The Internet of Things (IoT) is an environment in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a wireless network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. Simply put this is the concept of basically connecting any device with connectivity to the Internet. This includes everything from meters, cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, alarms, wearable medical devices and various other devices. With more physical objects and smart devices connected in the IoT landscape, the impact and value that IoT brings to our daily lives becomes more prevalent. Organisations automate their workflow or will be alerted to faulty devices. New services can emerge to address society challenges such as remote health monitoring for elderly patients and pay-as-you-use services. For governments, the convergence of data sources on shared networks improves nationwide automation of services, which promotes better coordination between agencies and facilitates quicker responsiveness to emergencies and disasters. For enterprises, IoT brings about tangible business benefits from improved management and tracking of assets and products, new business models and cost savings achieved through the optimization of equipment and resource usage.
IoT Services of GRID
GRID is developing total IoT solutions to help respective industries and government agencies. Recognizing that certain manual functions, such as electrical & water meter reading, collection of garbage at public places, early warning and fault detection, could benefit by moving their operations over to IoT, GRID is working with several partners to offer these solutions:
Smart Wireless Meter
Wireless smart meters enable utility companies to capture readings remotely over the air on a more regularly basis or even real-time. Accurate billing can be done every time since there would not be a need to perform estimated readings and hence avoid billing disputes with customers. With more frequent and accurate real-time readings, utility companies can determine peak period of usages, plan their tariffs accordingly and to help customers to adjust their usage pattern to lower electric bills. With real-time readings, utility companies are also able to better balance their electric loads and to eliminate or reduce power outages. By using smart wireless meters, utility companies are also able to reduce their operational cost, increase productivity and broaden their range of services. For malls and commercial building owners, frequently reading of meters will enable them to monitor the usage of each of their tenants and impose usage based tiered tariff accordingly.
Intelligent Wireless Waste Bin
Intelligent waste bins are bins that have inbuilt sensors to detect the level of garbage in them. The sensors sends out a signal to the control center (at regular intervals, when garbage reaches a certain level, or at real-time) to announce the amount of garbage the bins contain. In other words, intelligent bins are able to actively announce the status of their fill-level at all times. The status signal is sent via wireless network back to the control centre. Based on the bin-fill status of the bins, more productive decisions can be made to deploy cleaners when necessary. The following are the key advantages of intelligent wireless waste bins:
- Up to date bin-fill status of bins at all times
- Effective and efficient deployment of cleaners and vehicles to clear bins when they are full
- Cut operational and service cost though maintaining a leaner but effective workforce and vehicles
- Improve service level and customer satisfaction.
- Get an estimated footfall based on the bin-fill rate
- For recreational areas with high bin-fill rates, authorities or owners could consider setting up more amenities and eateries to increase revenues.
Wireless Advance Flood Warning System
The main function of a flood warning system is to detect the water level and its rate of rise on a real-time basis. Warning signals of a possible flooding can be issued when either the water level reaches a critical level or when the rate of rise of the water is very fast. With this warning, owners of buildings, shops or vehicles can take preventive actions to protect their properties and merchandise. The advantage of being wireless is that the sensors can be installed easily without the need incur additional cost to install wires. The only costs involved are the one-time sensor installation cost and a nominal monthly maintenance cost. To send and receive signals, all that is needed is a subscription to a data connection from a network carrier. The wireless flood warning system can also be used for level detections in industrial applications such as sewerage, water tanks and reservoirs.
As Singapore’s enhanced network service provider, GRID Communications is approved by iDA to provide various telecommunication services. If you are looking for a turn-key solution, GRID & our partners is able to provide you with a complete IoT solution that comes bundled with our competitively priced wireless network subscription. If you are a system integrator, GRID is able to partner you by providing a competitively priced wireless network subscription compared to the existing data offerings in the market. Please contact us at 6486 8777 for more details.