Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Prologis opts for AWS and Rigado for digital infrastructure

Steve Rogerson
May 7, 2019



Logistics real-estate company Prologis is using Oregon-based Rigado’s Cascade IoT gateways and Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT Greengrass to provide edge connectivity and computing for its future logistics digital infrastructure.
 
This will provide California-based Prologis and its customers with flexible and secure connectivity and computing that enables key IoT applications such as asset tracking, cold-chain monitoring and preventative maintenance.
 
Smart applications such as these can bring operational improvements and financial benefits to logistics and operations teams. However, the time and cost required to design, deploy and secure the necessary edge connectivity and computing infrastructure to power these applications is often a barrier to entry for users.
 
"We believe the efficiency and safety afforded by these emerging smart applications are absolutely key for our customers," said Alan Findley, senior vice president of Prologis. "Bringing a flexible edge connectivity and containerised computing capability, which also supports AWS IoT Greengrass, to our portfolio will allow our customers to take advantage of the latest IoT capabilities without having to deploy, secure and maintain their own infrastructure."
 
By deploying an infrastructure with Rigado IoT gateways running IoT Greengrass, Prologis is establishing a logistics digital infrastructure platform that can reduce the cost and complexity of enabling key use cases across its logistics real estate portfolio.
 
"The Prologis digital infrastructure is exactly the kind of environment we had in mind when we combined the Cascade IoT gateway with AWS IoT Greengrass," said Toban Zolman, vice president at Rigado. "The ability to connect to a wide range of wireless devices and sensors, and to easily run flexible edge applications is key, not only for today's current IoT use-cases, but for those that will emerge in the years to come."
 
Rigado IoT gateways provide secure and flexible connectivity to wireless devices, sensors and tags and exposes those directly to AWS IoT Greengrass at the edge. This enables developers to write and deploy edge business logic using familiar AWS lambda functions and tools. This brings the power and flexibility of cloud computing to the edge across the Prologis portfolio.
 
The Prologis technology is secure and manageable, even at very large scale, thanks to Rigado's Cascade edge-as-a-service offering. Rigado gateways connect to IoT devices and run IoT Greengrass in a secure edge computing architecture, powered by Ubuntu Core, and include evergreen security updates as part of the Cascade service.
 
Founded in 2010, Rigado's edge products power more than 300 global customers and five million connected devices across commercial IoT offerings such as asset tracking, smart lighting, and sensing and monitoring in markets such as smart workplaces, and connected retail and logistics. Rigado is headquartered in Portland Oregon, with offices in London, UK, and Shenzhen, China.