Monitor remote machinery to simplify processes and uncover optimization potential

Monitor remote machinery to simplify processes and uncover optimization potential

Condition monitoring of plants, machines or vehicles minimizes downtimes. By continuously monitoring conditions via various sensors, trends can be identified and action taken in a timely manner. For example, wear parts can be replaced at the ideal time and minor repairs carried out at the right moment. Companies often struggle to find the right approach to upgrade their machines. Intelligent manufacturing, however, is the basis for the digital transformation of production lines. Most companies are aware of the possibilities of IoT, but many fail to set up a strategy for successful implementation. 

Embever aims to change this with a flexibly expandable IoT solution “Embever Mobile Wireless Sensor Unit” for monitoring plants, machines or vehicles. The core element is a battery-powered gateway that can send and receive data using mobile radio technologies. The hardware provided by Embever can be extended by various wireless actuators and sensors. This enables a mobile wireless sensor network to be set up and operated that is connected to the Internet via cellular radio and works independently of local power sources. Plant and machine operators can thus record a wide variety of measured values quickly and without a great deal of installation work. Depending on the application, different sensors can be connected. Countless test scenarios can be evaluated and brought to market with the help of this solution.

Why IoT projects fail and how Embever makes retrofit projects successful

75% of all IoT projects fail. In order to successfully implement an IoT project, companies have to overcome many hurdles. Either they decide to carry out the projects themselves, or they outsource the development. In the former case, they need a vision, qualified staff and perseverance. In the latter, this can also take a long time and cause high costs, as there are only a few qualified companies that can efficiently implement IoT projects. However, success is not guaranteed with either option. All too often, development is not brought to market, the end customer is not involved in the development or wrong decisions are made when choosing the technology. In a nutshell: IoT projects, whether developed in-house or externally, are expensive, associated with a lot of uncertainty and success is never guaranteed.

Our solution to this problem is Embever IoT Core, a platform for developing, testing and deploying IoT projects. IoT concepts always consist of hardware, application firmware, IoT cloud applications and data transfer. Embever IoT Core handles the data transfer into the cloud and, as a modular component, is already part of the overall solution. The software architecture of Embever IoT Core efficiently controls the storage and filtering of messages, the encoding and decoding of data, the sending and receiving of messages and the processing of data transmission. The firmware (application logic) of the IoT device can be adapted with little effort and thus optimized for different use cases. The customer can decide how the IoT device should work in detail. Implementation of alarm functions, pre-processing of sensor data, integration of various interfaces are thus possible.

With the help of the platform, Embever offers companies the opportunity to test various IoT solution approaches in the shortest possible time and for little money. The platform is compatible with certified hardware.  Successfully implemented pilots can be brought to market and subsequently operated in a very short time through permanent further development. The chances of successfully implementing an IoT initiative and introducing it to the market increase considerably, while development costs can be reduced at the same time.

Example of a successful proof of concept

A proof of concept for monitoring systems, machines or vehicles was recently developed for Deutsche Bahn within a very short time. It consists of a battery-powered gateway that can send and receive data using mobile radio technologies (“Embever Mobile Wireless Sensor Unit”). The hardware developed by Embever can be extended by various wireless actuators and sensors. This enables a mobile wireless sensor network to be set up and operated. It is connected to the Internet via mobile radio and works independently of local power sources. This enables Deutsche Bahn to record a wide variety of measurements in its trains without a great deal of installation work. Depending on the application, different sensors can be connected. Countless test scenarios can be evaluated and brought to market with the help of this solution.