FROM OVERLOAD TO IMPACT – DATA MANAGEMENT FOR ENHANCED OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY IN THE ENERGY SECTOR New found enthusiasm to...
DATA M AN AG E M E N T F O R E NHA NCE D O P E R AT I O NA L EFFI C I EN C Y I N TH E EN ER G Y S EC TO Rcontinuous in nat...
DATA M AN AG E M E N T F O R E NHA NCE D O P E R AT I O NA L EFFI C I EN C Y I N TH E EN ER G Y S EC TO Rlevel itself on a...
DATA M AN AG E M E N T F O R E NHA NCE D O P E R AT I O NA L EFFI C I EN C Y I N TH E EN ER G Y S EC TO Rmeters in our hom...
DATA M AN AG E M E N T F O R E NHA NCE D O P E R AT I O NA L EFFI C I EN C Y I N TH E EN ER G Y S EC TO RCleantech @ STCRa...
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Industry Report: From Overload to Impact – Data Management for Enhanced Operational Efficiency in the Energy Sector

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“Clean tech” is an emerging industry with large unknowns. How well we prepare for the future depends on how well we understand this industry and how to leverage its benefits for the future generation. With cleantech poised to be an integral part of our social and commercial lives, the business process control mechanism needs more of an automated real-time decision making approach and reduced human intervention. This whitepaper examines how effective data management can dramatically enhance operational efficiency in the energy sector. This is a Symphony Teleca produced industry report, to download a free copy, visit http://bit.ly/QAn5EU.

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Industry Report: From Overload to Impact – Data Management for Enhanced Operational Efficiency in the Energy Sector

  1. 1. FROM OVERLOAD TO IMPACT – DATA MANAGEMENT FOR ENHANCED OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY IN THE ENERGY SECTOR New found enthusiasm to tackle the global warming problem has gathered mass around the globe and spawned some brilliant information based product ideas about “efficient use of everything” across industries and domains. Fortunately lots of these ideas are commercially viable. But what translates to success is the very foundation of these ideas. Although the transformation from “data” to “information” is prevalent across multiple industries, the coherence with Cleantech has a lot subtlety associated with it; a few of the facets are the industry being in a nascent stage and the need to reduce manual intervention, going forward. Cleantech is an emerging industry on which very little is known. How well we prepare for the future depends on how well we understand this industry and the learning’s we leave for the future generation. This is only possible through proper channelization of information. With cleantech poised to be an integral part of our social and commercial lives, the business process control mechanism needs more of an automated real-time decision making approach and reduced human intervention. While you are set on your journey from a simple idea to a market ready product, we at STC would like to put forth some thoughts about “information” or “data” you might want to consider while you design your product. Here are our top 5 factors for sustainable data management in the energy sector. Data quality – Key to stable automated systems Since the cleantech industry is trying to make sense of the world through different channels of information and most of the decision making process being automated and 1SYMPHONY TELECA CORPORATION © 2012
  2. 2. DATA M AN AG E M E N T F O R E NHA NCE D O P E R AT I O NA L EFFI C I EN C Y I N TH E EN ER G Y S EC TO Rcontinuous in nature, it is important to ensure the information we work with is accurate andvalid. The impact of inaccuracy could result in further inefficiencies of a business process,defeating the very purpose of clean technologies. For example, if the sensors collectingcarbon emissions in a steel production plant report data deviation even by 0.1%, it may resultin causing the automated system to change critical production parameters, which impacts theoverall capacity of the plant not to mention over-utilization of raw material.The only way to achieve data accuracy is through continuous validation of data with bench-marks as well as continuous regression of business processes that generate or maintain theinformation.Data ownership, Location & Security – Securing a cleaner tomorrow!Going by the definition, cleantech is about optimizing resources we use in our daily livesboth personal and at work. This means optimization can only be implemented if we haveenough information about consumer behavior. On the flip side, it has to be meticulouslyplanned on who really owns this data. The integral question is accessibility to consumer data?How are you designing your product to handle billions of users, on the cloud or on in-houseservers? It is equally important to consider if you need to host consumer information on aprivate domain or a public domain keeping data security and authorization in mind.Let’s consider an example. An hourly electricity consumption pattern for a house could revealpotential information about home-stay routine for the resident family, which could be usedfor theft and privacy breach purposes. There is no “one-size-fits-all” kind of solution to thissituation.Data Interpretability – Reporting the efficiencies of clean technologiesThis question has been the most important, but yet most ignored aspect of the informationdeluge. While it has been a common trend among software vendors to have a “one size fitsall” approach irrespective of whether a certain set of information is relevant to their end us-ers, the notion is rapidly changing. An ISV typically needs to determine the user segmentsthe product is meant to cater based on knowledge, understanding, authority and the purposeof its end users. As an example a dashboard of an electric vehicle should forecast to a driverabout how many miles the car can drive with the current charge level instead of the charge 2SYMPHONY TELECA CORPORATION © 2012
  3. 3. DATA M AN AG E M E N T F O R E NHA NCE D O P E R AT I O NA L EFFI C I EN C Y I N TH E EN ER G Y S EC TO Rlevel itself on a run mode. The dashboard should ideally display more detailed diagnosticinformation such as battery ageing, terminal voltage, internal resistance, discharge time etc. toa car service center employee.Effective sharing of data – Multiple clean technologies working in tandemAlthough cleantech industry is at a nascent stage, it won’t be long before the industry willbe driven through multiple collaborations on national and international levels. Also in thisindustry which affects our daily lives, multiple segments have to work in tandem to form thebigger picture. It is imperative to design systems that are flexible enough to adapt to chang-ing standards and to be able to share data across functional boundaries of various products.For instance we have observed that a metering data store is not a standalone system cateringdata within itself, it should ideally work with multiple systems like outage management, assetmanagement, customer management and AMI networks through national, international andproprietary standards like NIST, IEC CIM and Multispeak.Do more with data – Revolutionize Sustainability to actualize revenuesAgain, speaking of the volume of data we have noticed so far, most of information basedproducts in the cleantech industry have to be wary of how to manage the “data tsunami” inthe near future. Also all attempts of real-time or near real-time decision making can only befathomable if the access to the data is quick and reliable. Besides moving towards integrationof multiple facets of clean technologies, this is pushing the industry towards a more complexand entangled data co-relations equation. A lot of effort needs to be made to make sense ofmultiple dimensions of unrelated data streams to form patterns that reflect a real world scenario.For instance, a smart city design depends on population densities, weather patterns, geo-graphical data, traffic patterns, energy distribution data, building and communication infra-structure data, waste management processes among others. Any information based productmeant to cater to any segment of the cleantech industry has to have provisions to process andanalyze multidimensional data with an exceptional performance level.The Evolution of Smart GridTo provide some context to our point of view, we at Symphony Teleca represent the maturitygrowth of one segment of the clean technologies i.e. Smart Metering. Smart Metering is about 3SYMPHONY TELECA CORPORATION © 2012
  4. 4. DATA M AN AG E M E N T F O R E NHA NCE D O P E R AT I O NA L EFFI C I EN C Y I N TH E EN ER G Y S EC TO Rmeters in our homes with advanced meters with capabilities to gather granular levels ofelectricity consumption information and communicate the same using multiple wireless technologies,reducing or eliminating the need of manual data collection.Enterprises now look for ways to gather such information and utilize the data to producemeasurable improvement in every aspect of their operations. We at Symphony Teleca believethat Software vendors producing information based software products should keep this inpurview right at the ideation phase of product development.Here’s a snapshot of our experience and capabilities in the Energy segment. Relevant Experience End to End Capabilities Projects with a huge number of customers Analytics – Expertise in point solutions on in energy industry smart metering and revenue protection. Working with all top ISVs in the Smart Mobility - Expertise in mobile platforms, Metering Space applications, wireless expertise across all the Specific point solutions and thought platforms and technologies leadership in the areas of demand Usability – Conceptualization, Rapid Proto- management, PEV, HAN et al. typing, Design, and Usability Testing Tools, Accelerators Tools, Accelerators SymMob and SymAppDesign Studio Strong Energy Domain Practice allows 40% faster Solution development 20+ Trained and domain ready Business Test Engineering Management Suite Analyst reduces test cycle time by 30% 100+ strong Center of Excellence SymEnergy tailor-made to help your energy Strong partnerships with leading smart auditing and management needs. metering vendors. 4
  5. 5. DATA M AN AG E M E N T F O R E NHA NCE D O P E R AT I O NA L EFFI C I EN C Y I N TH E EN ER G Y S EC TO RCleantech @ STCRapid industrialization and economic growth has resulted in increased commodity consump-tion while the sources have remained the same over the past years. Environmental concernsand depleting natural sources have stirred a new enthusiasm across business as well our societies.Sustainability is not only a key towards a better environment but also has a huge impact overeconomy. Symphony Teleca as a corporate is committed towards creating a sustainable tomor-row. Let’s look at how we’ve contributed to energy sustainability and cleantech as an industry. Safer emissions composition achieved by an oil refinery through Continuous Emission Monitoring Solution (CEMS) providing a real-time Human Machine Interface (HMI) to monitor emission and associated ambient parameters such as NOx, CO, H2S percentages along with temperature and humidity. Our solution to the oil refinery encompassed modem based data integration from remote air monitoring stacks and data sensors. This solution also featured interactive user interfaces along with report generation and printing facilities for easy filing. Symphony Teleca also improved the efficiency of business processes by 60% by delivering an Asset Management System to a Fortune 500 oil and gas company. This solution features reliability centered maintenance and failure modes by quantifying effects analysis, risk based inspection, hazard analysis in terms of metrics and scorecards.ABOUT SYMPHONY TELECA CORPORATIONSymphony Teleca Corporation, headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., is the world’s first servicescompany dedicated exclusively to helping clients manage the global convergence of software,the cloud and connected devices. The company delivers innovative products combined withcontemporary product development, systems integration, analytics and managed services tohundreds of organizations around the world. Symphony Teleca’s 6,100 employees supportcustomers from 35 offices globally, including delivery centers in Asia, Australia, Europe andthe Americas.www.symphonyteleca.com© 2012 Symphony Teleca Corporation. All rights reserved. 5

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