E.ON invents digital IOT solution for green and healthy workplaces in industry

07/15/2020

  • European patent application published
  • Big Data saves companies costs

A new Internet of Things (IOT) monitoring system makes working in production halls greener, healthier and saves money. The devices and software application developed by E.ON's Digital Technology team processes data on a number of important measures including air quality and room temperature to accurately predict their future development and calculates when fresh air needs to be added to the workplace ensuring a healthy and safe workplace. The European Patent Office has now published the patent application.

The heart of the system is a processor module that is only the size of a credit card. The device combines data from the multiple sensors with weather forecasts and applies artificial intelligence and machine learning to predict the optimum situation for the workplace. Every hour, about 10 million data points are collected and calculated inside and outside working environments including industrial plants.

The device will record temperature, humidity, movements or the concentration of gases and pollutants such as CO2 or nitrogen oxides. From the data, artificial intelligence can determine exactly which window should be opened at which time in order to ensure an optimal working climate at all times. Since a change in the temperature level of just one degree Celsius affects heating costs by 12 percent, the optimum duration of the fresh air supply is also determined so avoid lost heat and therefore energy,

The new E.ON system delivers a state of the art solution for industrial ecosystems bringing a huge amount of data and information to allow smart decisions to be implemented. Currently many companies across different industries are not able to capture this data or where information is collected, it is of poor quality or comes from different manufacturers and is therefore incompatible to be brought together on one platform. The new E.ON solution considers all parameters for the first time and can optimize and even replace the installation or operation of air conditioning systems.

“This invention is a great example of how E.ON is working to help customers create a better future for their employees whilst saving energy and improving the work environment. This innovative solution is based on leveraging a huge amount of data easily. E.ON will develop further digital solutions and business models for quality of life and climate protection,” says Matthew Timms, Chief Digital & Technology Officer at E.ON.

E.ON will offer the intelligent monitor as a licensed product at the beginning of next year. The patent application can be viewed at the European Patent Office under the number EP3667633A1:

https://worldwide.espacenet.com/patent/search/family/064664889/publication/EP3667633A1?q=EP3667633A1

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