What’s SCADA?

June 1, 2018 scada, iot, industrial analytics

No, SCADA (“Skay-duh”) is not a large insect that breeds every 17 years and makes a lot of noise outside your window. Nor is it an unwanted skin disease from the tropics. Those in the industrial data world know that SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) is a key architecture that helps operators run a […]

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Why Predictive Analytics Has Finally Arrived for Renewables

May 1, 2018 renewables, investment, payback analysis, analytics

Up to now the renewable energy industry has used data chiefly as a monitoring tool. Gearboxes in wind turbines equipped with sensors report back vibrational and efficiency data. Solar mirror or solar photovoltaic (PV) farms might relay back real-time position and movement as panels follow the sun. But the real payoff in the data access […]

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2018 Is the Year for Predictive Analytics

January 1, 2018 Sensors, Predictive Analytics, Data Infrastructure

Why will 2018 be the year that Predictive Analytics moves from theory to practice? Talk is cheap, as the saying goes, but data infrastructure and sensor installations aren’t. Compare 2018 to 2008, and the differences are clear. Today we have those two crucial elements – sensors that produce data, and the analytics tools that make […]

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Looking Down the Industrial Data Pipeline

December 15, 2017 Data Pipeline, Industrial Analytics, Advanced Analytics

Industrial companies in 2018 will find that wrangling real-time data requires a game plan for data preparation and transformation. Sensors on industrial equipment are relaying data at rates that were unheard of just a few years ago. That means that finding the right “data pipeline” to channel those streaming data sets is crucial to managing […]

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The Art of Prediction

April 15, 2017 Predictive Analytics

Nostradamus cast his divinations five centuries ago, but the information age hasn’t dimmed humans’ love of the prediction. In an industrial world where lost seconds or lost efficiency can mean billions of dollars in company losses, predictions become more than a flight of fancy. They’re the essence of a working industrial system, especially one that relies […]

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