IoT based EHS Applications and an overview on SAP IoT Solution on Connected Worker Safety

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In the recent past there has been a rapid change in the platform scale and scope of applications, which has given rise to technology like Internet of Things. IoT represents connecting with systems, people, data and  things. Things include machines, devices, sensors, vehicles etc., The devices that connect to the network in IoT are small or sometimes tiny. Ideally, these devices would be equipped with less powerful computing capabilities, lower memory, and lower battery life, for which the operating systems for IoT are different from the traditional ones for example Brillo.

Things form the main component of the IoT ecosystem. They include any form of sensors, actuators, or other type of devices that can be integrated into machines and devices to help them connect to the Internet and communicate with other devices and machines. Some consider Data also to be an component of IoT, which is something, gets generated as the devices start to operate. Storing and processing such vast and varied amounts of data questions the fact whether the data is valuable. 

Once the devices are software-enabled, we need to get a protocol in place that can help them communicate with other heterogeneous devices in the network. Infrastructure sources are the IoT-specialized environment, some of the examples include Google IoT Cloud Solutions, Amazon AWS IoT and Microsoft Azure IoT Suite, and so on

There are many uses of IoT sensor applications for the environment, health and safety. Some of the examples include i) Real Time Monitoring of weather data ii) Monitoring of Pollution levels and triggering of preventive measures and iii. Measurement of human health conditions. To add, my doctoral thesis was on the same topic. On this very uses the latest SAP Connected Worker Safety Solution has been released. It is part of SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud solution for Execution. The IoT sensors capture data both on surrounding environment and on the workers,  who are working on those environmental conditions. The parameters namely heart rate and body temperature, and an intel device for monitoring body posture is monitored for workers whereas conditions such as air quality, temperature, light, and noise are measured for environmental conditions. The edge computing consisting of Quark SOC technology and intelligent sensors after monitoring biometric data sends them to IoT gateway platform. Based on the conditions the system sends alerts to smart watchers, raises alarm on incidents such as falls, injuries, dehydration and fatigue.  A Proof of Concept developed consisted of developing a co – innovation details with NTT. Details can be found in Intel’s website, YouTube recordings and SAP website.

The technology behind functionality is Intel SOC Quark technology which is a cost effective, secure, which brings intelligence to the edge. This is the same technology which is used in transportation, smart building and manufacturing usages. Quark is a purpose built for IoT. Figure below shows the functional architecture available in one of Intel’s presentation on this topic.

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The systems function like when uses starts to work on the field, he wears them so are his co-workers. Based on the environmental and biometric conditions system check the data continuously and when they carry out tasks system check continuously monitors for conditions.  As observed with conventional plant monitoring ensures efficiency, the real time monitoring of workers conditions helps reduce incidents. T

Thanks – Jak

 

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