With the flood of data and numerous versions of software in the production environment of a firm, much time and effort is spent by workers searching, guessing or asking questions in order to solve issues.
Maintenance systems make modern aircraft fault-tolerant. They provide a remote diagnosis of existing faults and capabilities. But why aren’t vehicles packed with such descriptive analytics maintenance? That is exactly what we wondered right before coming up with the idea of Car Maintenance. Our first motive to experiment with Car Maintenance application was safety considerations for our vehicles, and the second - exercising our skills in the Internet of Things (IoT) software development.
The essence of Car Maintenance is instant data collecting, data analysis and data gathering about the current condition of the vehicle to prevent it from breaking down. Descriptive analytics enable us to create a summary of historical data related to a vehicle's condition. The collected data could be used further for sharing with a mechanic. The analytical approach helps a repair master make smarter decisions, solve problems and improve outcomes.
We track speed, location, engine rotation, the temperature of the important components of the car and dozens of other parameters that are supported by the vehicle. We collect data on a server, and it is also sent to a web application where you can review both the current condition of the connected car and the historical data.
Schneider Electric develops charging terminals for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) throughout the test territory. In order to meet the timeline required for the project, as well as include the remote monitoring and control necessary to manage charging terminals dispersed through 51 towns and five counties, Schneider Electric turned to Sierra Wireless to assist in a quick development of a service and maintenance connected electric charging terminal.
Smart energy and next generation buildings are one of FabCity’s key topics and the Zenodys team was invited there to provide a microgrid demand response power management solution.
Next generation buildings are built with a purpose to be energy sustainable and include power-generation capabilities, windmills, solar panels, self-sufficient units, etc. These buildings can generate their own power. However, when connected to a microgrid, other opportunities open up: power exchange among buildings, common storage facility, smart power management, etc. This will become an important part of the future smart cities.
Microgrids are a promising concept and are expected to become one of the main energy sources in the future. In order to function as intended, microgrids must be efficiently managed with smart demand response algorithms.
The aim of a microgrid is to be as self-sufficient as possible. However, this is not always the case. When the sun shines and there is plenty of wind, the participants generate their own power. But on cloudy or windless days green energy is not always available. To compensate for this, a microgrid also features a battery that stores surplus energy and provides backup power when needed.
Agriculture is a difficult business and connected devices are becoming increasingly important on the farm, especially during peak times when equipment must work around the clock and achieving maximum productivity is crucial.
Airporter, a private sector airport transfer organisation, is implementing Masternaut’s fleet management solution to provide real-time vehicle tracking, increase passenger safety, and deliver fuel efficiency savings.
Minimise the risk of an interruption to global operations, and better support the efforts of end users without adding complexity or increasing management burden.
One of the main challenges was that the company required a centralized data warehouse for unified reporting and analytical requirements. The data was not consolidated properly and its structure was not suitable for user requirements. Besides, reporting process was extremely slow. Individual systems had expanded to the point that information was no longer stored and presented in the centralized manner that could facilitate efficient organizational decisions across the company as a whole.
It was also becoming obvious that a data warehouse should better enable internal and external user access to data and increase the performance of analysis and reporting activities. To evolve its offering from simple data feeds to self-service BI, the company needed a new robust platform that could enable users come out of excel mindset and could take them to exploratory mode for better and faster decision making. The objective was to integrate the line of business applications (On-Premise and SAAS).
As vending machine technology has evolved, it has become more challenging, less reliable and costly to connect phone lines to vending machines and collect data via a modem. Manual equipment maintenance is very costly, slow and labor intensive.
The Versiondog data management system allows users to create documented versions of changes and to easily keep track of all project data using systematic life-cycle management. In addition, Versiondog not only manages data centrally, it also identifies, records and tracks all changes in device software automatically.
Users can see exactly which program is running in production, and setpoints and parameters can be checked and restored at any time.
Schneider Electric’s electric vehicle charging terminal is a comprehensive hardware and software solution connected by AirVantage Smart Automation, a machine-to-machine (M2M) Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering that accelerates development and significantly reduces costs associated with deploying and operating M2M industrial control applications.
Three companies – Zown, Mpare and Zenodys – partnered together to design a reliable microgrid solution. Zown provided on-site connectivity, Mpare took care of power measurement and Zenodys supplied microgrid management logic.
Our role is to gather and process measurements, develop efficient demand response strategies and visualize microgrid dynamics via an easy-to-understand web interface.
The solution is based on the Zenodys visual IoT platform that handles most of the tasks without any programming needed:
• ZenoConnect provides connectivity of various smart energy vendors (houses, windmills, PV panels, batteries, etc.) and connects them to the microgrid. It can also be easily integrated with Mpare and HelloData services.
• ZenoVisual provides demand response logic and delivery of different strategies.
• ZenoExperience is used for data delivery and visualization. A fine-tuned web visual interface provides easy-to-understand information for the end user.
• Zenobox physically connects all the equipment and services and provides a runtime environment. In this case we chose the Linux based Raspberry PI system but for a production-ready environment we would use more robust industrial gateways.
The solution is fully independent and can run off-line, but for demonstration purposes we also enabled remote solution delivery and Docker based services deployments.
With the help of Jasper's Control Center, telematics has been enabled for everything from basic fleet management and logging, all the way up to dashboarding, operator qualifications and metrics, quality metrics, as well as process improvement. This has enabled us to deliver better communication, efficiencies and productivity to farmers around the world.
Fleet managers at Airporter are now using data from Masternaut Connect, including the eco-Drive and TACHOfresh modules, to inform passengers of where vehicles are at a particular time, track and improve driver behaviour, and reduce fuel costs across the fleet.
Transporting 100,000 passengers each year with its fleet of 17 Mercedes Executive mini coaches, accurate vehicle tracking is essential to Airporter’s service. Masternaut Connect will ensure that real-time vehicle information can be correctly relayed to customers and ensure they transfer from airport-to-airport on time.
Airporter prides itself on high safety and compliance standards, ensuring drivers are correctly trained to be safe and that regular vehicle safety inspections are completed. Masternaut’s ecoDrive module will allow Airporter to see that if its training is successful and where improvements may need to be made in driver behaviour, all the while reducing fuel consumption and costs.
TACHOfresh provides Airporter with tachograph management that stores, archives and protects instantly-available data, and is mobile compatible. TACHOfresh also gives the ability for the user to remotely download all tachograph and driver data, and provides next-generation digital analysis, helping Airporter remain compliant with government regulations.
De Beers UK contracted Unisys to outsource and manage the full scope of its IT data centre operations from hosting critical applications to deploying business continuity measures to providing technical and end-user support services.
- IBM AS/400 server
- Desktop Management
- Desktop Application Service
WinWire helped the company in envisioning a Power BI based reporting platform which would not only enable Collaboration and Analytics environment using SharePoint Online but would also provide a self-service BI platform.
Highly optimized and scalable architecture was implemented using SQL 2014. Deploying SQL Server for data warehousing in Windows Azure Virtual Machines provided customer with the fastest time to value at the lowest cost. WinWire helped in simplifying the data management and at the same time building secure data models to be consumed by visualization layer. Highly interactive visualization layer was built using Power BI which allowed users discover hidden insights and perform speedy analytics against the line of business data. This solution provided Microsoft Azure (VMs) with SQL Server to help lower the cost of a high availability and disaster recovery (HADR) database solution. The Synchronization of On-Premise AD with O365 simplified the management of the on-premises and cloud identity infrastructure. The company now delivers significant benefits from powerful data warehousing solution that provides aggregate data for reports.
Eurotech solutions integrate the latest in vending technology including touchscreen display, cashless payment options, and vending industry standard protocols to simplify development for OEMs. Eurotech products such as the ReliaGATE 20-11 multi-service gateway can enable M2M communications in different environments whether connected through a LAN, over WiFi or over a cellular network.
- Eurotech Everyware Software Framework (ESF)
- Everyware Cloud
The customer specialises in innovative and customer-specific manufacturing solutions in the areas of cleaning, testing and assembly, particularly for engines, steering and gearboxes in the automotive sector.
That was our own experiment
Schneider Electric SE is a French multinational corporation that specializes in electricity distribution, automation management and produces installation components for energy management.
FabCity, an off-grid Smart Energy Campus, is taking place on Java-eiland in Amsterdam. The purpose of the event is to carry out research on the future of smart cities in Europe in search of new social, economical, sustainable, logistic and political systems.
Topcon Positioning Systems provides positioning technologies that serve a variety of industries, including farmers, surveyors, civil engineers and construction companies. Its agricultural business unit focuses primarily on applying innovative GNSS and satellite-based telematics solutions to solve field-specific problems.
Airporter, a private sector airport transfer organisation
The De Beers Group of Companies has a leading role in the diamond exploration, diamond mining, diamond retail, diamond trading and industrial diamond manufacturing sectors. The company is currently active in every category of diamond mining: open-pit, underground, large-scale alluvial, coastal and deep sea.
A private company headquartered in San Jose, California that provides electrical engineering and construction services. The company builds commercial, renewable, utility and data center projects for prominent clients in a variety of industries. Ranked one of the largest specialty contractors in the US, the company is renowned for designing, procuring, constructing, installing, commissioning and maintaining complex electrical systems.
Vending machine manufacturing companies.
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We track speed, location, engine rotation, the temperature of the important components of the car and dozens of other parameters that are supported by the vehicle.
Real-time device diagnostic data
Vending machine data, including sales, key functionality
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Versiondog has created greater transparency and sped up engineering and production processes, as everyone now has access to the most recent software versions. This has created huge financial benefits for the firm.
Time-to-Market - Programming time, production time, and installation time are shortened during the introduction of new products.
Visual environment enables participants and other providers to set up their solutions fast and without any programming. This enables engineering teams to directly work on their internet of things solutions.
Topcon is better able to solve real problems for farmers and help them become more effective in managing assets, as well as more productive with those assets and resources, that increases their profitability and and helps to grow their business.
Data Aggregation - Cloud solutions enable aggregation of 'big data' to enable De Beers to improve the flexibility with which it can meet both current and future business and IT demands.
Centralized data repository, secured data models
User-friendly interface - Touchscreens feature allows manufacturers and operators to offer advertising, caloric information, updated inventory and a more attractive user experience.
Working with Versiondog has allowed the firm to standardize internal processes. They now have a centralized data storage location, a clear structure for user rights, transparency about who changed what, where when and why, source code control and the ability to compare versions, which helps with standardization. This has also made it easy to deal with changes.
Remote Device Diagnostics - Real-time status reports enable maintenance personnel to do predictive maintenance and problem detection before interruption in production processes.
The solution for the FabCity was delivered fast and they managed to overcome Internet of Things and smart energy challenges – hardware interoperability, infrastructure gap between the edge and cloud, and on-the-edge challenges – in a really short time.
Topcon is rapidly expanding into developing markets, bringing critical positioning technology to vast mega-farms that operate large equipment fleets. The company relies on Control Center to get information from multiple vehicle platforms to measure the effectiveness of equipment in the field.
Total Cost of Ownership - Total cost of ownership is lowered due to reduction in cost and project time.
Highly interactive visualization for insights
Data Aggregation - Cloud solutions enable aggregation of 'big data' to enable more robust analysis and lower costs.
Versiondog training sessions have improved training standards as it has allowed the 35 or so employees who use the system to be on the same page and know exactly what to do. This has enabled the firm's operations to run smoothly.
Zenodys offers an off-the-shelf demand response solution that is highly flexible and efficient, has been tested in real cases, can be easily integrated into buildings, factories, cities and other microgrid environments, and managed via a fully visual environment.
Having precise data about every piece of machinery and being able to measure the return on all inputs and resources used on the farm is helping farm operators around the world see the advantages of IoT and positioning technologies, driving adoption and contributing to Topcon’s success in new markets.
Infrastructure Security - The solution provided the disaster recovery measures required to ensure the company's infrastructure remains resilient and resistant to failure.
Highly optimized and scalable solution utilizing Azure capabilities.
Remote Device Diagnostics - Real-time status reports enable maintenance personnel to remotely diagnose the status of vending machine inventory and functionality.
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