Data to Structure – New Paradigms in System Monitoring

Data to Structure – New Paradigms in System Monitoring.

Artificial Intuition

Contemporary real time system monitoring appears to be the same in each discipline and field of application. Whether it is an aircraft, a chemical plant, a hospitalized patient or an assembly line, the logic is always the same:

  • Deploy a set of sensors
  • Establish admissible upper and lower bounds for each sensor (channel)
  • Define a nominal value for each channel
  • Monitor deviation from nominal
  • Trigger alarm if value approaches one of the bounds

The surprising thing is that only on rare occasions are the relationships or inter-dependencies between data channels analyzed. And yet, if one has N data channels, the number of possible channel inter-dependencies is (N x N – N)/2. For N=100 this is nearly 5000. These inter dependencies establish structure, a map, or a graph, which, at the end of the day, illustrates how things work. Knowing which channels vary together, and how they do it (in a…

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Established originally in 2005 in the USA, Ontonix is a technology company headquartered in Como, Italy. The unusual technology and solutions developed by Ontonix focus on countering what most threatens safety, advanced products, critical infrastructures, or IT network security - the rapid growth of complexity. In 2007 the company received recognition by being selected as Gartner's Cool Vendor. What makes Ontonix different from all those companies and research centers who claim to manage complexity is that we have a complexity metric. This means that we MEASURE complexity. We detect anomalies in complex defense systems without using Machine Learning for one very good reason: our clients don’t have the luxury of multiple examples of failures necessary to teach software to recognize them. We identify anomalies without having seen them before. Sometimes, you must get it right the first and only time!

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