With rapid advancements in the IoT sphere, the energy and environment sector is ripe for IoT transformation. Industrial IoT technologies in this realm are being implemented for sensing, control monitoring, and remote communications. These technologies, in combination with information integration and data analysis software, are expected to bring greater efficiencies and improved management and decision making to a variety of verticals. Examples include factory environmental monitoring, urban environments and infrastructure, water and wastewater treatment, power and energy, intelligent energy saving, and more. IoT deployments can be challenging in terms of quantifying ROI and providing clear use cases, however. As one of the leading hardware companies in inter-process communication (IPC), Advantech assists companies in efficiently developing their IoT projects in a way that delivers maximum value.
With more than 30 years of experience in system integration, hardware, software, automation, and product development, Advantech offers an intelligent suite of cloud-enabled industrial IoT solutions for enhanced energy savings and environmental practices. Advantech combines sustainable hardware/software products with deep domain expertise in substation, renewable energy, water treatment, and pollution management. These capabilities combine to accelerate time to value for integrators and enterprises, alike.
The Advantech IoT roadmap
Governed by a mission to help system integrators enable an intelligent planet, Advantech has established the AIoT Long Term Co-Creation Business Model. The model is designed to aid software and hardware integration for various industries. The goal is to help these sectors establish complete industrial IoT ecosystems and value chains to realize greater benefits, enabling companies to reach new levels in the IoT.
The roadmap for Advantech’s AIoT Long Term Co-Creation Business Model can be divided into three phases:
- Phase I: Automation and embedded platforms
- Phase II: Solution-ready packages (SRPs) for integrating IoT software and hardware solutions with WISE-PaaS IoT Edge Intelligence
- Phase III: Integrated application cloud solutions for domain-focused solution integrators
In collaboration with system integrator partners offering versatile solutions in different domains across the globe, Advantech is currently in Phase II of its development of IoT offerings. Advantech’s SRPs offer a total solution comprising embedded hardware and an IoT software platform (PaaS). To accelerate the integration of software and hardware in each industry, Advantech’s WISE-PaaS industrial IoT cloud platform provides edge-to-cloud software and services to help system integrators and manufacturers enable IoT-powered cloud business models.
IoT tools for energy management
From the energy management standpoint, WISE-PaaS features Device M+, which brings about the smart automation of operations. “We empower clients with smarter and simpler ways to automate their operations, along with helping them realize significant cost-savings on energy spending,” said Chingpo Lin, associate vice president at Advantech. Device M+ integrates with the existing systems in an organization, providing real-time insights into every process within a facility through a centralized platform.
Device M+ connects tools like data collectors, visualizers, and controllers to the current system, enabling the configuration of devices, visualizations, machine profiles, connectivity management, and alarm notifications in the architecture. The dashboard auto-generation service facilitates access to all the data and reports concerning the established devices and their performance anywhere and anytime, both on mobile and desktop applications. The solution also offers different assistive dashboards for CNC, water treatment, energy, factory OEE, ADAM, and more.
By creating a connected framework between devices and processes, Advantech enables companies to have a comprehensive overview and understanding of machine use, machine profile, and tools to drive performance. Micro-services that are included as a part of the platform help clients efficiently manage their energy usage. “Advantech delivers an open platform that combines various energy and environment applications, and also displays real-time information for management, and overseeing and controlling on-site operations,” Lin said.
Advantech looks forward to further developing and deploying Device M+ for improved energy management in renewable energy, CNC management, environmental supervisory control, and distributed equipment management.