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26Feb

Manufacturing safety

by Team Digireach
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The Internet of Things is the superhero of this era. There is a lot of fancy tech that it can accomplish in microseconds. But its most remarkable super power is the ability to rescue human beings from danger just like a superhero. It can make people feel protected.

IoT is a superhero that uses its powers (Internet connection) in ways that boggles the mind and defies the concept of impossibility.

Factories and manufacturing plants can be some of the most dangerous places to work at because of hazardous elements like thermal extremes, highly concentrated toxic or flammable substances and low oxygen levels that are generally controlled by manual or sensory procedures. There are some processes require employees to handle lifting and moving equipment . Any mishap or tampering in even one of these can cause severe harm and even loss of life.

What are the current problems with providing workers with enough protection?

Factories must be able to provide effective protection while not burdening the worker so much that they are impeded in carrying out their tasks in an efficient and effective manner.

How can workers actually be protected?

This can be done by removing the uncertainty factor from the equation. The Internet of Things enables real time monitoring to detect any potential and currently occurring hazards. There are different kinds of sensors that have a specific function. While we had sensors earlier, now we have smart sensors which can either send alerts or take action according to the stimulus received.

The smart objects can be wearable or fixed depending on its functions. Activity-aware smart objects record the activity around it while policy-aware smart objects interpret the activity in a particular context. Process-aware smart objects guide workers with solutions based on lightning quick analysis of the data received from activity and policy smart objects.

Monitoring is done on three levels, namely: environment, situation context and the humans themselves.

The wearables mentioned earlier can measure an employee’s heart rate and other body vitals to keep track of their health. Many accidents can be prevented by this kind of regular check up. Employers can be alerted if an employee is too fatigued. Since optimum performance can only come with good health, employers can make sure to give appropriate rest breaks.

Parting thoughts:

The storm of Internet enabled devices is upending old, obsolete techniques and making way for the new. Your friendly, workplace IoT is here to stay and save the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25Feb

IoT in the energy sector

by Team Digireach

Since the advent of the Internet of Things, the world has seen many fantastic seeming ideas transforming into reality. From ideas that are merely flashy, to life changing events that impact our very existence as a race, life as we know it is changing its shape. It is no wonder that this era is touted as the fourth industrial revolution.

One of the biggest benefits of IoT is that we can turn away from harmful exhaustible sources of fuel to more sustainable ones like solar energy. This gives us the chance to combat global warming and undo the damage that has already been caused.

So how does IoT help us do that?

The Internet of Things is a concept that equips ordinary devices with an Internet connection to enable them to capture data, communicate and compare. While solar energy had captivated the world’s imagination, it previously wasn’t very viable because it needed to be monitored closely and its components adjusted accordingly to be of real use. Now an Internet connection enables that and much more.

For IoT to be truly effective, energy companies need to decide how it can be used to maximum effect. What data should be captured, how the gathered data should be handled and what is the best way to deal with problems are just a few of the factors to be considered.

The main focus for companies is to lower costs and keep upgrading services. Manual checks have become redundant and more expensive without even the assurance of accuracy. Now everything can be monitored remotely. It’s quick and convenient and requires low investment. A company’s profit is directly proportional to its understanding of customers.

Naturally, with these tools, company representatives can figure out the problem and its solution before it is actually reported by customers.

Apart from providing good and timely services, the company’s biggest worry is if the amount of power produced is equal to the power consumed. An imbalance in this regard is obviously wasteful.

Hopefully, Zero-Net Buildings, a product of IoT, AI, solar, batteries, and LED light systems, will soon become the norm rather than a little known rarity. These buildings are designed such that power produced is equal to power consumed. The result is lower bills and lesser emissions.

Another invention that stems from IoT and conserves energy is the Digital Twin that seems to have emerged straight out of an Iron Man movie. This technology creates a digital simulation of the physical machine with the help of sensors, AI, IoT, spatial movement graphs and Machine Learning. This simulation mimics the real life object/human and makes it easy to handlers to observe and improve in real time.

Despite the global situation at hand, the future is bright and warm. And it is in our hands to make it possible.

 

18Feb

Internet of Smart grids

by Team Digireach

A smart grid is an IoT enabled grid of geographically proximate devices which uses an Internet connection to receive and analyze sensory information.

Smart grids are generally classified according to the scope of their operations. These classifications are: home area network, neighborhood area network, access network, backhaul network, core and external networks.  

The devices connected in a smart grid include smart meters, smart appliances and renewable energy resources.

Benefits of a Smart grid

Smart comparisons

The information is gained in such a way that it is easy to compare readings on the various devices connected to the grid and take smart decisions.

Macro smart and micro smart

A smart grid enables you to look at the grid of devices as a whole and as individual devices. Gaining different perspectives is a very important factor in understanding the needs of an area and charting out a path that utilizes generated power in the most efficient and profitable way possible.

Smart energy resources

A smart grid makes using renewable environment friendly sources of energy a plausible reality. With IoT enabled devices, renewable resources like solar energy and wind energy can be harnessed to greater effect. Previously considered unwieldy, the extent of monitoring now makes it a feasible reality. Solar or wind setups generally consist of many units to generate sufficient power.

Smart energy usage

With a smart grid you can map the accuracy of electricity consumption of a particular area. A record of the surges and ebbs in the pattern of energy usage in a particular time period can help fine tune the services provided. This is cost effective and has the benefit of preventing electrical outages.

Smart grids for smart cities

In the near future, smart cities will emerge and rely on having smart grids to function. A smart city is one where digital technology and an Internet connection is used to gain data, analyse it and deploy solutions to create a sustainable city that uses its resources to the maximum.

Security risks

An IoT enabled Smart Grid is vulnerable to cyber attacks because of the Internet connection that enables a 2 way communication pathway.  

Ill intentioned hackers can easily exploit this weakness for crimes like identity theft, data tampering, unauthorized access, and eavesdropping with potentially disastrous effects.

Parting thoughts

IoT is ground breaking technology that is gaining momentum at astounding speeds. It won’t be long before there are inventive solutions to these challenging problems.

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