Rapid development, testing and validation of large-scale wireless sensor networks

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Name of demonstration

Rapid development, testing and validation of large-scale wireless sensor networks

Main objective

Showcase infrastructure as a service to help in factory digitalization process introducing predictive maintenance to non-digitalized factory.

Short description

The demonstrator showcases a factory digitalization solution bringing predictive maintenance to the non-digitalized factory while minimizing the costs and factory downtime by using infrastructure as a service approach. Using the infrastructure as a service the sensors necessary for predictive maintenance can be seamlessly integrated and validated in the factory. We are using the EDI WSN/IoT TestBed as infrastructure as service which provides the ability of large-scale sensor network deployment and additional debug features such as energy consumption monitoring etc.

Owner of the demonstrator

Institute of Electronics and Computer Science

Responsible person

Researcher Janis Judvaitis, https://www.edi.lv/en/team/janis-judvaitis_eng/ 

NACE

J61.2 - Wireless telecommunications activities

Keywords

IoT, Factory digitalization, Predictive maintenance, Infrastructure as service.

Potential users

Tech integrators, WSN/IoT R&D companies

Benefits for the users

Reduced cost: no need to buy expensive equipment etc.

Faster implementation: infrastructure as a service provides barebone technical implementation and software management tools leaving mostly business logic to be implemented.

The flexibility of experimentation for validation and finetuning: since no equipment is purchased this provides the factory management with complete information before making an investment and purchasing the digitalized solution as a standalone.

Minimal factory downtime: the installation of infrastructure does not require the installation of new wires, etc.

Innovation

In the factory not yet digitized, the complexity and cost of undergoing the digitization process is quite cumbersome. In the traditional way, this requires the acquisition of new equipment supporting the digitalized features leading to high costs in equipment purchase, human resource re-training with the new equipment and lost revenue due to downtime of factory while the upgrade process is undergoing.

The proposed solution tries to provide an alternative route of introducing digitalization in the factory still running the original equipment, thus completely avoiding all the previously mentioned downsides of factory digitalization.

Risks and limitations

Precise data: one of the main risks is the possibility to acquire precise enough data from external sensors about the state of the machinery used, thus limiting, or completely negating the possibility of predictive maintenance from the sensor data gathered. On the other hand, this solution allows validating this without making huge investments in infrastructure.

Technology readiness level

4 – Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment

Sectors of application

Manufacturing.

Potential sectors of application

Manufacturing

Hardware / Software

Hardware:

WSN/IoT TestBed

WiFi


Software:

EDI WSN/IoT TestBed

Trainings

Under development

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