Recently a university in Taiwan was experiencing dramatic power usage increases due to its growing number of campus buildings and students. Aiming to analyze their power consumption and increase their power efficiency across 52 buildings, the university wanted to build a power management system utilizing web-based hardware and software. With these goals in mind, they contacted Advantech to help them develop their system and provide them with the means to save energy in the years to come.
One of the most difficult problems facing the world is conserving energy in buildings. However, it is not easy to have a cost-effective solution to reduce energy usage in a building. One solution for saving energy is to implement an intelligent building automation system (BAS) which can be controlled according to its schedule. In Indonesia a large university with a five floor building and 22 classrooms wanted to save the amount of energy being used.
Since electricity costs keep on rising, the bills for convenience stores keep on increasing and unfortunately it’s difficult for convenience stores to raise their prices to maintain the same profit margins. Variable overheads are difficult to budget for and give accountants a headache, therefore one convenience store chain in Thailand has decided to redress the balance and put themselves in chargeof power generation by installing solar panels in their stores.
Our customer wanted to reduce their energy costs by at least 10 percent and having installed solar panels in their store locations they needed to be able to send the power to where it was needed and when it was needed. Since the stores are open for 24 hours and it’s onlysunny forroughly 12 of those, it was essential that the power distribution to the lighting and refrigeration units was managed efficiently.
The global population is continuing to grow at a rapid pace placing increasing demands on the global food supply. In addition, impacts from climate change and a yearly reduction of available arable land will require the Agricultural sector to develop better ways of increasing crop yields and reducing costs. GOAL The goal for the Precision Crop Management Testbed is to create an environment where IoT solutions with the potential to impact world hunger can be developed.
Incheon City’s transportation agency needed a traffic management system that could keep traffic moving by identifying areas of congestion and offering alternative routes to drivers. The goal of the system was to reduce the societal costs associated with traffic congestion as well as the pollution caused by vehicle emissions. “Incheon City officials are committed to reducing pollution,” says David Lee, who represents Wavetronix in South Korea. “The catchphrase here is ‘low carbon monoxide and green traffic systems.’”
Incheon City has a population of more than 2.6 million and is home to South Korea’s largest airport and largest western seaport. These factors result in a large and unpredictable stream of traffic on the city’s roadways, and the heavy congestion has led to inefficient roads and high levels of air pollution. Because traffic flow through the city can alternate in unpredictable patterns, traffic engineers need real-time traffic volumes, lane occupancy and per vehicle speeds in order to determine when and where alternative routes should be made available. This detection is required 24 hours a day, seven days a week and must run efficiently with little downtime in order to keep these unpredictable traffic flows moving smoothly. Because the city is often covered in fog, video detection is rendered unusable; inductive loops, while accurate in fog, require extensive and expensive installation and maintenance. This efficiency became especially important as Incheon City prepared to host the 2014 Asian Games, which were expected to cause even more traffic, especially at the airport and on the newly-completed, 13 mile (21 km) Incheon Grand Bridge, which offers another route between Yeonjong Island, where the airport is located, and the mainland.
Fire alarm systems are essential in providing an early warning in the event of fire. They help to save lives and protect property whilst also fulfilling the needs of insurance companies and government departments.
Fire alarm systems typically consist of several inter-linked components, such as smoke detectors, heat detector, carbon monoxide, manual call points, sounders, alarm and buzzer. The fire alarm system should give immediate information in order to prevent the fire spread and protect live and property.
To get maximum protection a shoe manufacturer in Indonesia opted for a new fire alarm system to monitor 13 production sites spread over 160 hectars. Although the company had an existing fire alarm system, it could not be monitored remotely.
It was essential that the new system would be able to be monitored from a central control room. It needed to be able to connect to the existing smoke detector and manual call point. Information should be easily collected and passed on to the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. Furthermore, the system should have several features such as alarm management, auto reporting, being connected to many client computers without additional cost, and run 24/7 without fails. The company also needed a system which could be implemented without changing the architecture of the existing fire alarm system.
Without the aid of computers, calculating production volume in a tobacco plant is troublesome and error-prone. PC-based monitoring systems that automatically collect production data and keep records can greatly improve in-factory logistics management and machinery maintenance. Combined with the use of networking communications, a Manufacture Executive System (MES) can be developed to improve the overall management of the factory.
Our customer is a branded tobacco producer in China. When they came to Advantech, their production lines were already automated with the deployment of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). However, they were still dependent on manual labor to count the amount of cigarettes and other materials, and their engineers had to manually check and record the data-logs stored in the PLCs to produce analyses for repair and maintenance purposes.
But with Advantech’s PC-based monitoring machines, installed next to manufacturing machines, related data is shown on touch screens and transmitted to the control center, helping to reduce errors and improve management efficiency.
Of the 70 million corporate washrooms, 20 percent are equipped with environmentally unfriendly, inefficient, and unhygienic hand-dryers and around 80 percent offer expensive paper towels that create three million tons of waste. As such, reducing building management costs, boosting facility efficiencies, and cutting energy use is very lucrative. SAVORTEX has built the world's first IoT-enabled messaging hand-dryer to disrupt this inefficient sector and transform corporate washrooms into smart spaces. Built on Intel® technology, the SAVORTEX AdDryer* uses the Internet of Things (IoT) to deliver waste savings, alert cleaners to washroom needs based on usage, and engage consumers with tailored, high-definition video messages, allowing enterprises to transform costly commercial washrooms into connected, hygienic, and sustainable revenue-producing assets.
Ingrained issues: High costs, inefficient maintenance, and energy consumption in washrooms make them difficult to manage. SAVORTEX wanted to solve multiple problems at once.
Excessive waste: The prevalent drying choice of expensive paper towels significantly impacts the environment in both manufacture and disposal.
Status quo: Conventional brushed-motor hand-dryers are energy-hungry and have a short life-expectancy so are costly to run, but finding budget to deploy new solutions on the necessary scale can be difficult.
The Oregon Department of Transportation has implemented an advance warning system that alerts drivers entering a tunnel to the presence of slow or stopped traffic at the tunnel’s exit. The system uses a combination of SmartSensor Advance and Matrix units to detect traffic; if certain conditions exist, the system activates a flashing sign that warns drivers to slow down.
Transportation officials in Oregon were faced with a dangerous traffic situation at the interchange between Interstate 84 and Interstate 205 east of Portland: a significant number of rear-end collisions were occurring because drivers were unaware that traffic ahead of them had slowed or stopped. The problem occurred at a tunnel that drivers must enter to merge from westbound I-84 onto southbound I-205. There is a sharp left turn just after the tunnel and traffic often backs up to the tunnel exit, particularly during peak congestion times. Drivers entering the tunnel at full speed were unaware of conditions ahead of them, and could not see stopped traffic around the turn.
To create a power management system across 52 campus buildings to monitor and improve the management of power consumption, and guarantee efficient energy usage. The ability to monitor power consumption at each building in real-time, forecast power demands, adjust power consumption, and improve power management. Take advantage of the features of their network to create a power consumption inquiry system.To create a real-time display system to show the power use conditions in each building, in order to push forward and advocate power saving around the whole campus.
The power monitoring computer workstation uses WebAccess HMI tocollect data and show status.The system is used to analyze and compare the data and then take appropriate action to reduce power consumption and save energy. In order to ensure that the data will not be lost when there is no network connection, BAS-3520 DDC Controller is connected to digital multimeter. Then data can be stored temporarily on local computer and will be uploaded when the connection is resumed to ensure the integrity of data.
The University of Indonesia has a class booking system which is used to force students and lecturers to use the classrooms effectively. Therefore, the proposed intelligent building automation system needed to be able to integrate with this system and update the schedule time automatically. The proposed system needed to use a SCADA system that could control the lights and air conditioners based on the scheduled system, and monitor the lights and ACs in real-time. Power consumption can also be measured using a power meter installed in the building and connected to the controller.
To manage the data coming from the circuit breakers and air conditioners an IPC-7220 industrial PC is installed with WebAccess 8.0.
Going beyond SCADA, WebAccess 8.x is also a HTML5 Business Intelligent Dashboard which can be opened from anywhere on any HTML5 compatible browser. The Business Intelligent Dashboard analyses data and helps managers make decisions as to what to do and WebAccess 8.x also provides developers with the tools to design their own widgets and applications and the integration with many database systems such as MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, through ODBC. Included is a set of Excel templates or users can build their own report templates to generate daily, weekly, monthly and yearly reports to help predict the status of equipment. Through HTML5, a limitless number of users, with varying access levels are able to read information and make changes from wherever they are using either the Internet or Intranet.
To connect the IPC-7220 to the rest of the network and EKI-3528 unmanaged switch is used. The EKI-3528 is a new generation of products with a green Ethernet design. They feature green solutions that automatically adjust power consumption by detecting the link status and cable length. Designed with 1/2 "VIP" ports to get optimal bandwidth for media traffics through VIP ports users can experience better performance of multimedia streaming preferred through prioritized bandwidth setting. The devices come with compact metal and plastic housing that is IP40 rated to protect against dusty industrial environments. The wide power input power (8.4 to 52.4 VDC) is dedicated to operate in areas of unstable power and rugged environments. It also provides an event alarm and in the event of a power failure and connection loop, the integrated LED will activate the alarm to notify administrators.
After the switch is an ADAM-5510/TCP which is used to connect to the air conditioning controllers and the circuit breakers via the ADAM-5056S’s 16-ch Digital Output Module and ADAM-5051S’s 16-ch Digital Input Module. The ADAM-5510/TCP, ADAM-5056S and ADAM-5051S combination is used to control and monitor the status of circuit breakers which is connected to the lights in the classroom. In addition, all ACs in classrooms can be turned on/off based on the scheduler by using IR-Controller which are connected to ADAM-5510/TCP through an RS-485 connection.
To manage the distribution of power, the customer implemented a building automation system using BASPro software installed on a DDC controller. By using a touch panel computer, with WebAccess installed on a 10.4” touch panel computer, the power can be controlled as necessary.
BASPro is a programming software package suitable for building automation application, perfectly integrating with BAS-3500 Series DDC Controller (Direct Digital Controller). BASPro features rich function blocks like mathematical calculation, dataconversion, logic operation, alarm, eventand timer, and control algorithm (PID, Ramp, ON/OFF switch control). Moreover, BASPro also provides many BA domain function blocks, such as scheduler, HVAC calculation and sequential control, which are commonly used in building applications. Developers can benefit from savingdevelopment timeby the function blocks. Engineers can developapplications on their computer. After the application program is complete, it canbe downloaded to the BAS-3500 series through Ethernet. Then BAS-3500 series becomes a standalone controller since it can execute the program by itself. Besides, BASPro delivers simulation function that you can observe the program execution situation before the program is downloaded to the BAS-3500 series.
WebAccess is a browser based SCADA software that is used to graphically control and monitor the data from the BAS-3024 and ADAM-4055 remote IO modules attached to the cooling units and the lighting. It is installed on a TPC-1071H touch panel computer. The TPC -1071H is a 10.4” SVGA TFT LED LCDIntel Atom Dual-core D525 that includes WindowsXP embedded and WebAccess.
The EKI-2525/2528 supports a Fast Ethernet solution. The power is a 12 ~ 48 VDC redundant input design, and is secured with a double protection mechanism: Power Polarity Reverse Protect and an Overload Current Resetable Fuse. The former tolerates reverse power wiring while the later secures the system from overload currents. Asthe power supply turns normal, EKI-2525/2528 will automatically get back to work. Each port of EKI-2525/2528 has 2 LED’s to show the link status transmission speed and collision status. It also provides a relay output for an eventalarm.In theevent of a power failure,the built-in LED willactivate the alarm to notify administrators. Engineers can simply verify the hardware status by checking the LED, and have troubleshooting easy and quick. EKI-2525/2528 comes with compact metal housing that rates IP30 to help against from dusty industrial environments.
BAS-3520 is a standalone programmable controller specially designed for building automation (BA) applications. Designed as a typical DDC(Direct Digital Controller), BAS-3520 delivers various of onboard I/O including universal input, analog output, digital input and digital output, providing flexible options to satisfy versatileapplication requirements. It also features powerful BASPro programming tool for engineers to quickly develop their application. BASPro delivers many function blocks suitable for BA application, such as scheduler, HVAC calculation, sequential control, PID control, alarm, and event. Its compact size makes it an ideal solution tofulfill BA installation environment. Connected to the controller are BAS-3024 Remote IO module and ADAM-4055 modules.
The BAS-3024 expansion I/O modules can be stackedonthe DDC controller, or can serve as remotestandalone I/O modules through an RS-485 network. These expansion I/O modules add both scalability and flexibility to Advantech BAS-3000 solutions. Like the DDC, I/O expansion modules can be programmed using the BASPro programming tool.The ADAM-4055 offers 8-ch. isolated digital inputs and 8-ch. isolated digital outputs for critical applications. The inputs accept 10~50 Vvoltage, and the outputs supply 5~40 VDC opencollector. Consideredto be user-friendly. The ADAM-4055 is also builtwith LED indicator for easy status reading.
*This is an IIC testbed currently in progress.* LEAD MEMBERS Infosys SUPPORTING COMPANIES Sakata Seed America, Inc. MARKET SEGMENT Agriculture Technology (Agri-Tech) FEATURES • Integration of aerial imagery and multiple sensor technologies to provide a ‘360-degree’ view of the plant environment • Near real-time, 24/7 transmission of data via mesh / cellular network • Ability to analyze data, through the provision and analysis of high-volume sensor data TESTBED INTRODCUTION The Testbed will explore the ability of IoT technology to improve Crop Management, through increased production (yield), lower operational costs plus smarter applications of chemicals and fertilizers. The Testbed will focus on improving crop yield through the analysis of real-time data from a variety of environmental sensors and other sources of truth located in commercial crop fields or throughout the enterprise.
As the city’s transportation agency began to implement the innovative traffic management system, they selected SmartSensor HD as the detection technology. They chose radar because of the extensive fog around the city; they chose SmartSensor HD because it was found to perform more accurately than other radar sensors. HD’s high performance also made it the traffic sensor of choice for the Incheon Grand Bridge. “Officials reviewed other installations in South Korea and found that competitive devices were less efficient and less accurate,” David Lee says.
A state-of-the-art remote monitoring system by Advantech designed for the purpose of detecting fires:
The ADAM-6000’s are 8-channel thermocouple input modules used to monitor temperature. They come with 8 T/C input channels and 8 digital output channels. To connect to field sensors and enhance the accuracy and reliability for thermocouple measurement it also comes with an external DIN-rail terminal board for wiring to the field sensor.
EKI-5525 ProView switches are used to connect the fire alarm system and provide the information about status and speed connection for each port. They are the world’s first convergence switches for process control and IT networking management.
They use Modbus/TCP to communicate with the SCADA software and SNMP to communicate with a Networking Management System (NMS) at the same time, thereby allowing full read control over the devices either for control engineers or for IT.
The devices come with the Port-based QoS for deterministic data transmission allows the priority ports to prioritize the traffic coming over those ports and delay the less immediately necessary data over the remaining ports. The information is collected in an IPC-5122 industrial panel PC server.
Advantech WebAccess SCADA software is installed and records the historical log in. Going beyond SCADA, WebAccess 8.x is also an HTML5-based Business Intelligent Dashboard. It analyses data and helps managers make decisions, and can be opened from anywhere on any HTML5compatible browser.
WebAccess 8.x provides developers with the tools to design their own widgets and applications and the integration of Microsoft Excel reports. Included is a set of Excel templates, and users can build their own report templates to generate daily, weekly, monthly and yearly reports to help predict the status of equipment.
Through HTML5, a limitless number of users, with varying access levels are able to read information and make changes from wherever they are using either the Internet or Intranet.
If the system finds that fire is detected, then an early warning system is controlled by an ADAM-5000L/TCP Ethernet-based I/O system that allows remote configuration via Ethernet.
The ADAM-5069 is designed for on/off control in high-voltage applications. Its major feature is the power relay rating at 240 VAC and 5 A. This range can satisfy most requirements for driving externally controlled devices such as lights, fans, alarm systems, and various electronic devices in industrial automation, security, building and home automation applications.
A tobacco plant is a complicated environment with a variety of manufacturing machines, including tobacco shredding machines, drying machines, cigarette making machines, packing machines and more. Throughout the plant, there are also a wide range of temperatures and voltages used; thus, the industrial computers (IPC) applied must be robust and reliable.
Additionally, the IPCs need to have PCI expansion slots for inserting cards to link with legacy PLCs at the production lines. On the other hand, as the monitoring system has to collect and transmit large amounts of data, powerful CPUs for the industrial PCs, and rapid and reliable Ethernet are required.
The monitoring machines provided by Advantech to this tobacco plant are stand-alone machines specially designed for this customer. Each of the machines contains a fanless industrial computer (UNO-3282) inside and a 19” TFT LCD touch screen (FPM-3191G) as a front panel human-machine interface (HMI). The FPM-3191G with stainless steel chassis and NEMA4/IP65 compliant aluminum front panel provides reliable functionality in the harsh and dusty environments.
Additionally, the UNO-3282 is a high-performance automation computer with a powerful Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Its expansion capability, a choice of two PCI expansion slots or one PCIe plus one PCI slots, provides connection to the device level PLCs. The UNO-3282 also has dual teaming-capable gigabit LAN Ethernet ports linking to an Ethernet network with the monitoring machines. Its LAN redundancy and battery-backup SRAM both ensure the consistency of Ethernet networking and data transmissions even in the event of Ethernet breakdown or power breakdown.
At the device level, tobacco manufacturing machines and PLCs are connected using the Profibus protocol. The UNO-3282 then collects data from these PLCs and transmits the data up to central control room. The data is also shown on the FPM-3191G monitor, which allows the operators in the plant to easily read information displayed on the screen and give orders with a touch of their fingers.
Strong performance per watt: SAVORTEX chose Intel® Atom™ processors to power its hand-dryers because they are powerful yet very energy efficient.
Rugged and reliable: This version of the Intel Atom processor is a ruggedized compute platform in a sealed environment that can withstand extreme temperatures (-40 to 110 degrees) for excellent longevity.
IoT Connectivity: SAVORTEX deployed Intel® Dual Band Wireless-N 7260 network adapters within its solutions, including Intel® Smart Connect Technology, to be able to confidently connect to the cloud.
ODOT Signal Manager Doug Anderson worked with ATP to install two SmartSensor Advance units and one SmartSensor Matrix near the left turn: one Advance detects traffic backups on the merge ramp; the other Advance faces the tunnel exit to detect traffic speeds at the beginning of the turn; and the Matrix sensor faces east to detect traffic that has stopped in the turn. If any or all of the sensors detect slow or stopped traffic, the detection will trigger a flashing message sign at the tunnel’s entrance that warns drivers to reduce their speed.