Real-time Anomaly Detection Gives Early Warning of Impending Disasters By Liz Derr, CEO, Simularity Aegex Technologies teamed up with Verizon, Nokia, SensorInsight, Simularity, and some 40 other technology providers to orchestrate “Operation Convergent Response” (#OCR2017). This interactive event showcased the single largest, real-world IoT test environment at the Guardian Centers’ 800-acre facility in Perry, GA, USA. Operation Convergent Response (OCR) was as close as you can get to real-life hazardous locations and real large-scale emergency scenes without being in an actual oil refinery, chemical plant, or disaster area. OCR was an opportunity to witness firsthand the power of emerging IoT technologies, including IoT sensors, advanced communications, robotics, artificial intelligence and more, and to discover how technology and innovation investments can bring big data to life while offering value for daily operations, as well as in extreme situations. The Scenario: Chemical Plant Leak and Collapse In one of the disaster scenarios at OCR, a “chemical plant” was outfitted by SensorInsight with a variety of intrinsically safe air quality sensors from Aegex. Data from these sensors was collected by SensorInsight’s Integrate, a middleware platform. The data was fed to Simularity’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) for anomaly detection. The sensor readings and anomaly scores were displayed on SensorInsight’s application dashboard and viewed by first responders on Aegex’s intrinsically safe tablets. When the “chemical leak” that preceded the collapse of the building happened, Simularity’s AI detected the anomalous readings and, based on those, SensorInsight’s application issued an alert. This complete end-to-end solution enables industrial facility owners to spot and deal with small leaks before they become big problems, avoiding costly and dangerous situations.
By using a combination of Aegex, Simularity, and SensorInsight products, this team was able to demonstrate an end-to-end solution for hazardous area monitoring and disaster response. Deployment was completed in less than one week.With predictive analytics and AI that is accessible anywhere in a hazardous location via intrinsically safe sensors and mobile devices, decisions can be made in real time to resolve impending problems and ensure the safety and operational efficiency of the organization. Installing a system to radically increase safety in hazardous areas doesn’t have to be complicated. This end-to-end solution, with intuitive user interfaces, is available as a complete package, with installation, service, training, and support included.
About Aegex: Aegex is a technology engineering and design company that provides intrinsically safe Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and mobile solutions for hazardous industries. Our globally certified intrinsically safe Windows 10 tablet, sensors and partner monitoring systems, form an IoT platform that manages big data to improve efficiency, safety and productivity in hazardous industrial environments in oil & gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, utilities, public safety, defense and other industries with potentially explosive atmospheres.