Background and Challenges
The construction company based in Australia has specialised in some prolific projects across Australia including sustainable architecture, public housing, and green buildings. The company is currently building a six-storey primary school in Melbourne, with the construction site located close to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Due to the proximity of the construction site to the hospital, the large cranes needed are a potential hazard to the air ambulance. As such when the air ambulance is operational the cranes need to lower to a safe height so not to interfere with the flight path.
Using revolutionary edge computing, the Velocity EC-810 intelligent communications platform was deployed in conjunction with a Simoco digital radio to build a reliable and effective alerting device that is located in the cranes and the hospital’s emergency department. The solution provides a highly reliable alerting system that adheres to the existing safety protocols already established at the hospital. Operating the system is easy with reliability and speed in mind due to the critical nature of the air ambulance.
The construction industry is emerging as a strong beneficiary of a shift towards Edge computing. Construction processes are complex, and this is clearly prevalent in the scenario here whereby edge computing is at the heart of the solution. The Velocity platform provides the construction company a secure, reliable, and critical communications coverage platform.
No additional training required
The new system has been designed for simplicity and ease of use with no additional training required to be given to nurses and staff.
The solution provides a cost-effective way to avoid telco network outages and no ongoing costs. Furthermore, it provides a better experience, through moving to a precision-based system.
All in one intelligent communications platform
By utilising Velocity, the company was able to quickly deploy a highly reliable alerting system. Velocity is now at the heart of the company’s communication system and has provided operational efficiencies and cost benefits. The customer is delighted with the solution and now reviewing the use of additional features within Velocity such as Wi-Fi hotspots and Bluetooth interconnectivity.
Greater security and scalability
Beyond the standard benefits of edge computing, edge computing networks enable a greater protection against cyber threats, for one simple reason; when data is collected and processed locally, it never goes across the Internet, eliminating Internet-associated data exposure and attack possibilities. Velocity is designed with security in mind and includes the use of advanced security protocols as virtual private networks (VPN). A whole host of security features such as Demilitarized zones (DMZ), MAC filtering, IP filtering, port filtering and port forwarding provide a standards-based security solution for connecting and managing remote assets, enabling the safeguard against malicious access to sensitive data.
Leveraging IoT to enhance business operations
The Internet of things (IoT) is having a major impact on the construction industry. Connected sensors are allowing facilities managers to track a wide range of parameters from resource consumption to temperature and weather alerts. By being better informed, this is a great opportunity to reduce costs.
Combining the reliability and robustness of Simoco digital radios in conjunction with the power of edge computing using Velocity, the construction company is able to utilise a highly effective alerting system. Using NodeRED workflows, construction workers can be informed of any movement in the cranes. Furthermore, text messaging or emails can be sent to prescribed recipients. The use of NodeRED allows programming of future enhancements.
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Background and Challenges
The large manufacturing paper plant, based in Scandinavia, produces high quality paper from a range of renewable sources. The plant currently operates across numerous sites in difficult forestry settings and uses a mobile radio network for providing critical communications throughout the area for strong and reliable coverage as well as providing operational safety for their employees. One of their key challenges was the ability to send time critical group calls
from the existing mobile radios. They also required to send short data messages (SDMs) from their extensive fire alarm system over the mobile radio network to portable radios. The plant required a mechanism for operators to check if an alarm raised was false thereby allowing the alarm to be reset before setting the main site alarm.
With the Velocity EC-810 intelligent communications platform deployed, along with remote support provided by Simoco engineers to configure Node-RED workflows, the manufacturing plant is now able to send group calls to its mobile radios whether those are in fixed environments or in vehicles. Using Node-RED inside Velocity, specifically designed workflows have been setup to send SDMs from the plant’s fire alarm system to any radio user on site. The customer now benefits from a safe working environment for its workforce and consequently the new solution saves the plant from shutting down and evacuating the premises in the event of a false alarm.
Edge Computing is at the heart of the Velocity platform providing the manufacturing plant a secure, reliable and critical communications coverage platform. The integration of Velocity into the current mobile radio network solves the issue of sending time critical group calls and SDMs to the mobile radios. The use of Edge Computing technology in Velocity means that data can be processed where it is needed rather than having to send everything back to a centralised location and then processed. This saves valuable time and reduces the amount of data that needs to be carried back and forth connecting people, equipment and, data to enable faster, smarter decision making for better outcomes. Ultimately this technology enhances smarter operations which are safer, efficient and continuously reproducible.
Integrating Velocity to send messages from the fire alarm system
Due to the size and nature of the manufacturing plant, safety is paramount, and a mechanism was required to link the fire alarm system into the existing mobile radio network. The ability to respond to an incident is paramount, in order to ensure the safety of everyone in the plant. The plant required a comprehensive integration of their fire alarm system to send messages to staff in the event of a fire or unusual heat source. The intelligence of Node-RED workflows in the Velocity solution allowed messages to be sent direct from the fire alarm system to the radios that enhance the performance and response of safety teams on site.
European characters in radios
Upon request from the customer, Simoco were able to provide Swedish characters from the SDM mobile radio and able to integrate the Velocity EC-810 into the existing mobile radio network solution thus providing a seamless integration and passing of SDM messages.
All in one intelligent communications platform
Velocity is now at the heart of the company’s communication system and has provided operational efficiencies by allowing the plant to integrate its current critical communication network with Velocity and the customer is delighted with the solution. The company is now looking to make use of the additional features within Velocity such as Wi-Fi hotspots and Bluetooth interconnectivity.
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