Operators of power and water utilities, including generation and distribution, are seeking ways to improve reliability while also enhancing safety, minimizing costs, and maintaining regulatory compliance. A fully integrated Internet of Things (IoT) system is central to this effort. From aging infrastructure and new power sources to water scarcity concerns and stricter compliance mandates, unconnected autonomous systems simply cannot scale with the evolving demands placed upon this portion of the energy sector.
Through the deployment of smart sensors in monitoring and automating the myriad devices essential to running large facilities and remote installations, operators can better understand in real time how their assets are performing and have complete control over their network and device resources. Operators can leverage this intelligence to strengthen business processes by reducing production costs, improving reliability and optimizing overall performance to ensure better Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). A properly utilized IoT system allows operators to proactively manage their core assets via predictive failure warnings by identifying potential mechanical issues before they become serious. This level of amplified asset monitoring allows operators to optimize device settings, modify calibration and gain better visibility into the utilization of assets informing smarter management that ensures regulatory guidelines are followed.
These capabilities not only extend the life cycle of equipment and identify potential mechanical failures before they occur, but they can produce significant productivity gains with limited natural resources. The predictive capability of IoT informs a smarter, safer power grid that is better equipped to adapt to the constantly evolving demands and shifting environmental realities of the modern utility landscape.