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Systems Integration

If you need to process data from your specialist hardware we’ll create software to enable this.

Readings from a thermometer or measuring device, streaming video from a camera, or anything else that provides data - we'll built the software that integrates with your hardware.

From the creation of a system for monitoring food wastage in restaurants, to an app that interfaces with lasers via USB to control the production of pharmaceutical tablets; we’ve worked with a wide range of industries to create hardware-integrated solutions that drive innovation, create cost efficiency and automate processes.

What is Software and Hardware Integration?

In its basic form, it requires four components:

1) Hardware – the physical entity that you want to extract data from. For example, a thermometer, camera, lasers, weighing scales, a measuring device or robot.

2) A Sensor – a device that converts the analogue signal from the hardware into digital data for processing by a computer.

3) A Connector (technical term “communication bus”) to transfer the information between the hardware and a computer. The most common connectors are USB cables, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Ethernet connections.

4) Software – a program that tells the hardware what tasks to perform, e.g. what measurements to take.

How we can help you

Whether you need software that interfaces with a single hardware device or multiple devices, we can build it for you.  We can create mobile, tablet, web or desktop-based applications that are connected to either a cloud base or local database.

But that’s only half the story; to be useful, your system needs a front-end that’s completely user-friendly. That’s why we’ll include elements such as:

  • a custom user interface (UI) dashboard – whether that’s predetermined or customizable for each user – so it’s easy and quick for you and other users to visualize and understand the data retrieved from your hardware
  • the ability to securely store large amounts of data or numerous tests indefinitely, enabling data manipulation at a later date
  • quick and simple reporting that can be emailed or printed: generate as many reports as you need using a variety of filters
  • automatic email alerts that are triggered when readings go outside of certain parameters

Examples of Software and Hardware Integration solutions by Antares

We’ve worked with many different industry sectors and companies. Here are just a few examples of the software we’ve created:

  • Delta Fuel - Automation Software for meter reading collection
  • McKesson Automated Prescription Systems – Pill Counting Systems
  • Bayou Steel - Client Portal with SAP integration
  • MI SWACO/Schlumberger – App integration with oil well drill pipe schematics system

Software and Hardware Integration Process

As a Microsoft Silver Partner, our technology of choice is the C# programming language along with ASP.Net MVC5 with HTML5 for web applications, WPF for desktop/tablet components and WCF Web Services to link systems together.

For the database, we utilize Microsoft SQL Server, including extensive use of the core Database Engine, Integration, Analysis and Reporting services. We can also work with MySQL systems (open source) or Oracle, if preferred.

We also offer the following optional services for your integrated system:

  • Ongoing maintenance and support – including an agreed service level agreement (SLA) and access to our in-house developers via our helpdesk. Or, if you don’t require ongoing support, a 1 year break-fix warranty.
  • Hosting: We’ve heavily invested in a secure, scalable and lightning fast infrastructure with industry leaders Microsoft, Google, Rackspace and regional partner Venyu. It’s a handy service if you’d rather not get involved with installing specialist server hardware.

If we can help connect your hardware with software, give our team a call at 1-800-366-8807.