How Does IoT Impact the Energy Sector?

IoT technologies are currently leveraged to reduce CO2 emissions for greater efficacy in energy production. In fact, through IoT, production and distribution can be improved along every level of the supply chain.

Additionally, IoT-supported data serve to improve energy management, supply & distribution, as well as storage and network efficiencies. Improved connectivity is already employed to improve energy efficiency, increase renewable energy share and even reduce the impact on our environment.

New technology has always been a hallmark of the energy sector, and that relationship is scaling at an unprecedented rate. We are seeing advents in automation, AI production processes and colossal strides in supply management.

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The Role of IoT in the Energy Industry

IoT is now regularly being leveraged to support real-time decisions and tools which facilitate optimization. These enhancements lead to “energy transitions,” specifically the reduction of fossil fuel usage while mindfully sourcing renewable energies. IoT data allows a significant movement away from centralized networks toward distributed networks – for example, solar panel installation for residential and commercial premises. 

These “hubs”, however, must be in-network and connected intelligently via sensors, communications systems and data transfer, plus AI algorithms, can assist in monitoring user energy consumption models and various devices across time scales, and is able check up on them in a more efficient manner.

IoT Sensors and Applications Within the Energy Sector

Sensors are the most prevalent and important element in terms of IoT applications within the energy sector. These devices can be integrated across most every aspect of the industry, touching virtually every point from energy production, distribution, supply and consumption phase – in order to procure and monitor essential data in real time, in effort to optimize every stage of process.

There are different types of sensors for many disparate applications, including:

  • Temperature sensors: identify fluctuations in the heating and cooling down phases of production systems – may also be used to maximize domestic heating system performance (regulating on/off commands based on temp., etc.)
  • Humidity sensors: Vital in energy consumption and production applications.

  • Light sensors: illumination represents a huge aspect of all energy consumption. These devices will automatically control lighting levels by regulating on/off functionality, delivering considerable cost and resource savings.
  • Movement sensors: motion/human detection in an environment, results in activated or deactivated illumination, reducing building consumption, etc.

These devices represent just a fraction of the diverse and widespread applications the Internet of Things can bring to the energy sector, together with artificial intelligence, communication and data transfer systems, cloud computing, data analysis, intelligent cities and smart grids.

The Importance of Antennas in the Energy Industry

As important network components, antennas play a vital role in supporting the objective of reducing by assisting IoT implementations and utility providers with clear and usable, real-time data. For example, IoT data cannot be relayed or leveraged, without clear wireless connectivity enabled through a high-performance antenna working in lockstep with an embedded modem. Energy-specific utility fleets serve populations in disparate conditions across the globe. Their ability to communicate and serve needs in real-time is only possible through the seamless connectivity provided through antennas.

High-Powered User Equipment (HPUE) in the Energy Industry

Whether you oversee a fleet of First Responder units, mass transit vehicles or a utility fleet for an energy supplier, success hinges on reliable connectivity. High Powered User Equipment (HPUE) combines the efficacy of aftermarket smart antennas with embedded modems to greatly enhance signal strength to promote connectivity, even in the most prohibitive environments. So, whether you’re concerned with keeping your transportation assets connected within dense urban environs or remote areas far outside of the city (affected by woods, mountains, extreme weather, etc.)

The addition of HPUE to energy provider connectivity can immediately deliver the following benefits:

• Maximum allowable transmit power (Power Class 1)

• Innovative design eliminates cable loss, increasing transmit power to the antenna

• Rugged design effective in extreme environments

• Optional Wi-Fi and GNSS antennas

• Extends coverage in typical low signal environments

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Airgain Illuminating New Roads in Energy Management

Whether you seek to save cost, become more efficient or even create new connectivity opportunities within your energy industry organization, Airgain’s ability to connect, gather data and streamline operations can help you build a company for today and tomorrow.

We can assist you in several way, including product creation, build, engagement, activation, deployment and even help you to better govern every asset within your energy-sector operation – regardless of device type, operator, or geography – And we can do so with ease and accuracy. This means you can take advantage of any and all opportunities to expand, transform and right-size to scale.

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