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Ensures Cold Milk in Your Supermarket

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 Ensures Cold Milk in Your Supermarket - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Functional Applications - Remote Monitoring & Control Systems
  • Networks & Connectivity - Gateways
Applicable Industries
  • Retail
Applicable Functions
  • Facility Management
Use Cases
  • Building Automation & Control
The Customer
AK-Centralen A/S
About The Customer
AK-Centralen A/S offers monitoring, management, and optimization of cooling systems to the Danish grocery industry.
The Challenge

As of 2014, AK-Centralen has over 1,500 Danish supermarkets equipped, and utilizes 16 operators, and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. AK-Centralen needed the ability to monitor the cooling alarms from around the country, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Each and every time the door to a milk cooler or a freezer does not close properly, an alarm goes off on a computer screen in a control building in southwestern Odense. This type of alarm will go off approximately 140,000 times per year, equating to roughly 400 alarms in a 24-hour period. Should an alarm go off, then there is only a limited amount of time to act before dairy products or frozen pizza must be disposed of, and this type of waste can quickly start to cost a supermarket a great deal of money.

The Solution

Secomea’s remote access solution consists of a hardware device, SiteManager, a cloud-based M2M server, GateManager and a Windows client called LinkManager. There is also an app-based version of LinkManager for use on tablets and smart phones. • The customer can choose to use their own GateManager over Secomea’s cloud pool. • There is no need for open ports in firewalls, fixed IP addresses or local configuaration. • The software is delivered by built-in default serial, Ethernet and USB templates for all large PLC, Servo, and HMI platforms. • The built-in firewall and AES/SSL encryption assures maximum security. • The solution supports both ad-hoc access with Link Manager and static connections. • The Easy Tunnel VPN option in all Site Manager boxes allows the establishment of a coherent industrial infrastructure via the internet. • Secomea’s solution is not yet used by AK-Centralen AB Sweden, but according to Per Lundorff it will of course be implemented with the construction of new stores.

Data Collected
Alarms For Automated Applications, Asset Status Tracking, Equipment Status, Fridge Temperature, Response Time
Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Operation]
    Problems are indicated to line operators when the condition of a device or associated equipment changes beyond predetermined limits.
  • [Process Optimization - Real Time Asset Tracking]
    The condition of assets can be identified in near real-time.
  • [Data Management - Data Collection]
    Real-time visibility, monitoring, and control of equipment through Danfoss gateway, which wirelessly collects the data from the store’s equipment.

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