SandBox - Bridging the IoT Skills Gap in Industry 4.0


Many manufacturing businesses struggle to integrate digitalization and automation technologies into their existing production systems due to a mix of outdated and cutting-edge equipment. The challenge lies in finding a solution that seamlessly integrates both old and new machinery, extracting relevant data and metrics, and enabling data-driven decision-making.

Domain Knowledge

Domain knowledge is crucial for successful industry digitalization. By bridging the knowledge gap and facilitating informed decision-making, businesses can navigate the complexities of IoT implementation and select the right vendor for their specific industry needs. Regarding IoT implementation, expertise within the particular industry domain is crucial for successful deployment. Without proper knowledge, businesses may struggle to understand the intricacies of their processes, the data they need to capture, and the metrics that truly matter.

Vendor Selection

Choosing the right vendors with the expertise and experience to address the unique digitalization needs of a manufacturing facility is crucial, as many vendors make extravagant claims without delivering tangible results. Furthermore, selecting the right vendor can be a daunting task. The market is saturated with numerous vendors claiming the perfect solution for industry digitalization. However, distinguishing between genuine expertise and exaggerated promises can be challenging. Businesses need to navigate through vendor offerings, evaluate their capabilities, and ensure their solutions align with the unique requirements of their industry and organization.

In summary, the challenge is bridging the manufacturing industry's digitalisation gap by effectively integrating outdated and advanced machinery. This requires specialized knowledge, careful vendor selection, and a commitment to evolving the existing system gradually. By addressing these challenges, businesses can unlock the benefits of data-driven decision-making, enhanced efficiency, and future-proof operations.

Data Extraction

Extracting meaningful data and metrics from legacy machinery, which may lack digital interfaces or sensors, requires innovative approaches and specialized knowledge.

Integration Complexity

The coexistence of outdated machinery alongside advanced IoT-enabled equipment poses integration challenges, as these systems often use different protocols and lack standardized communication methods.


Ensuring interoperability between the various equipment and software systems is essential to creating a unified digital ecosystem that can provide real-time insights and optimize production processes.

IoT / Industry 4.0 / Digitalization Scheme


These challenges highlight the need for a specialized approach to addressing the digitalization journey. Businesses require an IoT solution and a partner who understands their domain, can guide them through the complexities, and provide reliable advice. With the right IoT gateway, businesses can access a controlled learning, testing, and experimenting environment, gaining the knowledge needed to make informed decisions. Additionally, the gateway offers a platform to evaluate different vendor solutions, ensuring that the selected partner understands the industry's intricacies and can deliver on their promises. By addressing the knowledge gap and vendor selection challenges, businesses can overcome hurdles and pave the way for successful industry digitalization.

Additional IoT Knowledge

SandBox provides users hands-on experience and educational opportunities to learn about IoT concepts, device connectivity, data transmission, security protocols, and data analytics. This empowers users to make informed decisions, encourages innovation in IoT applications, and enables collaboration within the IoT community.

Data-Driven Decision Making

The digitalization of the manufacturing process enables the collection and analysis of valuable data, leading to improved decision-making, increased productivity, and reduced downtime.

Maximizing Existing Investments

By leveraging the capabilities of old and new equipment, businesses can optimize their return on investment by avoiding the costly replacement of functional machinery.

Scalability and Future Readiness

Implementing a flexible digitalization solution ensures compatibility with future technological advancements, allowing manufacturers to adapt and scale their operations seamlessly.

Enhanced Efficiency and Quality

By seamlessly integrating legacy machinery with IoT-enabled devices, businesses can achieve higher levels of automation, precision, and consistency, improving efficiency and product quality.


Addressing the challenge of limited domain knowledge and vendor selection difficulties is crucial for successful industry digitalization.

SandBox is a combined hardware and software solution pivotal to the manufacturing industry. The hardware component is a competent IoT device, while its software is an open-source stack designed for crafting comprehensive IoT solutions or for learning and experimentation. It bridges legacy machinery with modern equipment and is an educational platform for those pursuing essential IoT skills in Industry 4.0. Ideal for automation and IT engineers, SandBox provides real-time monitoring, predictive maintenance, and a controlled environment, ensuring streamlined processes and maximized investments.

SandBox bridges the digitalization gap in the manufacturing industry, enabling businesses to integrate their outdated machinery with state-of-the-art equipment effortlessly. Seamlessly extract valuable data from legacy systems, make data-driven decisions, and optimize production processes. Maximize existing investments, enhance efficiency, and future-proof your operations with our specialized knowledge and vendor management expertise.

SandBox provides a controlled learning, testing, and experimentation environment, enabling users to acquire domain expertise and confidently evaluate different vendor solutions. By bridging the knowledge gap and facilitating informed decision-making, our solution empowers businesses to navigate the complexities of IoT implementation and select the right vendor for their specific industry needs.

SandBox can be used in manufacturing facilities to seamlessly integrate legacy and modern machinery, enabling real-time monitoring, predictive maintenance, and process optimization for increased productivity and efficiency.

Choosing an on-premises IoT device with all on-premises solutions and a local database can offer several advantages over a hosted, cloud-based solution.


On-premises solutions allow for greater customization and flexibility to tailor the infrastructure and software stack to meet your specific requirements. You have control over the solution's deployment, configuration, and updates.


By opting for an on-premises solution, you are not reliant on the availability or performance of cloud services or the internet. You have greater autonomy in managing your IoT infrastructure and can make necessary changes and updates.


Cloud-based solutions often involve recurring subscription costs based on usage or the number of devices connected. On-premises solutions eliminate or reduce these ongoing costs, making them more cost-effective in the long term.


With on-premises solutions, you can scale your infrastructure based on your specific needs and budget, without being bound by the limitations or pricing structures of cloud providers.


In environments with limited or unreliable internet connectivity, an on-premises solution ensures continuous operation and data availability without dependency on a stable internet connection.

Latency and Real-time Processing

On-premises solutions enable faster data processing and response times as data is processed locally, reducing latency compared to cloud-based solutions that require data transmission to and from the cloud servers.

Data Control

With an on-premises solution, you have complete control over your data. Data remains within your premises, reducing the risk of unauthorized access or data breaches associated with cloud-based solutions.


If your business operates in an industry with strict data privacy and compliance regulations, an on-premises solution provides better control over sensitive data, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations.

Reduced Dependency

Relying on a cloud solution means entrusting your data to a third-party provider. By keeping your data on-premises, you mitigate the risks associated with a cloud provider's potential data loss, outages, or security vulnerabilities.


These use cases demonstrate how SandBox can enhance productivity, efficiency, and control within industrial settings. Businesses can optimize operations, reduce costs, and improve overall performance by leveraging real-time data, automation, and remote capabilities.

For all of this, you need to learn.

A comprehensive understanding of the industry domain is crucial for harnessing the full potential of IoT solutions. It is not just about the technology but also about the knowledge and expertise to effectively utilize it. SandBox goes beyond being a mere tool – it empowers users to acquire domain-specific knowledge, experiment with different scenarios, and make informed decisions. Our solution allows users to learn, test, and conduct experiments in a controlled and safe environment. This enables them to gain hands-on experience, explore the possibilities of IoT implementation, and confidently adapt the technology to their unique industry needs. By combining the power of SandBox with domain expertise, businesses can unlock new opportunities for innovation and operational excellence.

Remote Monitoring and Control

Leverage SandBox for remote monitoring and control of industrial processes, reducing the need for physical presence and enhancing efficiency.

Implement SandBox to enable remote monitoring and control of industrial processes. Connect it to machines, equipment, and control systems to remotely access real-time data and perform remote diagnostics or adjustments. This use case facilitates remote troubleshooting, reduces the need for physical presence, and improves operational efficiency.

Production Process Optimization

Utilize SandBox to analyze sensor data and improve production efficiency and product quality.

Deploy SandBox to capture data from various sensors throughout the production line. Analyze this data to understand process inefficiencies, bottlenecks, and quality issues. With these insights, implement process optimizations, reallocate resources effectively, and improve overall production efficiency and product quality.

Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance

Use SandBox to collect real-time data from equipment sensors for proactive maintenance and extended asset lifespan. Use SandBox to collect real-time data from machinery and equipment sensors, enabling condition monitoring and predictive maintenance. Detect anomalies, track performance metrics, and receive proactive alerts to optimize maintenance schedules, minimize downtime, and extend the lifespan of critical assets.

Quality Control and Compliance

Implement SandBox for real-time monitoring of critical quality parameters, ensuring compliance with regulations.

Deploy SandBox to monitor and analyze data from sensors embedded within production equipment. This allows real-time monitoring of critical quality parameters, such as temperature, pressure, and vibration. Enable automated quality control processes, identify deviations, and ensure industry standards and regulations compliance.

Energy Management and Efficiency

Deploy SandBox to monitor and optimize energy consumption, reducing costs and enhancing sustainability.

Utilize SandBox to monitor and control energy consumption in manufacturing facilities. Integrate it with energy meters, sensors, and actuators to gather data on energy usage patterns, identify areas of inefficiency, and automate energy-saving measures. Optimize energy utilization, reduce costs, and enhance sustainability efforts.

Supply Chain Visibility and Traceability

Enable end-to-end supply chain visibility and traceability with SandBox, ensuring compliance and efficient inventory management.

Use SandBox to track and monitor goods and assets throughout the supply chain. Connect it with RFID tags, GPS trackers, and other sensors to collect location, temperature, and condition data. Achieve end-to-end supply chain visibility, ensure compliance with regulations, and enhance traceability for improved inventory management and customer satisfaction.


These are just a few examples, and SandBox's potential use cases can vary depending on specific requirements and industry needs. The versatility and flexibility of the gateway make it applicable across various sectors, opening opportunities for enhanced connectivity, automation, and data-driven decision-making.


SandBox can facilitate asset tracking, fleet management, and supply chain optimization in the logistics sector. It enables real-time monitoring of goods, vehicle conditions, and environmental factors, ensuring efficient and secure transportation operations.


Within the eHealth domain, SandBox can connect medical devices, wearables, and healthcare systems, enabling remote patient monitoring, telehealth consultations, and data-driven insights for personalized healthcare management and improved patient outcomes.

SeniorCare (AAL - Ambient Assisted Living)

SandBox can play a crucial role in senior care by integrating smart home devices, wearables, and emergency response systems. It enables remote monitoring of elderly individuals, ensuring their safety and well-being and providing timely assistance.

Research and Development

Researchers and developers can leverage SandBox for prototyping, testing, and evaluating IoT solutions in various domains. It is a flexible and scalable platform to integrate and experiment with different sensors, protocols, and applications, facilitating innovation and advancements in IoT technology.


SandBox can be used for practical, hands-on learning and research in academic settings. Students and researchers can utilize SandBox to develop IoT projects, explore data analytics, and study real-world applications of IoT technology across different disciplines.



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SandBox is based on the OpenSource components stack.

It has pre-installed software or firmware that facilitates data acquisition, protocol translation, and data management. It provides an intuitive user interface for configuration and monitoring and offers customization options to meet specific business requirements.

Connectivity Options

SandBox supports a wide range of connectivity options, such as Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular connectivity (e.g., 4G/5G), to enable seamless integration with different types of machinery and devices.

Protocol Support

SandBox can support various industrial protocols such as Modbus, OPC UA, MQTT, or other proprietary protocols commonly used in manufacturing environments. This ensures compatibility and smooth communication between different equipment.

A Wealth of Open-Source Software

SandBox leverages open-source software, including popular tools like Node.js, Node-RED, PostgreSQL, Cockpit, OPC-UA, EMQX or Mosquito MQTT broker and FIWARE. By incorporating these powerful and widely adopted software components, we ensure seamless compatibility and provide a familiar environment for developers and researchers to work with. You can easily enable/disable, or install a new component.

Security Features

Strong security measures, including encryption, authentication, and access control, are embedded in SandBox to protect data and ensure the system's integrity. It should also support secure remote access for maintenance and monitoring purposes.

MQTT and Context Broker (ORION – FIWARE) Integration

As part of SandBox, we have integrated the MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) protocol, a lightweight and efficient messaging protocol specifically designed for IoT applications. MQTT ensures reliable and secure communication between devices and enables seamless data flow from the edge to the cloud or other connected systems. With MQTT, you can efficiently transmit sensor data, control devices remotely, and enable real-time monitoring and analytics.

The context broker facilitates efficient data exchange and enables real-time context-aware applications, empowering you to make informed decisions and drive operational efficiency.

Unified Name Space

SandBox incorporates a UNS (Unified Name Space), providing a standardized and cohesive environment for managing and accessing data. The UNS enables seamless integration of various data sources, ensuring a unified view of your industrial processes.

SandBox Architecture - Modules and Components Diagram


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Edge Computing Capabilities

SandBox has sufficient processing power and memory to perform edge computing tasks, allowing data preprocessing, filtering, and local analytics. This reduces latency and bandwidth requirements by processing data locally before sending it to the cloud.

Robustness and Reliability

The gateway should be built to withstand industrial environments, with robust hardware that can handle temperature variations, dust, vibration, and other harsh conditions commonly found in manufacturing facilities. It should also have built-in failover and redundancy mechanisms to ensure uninterrupted operation.

Compatibility and Scalability

IoT platforms and edge devices come from various manufacturers with proprietary technologies, protocols, and communication standards. Ensuring seamless compatibility and integration between devices and platforms can be complex and time-consuming, requiring in-depth technical knowledge and expertise.

SandBox is compatible with a wide range of legacy machinery and can scale up to accommodate additional devices and equipment as the manufacturing environment evolves. It supports integration with existing IT infrastructure and enterprise systems.

Tailored to Meet Your Needs

SandBox is built on our own Linux distribution, offering a robust and customizable platform that can be tailored to suit your specific requirements. We understand that every industry has unique needs, so we have designed our solution to be highly flexible, allowing you to select and integrate the packages and software components that best align with your goals.

Endless Possibilities

Thanks to the customizable nature of our SandBox, the possibilities are limitless. You can select the software packages that best align with your goals, whether you are working on industrial automation, energy management, or predictive maintenance. Build your unique solutions and unlock the full potential of the IoT.

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Vendor Solution Testing

With SandBox, you gain the unique advantage of exploring and testing various vendor solutions in a controlled environment. Experiment with different software and hardware offerings, assessing their compatibility, performance, and suitability for your specific manufacturing needs.

By leveraging SandBox as a testing platform, you can minimize the risks associated with vendor selection and confidently choose the solutions that best align with your digitalization goals. This empowers you to make informed decisions, ensuring the selected vendors can effectively solve your industry digitalization challenges and meet your specific requirements.

Through this vendor solution testing capability, you can save time and resources by identifying the most suitable solutions before committing to large-scale implementation. Embrace a proactive and iterative approach to digitalization, continuously learning and optimizing your technology stack for improved outcomes.

Cost Considerations

Implementing IoT platforms and edge devices involves both upfront and ongoing costs. Small businesses may have limited budgets and need to carefully evaluate IoT solutions' return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO). Balancing the costs with the potential benefits and scalability of the solution is crucial.

Security and Data Privacy

IoT devices and platforms can introduce new security and data privacy risks. Businesses must ensure that their IoT solutions have robust security measures to protect sensitive data and prevent unauthorized access. A lack of expertise and awareness in this area can make it challenging to address these concerns effectively. Strong security measures, including encryption, authentication, and access control, are embedded in SandBox to protect data and ensure the system's integrity. SandBox supports secure remote access for maintenance and monitoring purposes.

Rapid IoT Progress

The Internet of Things (IoT) landscape is evolving rapidly, with new technologies, protocols, and standards emerging frequently. Keeping up with the latest developments and understanding which technologies are the most suitable for their business can be overwhelming for small businesses with limited resources and expertise.

Vendor Locking

Some manufacturers engage in vendor locking by designing their IoT solutions in a way that makes it difficult or costly to switch to alternative products or platforms. This can create dependency on a single vendor and limit the flexibility and freedom of small businesses to choose the best solutions for their specific needs.

Unleashing the Power of Data

With SandBox, you can effortlessly collect data from diverse sensors, enabling you to gain valuable insights into your operations. Whether monitoring environmental conditions, tracking equipment performance, or analyzing complex data sets, our solution empowers you to make data-driven decisions and optimize your processes.

Unlock the Flow of Information and Knowledge!

Information is power, and we believe it should be accessible to all. With our solutions, you'll empower your workforce to gain valuable insights and knowledge. Equip your team with the tools they need to make informed decisions and drive your business forward.

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Skill and Knowledge Gap

Implementing and managing IoT platforms and edge devices require specialized skills and knowledge. Small businesses may struggle to find employees or consultants with the necessary expertise in IoT technologies, which can hinder these solutions' successful deployment and utilization.

To address these problems, small businesses should carefully research and evaluate IoT solutions, consider open standards and interoperability, seek advice from trusted experts or consultants, and focus on solutions that offer flexibility, scalability, and support for future technological advancements. Choosing vendors with a track record of supporting open ecosystems and standards, providing regular updates, and prioritizing customer needs over proprietary lock-ins is essential.

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Research and Learning Made Easy

SandBox is specifically designed to facilitate Industry / Sensors / Digitalization / Protocols research and learning in a controlled environment. It serves as a comprehensive platform for conducting experiments, prototyping new ideas, and exploring emerging technologies. By harnessing the power of our solution, you can accelerate innovation, foster collaboration, and stay ahead of the curve.