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Industrial internet of things examples: IoT in heavy industry

Tamlin Magee | June 27, 2016
We've seen how the internet of things will help our homes, but how are the heavy industries making the most of the technology?

Craft beer can spoil more easily than high-volume commercial beers because of the strains they use. And while in transport, natural re-fermentation sometimes increases the CO2 level, ruining the beer.

But by fitting the Ovinto sensors in a 14,000-litre tank of beer, B United was able to monitor temperature, pressure and location - and its first trial led to zero waste, leading to Ovinto sensors being installed in all of B United's containers.

5. Aerospace

Industrial internet of things: Aerospace
Image: Wikipedia / General Electric shop in 1896

General Electric and Accenture joint venture Taleris diagnoses and predicts aircraft maintenance problems before they happen.

Using sensors to monitor aircraft parts, components and systems, its analytics program hunts anomalies in engineering systems and their overall health, and can determine whether the unites need replacement or repairing.

The idea is that unscheduled maintenance can be transformed into regular maintenance, allowing airline carriers to properly plan and reduce downtime.

6. Logistics

Industrial internet of things: Logistics
Image: Flickr / Andrew W. Sieber

A DHL and Cisco trend report on IoT highlights just how useful connected, smart sensors can be in optimising logistics. For example, sensors can be placed in pick-up points on the last mile to determine if a postal box is empty or not - and then communicate this information to the receipient.

And in supply chain risk management, global disruptions can be checked against the effect they'd have on trading lanes. If they pose a risk, both the information and a mitigation strategy can automatically be communicated.  

7. Transport

Industrial internet of things: Transport
Image: Flickr / Rob Reedman

As well as the potential for installing track-side monitoring networks and connecting up signalling equipment on the railways, the Internet of Things could even help avoid collisions between trains.

The Railway Collision Avoidance System from Intelligence on Wheels, uses GPS to understand where it's travelling and on which part of the track - as well as sensors to understand whether it's on the left or right-hand side of the rail.

There are portable products designed for rolling stock, and personal protection devices that inform workers when trains are approaching their section of the tracks.

"It's our vision that everyone who wears a reflective vest should also wear a personal protection device," Intelligence on Wheels says. "Due to the potentially long braking distances of approaching trains, it's of at least equal importance to warn the human worker of the approaching train - as the human can de-escalate a potential threat much faster."

Source: Computerworld UK 


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