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.

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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

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