An effective enterprise architecture can provide near real-time web portal information access, from a model based deployment of integration services.
Based on common data-centric message formats and standard interfaces, high speed data transmissions across wired and wireless networks can be transformed into valuable stakeholder information without the overhead of intermediate storage formats.
We specialise in the development of innovative, low-cost solutions using best of breed technologies for integration platforms.
Model-managed delivery is cost effective.
We strategise, plan and build models first to ensure that we avoid costly development mistakes.
By ensuring all stakeholders, business and technical, are in the picture, we schedule to deliver the business priorities with a minimum of fuss, and a maximum of co-operation amongst technology suppliers.
We provide business service governance mechanisms ensure that the technology services are delivered to meet the business requirements in a transparent, traceable way.
We bring extensive experience and knowledge of telecommunications and smart devices, vehicle tracking and GPS communications, geospatial applications and asset management to solve many general and industry specific problems.
Trac-Car can provide highly cost-effective IP data integration services to complement data collected from non IP protocol devices, such as electricity network data from SCADA and synchrophasor applications.
We can deliver data centric integration and messaging to a web portal at low cost, and with optimum performance owing to our model led strategic approach. Stakeholder groups can securely log in and view the information appropriate to business function.
High Speed Data Services
Using the OMG DDS standard to define data centric messages, Trac-Car architects can design high speed real-time data transmissions e.g. for Smart Grid PMUs, synchrophasor metrics pre or post aggregated by GPS radio clock, at sample rates depending on the application.
Protocol translation of data logged from multiple network devices protocols and data formats can be provided to requirements.
Design of message data formats to readily enable translation to and from industry standard model elements, such as the Utilities CIM, can provide a basis for cross network operator communications.
For authorised stakeholders, access to secure information is organised around business roles and functions.
Data services can be displayed geospatially, enabling geographically based intelligence to be distributed to interested subscribers.
For operational purposes, real-time metrics can be made available, displayed in an appropriate format for decision making.
Complex Event Processing
For post event analysis, data can be
- aggregated, analysed and transformed
- displayed for geospatial presentation on custom layered maps
- accessed via secure web portal membership.
- used to trigger diverse workflows, such as billing, scheduling, alerts and alarms.
- provide the logical basis for application specific information, data and function.
Smart Network Devices
To minimise cost and maximise operational efficiency, for IP devices, such as rugged PCs and mobile devices, logged data can be prepared for staggered transmission based on
- applied business logic
- variation detection
- pre-determined intervals and schedules
Changes to device functions can be automatically provisioned.
Model based deployment
Models enable deployment cost savings, ease of use, and a starting point for security on the way to the next leve of application automation.
For example, industry domain and logical models can enhance and enable implementations in all types of electronic sensor applications, such as RFID, GPS, time-tag data.
Knowledge management, and automated metadata production results in the ability to improved cost-effectiveness for building telemetry applications in an enterprise technology context.
An architecture framework UML Model provides a head start for organisation and integration of applications with existing technology, from billing, ERP, HR and any other applications and systems. Structured around application and technology platform domain models, it provides an architecture template and methodology to identify business requirements, processes/workflow, user interaction, infrastructure, with application and technology metadata models.
The UML models provide a multi-purpose framework for the purposes of
- Technical design of data and network services
- Communication between business and technology stakeholders
- Knowledge and version management of technology builds
What can Trac-Car offer your organisation?
Trac-Car provides professional consultancy services to guide your integration systems from feasibility studies to full deployment.
- Identify organisation supplier capabilities
- Identify financial, technical and business resources
- Identify timeframe
- Evaluate supplier offerings
- Identify services and negotiate Service Level Agreements
- Co-ordinate supplier delivery
- Provide governance and knowledge transfer
Technology Integration Framework
Trac-Car can provide a completed Technology Integration Framework populated with your organisation's detailed information.
This includes a complete set of information containing the system design, structure, behaviour, resources, planning, service provider information, testing, maintenance, and any other governance mechanisms developed to suit requirements.
The framework starts and works directly with documented business requirements.
The knowledge base provided by the Technology Integration Framework can be integrated with existing document management systems and portals.
Trac-Car adapts the standard domain model to fit your organisation exactly.
Typically, Trac-Car consultants interface with your organisation's stakeholders to ascertain the best fit to meet your technology requirements. This can take place as a scheduled series of workshops, developed collaboratively to result in identification of key dependencies of technology, enabling firm scheduling and pricing.
Stakeholders are able to ascertain that their requirements are addressed in a way that fits with the organisation's standards, practices and cultural values. Workshops can be scheduled in mutually beneficial timeframe to contribute valuable internal knowledge to an initial architecture assessment.
About the Framework
The Technology Integration Framework is a delivery framework to assist organizations to monitor and manage the delivery of telemetry applications.
The Trac-Car UML Models provide a head start for organizations starting out, or rebuilding telemetry systems.
The types of application for the Technology Integration Framework include:
- Equipment maintenance and inventory information gathering
- Meter monitoring e.g. electrical, hydro, etc
- Shipping of freight
- Parcel tracking and management
- Road toll monitoring
- Fleet vehicle tracking
- Road pricing
- Biometric sensor monitoring e.g. in a healthcare context
- Synchrophasor and SCADA metrics for electricity grids
How to use the framework?
The framework functions on two main levels:
Central logical models for system design, mapping of physical interfaces and physical data, and providing catalogue structure for business processes and technical services
Knowledge management for project governance, enabling tracking of all phases of project lifecycles through design, implementation, deployment and maintenance.
The model encompasses definition of
- Business Requirements
- Business Process/Workflow
- User Interaction
- Information Models
- Application and system metadata
- Software platform, hosting and network infrastructure
Enterprise Planning and Business Process Automation Models are designed to display how new application functionality fits in with existing and planned integration technology. It also provides an overview by linking architecture and program documentation, accessible from a website or intranet portal.
Data models provide a consistent organization wide basis for building data stores, reporting, and interfaces.
The Business Model can be used as the basis for semantic integration. By mapping messages and interfaces to this common model, application and system changes can be accommodated by re-mapping, rather than re-development.
The Technology Model can be used as the basis for knowledge management of user profiles , workflows, content delivery, event handling, and reporting. Having a metadata model in place before development allows a planned approach to capturing user information, device information, fault handling events, and tracing workflows and system access.
Requirements, Process and Interaction Models provide architecture an interface to business owners.
Component and Deployment Models provide a schema for the collection of software, hosting and network infrastructure.
Project Models provide for timeframe and management of implementation, deployment and change.
UML Model Technology
This architecture model is a UML 2.1 representation of the architecture artifacts required to build enterprise-strength telemetry applications and systems integration.
It is supplied for Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect technology.
It can be imported into any UML architecture modeling technology that supports XMI 2.1
Platforms - Windows and Unix
Trac-Car models are available for Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect Version 10. This technology can be used to provide DDL Database scripts for logical data models are provided for the most popular databases:
IBM DB2; InterBase; Informix; Ingres; MySQL; SQL Server; PostgreSQL; Sybase Adaptive Server Anywhere and Adaptive Server Enterprise; and Oracle 9i, 10g and 11g.
Contact us for a discussion on how Trac-Car and partners could benefit your organization.
The Technology Integration Metamodel is also available as XMI Version 2.1 compatible with UML technology such as IBM Rational Software Architect.
The framework accommodates any kind of data and application integration, with existing corporate applications, packages and platforms.
It is vendor and technology neutral, and provides for a business process/ workflow centric automation of business requirements.