After years of deeper and deeper immersion in the consulting side of the field and six months after its installation we can safely claim success with London BBD’s first full-scale IoT project.
The WIP 00654 Overflow Prevention and Pump Monitoring System was managed by London BBD from conception through software and hardware design to implementation.
The system monitors the operation of water and sewer pits at a nationwide fitness chain, providing real-time information and low level technical alerts for preventative maintenance as well as an active alarm system in case of critical component failure.
Customizable on-line dashboards provide remote insight into the pumps’ current and past operation, allowing the field technicians to perform a routine check anytime even if they are not at the facility. Custom technical alerts can be set up for deviations from the monitored parameters of the pump operation, like shaft rotation, pump-cycle length, work load, etc., so the field technicians can be alerted way before the a critical technical failure can develop. In the meantime, if the conditions indicate an imminent danger of flooding, the system alerts the front desk associates, sends sms, email and call alerts to the field and district technicians in charge. In the worst case scenario, in addition to the passive alerts, the main water supply shut-off actuator is also automatically activated.
So who are the right people to accelerate digital industrial transformation in your business? – Asks Jennifer Waldo, IoT Agenda‘s contributor.
It should be a healthy mix of external and internal candidates, which can be referred to as “digital natives” and “digital migrants.”
A digital native has spent his or her entire career in technology and has experienced — and more likely participated in — tech disruption. Digital migrants are industrial by background but are now starting to learn the principles of agile development in a digital environment. Both are critical to the success of the modern, digitized industrial company. An Industry Week article by Jens-Thomas Pietralla and David Finke analyzed the psychometric profile of a productive disruptor versus a traditional industrial leader and supports the rationale for why both personas are needed to successfully transform traditional industrials to digital industrials.
Within the industrial organization, the goal is to nurture and develop a cadre of digital migrants as part of the existing workforce while attracting digital natives into a new kind of workplace. Digital natives coming to an industrial for the first time need to understand the end-customer and the larger, industrial ecosystem, while having an appreciation for a matrixed organization.
Digital migrants should have high learning agility, systems thinking, empathy and coaching skills. Typically, they serve in a translator role, understanding enough about both the digital natives and the current workforce to educate and coach both groups, becoming true advocates for transformation. Cross-functional leaders from finance, HR, manufacturing and engineering are great candidates for becoming digital migrants.
Read more on The digital transformation of industrial organizations on IoT Agenda.
Imagine a world where billions of IP-connected objects are sensing, communicating and sharing information. Imagine these objects regularly collecting data, analyzing it and initiating action – unleashing a new wealth of intelligence for planning, management and decision making. If you can envision this place, you’ve understood the concept called Internet of Things (IoT).
With more physical objects and smart devices connected in the IoT landscape, the impact and value of IoT on our daily lives is quickly becoming immeasurable.
Across industry verticals, IoT presents an abundance of opportunities for innovation. With real-time data and potentially cross-domain data sharing, new business models can be created. And IoT can address both industrial and consumer needs.
Gartner forecasts that the number of connected “things” will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. That number is massive, but the potential impacts on the ways we live and do business are even more mind-boggling. IoT will change every aspect of our world.
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