Managing Assets and Industrial Sites in an IoT World
Author:CSC Town Hall
The haphazard tracking and management of assets, tools, equipment and remote infrastructure leads to delays, lost work time, damage and theft. Advances in technology including location-awareness and the Internet of Things are enabling operations and facility managers to visually monitor machines, assets, things and people and automate key processes safeguarding them. Join CSC experts to learn how companies across many industries are taking advantage of these technologies. This Town Hall will include a demonstration of the latest software for visualizing complex infrastructure.
The haphazard management of assets, tools and remote infrastructure can be expensive. Tech advances like location awareness and the Internet of Things (IoT) are helping facility managers to visually manage assets and people, and to automate key processes to safeguard them.
Dan Munyan, Global IoT Product Manager for CSC says that virtually every machine has the ability to report on its performance, ability and status. "We're combining wireless technology with the sensors and controls on those machines so that, through the Internet, the enterprise gains the ability to receive telemetry which is useful input for big data analytics," he says. "We're also gaining the ability to remotely or automatically control machines. This is important for safety and security. It improves maintenance and it boosts productivity."
Denis Pelych, Principle Asset Manager Consultant says CSC is helping a UK service provider improve their sewer operation service with an IoT proof of concept project. "Using CSC's Omnilocation, we're combining data on the sewer network, asset records, high risk businesses like fast food outlets and hospitals, river flows and more," he says. "This is helping us identify hot spots and to identify relationships that weren't obvious before, so engineers can determine how to mitigate seasonal risks or to eliminate them altogether."
Pelych says that two-thirds of the prospective use cases studied have demonstrated high value. What's more, the service provider has identified new commercial opportunities. "Our client sees an opportunity to offer a new raft of information services, updating and maintaining the network of sensors that are out there," he says.
Rick Tomredle, IoT Engineering and Delivery Manager for CSC says that the process often begins by building an "extrastructure" around the existing assets to collect and store the data that individual machines are already generating.
"You've got to build the right foundation," Tomredle says. "For example, Denis mentioned that as his team began to build this structure to gather data, they discovered sensor data that was locked up in proprietary formats. So you have to expect that you'll encounter these sorts of issues. Building systems around these components in the physical world has a lot more complexity to it than might be apparent," he says.
Citing an ongoing project to equip a large-scale mining operation with data gather capabilities, Tomredle says he tries to keep in mind three principles during an implementation. "First, you can't cheat the physics. We're dealing with wireless devices that have certain operating characteristics that have to be accounted for in designing a system. Secondly, form follows function. Many devices can perform many functions, but you need the right tool for the right job," he says. "Finally, operations technology is like information technology, but it has different protocols, different terms, and different issues to contend with. Battery life is one example," he says.
Pelych says it's important to get IoT pilot projects underway to energize the company's leadership about the possibilities and to engage peers about the 'art of the possible.' "Business and IT leaders need to develop and manage these projects together," he says. "It's forward thinking, so it needs a high level of sponsorship because of its visionary nature, and because it can be disruptive."
- Dan Munyan, Director & Technology Evangelist, Machine & Location Practice, CSC
- Denis Pelych, Senior Consultant, Enterprise Transformation: Supply Chain & Asset Management, CSC
- Rick Tomredle, Chief Technologist, Mobility & Social Applications, CSC
- Jeff Caruso, Senior Managing Editor, CSC