BioUptime to receive real-world telemetry to produce analytics


This article was originally published on LinkedIn and later featured in ‘Space’

You probably didn’t miss that stunning and historical picture above taken of Pluto. For this, New Horizons voyaged more than 9 1/2 years through space. What you probably missed is that only 10 days prior to this photo the spacecraft triggered a tremendous concern at its mission operations center. Earth’s contact with the machine was lost at 1:54 p.m. EDT on 4th of July 2015. 

The piano-sized spacecraft was then 4.9 billion kilometers from Earth. Two-way radio signal communication required 9 hours with a downlink data rate of merely 1 kbit/s. The anomaly recovery required the mission team to know exactly what was going on and then be able to fix it. The only solution planned to work was via telemetry – to transmit a distress signal containing ‘housekeeping engineering data’ about the health status of the spacecraft back to Earth – and then send corrective commands to the New Horizons.

Here is what happened: a minor anomaly got New Horizons autopilot to enter “safe mode” and command the backup computer to reinitiate communication with Earth. It transmitted telemetry to help engineers diagnose the problem. At 3:15 p.m. EDT, Earth regained communications with New Horizons via NASA’s Deep Space Network. At 4 p.m. EDT, mission team met to look at the data and started a recovery plan. On July 5, NASA announced that the team had identified the flaw and that the mission was returning to normal operations on July 7.

Telemetry for biometric machines

Our cloud-based operational monitoring and analytics tool BioUptime will soon receive telemetry streams from a different sort of machine. One, made by a market-leading vendor, that performs human identification via a biometric feature. BioUptime is tasked with receiving system metadata from a number of operational biometric devices and then converting them to meaningful analytics about system performance. This dashboard-style information makes lots of sense to the participating organizations and functions such as product managers and system operators. The ultimate goal is to make sure the machines are performing well in serving their users.

Unmanned deep space exploration will be seen as a significant milestone in human history. This enterprise wouldn’t be possible without applying telemetry and analytics. Aerospace industry was among the first to introduce them. Optimum Biometric Labs and its partner Bion Biometrics have pioneered bringing these two concepts and specialized tools to the biometrics marketplace.

Stay tuned for further updates.

Check out live tracking of New Horizons via NASA’s Deep Space Network dish antenna outside Madrid, Spain.

This article was originally published on LinkedIn and later featured in ‘Space’

What can Formula One teach any industry?

What can Formula One teach any industry?
What can Formula One teach any industry? Photo credit: Michael Elleray at Flickr, Modified by Babak Goudarzipour

(this post was originally posted on LinkedIn)

Formula One is the fastest and most advanced car racing in the world; it’s on par with Aerospace technology. A fascinating behind the scene aspect of Formula One racing is data analytics. A 2013 ComputerWeekly post reported that each McLaren car on the track had 160 sensors transmitting 1GB of raw data in each race. The amount of data as well as engineers and data analysts increases by each year, says Forbes.

The onsite F1-team at the track and the remote Mission Control team at the headquarter location, thousands of kilometers away, see near live data feed. It’s real-time analysis of essential metrics such as tire pressure and temperature, fuel burn efficiency, torque, downforce, and more. This, combined with predictive models and simulations, give the management adjustment recommendation (called ‘decision support’ by Team McLaren) for the next pit stop or the ability to create a new race strategy. Things that mean win or lose a race. And since measuring the right information is a key, the exact number of data points and metrics collected is a team secret.

This is pure magic in hands of the Team McLaren. So much that they supply the telemetry systems for all its F1 competitors. But it doesn’t stop there. They soon figured out they can monetize their expertise outside the F1 racing. Thus, McLaren Applied Technologies was born and grown into a powerhouse to consult a variety of clients, Bloomberg describes.

What can Formula One teach any industry? In a nutshell: the value of performance monitoring and analytics. Telemetry and data analytics are not only reshaping businesses of all kind but also our world and culture in a big way. It’s metric times.

Babak Goudarzipour,
Co-founder and CEO at Optimum Biometric Labs
OASIS Standard Editor for Operational Performance Monitoring and Reporting

Optimum Biometric Labs’ data analytics tool and expertise assist biometrics vendors and operators. The company is leading an OASIS standard that makes biometric capture devices, algorithms, and systems to become like Formula One cars. That is to transmit their performance for data analysis and operations improvement.

Photo credit: Michael Elleray at Flickr, Modified by Babak Goudarzipour