- Application Infrastructure & Middleware - Middleware, SDKs & Libraries
- Networks & Connectivity - Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
- Equipment & Machinery
- Facility Management
- Asset Health Management (AHM)
- Predictive Maintenance
- System Integration
The company, a leading manufacturer of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, was seeking to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) to enhance the capabilities of its large-scale HVAC systems. These systems are typically installed in large developments such as college campuses, commercial office buildings, and hospitals. The company was particularly interested in enabling predictive maintenance, as servicing major HVAC systems is expensive and a prolonged outage can cause significant disruption. However, implementing a predictive maintenance system involves building out a complex IoT architecture. A large number of sensors and devices have to be connected to a centralized management system. The company may have hundreds if not thousands of HVAC assets in the field, all of different types and models. These devices may be spread over different regions, which means managing and negotiating with multiple network operators. To enable remote monitoring, there also has to be a stable and secure connectivity.
About The Customer
The customer is a company that was founded in the early 1900s and has grown to become one of the world’s largest manufacturers of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The company's HVAC systems are typically installed in large-scale developments such as college campuses, commercial office buildings, and hospitals. The company was looking to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) to enhance the capabilities of its HVAC systems, particularly in the area of predictive maintenance.
The company opted for the FX30 Gateway by Sierra Wireless, a solution that could support advanced functionality for its large-scale HVAC systems, including predictive maintenance. The FX30 is designed for low power consumption and provides a sound platform for IoT connectivity. Sierra’s Enhanced Carrier Connectivity (ECC) solution simplifies the connectivity aspect of the IoT equation. ECC provides secure access to multiple Tier-1 networks throughout the US, so the company did not have to manage multiple SIM vendors. There is one point of accountability and one invoice, which greatly simplifies management. The company can closely track spending, with real-time usage information and put in alerts to prevent over-spends. Sierra’ Network Operation’s center is constantly monitoring the core network to pro-actively prevent any service disruptions. The result is reliable connectivity with minimal downtime.
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