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PGA M2M integrated a sophisticated package of plug-and-play M2M tank monitoring solutions, featuring New Boundary Technologies’ TankVista™ for Internet-based tank data analysis and reporting.

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M2M Technologies

  1. 1. Case Study PGA M2M Integrates Cloud-BasedOrganization:PGA M2M TankVista to Deliver ROI-Generating, Plug-and-Play Tank Monitoring SolutionIndustry: Profile: PGA M2M (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a leading reseller, systems integrator and services provider dedicated exclusively to theArgibusiness wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and mobile work force automation marketplace in North America’s energy, agriculture and industrial industries. Situation: Tank monitoring across multiple locations is largely an inefficient, manual, unsafe and inaccurate process. Solution: PGA M2M integrated a sophisticated package of plug-and-play M2M tank monitoring solutions, featuring New Boundary Technologies’ TankVista™ for Internet-based tank data analysis and reporting. ROI: PGA M2M is established as clear-cut pioneer in wireless M2M for energy, agriculture and industrial industries; clients experience immediate productivity and efficiency gains, with hard ROI in less than one year. Describing Comprehensive, Seamless, “The Difference-Maker” New Boundary Technologies & TankVista: Out of Control PGA M2M (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a leading reseller, systems integrator and services provider dedicated exclusively to the wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and mobile work force automation marketplace in North America’s energy, agriculture and industrial industries. Founded in 2005, the company has built its reputation on leveraging M2M solutions to improve the way businesses monitor and manage tank-related assets and commodities. “It’s astonishing how most organizations monitor their tanks and bins, if they do at all,” said Peter Stunden, president of PGA M2M. “It’s essentially a manual process that’s time- consuming and yields less-than-accurate daily measurements – putting workers’ safety and thin product margins at risk.” Specifically, most organizations with tank-based operations – take a dry fertilizer supplier for example – have tanks and bins spread out miles apart. To measure tank levels, it’s common to have a worker climb up a bin and knock on its side to determine content levels. During high-demand seasons, such as spring growing season, this process is repeated as many 1
  2. 2. as eight times a day for every tank, a time- Sensors, such as BinMaster® Level Controls’Case Study consuming and cumbersome process. mechanical SmartBob sensors, are used toOrganization: The manual bin level measurement is then accurately measure tank/bin levels. PGA M2MPGA M2M converted into a useful measurement unit, also delivers laser and acoustic 3D, radar and such as metric tons, and placed into a ultrasonic sensors. local spreadsheet. This spreadsheet is then Digi International’s iDigiTank™ solution includes sent to a regional or head office for further hardware, hosted software and services to interpretation. wirelessly connect remote tank assets and The measuring procedure is dangerous and sensors, and upload raw tank data into theIndustry: consumes valuable time during the busy cloud without requiring onsite InternetArgibusiness season. It’s also prone to errors that can lead access. New Boundary Technologies’ TankVista to inventory miscalculations and inventory translates raw tank sensor data into actionable write-offs at year-end. The conversion information, graphics and maps – accessible process, data re-keying into spreadsheets from any web browser for near real-time data and emailing data from office to office also analysis and reporting. The combined solution can introduce errors and lead to unnecessary is highly scalable, with no limit on the number delays and inventory adjustments. of tanks that can be networked. “We are one of the few system integrators with such a comprehensive, automated Experiencing Control M2M solution for remote tank monitoring,” PGA M2M’s automated, wireless tank/bin said Stunden. “In many ways, TankVista is the monitoring solution is an integrated set ‘difference maker.’ It’s the only off-the-shelf, of M2M technologies, including products cloud-based solution that eliminates the need from Digi International, New Boundary to create a custom software application to Technologies, and industry-leading sensor translate raw tank data into information that’s manufacturers. timely and useful.” 2
  3. 3. Launched in December 2009, TankVista is Other key TankVista features:Case Study a web-based service that allows access to • Automatic email/cell phone alerts whenOrganization: tank/bin status or condition – tank level, tank conditions meet user-defined temperature, pressure, humidity, etc. – fromPGA M2M any computer with an thresholds and require servicing. Internet connection. • Advanced reporting Tank managers can also “As a system integrator, maintains tank condition use TankVista to readily history for operational the hosted nature of analysis and regulatory share data throughout anIndustry: organization—including TankVista is critical; I or compliance.Argibusiness operations, sales and my customers never • End-to-end encryption and finance—regardless of authentication technologies retail or regional location. have to worry about ensure continual data TankVista’s intuitive, easy- installing or maintaining security. to-use interface features the software. New • Open architecture permits a built-in mapping Boundary Technologies seamless integration with feature that shows tank other M2M technologies. locations and conditions handles it all,” “As a system integrator, the to streamline tank Peter Stunden hosted nature of TankVista servicing and inventory PGA M2M, President is critical; I or my customers management. never have to worry about installing or maintaining the software. New Boundary Technologies handles it all,” added Stunden. 3
  4. 4. Case Study Complete Control • Improved customer service by ensuring sufficient product levels. Companies are under intense pressure toOrganization: • Planned expanded rollout across additional improve and optimize processes to betterPGA M2M manage worker safety, price and margin, fertilizer distribution locations. market demand, competitive differentiation, PGA M2M’s solution featuring TankVista and field operations visibility. delivers comparable benefits when applied Driven by the addition to crude oil tank monitoring of TankVista to its – including improved salesIndustry: solution set, PGA M2M “Companies will see margins since companiesArgibusiness has established itself immediate productivity can lower hauling and de- as a clear-cut pioneer sanding costs by monitoring and efficiency gains, and water, oil and sediment in wireless M2M tank monitoring deployments. experience hard ROI in levels more efficiently less than one year. New and accurately, and then Case-in-point: a leading more appropriately deploy North American, full- Boundary Technologies transport or maintenance service distributor of and TankVista put services. liquid and dry fertilizer called on PGA M2M to PGA M2M and our “With PGA M2M and deliver an end-to-end TankVista, there’s no more customers in complete M2M bin monitoring uncertainty. No more solution that could control over tank unnecessary travel. You just automate business monitoring operations.” flat out have instant access processes and measure to the information you need Peter Stunden to know to better manage dry fertilizer levels (e.g., PGA M2M, President potash, urea, sulfur, etc.) your storage tanks,” said across 32 retail locations. Stunden. “Companies will see immediate productivity and efficiency gains, and The result: experience hard ROI in less than one year. • Rapid deployment: weeks versus months to New Boundary Technologies and TankVista get up and running. put PGA M2M and our customers in complete control over tank monitoring operations.” • Reduced health and safety risks by eliminating the need for workers to climb bins and measure contents.New Boundary Technologies1300 Godward Street NE, • Improved worker productivity by freeing upSuite 3100 manual bin measurement time.Minneapolis, MN 55413612.379.3805 or 800.747.4487 • Instant and accurate measurement andinfo@newboundary.com reporting: greater than 95 percent accuracy.www.newboundary.com • Improved inventory management by identifying inventory errors when they occurPwrSmart, SmartUpdate and PwrGroups aretrademarks of New Boundary Technologies, Inc. and better predicting when new inventoryNew Boundary Technologies, Prism Suite, Prism is needed.Deploy, Prism Asset Manager, Prism PatchManager and Prism Commander are registeredtrademarks of New Boundary Technologies, Inc.Active Directory is a registered trademark ofMicrosoft Corporation.© 2011 New Boundary Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved 4