) mini computers as their compute solution, they quickly found that it was not reaching their full technical requirements as demand for their micro market rose.
4. Industrial GPU Computer Increases Non-Contact Metrology Scan Speeds Up To 10X Faster
In pursuit of an innovative and quicker application of industrial metrology, Premio’s partner, a pioneer in precision automation is developing a solution that ensures superior product quality at the lowest manufacturing cost. Compared to traditional Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM), the new metrology platform utilizes advanced vision and multi-sensor technology to capture millions of data points per second resulting in completion rates 10X faster. Analyzing complex geometries with multiple facets down to microns, or a millionth of a meter, was essential for the success of the system solution.
5. Rugged IoT Edge Computers Generate Real-Time Analytics For Smart Agriculture and Cannabis Tech
The industry of commercial agriculture plays by thin margins that rely on maximizing yield and driving a better return on investments. Technology has always been the de facto driver in improving growth through new innovations that capitalize on operating efficiency and providing deeper insights to manage quality control for commercial crops. Cultivation technologies are looking for new methods to reduce overall operating costs and facilitate future growth to stem fluctuating market prices from destabilizing business.
6. Reducing Airport Security ID Checks To Just 20 Seconds Using Industrial GPU Computing For Facial Recognition And Machine Learning
Premio’s client is a company devising a solution to install unmanned biometric security gates for an international airport ranked in the top 8 for most passenger traffic worldwide. The newly initiated gates are available for passengers to streamline their check-in process with improved accuracy and speed while skipping the need for manual checks from border security. This addition marks the airport’s first phase in facilitating passengers with more reliable and efficient machine biometric scanning to reduce overall traffic and enhance airport security procedures.
7. All-In-One Panel PC Helps Large International Airport Create New Tower Control Display Unit
SFO’s new air traffic control tower required many specialized and compact equipment that could not fail in an mission-critical environment. Every flight coming in and out of SFO needed direct contact with the control tower 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, due to space limitations, SFO needed an ideal system that can be integrated without the use of a keyboard or mouse. They also required a system which will be able to control and monitor crucial programs such as the Instrument Landing Systems (ILS), Distance Measuring Equipment (DMEs) as well as various lighted navaids such as RVR, ALS, PAPI, VASI, REIL and associated Engine Generators at particular airports.
8. Intelligent Transportation NVR Surveillance
A leading global railway solution provider wanted to advance its railway signaling capabilities with a more modern approach centered on exceptional data handling at the data source, creating a rugged edge device that would outperform previous products. Such a device would have potential beyond critical railway signaling and could advance other data-heavy railway applications including real-time surveillance powered by network video recorders (NVRs). Ruggedness would be key here, blending the physical and logistical challenges of volatile rolling stock environments with effectively balancing critical data workloads.
9. Advancements In AI-Enabled Medical Imaging Provide Solution For Prevention
The coronavirus pandemic quickly overwhelmed the healthcare infrastructure of countries around the world. In the United States, for instance, the situation was exacerbated by the initial release of faulty test kits, which subsequently resulted in an inability to accurately screen potential patients for the disease.
However, there were also missed opportunities to pre-screen potential coronavirus carriers at ports of entry. Rather than surveying unsuspecting carriers about their recent travels, authorities like the Transportation Security Administration could have benefitted greatly from the use of AI-enabled computer vision technologies capable of detecting symptoms associated with COVID-19 – such as fevers and abnormal respiratory patterns – with high precision and in real time.
10. Major Truck Fleet Manufacturer Chooses Premio Embedded Telematics Computer for Autonomous Data Routing and Monitoring
When a major U.S. truck manufacturer recognized there was a huge opportunity to mastermind the implementation of autonomous route capabilities in its fleet of trucks, it searched for embedded computing capable of handling the vast and diverse data. This case study shows how this fleet manufacturer selected and implemented Premio’s rugged computing technology to further its autonomous routing capabilities. It will also dive into the criteria and challenge for successful implementation of Premio in-vehicle telematics computers in the framework of autonomous driving.
Manufacturing and Support Focused Case Studies
1. Network Security Firm Reduces Customer Return Rates with Lean Manufacturing Processes
Over the years they spent working with their first manufacturer, the security solution provider saw server hardware returns from end-users on DOA systems balloon up to more than 50%. Gaps in the manufacturing and engineering change control process led to inconsistent workmanship and hardware configuration. Without product life-cycle management in place, there was a constant need to make updates to both the hardware and the software images. These inconsistencies became very difficult to maintain and support. Therefore, there was a need for more uniformity in hardware and software version control across the end systems being deployed to customers. The security solutions provider needed a partner with an efficient and effective quality management system in place that would be able to consistently deliver high-quality products. A higher quality of production would reduce all the avoidable returns that were constantly eating away at profits.
2. Industrial Computing Equipment and Product Life Cycle Management for Leading Enterprise Company specializing in walk-through metal detectors and X-ray machines for screening airport luggage and cargo
Poorly designed, the agency’s off-the-shelf computers could not perform in their harsh operating environment, and they were seeing double-digit failure rates from intense heat, irregular power, and dust. This failure translated into a multi-million-dollar annual servicing cost because their off-the-shelf computers had short product lifecycles that eventually incurred much higher costs of engineering, testing, and servicing logistics. Due to government supported contracts this leading customer required at least a ten-year lifecycle, but also a perpetual product that could be continually updated, with minimizing end-of-life (EOL). The lack of regulatory compliance and configuration control on their existing computer equipment affected the agency’s ability to meet and compete for government contracts, and scale in the global marketplace.
3. Upgrading 10,000 Kiosk Computers for Urgent Regulatory Compliance
To maintain full compliance with FCC rules, the customer needed critical upgrades to over 10,000 Kiosk —and they needed it done in less than four months. Since this customer is a publicly traded company, lack of compliance with government regulations could have dire repercussions to overall business and sales. The RFP solicitation had narrowed down to two candidates: a tier-one PC maker that offers off-the-shelf consumer products, and Premio, an ODM manufacturer who specializes in custom-designed industrial PC solutions. The tier-one PC maker was unable to meet this deadline, so the customer reached out to Premio (then a first-time vendor with the client) with this “impossible” task.