Industrial IoT initiative to improve Efficiency and Safety in the Rail Industry

Global demand in the transportation sector continues to outpace supply and is recognized as a key area for economic growth. Leveraging Penteon’s electronic sensor development, telecommunications gateway infrastructure and enterprise cloud expertise, the Industrial IoT initiative will open a new era in low-cost, highly-secure rail sector services.

Penteon Corporation has announced a new Industrial IoT initiative to develop custom industrial sensing solutions for locomotives, rail cars and track-side equipment in partnership with Wabtec Corporation. Aging rail systems and lack of real-time data collection have become limiting factors in addressing this increasing demand. Embracing new technologies to acquire and analyze information across their operations and using that information to become more efficient and effective will deliver a more responsive and agile operating environment to rail operators.

The solutions planned for development by Penteon and Wabtec include data collection from rail equipment and systems to develop a real-time, holistic view on the health and status of locomotives, rail cars, and track-side systems. This IIoT project capitalizes on the more than 25 years of remote sensing engineering within Penteon and will deliver cost effective, secure and efficient solutions leveraging Penteon’s unique “Sensing as a Service” business model.

“Penteon’s new, low-power, long-range wireless network, which it is building in partnership with Landmark Infrastructure Partners, will also play a key role in delivering reliable cost-effective services,” said Clay Perreault, Chief Executive Officer of Penteon. “Our work with Wabtec is a truly collaborative, consultative relationship, which involves dedication from both parties.  By working side-by-side with our customers, we’re able to drive the best outcomes at an accelerated pace.”    Read more…

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The Promise Of The IoT: Go Green With Greater Efficiency

The Internet of Things (IoT) has garnered significant media attention – and for good reason. The potential of connected devices using real-time analysis to improve processes and procedures seems nearly limitless. By at least one estimation, only about 10% of a company’s data is effectively used. As the IoT and other data-based technologies mature, that number should rise dramatically. Businesses leveraging the IoT should reap enormous benefits.

Wastewater treatment is one modern example of IoT-inspired improvements. Wastewater, admittedly, is not the most exciting of topics. Yet the advances enabled by IoT technology are fascinating. Even better, they’re also great for the environment.

They also can result in significant cost savings for businesses, as they go green with greater efficiency.

Using IoT tech to predict pollution levels

Dealing with regulatory oversight is a key aspect of operating in the pulp, paper, and packaging industries. These companies create significant amounts of wastewater during the production process. They must then control the amount of pollution released into this discharge.

Meeting these requirements requires some form of predictive technology. Businesses must determine how much pollution will be created by any given production process. Historically, these predictions required some educated guesswork. These estimations often relied on prior experience. A “feel” for the process (essentially informed intuition) was also helpful.

Today the process of calibrating wastewater treatment levels is on firmer analytical ground. This is thanks, in part, to the IoT. Businesses can deploy sensors that report real-time data. This data concerns variables such as pH value, temperature, and flow. This information is then relayed to a platform (such as SAP HANA) where regression techniques are applied. The end result equals accurate predictions of midterm chemical oxygen demand (COD) values.

Based on these predictions, companies can make the necessary adjustments to ensure regulatory compliance. For example, if predicted pollution levels are too high, activated oxygen may be added to lower the levels. Or a business may choose to offload some production to another facility. Production schedules may also be adjusted as needed. Armed with accurate information, businesses can react as needed.

The benefits of an IoT-assisted approach

The kind of flexibility outlined above is highly beneficial for businesses. By incorporating accurate predictive data into their processes, companies can ensure they stay within regulatory dictates. This, in turn, lowers exposure to fines and penalties. By using IoT technology, companies protect against the possibility of a major pollution event. Should projected pollution levels be too high, alerts are immediately issued. Mitigating steps can then be taken.

Process costs can also be lowered. If a pulp or paper plant has access to highly accurate pollution predictions, the margin for error decreases. Without accurate predictions, plants may run lower than capacity in an effort to limit pollution, even if such measures are not warranted. Plants may also take corrective action (such as releasing activated oxygen) in cases where it is not necessary. By knowing precisely where the regulatory line is, businesses can operate at peak efficiency.

Additionally, deployment of IoT technology can lower costs. Engineering and inspection are areas where cost savings are likely to be noticeable.

Financial benefits are only one side of the coin. By accurately gauging pollution levels – and making necessary adjustments – businesses help promote a cleaner environment. The IoT can reduce financial liability and keep businesses in good environmental standing. That’s a true win/win outcome.

Finally, the benefits of using the IoT in a water management context extend far beyond pollution control. Cities across the globe are using the IoT to manage water supplies. IoT-assisted systems are fighting droughts by saving billions of gallons of water. This water would otherwise be lost to leakage.

When these conservation effects are combined with equally powerful environmental benefits, the future of IoT-assisted water management seems highly promising.

The takeaway

The Internet of Things is transforming processes worldwide. Wastewater treatment is no exception. By making predictions vastly more accurate, IoT technology helps plants save money, mitigate risk, and protect the environment.

Learn how to bring new technologies and services together to power digital transformation by downloading “The IoT Imperative for Energy and Natural Resource Companies.” Explore how to bring Industry 4.0 insights into your business today by reading Industry 4.0: What’s Next?

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NEC Improves Workplace Efficiency with AR Solution Utilizing Smart Glasses

Augmented Reality (AR) and wearable tech is a marriage made for the enterprise says Beecham Research

Augmented Reality (AR) and wearable tech is a marriage made for the enterprise says Beecham Research

NEC Corporation today announced the development of an Augmented Reality (AR) solution to assist users with the selection of items through the use of smart glasses, a smart watch and new “ARmKeypad”1 functions.

This solution enables users to perform tasks without having to look away from objects, making it ideal for use in manufacturing, logistics and other industries. Currently, NEC is carrying out demonstration tests at a hospital pharmacy2 and a manufacturing floor, where it has confirmed a reduction in workplace errors and working time thanks to the assistance of the new solution.

Hiroshi Kuzuno, General Manager, System Integration & Services Market Development Division, NEC Corporation, said:

“In contrast to NEC’s original ARmKeypad, which created a virtual selection screen on a user’s arm, the ‘eyes-free’ ARmKeypad in this solution displays an input selection screen on a pair of smart glasses. As a result, users can make selections simply by inclining and touching their arm, which allows work to be completed without the need to look away from objects. This is very helpful in workplaces where mistakes are likely to occur due to eye movements or workplaces where working speed is required.”

Features of the solution are described below:

1. Visualizes work procedures

The solution capitalizes on AR in order to display work procedures on a pair of smart glasses, such as guiding users to the location of objects stored on a shelf. This improves the efficiency of operations and reduces mistakes, even for inexperienced workers and in workplaces where tasks often change.

2. Allows “eyes-free” operation

The solution enables input operations to take place through the accelerometer of a smart watch worn by users. Changes in the incline of a user’s arm can be understood in order to select items from a menu screen displayed on a pair of smart glasses. Finger contact with the arm can also be used to make selections. This allows for confirmation and registration to take place without looking away from an object.

NEC is carrying out demonstration tests of this solution at a hospital pharmacy and a manufacturing floor, where it has confirmed a reduction in workplace errors and working time.

NEC Improves Workplace Efficiency with AR Solution Utilizing Smart Glasses1) Demonstration test at a hospital pharmacy

NEC is conducting a demonstration test aimed at preventing work errors when selecting drugs in a hospital pharmacy. The system reads barcodes on prescriptions with a camera on the glasses, displays a drug selection list on the glasses, and provides guidance about which drug on which shelf is to be selected. This is done using AR when the operator looks at the medicine cabinet. As a user of the solution picks up a drug, they are able to confirm and register the item by inclining their arm. This has confirmed that selection errors could be reduced to virtually zero. Using conventional methods, approximately five errors are assumed per 300 operations daily3.

2) Demonstration test at a manufacturing floor

A demonstration test is being conducted at NEC Networks & System Integration Corporation in order to ensure efficient management of equipment. The solution assists in locating equipment from cabinets where it is temporarily stored using an AR guidance display. The demonstration test confirmed that work time could be reduced by 18.2% when compared to conventional methods.

1 NEC develops new user interface that turns arm into virtual keyboard –
2 The system built for verification is not certified as medical equipment
3 The technical verification was carried out in a limited environment, and the number of errors is an estimation based on measured values. Before providing drugs, multiple confirmations are conducted. The number does not represent cases of actual medication errors.

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How to Increase Company Productivity and Efficiency with IoT

How to Increase Company Productivity and Efficiency with IoT

How to Increase Company Productivity and Efficiency with IoT

An article by Manuel, Editorial Manager at IoT Business News.

Not long ago all you heard about was how the cloud was going to revolutionize your business. So you set up automatic cloud storage systems and found the right software to enable your employees to work from anywhere at any time. Now, the Internet of Things (IoT) has entered the business sphere, taking the cloud to the next step to increase your business productivity and efficiency.

In fact, in a recent IoT survey 45 percent of respondents answered that operational productivity and efficiency is the top use case for IoT in their businesses. Here’s a closer look at how IoT will transform your business process:

Optimize Your Operations

IoT associated with big data will be one of the most useful technology combination for your company. You can see what products and services your customers are buying, slow and busy times in your stores, customer service feedback, employee productivity, scheduling and so much more. Use this data to take a look at your day-to-day operations and see where there are lags in productivity or what’s consuming most of your employees’ time.

For example, if your employees are spending a good chunk of their day in meetings, gather data on the content of these meetings and if they’re improving your business functions. Use the data to see if you have meetings that cover the same topics and if they can be eliminated or combined to be more efficient. Some companies also use smart sensors to see which rooms are most occupied and where employees spend most of their time. They then can use this information to schedule meetings in nearby conference rooms and minimize the disruptive effect of those meetings.

Collect and Analyze Data

Another significant use of IoT big data is with your supply chain. According to a Cisco and DHL report, IoT technology will deliver a $ 1.9 trillion boost to supply chain logistics by 2025. Using this technology you can monitor which products are selling out and which are sitting on the shelves. You can see track your delivery systems to see if they’re running on time or even to track weather patterns and gas prices to optimize routes. IoT also helps your supply chain managers more accurately forecast, restock inventory, track items in your warehouse and minimize losses.

To be sure that your systems can handle all of the data coming in, you need to be sure that your hardware can keep up with the software. For example, your routers and modems should enable your employees to connect to Wi-Fi without any disruptions or lag time. Your computers and mobile devices also should have the fastest mobile processors in order to handle all of the data. If you haven’t updated your hardware in a while, upgrade to a mobile processor that features the latest security solutions, has a long battery life and a reliable connection.

Improve Signage and Marketing

IoT technology isn’t just for the back-end logistics. You can use it in the front of your stores to improve customer service, marketing and advertising. For example, you can use big data about your inventory and sales to improve front-of-the-house signage. According to market studies, the top IoT opportunities for the retail sector include dynamic signage. If your data shows that a product isn’t moving, you can see use customer service surveys, polls and feedback to see if there’s a disconnect between how you’re advertising the product and why customers are buying it (or not). This type of information can help your sales, marketing and advertising teams conduct more efficient A/B testing and come up with more relevant campaigns in a shorter amount of time.

You can’t improve your company’s productivity and efficiency if you don’t know what’s working and what’s not. IoT aims to bring you all of the relevant data and help you make informed decisions to increase your productivity and efficiency. With the right tools, your business will be booming in no time.

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Commercial Fleet Vehicle Management System Drives Efficiency, CO2 Reductions

This is the first in a two-part blog series on trends in next-generation digital efficiency. To learn more, check out the eBook we created in partnership with GE Ecoimagination titled, “Digital Efficiency: Driving Decarbonization and Unlocking Business Value Across Industries.”

Looking out across the vast Internet of Things (IoT) landscape, we’re seeing the emergence of digital technologies ushering in a new era of productivity for business and industrial operations, while also enabling new tools to approach global environmental challenges. Digital solutions, enabled by the Industrial Internet, can now lower operation costs, increase output, use natural resources more efficiently, and lower environmental impact enabling tremendous digital efficiency. The transformational opportunities made possible with digital efficiency as a critical differentiator are enormous.

Let’s look at fleet efficiency, for example. In a scenario where just a handful of digital solutions are scaled across key industries, such as fleet management, we estimate a potential return of $ 81 billion in annual cost savings to businesses, paired with a reduction of 823 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Let’s take a closer look at one such solution for improved cost-saving and energy efficiency.


Driving Fleet Efficiency

Truck wheels roll on, across an endless desert, sensing the future.

The big wheels of innovation were turning with a fleet management proof of concept enabled by Intel processors and GE’s Predix solutions for high power and flexibility. In this example, Intel assembled and tested a fleet management system proof of concept that can be customized to easily fit into a wide variety of commercial vehicles including taxis, school buses, and logistic freight vehicles. The architecture features an in-vehicle system based on the Intel Atom processor E3827 and sports data management, telematics, smart surveillance, and mobile applications.

Rather than fleet operators maintaining data manually, this solution collects real-time telematics data from sensors located inside the vehicle and sends it over as an Internet connection to the cloud, where it can be distributed to stakeholders or further processed by the data analytics software. The system gathers data associated with vehicles, terminals, stops, users, and driver schedules, allowing operations to run more efficiently and creating optimized routes.

Additionally, this proof of concept gathers driving pattern data. The occurrences of aggressive acceleration, braking, and turning were reduced by 57 percent, 30 percent, and 17 percent. As a result of the study, the drivers reduced their speed, which improved fuel economy. The application of data-driven insights also helped improve routes and driving behavior, as well as reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.


Digital Decarbonization

Sensors awaken, a bright car-to-cloud future, autonomous now.

As we’ve seen, the potential benefits of digital fleet management technologies, enabled by the Industrial Internet, to provide global environmental benefits will be dramatic and provide large market opportunities. Our analysis indicates that by 2030, the global gap between individual country carbon dioxide targets and carbon dioxide emissions is expected to grow to 2.6 Gt CO2 per year by 2030. This means that digital solutions alone have the potential to close nearly one-third of the gap between expected carbon dioxide emissions and stated country commitments!

This is a truly exciting time and the digital efficiency journey has just begun. The time is now for businesses around the world to lead their own digital efficiency revolution to increase their competitiveness and better manage the environmental impact of their operations.

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