Real-time monitoring and analytics platform for Sembcorp Industries
Monitoring the world’s most precious resource
With treatment plants all over the world, Sembcorp Industries deals with a lot of water. It also deals with a huge amount of data. We’re talking over a thousand sensors and instruments constantly generating figures which are recorded every five minutes. This data is vital for the smooth management and monitoring of such an important resource. Before the solution was created, a lot of this data was collected manually and analysed batch by batch. This created problems, including poor plant performance and significant revenue loss. What Sembcorp needed was an efficient, digital way to collect and analyse all this data in one place.
A powerful solution
With such an overwhelming amount of data to deal with, the solution had to address several issues. Monstar Lab proposed building a powerful digital platform that tackled the problem in four ways. First, it would totally digitalise Sembcorp’s manual operations. Second, it would collate all the data from the sensors and instruments and produce visual analytics. Third, the data would be recorded digitally on an hourly basis and made accessible to both lab and field workers through an iPad app. Finally, an admin dashboard would be created for management of users, roles, plants, and alert mechanisms.
The Virtual Brain
In less than a year, the Virtual Brain was rolled out, and the results have been revolutionary. Employees with access to the digital platform can now monitor plants all over the world, instantly and in real time. Analytics, including charts and graphs, are produced in seconds, using data from those 1000+ sensors and instruments. Lab data that was previously sitting in storage can now be analysed, and any incidents that take place in a plant can be easily recorded. This means a safer, more efficient, and more transparent process. The impact of this is clear in monetary terms, but it’s also hugely beneficial for decision-making. Plus, onboarding treatment plants is straight-forward, meaning that the solution can be easily expanded to other regions.
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