Equipment manufacturer builds a global IT network using TOSIBOX® solution

Designed especially for rehabilitation and senior exercise, strength training equipment manufactured by HUR makes training safer and more efficient. In particular the elderly and rehabilitators appreciate the speed and ease of use enabled by smart guidance.

When users sign in by inserting their SmartCards in the reader of a fitness machine, the workout  program created by a physiotherapist starts to load. All the equipment has been connected to a server at the gym, which retrieves information such as accurate training resistance, number of reps per exercise and settings for seats and levers. The equipment collects all exercising data, which provides immediate feedback about training progress for the instructor and helps him or her give individual guidance to the customer.

Challenge

HUR needed a remote access to installations located in different parts of the world. Using remote desktop tools required setting up a shared time window, for example, which was cumbersome and time-consuming when operating in various time zones.

After having launched its new Smart Touch system, HUR was on the lookout for a better connectivity solution. The original router delivered with the devices to be installed did not enable VPN connectivity. A system that facilitates smart maintenance would offer greater added value to customers through a more proactive approach.

Solution

Canorama and Tosibox together spotted the customer’s need and found a suitable solution. HUR tested TOSIBOX® Lock for the remote maintenance of its fitness machines in Malaysia. The testing quickly convinced HUR of the solution’s ease of use. A new TOSIBOX® Lock can be deployed in less than five minutes, without several hours’ configuration work.

Smart fitness machines are always connected. Before getting shipped out, each machine gets a pre-installed TOSIBOX® Lock. Once they arrive at their destination, all that is needed to do is assemble the machines and switch the Lock and the gym machines on. TOSIBOX® Lock, which is equipped with a firewall, distributes IP addresses to the machines.

As the equipment base of HUR expanded and TOSIBOX® Locks spread out into the world, Canorama leased out a virtual environment from its data center, where a TOSIBOX® Virtual Central Lock was installed to facilitate management. Using TOSIBOX® Key, HUR logs on to TOSIBOX® Virtual Central Lock, which serves as the endpoint for connections from hundreds of machines across the world. It is also easy to define access groups to local service personnel from the Virtual Central Lock. For example in Australia, the TOSIBOX® connection ensures that the person servicing the machines only sees the machines for which they have been granted the appropriate access rights.

The next-generation upgrade for the strength training equipment has now been completed, and HUR is planning to further develop their remote management tools together with Tosibox and Canorama.

 

”Maintenance is the key. A system that facilitates maintenance would offer greater added value to customers. In that, TOSIBOX® was the necessary first move.”

Hannu Rauhala, R&D Manager, Ab HUR Oy

“The benefits of the TOSIBOX® solution include ease of use and reliability, the effortless granting of permissions as well as an easily replicable process.”

Markku Ylitalo, ICT Service Manager, Canorama Oy

Benefits

  • Fast and easy deployment without configuration
  • Simple operating logic remains, even with expanding infrastructure
  • TOSIBOX® Virtual Central Lock can be installed in a third-party data center without burdening the company’s internet connection
  • Security of the user details that reside on the server is always up to date

 

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HUR is a leading supplier of computerized strength training equipment especially developed for rehabilitation and senior users. Their training equipment built on pneumatic technology is manufactured in Finland and distributed to more than 40 countries.

 

Canorama is a national expert in ICT and printing solutions, whose products include various data management solutions.