Transport of the Future at Heathrow
Ultra Global was developing a ULTra Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system for Heathrow airport. A single board embedded computer which can provide the performance, reliability and scalability to handle PRT system's communication and security requirements is needed.
EurotechEurotech is a global company focusing on embedded computers and pervasive computing, which combines three key factors: the miniaturisation of computers capable of processing information; their spread in the real world - in buildings and machinery, on board vehicles, on persons and in the environment; and their ability to network and communicate. Year founded: 1992 Revenue: $69 million (2014) BIT: ETH
Equipment & Machinery
Ultra Global is committed to a quality management system dedicated to meeting the requirements of its customers and of all regulatory requirements applicable to its products and services.
- CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
The PROTEUS single board embedded computer, which drives the ULTra communication system, is ideal for applications requiring high-end performance in a fanless, rugged package. The PROTEUS works off an 8.5 to 24V DC power supply and incorporates a low heat generation Intel Atom Processor. The ATMEL TPM provides compatible SMBUS interface. Hardware Components - The PROTEUS single board embedded computer
- DATA COLLECTED
Asset Efficiency Ratios, Asset Status Tracking, Asset Utilization, Communication Performance, Equipment Status
- SOLUTION TYPE
- SOLUTION MATURITY
Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
- OPERATIONAL IMPACT
Impact #1 [Efficiency Improvement - Asset Utilization]
Real-time visibility, monitoring, and control of equipment improves asset and resource efficiency.
Impact #2 [Process Optimization - Real Time Asset Tracking]
The location of individuals and assets can be identified in near real-time enabling optimal utilization of vehicles.
Impact #3 [Data Management - Data Analysis]
Single board computer solutions enable aggregation of 'big data' to enable more robust analysis and lower costs.
- QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
- USE CASES
Process Control & OptimizationProcess 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.