Cloud-based technology is used in a large port to increase efficiency

The Schwedenkai in Kiel, Germany.

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An important port in northern Germany uses Siemens technology to monitor energy consumption. The cloud-based system contains a wide range of data that can help teams improve their operations.

The project focuses on the port power system of the port of Kiel, which enables ships to connect to a land-based power station rather than using their own generators, which increases the air and noise quality in the process.

In a statement on Thursday, Siemens said the technology – the implementation of which is overseen by Siemens Smart Infrastructure – could monitor energy consumption in several key areas: the shore power industry and the connection points in the port of Schwedenkai and Ostseekai.

According to Siemens, operators in the port will “have access to all relevant electrical values ​​at any time and anywhere.” This, it adds, will enable them to “determine consumption, identify faults, avoid downtime and better plan maintenance routines.”

The data itself is collected using measuring devices before being sent to a cloud-based Internet of Things system called MindSphere. It can then be visualized and viewed on a web server or via an app.

“By systematically recording the power data and storing it in the cloud, the system operator can now determine the efficiency of the systems at any time, ie how much energy is actually collected,” said Dirk Claus, the managing director of the port van Kiel, said in a statement. This, he added, would allow a quick response to any deviations.

Andreas Matthé, CEO of electrical products at Siemens Smart Infrastructure, claims for his part that the solution of his company would help to make the port’s operation of its land power system even more efficient.

The launch of the monitoring system at Kiel is just the latest example of how transport – related services use new ideas and technologies to collect data and improve operations.

Last month it was announced that authorities in the South East of England were working with a subsidiary of the infrastructure giant Ferrovial to test sensors that monitor and analyze traffic.

In France, SNCF Réseau – which manages the French railway infrastructure – and Capgemini worked together to improve the way in which problems on the railway network are monitored and resolved.

The idea is that the system will use geolocation technology to detect problems on the railway in real time.

Among other things, it enables SNCF Réseau teams to place “incidents” on a map showing infrastructure data, and guides workers to the exact location they need to be to solve the problem.

These staff members can then contact their colleagues and inform them about the problem and when it will be resolved.

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