Data is everywhere and we take this for granted. After all, we create more than 2.5 exabytes (EB) of it every day, and researchers predict that there will be 163 zettabytes (ZB) (1 ZB = 1000 EB) of the stuff by 2025.
Nevertheless, do you know:
Do we take that for granted?
Whether we accept it or not, data is only numbers if it cannot be used beneficially to modify future actions. Logic dictates that a company should develop and nurture the process that distills data into actionable, useful information. Such data-driven information provides the basis for informed business decisions and the creation of value. That’s the logical objective. Let’s see how your company can capture the value from an Internet of Things (IoT) setup.
We have defined a loop to capture the value from IoT applications.
Irrespective of the use case, the principles for capturing values from an IoT project are very similar.
Let’s say you would like to apply a predictive maintenance solution in your facilities or assets. In that case, let’s see how the loop mentioned above can ascertain value capturing.
As the name suggests, identify the desired result, in this case, predictive maintenance. The catch here, however, is in the understanding that you must be able to take action on what you predict. Otherwise, the prediction, as a result, is worthless. For example, predicting that a heating and cooling unit will fail in the next few days is not useful if you can do nothing to prevent it.
Hence, whether you would like to:
Make sure you have everything when it comes to acting on it so you get the best results. After deciding the outcomes and ensuring that all arrangements are handy, the next step is to define the data sources with why.
It takes serious efforts to identify appropriate data sources that are perfectly suited to address your business problems. These efforts can be channelized with the following four components:
Regardless of the sources you select, you should check if you have the original, comprehensive, current and reliable data.
Connect all your data to a single location, whether from the expected behavior or failure logs.
You are now ready to lay the basis for predictive analysis. This involves:
Your model can be implemented by using machine learning techniques with understanding about how much in advance your maintenance team needs to respond to a prediction. Use stack-rank models to determine which model is best here for your HVAC unit failure timing.
Validate your model using a data subset. This guides your thinking about what outcomes can be accomplished and gives you a basis for evaluating the analytical results. Overall, validate your model with conditions that indicate future equipment problems.
Use your model on live data and see how it works in real-world conditions. Based on the data collected during the real-world pilot, refine your approach.
Train your model with possible scenarios and conditions like when to trigger an alert or action (e.g. automatic order of a replacement part).
Adjust the maintenance processes, systems and resources to operationalize the model to respond to new insights. Make continuous improvements with those insights.
You are now ready for wider implementation and capture of value. Integrate this predictive maintenance approach into your existing facilities or equipment to increase efficiency, reduce costs and develop your business.
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