CeBIT 2011: Pacific Controls pushing ‘Gbot’ managed service

Pacific Controls (Dubai, UAE) is at CeBIT this week promoting a variety of products and services for the energy sector. Chief among them are “Gbots,” first announced late last year. Gbots are autonomous software “agents” capable of flexible action in dynamic, unpredictable management environments of networks or smart devices.


Pacific Controls (Dubai, UAE) is at CeBIT this week promoting a variety of products and services for the energy sector. Chief among them are “Gbots,” first announced late last year. Gbots are autonomous software “agents” capable of flexible action in dynamic, unpredictable management environments of networks or smart devices.

Gbots differ from pure analytics or policy enforcement. According to Pacific controls, they exist as computational entities with the ability to solve problems, interact, cooperate, and coordinate business processes in smart devices. These devices could include–for example–electric meters or HVAC equipment and subsystems. The software even has the ability to predict forthcoming failures, theoretically increasing overall uptime.

If a Gbot encounters a problem that it cannot solve on its own, the system will dispatch a technician with the right tools and expertise.

The service runs on Pacific Controls’ own “Galaxy” architecture. Since all interfaces available in Galaxy are platform-agnostic, developers may use any technology they see fit to create their own software services.

Pacific Controls is offering Gbots as a managed service, so clients aren’t limited solely to artificial intelligence during design, implementation, or support scenarios. The company works with customers to customize each Gbot and create one suited to its task. Potential applications range from a variety of different verticals, including hospitality, retail, health, education, and personal safety.