30 May 2024

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Zutari and 4Sight collaborate on sustainable smart infrastructure. This is part two of a two-part series.

“We may be targeting some of the most iconic projects around the world, which from a technology point of view are going to be more advanced, but that does not mean there is no local application. Locally, there are many clients not necessarily designing new infrastructure but wanting to optimise existing assets,” says Smith. Therefore, the partnership focuses not only on design and implementation but the overall lifecycle of assets.

Developing a digital strategy for physical assets ticks all the boxes for improving sustainability performance, asset lifecycle and introducing automation. “We start upfront with advisory and strategy development before embarking on detailed designs. Whether new or optimising existing infrastructure, we consider different approaches during the initial planning stage, so clients are assured of having optimal solutions and complementing technology to maximise output,” says Smith.

“The heart of all of this is how we manage data and how can we use data to deliver the best service to the customer and make visible to the customer what’s happening right now, so they understand how everything fits together,” says Du Randt. “We then progress from real-time insights to actual full site implementation in terms of what will happen in the future and what we need to do now to make sure the future is what we want it to be. That is the real key to enable our combined strategy.”

Zutari’s relationship with 4Sight is successful because both are technology-independent and ensure that the technology they use is fit-for-purpose. Unlike many software applications developed for a specific purpose, and then expanded to try and incorporate everything, binding the client to a specific product, both believe that every product must be best-in-class or already used by the client to allow for seamless merging.

“Hence, we are technology independent, and the solution must be capable of swopping out technologies when needed,” says Smith. Du Randt concurs: “It is critical not to lock the client into a single ecosystem because that affects future adaptability and changes in technology. Then the client owns their data, but the advantage for us is we also have access to that data for real-time performance monitoring and improvement.”

“We need to assist new clients to maximise their return on investment. They might start the journey to Net Zero by selecting the correct software applications to manage their systems and business processes. Here we can advise on what should be best for them, but if they standardise on a particular technology, we must be able to accommodate that in support of their overall strategy,” says Dreyer.

Dreyer highlights the criticality of investing in the creation of solutions tailored to the specific needs of the markets they are intended for. “It is crucial to recognise that the demands of Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 markets vary greatly.” The three tiers are defined as follows:

  • Tier 1 Market: Consists mainly of large enterprises. These are typically multinational corporations or large-scale businesses that have a significant impact on the global economy.
  • Tier 2 Market: Comprises medium corporates. These companies have a substantial presence, often at a national level, but are not as large or influential as those in the Tier 1 market.
  • Tier 3 Market: Includes small and medium companies that may operate at a local or regional level. While smaller in size, they are a vital part of the economy.

4Sight, a company with a proven track record of successful proprietary IP products across all three tiers, possesses a deep understanding of these nuances. “Our expertise positions us uniquely to assist with the development of new offerings. This insight is a testament to the importance of market-specific solutions and the role of experienced players like 4Sight in shaping the future of the industry,” says Dreyer.

“Zutari and 4Sight support a true technology-independent strategy from sensors to control systems, applications and infrastructure. We then supplement it with a data methodology that allows us to obtain data from every application across that landscape and swap out those applications when the client has the resources or when more cost-effective applications become available,” concludes Dreyer.

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