Focus on: Industry

How can the Industry 4.0 toolbox improve your industrial processes?

Smart sensors that measure, analyse and optimise

Are there areas of your plant that you’d like to monitor but the cost is prohibitive? Perhaps there’s an environmental pollutant you need to keep in check, such as fine particulate matter, volatile organic chemicals or noise. Or maybe you’re worried about water leaks in a remote location or vulnerable area that would cause significant damage if left undetected.

Whatever your concern, we have the perfect monitoring solution for you, and at the right price. Our solid-state, low-energy wireless sensors can be rapidly deployed as standalone systems or integrated with your existing installations. These smart sensors communicate the data they capture in real time and trigger alarms when levels exceed an established boundary, giving you the ultimate peace of mind.

Improved data collection and visualisation for faster, sharper insights

Is there information locked in your processes that you’d love to explore but are struggling to access? In some of our most valuable work, we’ve introduced customers to innovative technology that vastly improves their data-driven outcomes. Complex information from existing data collection systems, such as PLCs, is presented in a fresh way using simple, eye-catching interfaces and analysis dashboards that are formatted for both computer monitors and smart phones.

Exploring actionable data patterns has never been easier. Multiple data sources can be merged and studied as one. Complex data becomes instantly accessible to non-operational personnel. Off-site personnel can be notified by text or email in real time when problems arise.

The result? Unexpected and significant opportunities for operational and safety improvements.

Improved emergency response

This is a specialist area that can be vastly improved with new-wave sensing systems and enhanced access to data. The emphasis here is on ‘enhancement’. Traditional process-control systems remain firmly in control of an emergency situation—the addition of new tech simply upgrades the response though the provision of additional information. For instance, a remote environmental monitoring system can inform emergency responders when wind speed or direction is a cause for concern, or when some other external or process-related condition threatens to undermine the safety of a rescue operation.

Predictive maintenance to protect your assets and save costs

Are you wasting money on traditional time-based preventive maintenance that exceeds your needs? Industry 4.0 technology can monitor your assets with startling precision, allowing you to identify patterns in deterioration and to predict problems before they arise. Armed with this new data, you can create maintenance plans that are far more focused and kinder to your budget. These exciting new tools function both as standalone systems and in partnership with existing data-collection installations.

When you move from a scheduled maintenance plan to a needs-based one, you eliminate unplanned equipment downtime, reduce service costs and improve production output.

Here is an example of how this new tech works: Sensors monitor the condition of an industrial compressor by measuring vibration, pressure, temperature and sound. From the information gleaned, a baseline mode of operation is identified and any new data that deviates from this benchmark triggers an immediate alert, allowing engineers to fix the problem ahead of any serious issues.

Focus on: Cities

How can the Industry 4.0 toolbox enhance life in our cities?

Improving health through smart environmental monitoring

Outdoor air quality is a huge concern, particularly in areas of high-population density, and regulations are constantly being refined to limit concentrations of major pollutants. Industry 4.0 is stepping up to provide meaningful in-the-moment feedback on the health of our environment. Cutting-edge sensor networks are being paired with traditional low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) to measure air quality accurately over large areas. The resulting data can then be shared in real time with government agencies, NGO interest groups and industry stakeholders.

Industry 4.0 sensors are already being deployed on a large scale in a number of countries. When combined with data on air temperature, volatile organic chemicals and humidity gleaned from traditional technology, these sensors offer a powerful, low-cost tool for agencies to build a complete picture of air quality, and to target areas for improvement.

In a similar way, new technology is improving water systems, allowing authorities to monitor usage, detect leaks in public systems and guarantee the quality of drinking water.

Smart technology to keep your office healthy, happy and efficient

Companies like yours might be legally bound to limit the concentration of indoor air pollutants, but retrofitting monitoring technology into an existing office building can be prohibitively expensive, with many good initiatives failing because of installation costs. We can provide you with a top-performing solution at a fraction of the price of a hard-wired retrofit. Low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) are paired with new-wave battery-powered sensors to cover all your needs, but without the cost, complication and disruption of installing wires. Energy-saving technologies are also available to monitor lighting, heating and air-conditioning systems.

Prioritising public safety and convenience

Technology from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offers huge potential for improving the services and infrastructure of our cities. All aspects of city life, from environmental health, emergency responses and waste management to traffic flow, parking and public security are set to be turned on their heads by this new wave of technology. Think of the IIoT as a vast web of sensors covering your entire city, connecting things and people to services and response units, allowing vital data to be exchanged rapidly and in real time.

But the concept of a smart city is no futuristic vision—IIoT technology is being rolled out right now to enhance the quality, performance and efficiency of our cities. Here are a handful of examples of how this tech is being used today:

 

  • Wireless parking sensors can be installed in hours, eliminating the need to dig up roads. Citizens save time finding parking spaces, and illegal parking can be monitored (for example, outside of schools).
  • Wireless digital displays can be updated from a command centre to warn drivers of temporary dangers, such as construction work.
  • Public-safety devices (such as defibrillators) stored in public places can be monitored remotely to ensure they are maintained in a state of readiness for use. Information on the location of the nearest device can be made available the moment one is needed.

    Focus on: Agriculture

    How can the Industry 4.0 toolbox improve farming practice?

    Bringing precision farming to a field near you

    The days when farmland is sprayed liberally and uniformly with water, fertilisers and pesticides are numbered. Tomorrow’s farms will be highly targeted in their applications, using the smallest amount of resources required to get the job done. This sea-change in practice is possible thanks to the latest wave of sophisticated technology. Fully wireless sensors can be paired with a new low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) technologies to future-proof your agricultural business at an affordable price.

    Using big data to make smarter use of the land

    Already now, forward-thinking farmers are employing robots, sensors (eg. to determine UV radiation, and the temperature and moisture of soil), aerial images and GPS technology to receive meaningful ‘big data’. Armed with this information, these farmers are streamlining their operations (particularly important for high-value crops such as wine grapes, tobacco and tea) and increasing their profits. Even more importantly, they are helping to meet the challenges of rising populations and climate change.

    Big data is playing an invaluable role in other areas too—indeed, wherever large areas of land is required, this tech has a part to play. On golf courses, for instances, irrigation can be controlled on a needs basis rather than on a fixed-time basis. As a result, operational costs are saved and courses are kept in prime condition.

    Focus on: Energy & Utilities

    How can the Industry 4.0 toolbox optimise our use of valuable natural resources

    Gaining vital insight into our use of utilities—remotely and in real time

    On-site meter readings for gas, water and power will soon be a quirk of the past. Already now, a growing number of consumers are being empowered to monitor their personal usage of energy in real time through smart meters installed in their homes. Among utility service providers, this technology is creating a revolution in business practice. There is an immediate efficiency saving when data is accessed remotely and in-the-moment. Just as significantly, organisations can use this data to gain unprecedented insight into their operations, with a positive knock-on effect to the services they provide.

    This technology also allows faults and emergencies in remote locations to be identified fast. And it removes the pain of monitoring water systems in hard-to-reach places, as well as allowing distribution systems to be watched at all times for leaks.

    We have even installed accelerometers to electricity poles to sound alarms in the event of an accident or damage to the poles caused by bad weather or accidents.