Tata Power's power generation equipment OEMs (M/s BHEL) is required to provide all of the instrumentation and measurement devices for conducting performance guarantee and performance evaluation tests. M/s BHEL faced a number of specific challenges in conducting PG tests: employing high-accuracy digital communications for instrumentation, shortening setup and dismantling time, reducing hardware required, making portable instrument setup, avoiding temporary cabling work and the material waste costs
As a power supplier, Enerwhere needed to make sure that their equipment is operational 24/7 and that power can be supplied at all times. Enerwhere needed to know how to do continual maintenance and know how much power is consumed by each customer.
To enable the office to keep track of the straddle carriers' status, APM wanted to install a wireless system which would enable communication between the straddle carriers and the central office. The problem was that the carriers use a CAN-based bus internally which could not communicate with the Modbus-TCP-based monitoring system that was to send the data to the office.
Amyx+ worked with a local government authority to develop an Internet of Things-enabled public safety strategy. In the current state, vigilance meant manually scanning through potentially hundreds of analog surveillance videos feeds. Manual, costly and ineffective, the local agency desired to transition from analog to digital CCTV, apply computer vision and other technologies to automatically detect potential crime in progress, expedite and streamline emergency calls and integrate with personal wearables to ensure the safety of their citizens.
The big problem that Utilities face includes:
(i) How to make meters “smart” and ingest the data from homes to the companies and;
(ii) how to derive intelligent actions from huge amounts of meter data, in an efficient and cost-effective way.
Solving these problems would help Utilities track & monitor water consumption data, identify leakage, theft & various anomalies. This demands the need of a scalable system with remote asset management & proactive maintenance capabilities. This would also help end-consumers understand their water usage for better decision-making to conserve water.
A potent innovator of filtration technology, the company had little experience with information technology, and no in-house expertise for bringing digital products to market. The company needed an information technology partner with deployment experience spanning industrial hardware, protocols, and the cloud to assist in their journey to becoming a connected products solution provider.
One of the largest steel factories in China needed proper communication control units for data processing and protocol conversion with the devices at remote field sites. These computers would replace the IPCs and can easily create a distributed system at the front-end site with a centralized management platform at the back-end control center. This stainless steel factory has deployed a power substation system that contains several subsystems. Each subsystem uses smart meters, and needs to optimize resources, centralize management, and enhance efficiency. In addition, all distributed smart meters at the field site need to be centrally monitored and managed by a system called the “CCMS3000 central management system”, located at the control center. Each 35KV/10KV substation communicates with the back-end server via Intranet, and manages the centralized management and monitoring of the 35KV/10KV. The entire system aims to optimize the power network management and maintenance cost, enhance power distribution quality and management, and deliver real-time discovery, analysis, recording, and handling of problems. The CCMS300 central management system is expected to bring reliability to real-time monitoring of the operation status of all devices at the substations. It needs to perform several tasks, such as analyzing historical workload, power consumption, and system balance, as well as enhance system or device operation efficiency. This system includes four subsystems: Factory 1: Main Station: A communication cabinet includes a telecommunication control unit (DA-662), a switch, 2 optical transceivers, and communication units. Station C: A communication cabinet includes a serial device server (NPort 5430), an optical transceiver, and communication units. Station D: A communication cabinet includes a serial device server (NPort 5430), an optical transceiver, and communication units. The telecommunication control unit (DA-662) is responsible for collecting and controlling all data from stations A, B, C, D, E, and the water station from Factory 1. Factory 2: Main Station: A communication cabinet includes a telecommunication control unit (DA-662), and various communication units. This DA-662 is responsible for collecting and controlling all data from stations G, K, and the water station from Factory 1. Hot-rolled Factory: Main Station: A communication cabinet includes a telecommunication control unit (DA-662), a switch, an optical transceiver, and communication units. Substation: A communication cabinet includes a serial device server (NPort 5430), an optical transceiver, and communication units. The DA-662 is responsible for collecting and controlling all data from the hot-rolled factory and the hot-rolled water station. Cold-rolled Factory: Main Station: A communication cabinet includes a telecommunication control unit (DA-662), a switch, an optical transceiver, and communication units. Substation: A communication cabinet includes a serial device server (NPort 5430), an optical transceiver, and communication units. The DA-662 is responsible for collecting and controlling all data from the cold-rolled factory and the cold-rolled water station. The communication between the DA-662 and the back-end server is based on the TCP/IP IEC 106 protocol. System Requirements • Centralized and stable management platform for the distributed system • Front-end data processing for the field site devices • Protocol conversion among Modbus, DLT645, and TCP/IP IEC 104 • Redundant network architecture for continuous system operation • Easy integration with other communication system • Long MTBF to enhance system reliability
In 2011, BC Hydro began an ambitious smart grid project that included replacing old electromechanical meters with nearly two million state-of-the-art smart meters. The company undertook its industry-leading smart grid rollout with the goals of improving energy efficiency and reliability in the region while reducing losses and more quickly identifying power outages. As BC Hydro began its smart meter roll-out, the leadership quickly recognized that without the right technology, it would face significant challenges integrating data from so many different sources throughout its operations.
Honeywell XYR 6000 wireless temperature, pressure and flow transmitters were installed at various process points to measure key process parameters. Multinodes were installed at vantage points within the power generation unit, and all data was made available for real-time visualization, trending/historization reports and data export to Microsoft Excel. The Experion platform was used for data logging, analysis and reporting to support the PG test procedure. Hardware Components - Honeywell XYR 6000 transmitter - MultiNode - WSG Software Components - Honeywell Experion platform
Hybrid solar power systems use Netbiter for remote monitoring and control. Netbiter gateways connect to the control panels of the solar/diesel systems and send data to a cloud-based control system. Hardware Components - Netbiter Remote Management: a Netbiter gateway Software Components - Enerwhere business system - Netbiter API - Netbiter Argos
The Anybus Communicator CAN is used to enable communication between the CAN-bus in straddle carriers and a Modbus TCP-based monitoring system. Also, a programmable Communicator is used to connect GPS trackers (NMEA-based) to the CAN-bus of the straddle carriers.
Amyx+ developed a holistic IoT strategy. Then worked with the government agency to evaluate best-in-class IP CCTV cameras, computer vision algorithms, wearables, and sound detection solutions for automated crime detection and prevention. Then identified ways to streamline the emergency call routing to minimize bureaucratic re-routing from central station to local dispatch to accelerate response time. The authority implemented a public relations initiative to help citizens become more aware of their surroundings, especially in the evening hours. Moreover, the authority educated the public about wearables devices for personal safety, including but not limited to bracelets, smart watches and other devices that could send emergency notification and messages to friends, family and the police.
Saviant developed an IoT-based Smart Metering & Data Analytics system using Azure platform for Utilities. The solution helped connect 100,000 smart water meters and manage 250 Million+ data records per year, scalable to 100-times that volume. The system operates with best-in-the-industry data collection frequency of every five-minute visibility of water consumption, scalable to every 1-minute as well. Utilities can now track & identify leaks, unauthorized consumption, missed meter read, their patterns and usage events in real-time through Web portal. Also, the end-consumers can monitor their water usage pattern through Web & Mobile apps; thereby helping in intelligent decision-making to conserve water.
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Moxa’s DA-662 embedded computers are placed in four different sections, mainly working as the front-end telecommunication units for collecting the data from the remote devices, such as power meters, transceivers, and communication units. With the DA-662 computers' high performance and open platform, front-end data acquisition, data processing and remote device control can be easily handled and processed. In addition, the DA-662 computers can also facilitate communications among the different protocols, such as Modbus, DLT645 and TCP/IP IEC 104 standards, making protocol conversions possible with minimal effort. As the system is based on the distributed management architecture, the data collected at the front-end site can be analyzed, processed, and then transmitted to the back-end control center, where another DA-662 computer is also deployed. This builds the centralized management system at a lower cost and shortens the time to market. In addition, the DA-662 computers' open platform makes it easy to create a communications link between the back-end host and the front-end site.
BC Hydro partnered with Bit Stew Systems to help design a data architecture that would quickly and easily integrate data from nearly 2 million smart meters, more than 5,000 relays, 2,000 routers and 30 different operational and IT systems including homegrown and legacy systems. By implementing Bit Stew’s MIx product portfolio, including MIx Core and MIx Director Suite, BC Hydro has been able to integrate AMI data from the smart grid along with data from grid-asset health tracking systems, distribution grid management systems, field dispatch systems, work management systems such as SAP, customer information systems, Itron’s AMI system, meter data management systems, geospatial information systems (GIS) and more. BC Hydro also implemented Bit Stew’s MIx Director Suite, which can apply real-time analytics to the data, generating rich visualizations and providing a “single pane of glass” view that enables operators to see important activity happening across the smart grid. It provides a dashboard interface that enables operators to more easily assess situations, triage alerts and alarms, and gain the actionable intelligence they need in order to make informed decisions more quickly.
Tata Power is India's second largest private power producer and is part of the Tata Group with more than 4,100 employees. The core business of the company is to generate, transmit and distribute electricity.
Enerwhere provides innovative solar-diesel hybrid power solutions, which generate power at a lower cost than conventional diesel generators. Enerwhere’s systems are optimized for use in locations where there is no access to the electricity grid, as often found in the in the mining, construction and oil & gas industries, as well as in military and aid / disaster recovery operations.
APM Terminals operates a Global Terminal Network of 72 operating port and terminal facilities and 140 Inland Services operations, as well as providing independent Crane Engineering Services to the global port industry, with a presence in 69 countries on five continents.
US-based independent AMR provider for Water, Gas, and Electric utility markets.
Despite billions in yearly global revenue, this maker of industrial filtration and fluid management equipment faced losing everything to more nimble competitors in a rapidly changing, more connected world. In order to deliver on the promise of digital transformation, the company needed a partner with deep industrial IoT development and deployment experience to help them realize their vision.
One of the largest steel factories in China
The BC Hydro and Power Authority is a Canadian electric utility in the province of British Columbia, generally known simply as BC Hydro. It is the main electric distributor, serving 1.8 million customers in most areas, with the exception of the City of New Westminster, where the city runs its own electrical department and the Kootenay region, where FortisBC, a subsidiary of Fortis Inc. directly provides electric service to 213,000 customers and supplies municipally owned utilities in the same area.
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Process parameters, including temperature, pressure, flow
Hybrid system data such as temperature, fuel levels, energy consumption, running hours
Real-time carrier health data such as fuel consumption, oil level, battery voltage, logistics location
Asset manufacturing and performance data, temperature, fluid pressure, viscosity, contamination levels
Real-time data on meter outrage, communication performance, voltage data
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Real-time status reports enable maintenance personnel to remotely diagnose the status of a device which reduced CAPEX and OPEX required for conducting PG tests.
Cloud solutions enable aggregation of data from the hybrid system such as temperature, fuel levels, energy consumption, running hours to enable more robust analysis and lower costs.
Real-time status reports enable maintenance personnel to remotely diagnose the status of a vehicle.
Automated crime-in-progress detection through implementation of solutions
Real- time water data monitoring – Utilities can track & identify leaks, unauthorized consumption, missed meter read, their patterns and usage events. Also, Customers will get text alerts & emails on abnormal consumption patterns such as high usage, zero usage and leakages via a notification engine.
Data from embedded sensors provides insights into fluid loop health with custom intelligent algorithms running in the cloud and at the edge.
Multiple Ethernet ports for network redundancy and continuous operation. Moxa's embedded computers use software to provide ready and effective protocol conversion that facilitates data communication between legacy devices using a variety of protocols.
BC Hydro has been able to quickly and easily integrate AMI and other data from the smart grid along with data from grid-asset health tracking systems, distribution grid management systems, field dispatch systems, work management systems including SAP, cus
High-accuracy measurements from instruments with a digital communications capability by the solution.
Enerwhere can log into Netbiter Argos and view current status and consumption of their systems.
Total cost of ownership is lowered due to reduction in IT cost and project time.
Timely intelligence aided in the capture of criminals and de-escalated potential situations through proactive police response
Improved Water usage efficiency – Solution helps create healthy water supply network, with real-time Distribution analytics, asset health analysis & predictive maintenance of Utilities assets; saving millions of gallons of water.
Total lifecycle management from manufacturing, through the sales chain, installation and performance, and eventual decommissioning of each unit.
The improved intelligence about energy consumption and grid performance provided by Bit Stew’s MIx solutions have enabled BC Hydro to create a self-forming and self-healing grid, and improve energy performance throughout British Columbia.
Programming time, production time, and installation time are shortened which reduced indirect costs.
Deeper integration of information across departments and business units improves internal collaboration and end-to-end customer service.
Increased public trust and confidence in the government authority to protect their citizens
Increased Battery Life – Solution helps to increase the battery life of water meters by 40-50%, giving high ROI to Utilities
Wireless technology would help save a total of $4.7M.
75% reduction in overtime pay
Cloud based Smart data management system that handles 50 Million+ data records per year and can manage 100-times that volume.
Fewer contamination events due to real-time monitoring of filter health to detect issues before they cause damage.
BC Hydro is reading approximately 237 million data values per day, including registers, intervals and events
The entire OneWireless infrastructure was installed and commissioned in just 2 days.
40% decrease in crime through deterrence, automated monitoring and public awareness
Connected 100,000 Smart water meters using this IoT solution for a Utility giant. The system can easily handle 5x more such devices.
Reduced insurance/compliance disputes through complete audit trails of asset authenticity and performance.
Indirect cost caused by the end-customer can be reduced by 50% due to reduction in cycle time and increase in test efficiency.
50% improved emergency dispatch time
Improved system uptime by 99.95% SLA with high availability & security capabilities.
Increased customer loyalty and satisfaction.
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|Software||Anybus Configuration Manager||Bright Wolf Strandz Enterprise IoT Application PlatformAWS Cloud|
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