Intelligent Solutions for Smart Infrastructure Management

Smart infrastructure requires integrated, reliable, scalable, and intelligent solutions

Smart Infrastructure Solutions for Uber-Connected Networks

Municipal operations, transportation networks, buildings, facilities and campuses, public utilities, and Smart Cities provide the infrastructure upon which we depend for just about everything. The more efficiently and effectively they are run, the greater their contribution to the health, well-being, and safety of all who use them. Addressing urbanisation, overpopulation, congestion, pollution, security, and other critical infrastructure challenges requires complex networks that must operate effectively, efficiently, and safely. However, a proliferation of sub-systems, hardware devices, connected and manually-intensive data sources, and operational silos demands a different approach to solving the interconnected challenges facing infrastructure operators.

Systems thinking is not a new concept to Systems Engineers. A deep understanding of the way components interact, interrelate, and interdepend to form a complex and unified system is at the heart of any well-designed monitoring and control system. In the complex world of smart infrastructure, the need for systems thinking has never been greater. From Smart Cities to campus management, to integrated traffic control, to smart airport operations, the interaction between people, process, and technology requires a single view to derive operational insights.

Confluent Solutions to Reduce Complexity in Infrastructure Management

Smart infrastructure solutions enable real-time monitoring and control of complex operations. At AVEVA, we call this the “System of Systems” approach. This enables those managing diverse infrastructure networks with the ability to traverse data silos and access aggregated, actionable intelligence at a single point, to ensure optimal efficiency and response to abnormal situations.

Ultimate Integration and Interoperability

  • Access real-time monitoring and control using proven software and communication technologies.
  • Connect numerous sub-systems (software and devices) to enable decisions based on all information available.
  • Break down application and information silos to deliver holistic, end-to-end operations and outcomes.

Optimise Efficiency and Return on Assets

  • Improve operational efficiency with a single view into all sub-systems.
  • Enhance decision making with situational awareness.
  • Drive cross-organisational collaboration to improve processes and emergency procedures.
  • Adopt proactive asset maintenance practices to maximise capital investment decisions.

Security and Regulatory Compliance

  • Improve regulatory reporting and compliance activities with a “single version of the truth” for process and operations.
  • Enable secure operations with flexible architectures and solutions.
  • Drive complete operational transparency with real-time information and historical data for incident management and reporting.

Exceed Service Levels and Satisfaction

  • Ensure the highest levels of customer satisfaction with real-time information flow, situationally-aware issue notification, and instructive, workflow-driven resolution.
  • Provide a single, holistic view of operations, with a specific emphasis on the interconnected nature of infrastructure projects.

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Different Industries. Same Challenges. One Solution.

There are many similarities all smart infrastructure projects share, such as reliability, interoperability of underlying sub-systems, scalability, asset performance management, and real-time monitoring and control.

Smart Infrastructure Projects Can Be Complex, Technology Shouldn’t Be

Complex automation projects are always challenged with improving operational efficiency by breaking down historical information silos, seamlessly aggregating data from a plethora of hardware and software sources, and delivering valuable, contextual, and actionable insights.

For smart infrastructure projects, this challenge is magnified by the interconnected, real-time nature of the systems and processes being monitored and controlled (either centrally or remotely), and the expectations of people relying on these systems to participate in day-to-day urban living.

AVEVA’s industrial software platform is an integrated, real-time supervisory control solution that is integral to operational processes and systems. It serves as a single source of actionable information for operational, engineering, and business users to achieve sustainable service delivery and continuous performance improvement. Plus, it includes long-term information storage, asset performance management, and predictive asset maintenance solutions.

Managing Capital-Intensive Infrastructure Assets Is Critical

Managing modern infrastructure can include the maintenance of capital-intensive assets such as buildings and facilities, transport stock (buses, trams, and trains), power distribution, bridges and tunnels, lighting, security and surveillance equipment, and increasingly, data centres, Wi-Fi, and communication networks. 

The combination of assets with connected devices – and the data captured for each of these assets – introduces the need for technology solutions to harmonise disparate data, as well as provide a single view into maintenance needs, downtime predictions, and proactive maintenance scheduling.

Private operators, civic authorities, and governments adopting well considered Asset Performance Management (APM) strategies are already seeing results through improved asset utilisation and reliability, reduced planned and unplanned outages of critical infrastructure assets, increased workforce productivity, efficiency, and overall high asset availability. AVEVA’s Enterprise APM solutions deliver these needs and goals.

Efficiency, Quality of Service, and Sustainability Determine Livability

Among the increasing trends of smart infrastructure is the growing demand for centralised operations centres, or in the context of a Smart City, command and control centres.

This demand is nothing new. Private companies have been implementing operation centres for many years. However, few private companies have such complexity of disparate data silos, multi-vendor system architectures, and the millions of citizen consumers relying on their infrastructure to participate in an economically viable and seamlessly functioning society.

Command and control centers based on AVEVA’s “system of systems” technology platform leverage information from various data sources to drive better operational decisions, anticipate and proactively resolve issues, and ultimately, coordinate resources and processes to operate efficiently, seamlessly, and sustainably.

There are very specific needs when contrasting Smart Cities, data centres, transportation networks, and building, facility and campus management. Discover how the AVEVA portfolio empowers you to rise to these challenges. 

  • Smart Cities

    With the increasing majority of people living in cities, urbanisation poses significant short- and long-term challenges to governments and municipalities, driving the need for smarter, more digitally managed infrastructure. Due to population growth and rapid urbanisation, growing cities are also presented with challenges revolving around a dependency on ageing infrastructure. When coupled with increasing budgetary constraints, it can make replacement costs for such capital-intensive infrastructure too high. Converting existing infrastructure into “smart infrastructure” is the key to making cities more efficient, more manageable, and ultimately, more liveable.

     

    A true Smart City shares its digital infrastructure and data to enhance quality of life, workability, and sustainability. With its industrial software platform for Smart Cities, AVEVA enables access to real-time, critical data for better, faster, more efficient decision support, and breaks down the information silos that exist when consolidating multiple, seemingly disparate sub-systems into a cohesive monitoring and control environment. In fact, AVEVA is a lead partner of the Smart Cities Council and a corporate member of the New Cities Foundation.

  • Data Centres

    Demands for computing power continue to grow at an astounding rate, and data centres are instrumental in meeting those demands. Data centres house computer systems, telecommunications, and storage systems, and generally include redundant or backup power supplies and data communications connections, environmental controls, and security devices. In addition to these operational systems, data centre management also encompasses building management, HVAC systems, capital-intensive assets in the form of high-end server farms, computer equipment, and energy monitoring – all of which are traditionally managed by separate sub-systems.

     

    With AVEVA’s industrial software platform and “System of Systems” approach to breaking down sub-system silos, data centre managers can leverage a single, scalable software platform for integrating a wide range of devices, systems, and data sources into a unified operations management solution.

  • Transportation and Smart Airports

    The transportation industry is made up of complex networks that must operate efficiently and safely. Governments promote laws to make travelling by air, sea, railway, and motorway more secure. Investments to ensure people's safety go far beyond the visible assets, such as traffic and road conditions. Today, security is more dependent on the invisible aspects of technological systems that monitor transport.

     

    Smart airports bring many unique challenges when compared to other forms of transportation; challenges that are more akin to managing large multi-building campuses, shopping centre facilities, and entertainment precincts. These could almost be considered micro-cities, with multi-faceted operations such as on-site hotels, short- and long-term vehicle parking, entertainment areas, food courts and lounge areas, and so on. 

     

    The transportation solutions from AVEVA provide applications for tracking critical real-time and historical data, managing passenger communications, monitoring and maintaining assets, and power distribution and energy monitoring. Our integrated industrial software platform enables easy-to-create operations management solutions that can be standardised, deployed, implemented, and adopted end-to-end. This results in seamless integration and operational efficiencies across stations, airports, facilities, tunnel operations, and networked systems.

  • Building, Facility, and Campus Management

    Building, facility and campus management has traditionally been the realm of “off-the-shelf” Building Management Systems (BMS). However, there has been a strong shift away from these more rigid applications as the needs of building managers have grown, and the the need to monitor and control have become much more important. The flexibility, scalability, and interoperability needs of this growing industry have driven a rise of industrial applications (namely HMI, SCADA, and operations management platforms) as legitimate alternatives, or complementary solutions to traditional BMS applications.

     

    For the ever-growing needs of the building automation industry – from power distribution and management, to energy efficiency monitoring and compliance, to temperature control, security, parking and incident management – AVEVA’s integrated industrial software platform offers a comprehensive range of solutions designed to deliver efficient, secure, and reliable operational management for single buildings, through large, multi-building campuses.

     

    These solutions address today’s green initiatives and complex regulatory compliance requirements, helping to minimise costs, save energy, and ensure a safe work environment for all types of facilities.

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