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Keeping Electric Vehicles Running With AirVantage Smart Automation

Schneider Electric develops charging terminals for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) throughout the test territory. In order to meet the timeline required for the project, as well as include the remote monitoring and control necessary to manage charging terminals dispersed through 51 towns and five counties, Schneider Electric turned to Sierra Wireless to assist in a quick development of a service and maintenance connected electric charging terminal.

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  • SUPPLIER
  • Sierra Wireless
    With a rich 24-year history of innovation in the wireless space we have been first to market with many technology solutions for global customers.Our innovative products and solutions already connect thousands of businesses to critical data and millions of people to information. Our customers Trust us to develop products and services that get them to market faster and can in turn, help save lives, reduce carbon emissions, and make neighborhoods safer.Sierra Wireless designs modems that enable PCs, notebook computers, and vehicles to communicate wirelessly. Its products are used for Internet access, e-mail, database access, vehicle dispatch, and a range of machine-to-machine applications. Its product lines include AirPrime (embedded wireless modules), AirLink (intelligent gateways), and AirVantage (machine-to-machine cloud products). The company sells directly and through resellers, primarily to customers in North America. Manufacturers also embed the company's wireless modules into their computing products.
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Automotive
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Product Development
  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • USE CASES
  • Process Control & Optimization
    Process control and optimization (PCO) is the discipline of adjusting a process to maintain or optimize a specified set of parameters without violating process constraints. The PCO market is being driven by rising demand for energy-efficient production processes, safety and security concerns, and the development of IoT systems that can reliably predict process deviations. Fundamentally, there are three parameters that can be adjusted to affect optimal performance. - Equipment optimization: The first step is to verify that the existing equipment is being used to its fullest advantage by examining operating data to identify equipment bottlenecks. - Operating procedures: Operating procedures may vary widely from person-to-person or from shift-to-shift. Automation of the plant can help significantly. But automation will be of no help if the operators take control and run the plant in manual. - Control optimization: In a typical processing plant, such as a chemical plant or oil refinery, there are hundreds or even thousands of control loops. Each control loop is responsible for controlling one part of the process, such as maintaining a temperature, level, or flow. If the control loop is not properly designed and tuned, the process runs below its optimum. The process will be more expensive to operate, and equipment will wear out prematurely. For each control loop to run optimally, identification of sensor, valve, and tuning problems is important. It has been well documented that over 35% of control loops typically have problems. The process of continuously monitoring and optimizing the entire plant is sometimes called performance supervision.
  • CUSTOMER
  • Schneider Electric SE is a French multinational corporation that specializes in electricity distribution, automation management and produces installation components for energy management.
  • SOLUTION
  • Schneider Electric’s electric vehicle charging terminal is a comprehensive hardware and software solution connected by AirVantage Smart Automation, a machine-to-machine (M2M) Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering that accelerates development and significantly reduces costs associated with deploying and operating M2M industrial control applications.
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  • SOLUTION TYPE
  • SOLUTION MATURITY
  • Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    [Efficiency Improvement - Time To Market]
    Programming time, production time, and installation time are shortened during the introduction of new products.
    Impact #2
    [Efficiency Improvement - Maintenance]
    Real-time status reports enable maintenance personnel to do predictive maintenance and problem detection before interruption in production processes.
    Impact #3
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