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What to do when a sensor cannot be physically implemented?

Mass deployment of sensors is not always possible. In some cases, or remote locations, it is too expensive; in others, there is not even a network. In oil & gas distribution sector, tanks are often on the customer property (or the tanks are owned by the customer), installing a sensor is not even possible. The customer may refuse it or want to remain fully independent of the supplier.

In that case, companies rely on reliable lists. From excel spreadsheets to historic data stored in their ERP, those lists remain only partially valid. Customers may often choose to purchase from a competitor (therefore there is a lack of data), or change their consumption (add a new pool, renovate the house, change the heater, etc.). Experience has shown that a customer is willing to purchase oil when his tank is between 20% and 40% full. Below it, he probably already ordered, and above, he will most probably wait until the tank is lower. Therefore, pinpointing the right time to call a customer becomes very important.

Big Data and Machine Learning in your Oil Tank

Brain-IT developed an algorithm that simulates a sensor. It is, literally, a virtual sensor. Using various data, we can predict the energy consumption of a unit in a confined climatic zone with a very high degree of precision (less than 3% of error on average). This could be for a heating or a cooling unit whether it is gas, oil or any other source of energy.

In the case of AVIA (with oil tank), we have on average an error of less than 300L on a 10’000L Tank. This way customer service agents can predict when a customer will run below a certain % in their Tank and they can call them at the perfect time to motivate the customer to make a purchase. 

How it works

Based on the norm SIA 380, our module generates a consumption model of the thermic need of a building without any sensors. We use degree day unified data, meteorological data (wind, temperature, pressure, etc.), GPS coordinates, altitude, and historical data (what the customer has consumed over a certain time). It allows us to visualize the consumption of a building (customer) and predict its future need and evolution of its tank. In the same way as with physical sensors, we can also monitor and alert in case a tank is going to run out of oil. We can also help select which customers should be called based on various criteria.

The algorithm is self-learning. With at least 2 deliveries of history and the information on the real level of the tank (%), the algorithm starts to become effective. The more data and the more regular a customer, the more reliable it will be.

 

About AVIA – an energy provider

In 1927, independent Swiss importers of petroleum products joined forces and founded the AVIA Federation in Switzerland. 89 years later, its 11 member companies are at the head of a vast network of Swiss service stations, consisting of about 600 stations and more than 100 shops under the AVIA brand.

BRAIN-IT

The backbone of BRAIN IT solutions is a 4.0 software platform (Toolbox):

– Multi-protocols: LoRaWAN, Sigfox, NBIoT, GSM, LTE..

– Multi-object builders: NKE-Watecco, AIUT, Tekelek, Silensoft…

– Integration is complete with the Customer’s ecosystem

– Brain It already processes several thousand sensors for companies.

– Digital Data by BRAIN IT.

BRAIN-IT

The backbone of BRAIN IT solutions is a 4.0 software platform (Toolbox):

– Multi-protocols: LoRaWAN, Sigfox, NBIoT, GSM, LTE…

– Multi-object builders: NKE-Watecco, AIUT, Tekelek, Silensoft…

– Integration is complete with the Customer’s ecosystem

– Brain It already processes several thousand sensors for companies.

– Digital Data by BRAIN IT.

BRAIN-IT

The backbone of BRAIN IT solutions is a 4.0 software platform (Toolbox):

– Multi-protocols: LoRaWAN, Sigfox, NBIoT, GSM, LTE…

– Multi-object builders: NKE-Watecco, AIUT, Tekelek, Silensoft…

– Integration is complete with the Customer’s ecosystem

– Brain It already processes several thousand sensors for companies.

– Digital Data by BRAIN IT.

BRAIN-IT

The backbone of BRAIN IT solutions is a 4.0 software platform (Toolbox):

– Multi-protocols: LoRaWAN, Sigfox, NBIoT, GSM, LTE…

– Multi-object builders: NKE-Watecco, AIUT, Tekelek, Silensoft…

– Integration is complete with the Customer’s ecosystem

– Brain It already processes several thousand sensors for companies.

– Digital Data by BRAIN IT.

BRAIN-IT

The global building automation system market grew 7% in 2018 to total ~ US$ 35 Bn, registering an upward spiral from ~ US$ 33 Bn in
2017, according to the new research study from Future Market Insights.

The report says that Schneider Electric SE, ABB, Siemens AG, Johnson Controls Inc., and Honeywell International Inc. remain the top 5 players in the building automation market, commanding nearly 40% of the global market share.

The analyst is of the opinion that growing investments in smart buildings is one of the key shapers estimate to mould the growth of building automation system market in 2019 and beyond. Despite of having a robust sphere of influence, leading players in the building automation system market will continue to face competition threats from new vendors entering the scenario with newer promises.

 

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The term ‘digital transformation’ has attracted a lot of attention across the manufacturing industry and throughout the media recently. Defined by The Enterprisers Project, digital transformation is “the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business, resulting in fundamental changes to how businesses operate and how they deliver value to customers.”

With digitalisation comes the rise of trends such as Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing and smart factories.

Industry 4.0, also known as the fourth industrial revolution, is all about focusing on connectivity and communication. It presents us with a future where devices are connected so that they can communicate and make smart decisions. 

BRAIN-IT

Technology has been increasingly adopted by all major industry sectors over the last several years—and the energy industry is no exception. Tech innovation is no longer associated only with replacement of paperwork with automated electronic systems. The next step is reinvention of the ways that energy and utilities companies do business, engage their customers and interact with them. And let us not forget about Energy 4.0, a buzzword used to denote the digital revolution in this industry.