Real-time monitoring and alert systems are a revolution in the way operations are conducted in any industry vertical. In terms of its most basic benefit, a system like this can help in the identification of inconsistencies that can lead to undesired results. On a larger scale, these systems can also be used to identify the root cause of the problem.
The advent of IoT technology has been the biggest influencer in the growth of real-time alert and notification systems. Not that there arenâ€™t any other ways to implement such a system, they are just limited in terms of extendibility and functionality. For example, a SCADA based alert system only offers a limited reach of alert transmission and is very rigid to be scaled up.
Internet of Things powered systems, on the other hand, creates a wide-spread network of interconnected devices that is capable to share alerts from any location. IoT based real-time alert system is hence the best pick to gain precise and insightful alerts from any machine, equipment, or asset.
We at Biz4Intellia, have hence developed a comprehensive IoT solution that allows companies to leverage the capabilities of real-time alert system to improve the operations.
Figure 1: Biz4Intelliaâ€™s IoT Dashboard â€“ View Product Demo
How our IoT Based Alert System Works?
Our IoT solution works on 7 different layers that constitute hardware, communication protocols, and processes to convert raw data into value-added information that is displayed on our IoT dashboard accessible from any device.
First, threshold and tolerance values (pertaining to a particular or set of parameters) are fed into the system, that configures it for a particular range of parametric values. The sensors embedded on a machine or equipment take readings in real-time and transfer them to a cloud via a gateway. This data is then accessed via the dashboard and crosschecked by the predefined range to check if the parameters are within the permissible limits. In case these readings fall out of the range, an alert is sent to the user in the form of push notifications, emails, SMS, or in-app messages.
Since IoT solutions are easily configurable, the alert systems can also be constructed to gain unique alerts for distinct values and conditions. At Biz4Intellia, we use color markers to denote different types of alerts. For instance,
â€¢ Green means that all the operations are being performed under the required range.
â€¢ Orange means that the parameters have crossed the threshold values but are still under the threshold range, denoting that the operations are acceptable. However, actions are needed to be taken to bring back the values under control.
â€¢ Red indicates that the parameters have surpassed the threshold limits and strict actions must be taken to regulate operations as per requirement.
â€¢ Blue color is shown when the threshold or tolerance values are not entered for a specific device.
â€¢ Grey color indicates that a device is inactive or in other words not sending any reading at all.
Figure 2: Color Code Based Notification Panel
Hence, the real-time alert system can be used for the effective supervision of machines and equipment of different types, performing distinct operations and functions. Two major benefits you can garner from the implementation of IoT based real-time alert system are:
1) Pro-Active Decision Making:
The use of color code markers helps in identifying the state and condition of a particular device. By a simple glance, the problem in the device or the equipment is easily detected and the need to further scrutinize the issue is averted. Operators and maintenance teams can hence remain prepared for any kind of situation that they may encounter suddenly and take quick actions to resolve the issue.
Moreover, they can prioritize their tasks based on the severity of a set of devices in a facility. For example, in the case of machine monitoring, on-floor machine handlers can see which machine needs immediate attention and which machine can be worked upon after a while based on the color code. Hence, they can make correct decisions to not only repair the machine but also to minimize downtime and make it available for the production line as quickly as possible.
2) Root Cause Identification:
It is not enough to just keep the production line running. Identifying the main reason that results in the failure of equipment and affects the overall production rate is also very important. By analyzing the alerts collected over an interval of time, the main cause of breakdown and malfunctions can be uncovered, which will help companies to eliminate the source of failure for good.
For example, in the case of a large fleet consisting of hundreds of trucks, a particular type of engine alert can point to a specific component failure among trucks of similar age. Hence, fleet managers can take the action to replace that particular component from all the trucks and prevent the engine to fail unexpectedly on road.
Acquire Your Real-Time Alert System Today:
To monitor the status of your assets and equipment, IoT powered real-time alert system is the best choice as it can be easily implemented and expanded for additional functionality. This system can be integrated with advanced analytics capabilities and can be extended to automate conventional processes in a company.
See a demo of our IoT product to understand the full-scale potential of our real-time alert system and IoT dashboard in your company.