Energy Management with IoT Application for Industries

Energy Management with IoT Application for Industries

Energy is one of the most imperative aspects of industrial technological progress. Efficient use of energy and its management is essential for sustainable development and a better RoI. It is now possible to foster the energy management with IoT application. It is often quoted as “You can’t manage what you can’t measure”. Metering and monitoring energy is necessary for the power plants as well and the consumers especially industries. In this article, we talk about how we can monitor and manage energy consumption in an industry.

The 3 Energy Parameters

For an industrial customer, there are n number of parameters to be managed. We will be able to monitor every parameter. In this article, we have used the three most important factors that directly affects the RoI for the demonstration purpose

  • Voltage in each phase
  • Current in each phase
  • Power Consumed in a day

Monitoring and measuring these parameters in real-time is a key metric for an energy management program to be successful. The pre-built widgets in IoT platform display trends over a period that it captures the above mentioned factors to give you a real-time view of state of your energy consumption.

As far as energy efficiency is concerned, voltage optimization is much-needed one for systematic controlled reduction in the voltages received by an energy consumer to reduce energy use, power demand and reactive power demand. The gauge chart in widgets can provide a complete view of voltage fluctuations so that you will be able to optimize voltage to reduce energy usage. Besides that, power and load factor have a major impact on energy consumption in industries. Because, Increasing the load factor will reduce the average unit cost of the KWh. Therefore in many situations, improving load factor could help companies save a considerable amount of money. This kind of analytics will help you improve energy management with IoT.

Deducing Anomaly

Widgets captures changes in real-time data non-intrusively and helps in analysing data-in-motion in order to respond time-sensitive operational events. The historical data chart provides the overall power consumed per day. Energy managers can easily identify and manage energy spikes using the historical data charts. Besides that, the slight changes can be notified with alerts and notifications in the dashboard. By reviewing energy trends & spikes, energy managers can make best practices and decision-making to reduce energy consumption. Being able to monitor energy data in real time provides an understanding of energy consumption and performance across separate operations units in Energy and Power industry.

Improving ROI

Monitoring Load factor will provide energy managers with better insights into cost per unit of energy. Your Industry or commercial institution could lower its demand by improving load factor. Besides that, Increasing your load factor will diminish the average unit cost (demand and energy) of the kWh. Depending on your situation, improving your load factor could mean substantial savings. It helps industries or any other organizations to reduce costs in demand or power factors as well as utilize rebates to improve return on investment (ROI) on energy products and energy procurement. This makes a proactive and predictive approach to energy supply & consumption strategy because,this kind of analytics will help in making informed decisions to mitigate challenges to make an accurate and timely decision. Enhance your energy management with IoT application.

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5 Top Benefits – Buy an IoT Cloud Platform

5 Top Benefits – Buy an IoT Cloud Platform

Business today needs to work on multiple verticals to roll out out great IoT Product and a great overall customer experience. IoT Cloud Platform is one of the core component of the Implementation. Business trying to build everything in house faces a lot of challenge. It will be more effective to ride your IoT Implementation over an existing Platform. Here is a five benefits you get when you buy an existing IoT Cloud Platform.

IoT Challenge is Wide – Build expertise on your Core

An IoT Implementation is a challenge that spans from edge hardware, firmware, industrial design, ware housing, logistics, software cloud , hosting, mobile apps, and more.  The challenge for any business that builds devices or provides solution for any enterprise as consultant or system integrator is huge. It is harder to build expertise end to end across all domains vertically and horizontally. Solution business core lies on the Hardware and they should put all their efforts on build a beautiful hardware experience and partner for the other domains which helps them grow bigger and faster.

Get the best of every industry

As an IoT Platform provider, we work with many verticals and ensure the best practices of the different domains. And we put them into the common platform, so that every customer gets the best of world in terms of the cloud platform and building apps over the platform. We bring in the best of the high precision industry like Pharma, aviation to everyone so that you provide the best experience to your customer.

Otherwise you will be building something specific to your industry which is limited in its own context

These expertise knowledge is something you get not only for the Cloud Platform, but also we pass it on to our customer on their application side as well as the edge device development as part of the consulting for our customers.

Scaling up the IoT Cloud Platform

Who will say no to a Hockey stick growth of your business. Building a platform for managing a few hundred of devices will be easy and look lucrative when build using a few pieces here and there. Good products fail when the numbers go up. They will not be able to scale up their platform when the numbers go up quickly than they expect it to grow.  IoT Platforms are build today to scale to millions of devices easily based on the need.

Support and Extended Team

Any IoT Platform provider will provide you with a round the clock support all 365 days to ensure that your Platform is running always. All fixes and upgrades they do will be pushed to your servers as well as make sure your Cloud servers are patched always for the best performance and security. We work as an extended team to with business to ensure that they reach their goal faster and easier.

Save Money & Time

It needs a dedicated team to build , host and scale up the IoT Cloud Platform and the APIs for the application building.  It takes at least an year of time and effort for the team to understand the requirement completely to build a scalable and fail proof System. An equal amount of effort and time is needed scaling up the platform for more devices and more functionality.

We provide the best of both the worlds over our platform providing a ready to run platform and at the same time providing options to extend it at the User interface level and at data analysis level, so that you can build solution to any vertical. 

You can always try our hosted Device manager for FREE which is our IoT Platform

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IoT & IIoT Implementation Series – Designing the Edge

IoT & IIoT Implementation Series – Designing the Edge

Edge device is one of the core component of the overall IoT & IIoT implementation.  Edge devices is the key source of data for the IIoT Implementation. The first important thing you have to keep in mind is nothing is reliable. The nothing mainly constitutes the Power and the Internet.

Power Saving:

There are two kinds of devices with respect to power. First one is connected to the electricity and the later is without any continuous power source. The second ones runs on batter. In the former case, there is no need to worry about the usage of the power.

When you create a device that runs on power, you need to make sure, the number of cycles you run per second determines the power consumption.  In one of the implementation, we enabled the communication of the remote device with the central server only when there is a change in the data. But the device will monitor the condition every few seconds. This will increase the battery life and at the same time save a lot of network traffic.

Internet Failure:

The device cannot take the Internet connectivity for granted. You should optimize the device for reconnections.  So the reconnection should be made smoother with longer intervals, so that there is not surge in the drain of battery.

The device should be connected with  MQTT WILL Messages so that the interested parties or the device manager will notify every one with the device disconnections once it happens.

Heat Generation:

Heat dissipation is one of the most important aspect to be considered for the device development. Even a very small heat generated in the micro controller should be properly let out. If not done properly may lead to Fire hazard. It becomes more important when you develop devices that works on the high voltage lines.

IIoT Implementation –  Software:

Most MQTT servers supports two forms of connecting to the Central broker.

  1. TCP Connections
  2. Web Socket

The remote devices should implement the tcp form of connections. The web browser based clients or communication when the applcaition is open can use the Web socket. But for mobile offline messaging, developers should strictly use the other tools like Firebase Cloud messaging.

MQTT Connection Security:

Most MQTT Server can be run in Non TLS or TLS mode. We recommend you to run the platform enabling the TLS mode in the configuration. The TLS enabled broker will listen at port 8883. You can refer to our previous article on creating SSL Certificate for MQTT Communication for generating and using TLS Certificates. The above article also provides steps to add the client certificate in your client folder and connect it to the central Server.

client = MQTTClient(“Secure_Client” , 1883 , “40” , “broker.bevywise.com” , 0)

PS:- Even though the MQTT Platforms support TLS modes, we run them as NON TLS mode on our server for ease of development.

MQTT Device Authentication:

TLS data transfer provides the option to transfer the data securely. But the MQTT Authentication will provide an additional level of security. The Authentication also provides a level of access Prineville on who can publish and who can receive data from the MQTT Broker. The access restrictions will be defined at the MQTT Broker level and the clients can use the device authentication as needed for the implementation.

client = MQTTClient(“Secure_Client” , 1883 , “40” , “broker.bevywise.com” , 0 , “authentication_key”, “authentication_value”)

Setting WILL Details on Connection:

Setting the WILL messages will help other devices / applications in the network know the status of the device that sends the WILL details to the Broker. The WILL message will be triggered when the device disconnects with a notice to the broker. To connect the client to the broker, you can connect using the following method.

client = MQTTClient(“Secure_Client” , 1883 , “40” , “broker.bevywise.com” , 0 , “auth_key”, “auth_value” , True , 0 , 0 , “/will/device/” , “Device down”)

You can use the following prebuilt clients on Python to connect to any standard MQTT Broker via TCP.

 Macintosh         

 Linux                   

 Windows 32-bit

 Windows 64-bit

 ESPClient           

You can have the following import and then write the above code.

import py_mqtt_client

 For the Websocket based client, you can use the following client.

 Eclipse Paho Client for Web socket

Bevywise Networks is an end to end solution provider for IoT & IIoT Implementation for any vertical from Edge devices to IoT Cloud Platform. We would be happy to help you get your solution tailored by us.

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