Internet of Things – everyone is talking about making things smart
Yet, on closer examination, there are still very few “tangible” projects. Following the presentation of our concept in June 2019 (Smart Analytics – intelligent, anticipatory, reliable!), we are currently in the midst of implementing our planned smart analytics module. The first field test has already been running successfully for several weeks at one of our customers.
We successfully installed the first prototype at a filling station network operator at the end of July. Retrofittable radio sensors are being employed in this case. The sensors are battery-operated, wireless, fully autonomous and very easy to fit, even for “laypeople”. This allows existing equipment to be made smart without it having to be replaced. Refrigerators, freezers, ovens, air-conditioning units, shop and even toilet doors have since regularly and reliably supplied measurement data and status reports wirelessly to a data logger, which in turn transmits the data via LAN or GSM to our data cloud.
Immediate benefits for the operator in this initial test expansion phase:
- Monitoring of operating times, operating frequency, operating states
- Monitoring and documentation of baking processes
- Identification of irregularities in energy consumption
- Toilet cleaning depending on frequency of use
- Temperature monitoring of chilled foods and room temperatures
- Illustration of customer traffic over time
The data supplied continuously from our test premises provide the basis for further refinement and training of our fault prediction algorithm. In the next stage, we will expand the test phase to three more premises and also make the data available accordingly in omis 4.0 (the web-based software solution for maintenance and servicing – click here to find out more). In addition, expansion of the tests will see car-wash systems and compressors being equipped with sensors. Initial field tests for the fault prediction algorithm are scheduled for later this year.