Services and people added to the IoT mix
As well as noticing and transmitting machine chatter, there’s another level to the IoT that includes services and people: IoTS& P.
New integrated ops centre for maritime industry and IoT
One example of how the industry is taking this concept forwards comes from the power and automation technology group, ABB. The company recently opened an Integrated Operations Centre to help ship owners take greater control of their fleets from the shore.
In fact, ABB has been advancing technologies for the “Internet of Things, Services and People” for more than a decade via its control systems, communication offerings, sensors, and software. Such technologies help industry users to make more intelligent use of data to optimize operations, increase productivity, and achieve greater flexibility.
The new centre fits into ABB’s marine Integrated Operations concept, which utilizes the IoTSP to connect ships and their owner’s technical headquarters with ABB’s support departments. Engineers at the centre in Billingstad, Norway, can connect to any vessel - fitted with ABB technology - anywhere in the world.
Through the IoTSP comes the capability to monitor a ship’s critical equipment and its key parameters, for example on power production and Azipod ® propulsion. Sensors and software onboard the ships send equipment and performance data - via satellite link - enabling ship owners to perform remote troubleshooting and make informed judgements about the vessel’s performance and maintenance plans.
“We are monitoring the key parameters which will have direct impact on the critical equipment and could lead either to downtime or to a significant loss in efficiency,” says Richard Windischhofer, VP of integrated operations at ABB. “We are proactive in our relationship with our customers and with the new Integrated Operations Centre we proactively monitor the critical alarms and inform the crew about issues – sometimes even before they notice them themselves.”
Mikko Lepistö, VP of software and automation operations at ABB, said: “Digitalization allows owners to monitor remotely entire fleets using cloud services. When data collected by automation systems is utilized in the most optimal way, we can save both costs and environment. The Internet of Things, Services and People opens new possibilities for the marine industry and especially for the development of the service business.”
The company also recently opened a new lab for marine research and development. Situated in Helsinki, its shipping industry offerings such as automation, remote control systems, propulsion, integrated operations, and waste heat recovery systems, will now be catered for under one roof.
Preparing for a future of Petabit-per- second data
According to a study by Bell Labs, the research arm of AlcatelLucent, telecommunications operators and enterprises are witnessing rapid network data traffic growth at cumulative annual rates of up to 100%. With the promise of 5G wireless technology on the horizon, Bell Labs estimates that, within about a decade, there will be an acute need for commercial optical transport systems capable of handling Petabit-per- second capacities.
The company has reported a breakthrough in its ambition to shatter the capacity limits of optical networks trying meet the explosion in traffic expected from 5G and the Internet of Things. With demand threatening to outstrip the capacity limits of current optical fibre networks, Bell Labs is looking at optical networking technology that could potentially help operators address this expansion. The company has developed a real- time multiplexed optical multipleinput-multiple- output ( MIMO- SDM) system. This technique has the potential to increase today’s 10 to 20 Terabit- per- second fibre capacities to Petabit-per- second capacity ( the equivalent of 1,000 Terabits per second).
The result could increase optical network capacities by more than tenfold, overcoming the capacity threshold set by the Shannon Limit on standard fibre. The Shannon Limit shows the maximum speed for data via a particular channel.
Commenting, Marcus Weldon, CTO of Alcatel- Lucent and President of Bell Labs: “This experiment represents a major breakthrough in the development of future optical transport. We are at the crossroads of a huge change in communications networks, with the advent of 5G wireless and cloud networking underway. Operators and enterprises alike will see their networks challenged by massive increases in traffic. At Bell Labs we are continuously innovating to shape the future of communications networks to meet those demands.”
Alcatel- Lucent has been active in the oil and gas space for years. It has already designed an advanced subsea control system to help with operational efficiency and oil and gas recovery for Statoil. It also helped Tampnet, in Norway, to enhance communications for North Sea oil and gas facilities. This is an IP- based system to address a dramatic increase in data traffic, and the need for greater operational reliability as Tampnet expanded its comms network to reach more facilities in the region. In 2012, Alcatel- Lucent was commissioned to enhance safety and security as well as distribution of information, entertainment and communications services at Chevron’s Wheatstone Natural Gas Processing Plant in Western Australia.
“We are at the crossroads of a huge change in communications networks with the advent of 5G wireless and cloud networking underway.” Weldon, CTO of Alcatel- Lucent and President of Bell Labs
“The IoTSP opens new
possibilities for the marine industry and
especially for the development of the
service business.” Lepistö, VP of software and automation operations, ABB