INDUSTRIAL IOT EASILY DONE
Digitread has just installed the first digital solution that monitors floating docks using sensors and presents the results on an app called SmartDock.
Just before Christmas we wrote about the SmartDock app that was under development the purpose of which was to collect sensor data from floating docks and present them via an app.
The need for this type of solution became evident this fall when several undesirable, critical events occurred in connection with floating docks both in Norway, Germany, Denmark and Russia. With better monitoring and warning systems, some of these events might have been avoided.
In short, the solution, which Digitread has developed, involves collecting data from various sensors that the docks are already equipped with and sending them to a cloud solution. Using the SmartDock app you can then read critical sensor data or receive alarms if something abnormal occurs, for example via smartphone. With this solution, the health and safety conditions of the dock are presented in real time.
Pilot project in Germany
Representatives from Digitread recently traveled to a shipyard in Germany where they completed the very first installation. The hardware that was installed consists of two physical units. A PLC and an IoT gateway. The PLC functions as a kind of hub that collects signals from various sensors already on board the floating dock. The signals that the PLC collects are passed on to an IoT gateway that uploads the data into MindsSphere, Siemens’ Industrial IoT platform.
“The SmartDock app was already fully developed when we arrived in Germany, so out on the yard it only took a few hours of work before we had finished connecting our boxes to facilitate a well-functioning solution between the sensors on the dry dock and the SmartDock app via the cloud-based solution.
The following day we presented this to the representatives at the yard. They were very satisfied and immediately saw the usefulness of the new tool we had developed for them”, explains Christoffer Lange who is Industrial IoT Product Manager at Digitread.
“Instead of launching a large IT project, we want to have a flexible approach. In practice, this means that we give the customer a quick prototype with real-time data from the business. With real data to hand, the customer himself will see the great opportunities that using an Industrial IoT will be able to provide them”, he continues.
Making it easy
Helge Kjeilen, chair of the board at Digitread, is also very pleased with the development of the new app and sees great opportunities for creating similar solutions that can be technically advanced, but which are also simple and quick to implement:
“We are constantly hearing about advanced IoT solutions and about the long race to develop different solutions to work in a multitude of ways. With this project we have shown that it is possible to give our customers great added value at an early stage without the development needing to be long and advanced. We want to continue along the same vein for future projects, too”, Kjeilen concludes.