IoT Platform for Energy & Utilities
With the transition to green and renewable energy, the Energy & Utilities industry, whether it is utility of water, district heating or power, has many exciting and necessary challenges ahead.
There are many use cases in the future Energy & Utilities industry such as smart and micro-grids, power-to-x, heat pump systems, connected building automation systems, intelligent district heating, etc. What they all have in common is that they rely heavily on live data and often need to integrate with other stakeholders’ systems.
IoT cloud platforms for Energy & Utilities industries require the ability to gather data from a huge array of different devices that are often made by different vendors and have different owners.
Some data is to be shared with partners, while other data is sensitive and needs to be strictly controlled.
This requires a flexible and potent platform allowing the integration of everything with a strict control of who gets to see what.
How Beacon Tower fits:
Beacon Tower is an IoT data platform for the Energy & Utilities industry as it has an advanced access control allowing the owner of a device and its data to share it with whomever they want.
Any number of actors can have sensors in the platform and either share or get data through the platform itself or through various APIs.
This means data can be sent to bigger data lakes or into other platforms, allowing Beacon Tower to act as a complete IoT data platform for an Energy & Utilities industry or as part of one.
Key Beacon Tower functionalities supporting the Energy & Utilities industry
Models your business
Assets can be structured in ‘node hierarchies’, allowing you to model Beacon Tower after your business. Model them by geographical location, customers, asset properties – or all of them – supporting different roles within your organisation.
Beacon Tower can further be white labelled in multiple layers. This allows you to provide Beacon Tower as a platform for your products if needed.
Beacon Tower can gather data from any type of device or data source. Make use of standalone devices or gateways with multiple peripheral devices that can be directly managed by Beacon Tower. You can also integrate network services or device clouds from other providers making Beacon Tower your central repository for all IoT Data. We can help you build integrations to legacy systems where proxy servers or applications are needed to bring the data into Beacon Tower without modifying the legacy systems.
The Real Time Telemetry processing is the core of Beacon Tower’s signal processing. It allows you to create rules that triggers alarms or actions within milliseconds from receiving the signal.
Visualize telemetry in graphs allowing you to see trends, compare signals and understand your assets. You can customize a dashboard for each type of asset and for each node in the node hierarchy to ensure the right information is always available.
Asset & Device Management
A core component in any IoT platform is the device manager. In Beacon Tower we use a state-of-the-art scalable device manager that can manage any number of devices. It supports updating firmware or properties on single devices, batches or all devices of a certain type, depending on your needs. It can also provide a full overview of what devices are working properly and which devices have lost connection or are behaving irregularly.
Beacon Tower has a flexible hierarchical access system that allow you, your customers and their customers into Beacon Tower. You can decide what level of autonomy your customers should have, i.e. if they manage their own data, devices or users.
Critical challenges for the Energy & Utilities industry
Provision and management
How do we control the provisioning, maintenance, and operation of sensors and devices? Beacon Tower is designed to manage thousands or even tens of thousands of connected devices to measure state information like pressure, temperature, or vibration. We enable industry stakeholders to simplify the process of configuring, provisioning, and initiating operation of connected assets and products. We offer a range of capabilities to support monitoring, testing, updating, and troubleshooting connected devices and software.
Integrate with existing systems. The diverse array of use cases requires software integration and APIs to support relevant and future applications. Beacon Tower enables developers to easily create code, business rules, and data-management capabilities integrated with IoT connectivity, security, and manageability. Development tools, scripting tools, API links, and API management tools are designed for interfacing with other applications. Beacon Tower also helps transform industry- or technology-specific data elements and data models into a normalised format by providing developers with a range of APIs with freedom of development tools and coding languages.
Smart / Micro Grids
Beacon Tower has been designed with the experience from several Smart and Micro Grids solutions in mind. A Micro Grid is a system that includes multiple loads and distributed energy resources that can be operated in parallel with the broader energy or utility grid or a small, independent utility system. It increases flexibility with distributed production, increases efficiency with reduced transmission length, and gives easier integration of alternative energy sources, while a Smart Grid is a modernised grid that uses information and communications technology to gather and act on information, such as information about the behaviours of suppliers and consumers, in an automated fashion to improve the efficiency, reliability, economics, and sustainability of the production and distribution of utilities.
Big Data analytics
Sensors can generate huge datasets that must be analysed and processed to implement future Energy & Utility services. Future Energy & Utility initiatives need data analytics to function, so data collection and data utilisation are key. Beacon Tower transforms data into timely, relevant insight and action. Beacon Tower is optimised for many sensors that capture and generate time-series data in a per-minute or real-time manner, or capturing insights from audio and video sensors that deliver rich media. Beacon Tower has rich analytics, including data filtering and streaming analytics to monitor data in real time, and advanced analytics to extract hidden patterns and insights from captured information.