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25/04/2017

According to the World Health Organization, air pollution is causing around 467,000 premature deaths in Europe every year. Cities around the world are committed to improving air quality by drastically reducing the main contributor: road traffic. In most of the cases, drastic measures are being taken by capitals like London, Paris or Madrid forbidding private cars usage on given days or during seasons. However, this is not enough. With powerful technology-enabled tools, cities can improve their decision-making process.One example is the successful project developed in Chester City (United Kingdom), where Advanticsys Internet of Things technology has been used to reduce air pollution caused through traffic congestion by linking air quality measurements to a local authority’s traffic management control system. The project aimed to test the feasibility of developing an integrated data platform for Chester city centre. The focus was on linking a novel air quality network of low cost wireless sensors with the traffic management within the city centre to alleviate air pollution ‘hot spots’ caused by queuing traffic.

Advanticsys provided a scalable low-cost wireless sensor network which included air quality sensing units measuring key traffic pollutants: nitric oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM).

The end-to-end solution provided by Advanticsys is completed with the Concordia Cloud platform, where the data from sensing units are being sent in real time. The platform also includes events notification by email.Dr Hannah Newton, the project lead, from UK-based company C-Tech Innovation said: “We have installed air quality sensors in the Cheshire West and Cheshire (CWAC) air quality management area for comparison alongside the CWAC pollution analysers. These sensor units are mounted to the lamp posts in the area and communicate over the mobile network. The project concept is to create air quality sensors that can be linked to a city’s traffic management control system (traffic lights, signage etc.) to help alleviate hotspots of pollution caused by heavy traffic.”

More information about our Air Quality and Environmental monitoring solutions can be found here.


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02/03/2017

Nowadays, it is increasingly important that public buildings are as energy efficient as possible. This is a not only a global trend for new buildings but also for existing ones. One such building is the St Teilo’s High School in Cardiff, Wales. Built in 2014 to BREEAM Excellence, the building already has a state of the art building management system. However, having so many meters/sensors monitored made it hard sometimes to locate what the problem was. Thus, an additional heating monitoring solution was required to simplify where heat was dispersed – creating heating zones. This required the installation of heat meters in 9 locations, 2 of them in the Ground floor and 7 in the First floor. Advanticsys fully wireless solution supporting M-Bus and Modbus RTU / TCP was chosen by the School and Cardiff Council due to the non-intrusive nature of the installation, with little preparatory work needed resulting in a cost reduction compared to other wired alternatives. The solution included the following equipment:

  • Wireless M-Bus T1 Heat meters. Being battery-operated, they were the best option to avoid power wires deployment. They included 2 PT500 temperature sensors.
  • DM-108 wireless bridges. Supporting both Wireless M-Bus and Modbus RTU, they provide seamless connectivity between heat meters and data concentrators.
  • MPC-333 data concentrators. They logged and sent heat meters data to the cloud platform in 15 minutes intervals using FTP.

Once every device is properly configured put in place, via the Concordia Cloud platform, the user can access each meters data, develop customized dashboards and be able to download data for further analysis. The platform also includes events notification by email. The data collected on a local FTP server at the school, and sent to a central Council FTP from the MPC-333 data concentrators. Sending data to multiple FTPs is another useful feature of the wireless solution.

Mathew Preece, Energy Projects Manager at Cardiff Council, states that “using Advanticsys wireless communication bridges and data collectors allowed work to be carried out with less disruption to the school (no need for wires). It is early days for the project, but it is envisaged that this high level overview of heating the school via the zones created by the heat meters will allow the facility manager to optimise his time and prioritise his work load based on sections of the school that are causing problems from overheating.”

More information about our building management solutions can be found here.


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08/02/2017

As part of the continuous improvement of products and services Advanticsys provides within its catalog, the evolution of best-selling UCM-316 data concentrator is released today. This enhancement converts UCM-316 into a truly industrial gateway bridging the gap between industry and Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm.

For some years, IoT is spreading throughout our world, from our smartphones to even our appliances. However, its penetration in the industry is limited due to the lack of compatibility between legacy systems and new protocols. Now, Advanticsys adds to its Modbus data concentrator the ability to easily integrate into any IoT software platform using the Message Queue Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol.

MQTT is a light-weight M2M (Machine-to-Machine) connectivity protocol able to send data in messages with very low bandwidth requirements.

Within this protocol, three main components can be found:

  • MQTT Broker: is the central element able to receive and forward data.
  • MQTT Publisher: is the data generator. In our case, UCM-316 plays this role.
  • MQTT Subscriber: within this architecture, it represents any hardware, software or even physical person consuming those data.

Advanticsys introduces its first Industrial IoT gateway

To the existing features (microSD storage, FTP client/server and csv file generation), MQTT support is added to perform periodic data, real time values with sending period as low as 1 second and notifications and alarms based on registers values Data transmission is done through JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) formatted messages.

More information can be found here.


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26/01/2017

Advanticsys recently presented European Energaware project during the Sustainable Energy Week Conference organized by the European Commission in Brussels from 19th to 25th June 2017.

The main objective of the EnerGAware project is to reduce energy consumption and emissions by 15-30% in a social housing pilot in Plymouth (UK) by increasing tenants’ understanding and engagement in energy efficiency through the development of a serious game. Thus, energy savings virtually achieved in the game and in reality (through the real-time measurement of household energy consumption) enable progression in the serious game. Social media features offer users a platform to share their achievements, compete with each other, give energy advice and join together to form virtual energy communities. Since February 2015, a total of 100 social houses are participating in the pilot.

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A plug&play wireless energy monitoring kit was designed and deployed by Advanticsys in each household. Little intervention was needed thanks to the selection of suitable devices to collect consumption information from legacy gas and electricity meters as well as to group data collected and send to the remote data server for further analysis. Therefore, the monitoring infrastructure used in the project is as follows:

  • Wireless M-Bus LED pulse sensor for electricity meters.
  • Wireless M-Bus OCR camera sensor for gas meters.
  • Data collection cabinet including our DM-108 wireless bridges, supporting both Wireless M-Bus and Modbus RTU and our UCM-316 data concentrator. They logged and sent meters data to the cloud platform in 15 minutes intervals.

Energaware, coordinated by Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, has been funded by the Horizon 2020 European Union Research and Innovation Programe, and its duration is three years. More information can be found at project dedicated website .


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24/01/2017

Advanticsys extends its projects portfolio with an automated meter reading project in one of the largest District Heating/Cooling networks in the south of Europe, operated by Spanish company Sampol. In particular, this project, located in Palma (Majorca – Spain) provides heating and cooling to the Balearic Islands University (UIB) and the Balearic Islands Innovation Park “Parc Bit”. Built in 2000, it comprises a tri-generation plant providing heating and/or cooling to 25 different customers.

Sampol, as DHC operator, requested an end-to-end solution for remotely collecting meters data previously installed. Advanticsys deployed a system based on its datalogger MPC-330 with M-Bus interfaces to read data from Kamstrup meters and to send them periodically through csv files to a remote server. In parallel, a Modbus TCP connection was enabled to support real time data collection from company SCADA.

Spanish DSO selects Advanticsys monitoring solutions for district heating and cooling project

Through this project, Sampol expects to improve network efficiency and as well as the simplicity of securely collecting data.

More information about our smart grid solutions can be found here.


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