Monday, April 10, 2017

OSIsoft, LILEE Systems partner on PTC

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OSIsoft, a provider of operational intelligence software, and LILEE Systems, a provider of mobile communications systems for the transportation industry, have entered into an alliance “to improve safety and equipment health of rail and transportation networks through Big Data and industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to help rail operators achieve their goals for Positive Train Control (PTC),” the companies said in an April 10 announcement.

OSIsoft and LILEE Systems are working together to embed a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) connector for transferring data from LILEE’s IoT gateways to OSIsoft’s PI System, the company’s application software for real-time data management. The COTS connector, for example, will transfer speed, acceleration, vibration or other data captured by LILEE gateways and software located on board or on the wayside to PI Systems located in centralized control centers where technicians can use the information to prevent potential equipment failure or identify safety risks or send information back to train operators or others. The connector will also monitor the health and operation of PTC technologies. This PTC application “addresses interoperability and integration challenges in order to relay critical operational information in real-time about train location, weight, and speed, while the PI System collects data from various points across assets for operational efficiency.”

“Transportation companies will also be able to use LILEE and OSIsoft technology to perform long-term analysis to optimize routes, improve on-time arrivals, define maintenance schedules, and improve regulatory and environmental compliance,” the companies said. “LILEE and OSIsoft will also collaborate on bringing real-time awareness to long-haul trucking, shipping and other logistics industries.”

“OSIsoft has been a leader for years in managing real-time data in heavy industries with a focus on improving safety and operations” said Jia-Ru Li, CEO of LILEE. “OSIsoft’s PI System is a proven solution that can integrate seamlessly with LILEE’s portfolio of systems management solutions and edge IOT platforms for rail and bus operations, delivering a solid foundation for deep analytics.”

“Operational data is one of your most valuable resources,” said Matt Miller, Industry Principal for Transportation at OSIsoft. “A ship or a rail network can generate terabytes of data a day and that data tells a story, but many companies today are overwhelmed by the challenges of separating the signals from the noise. By working together, LILEE and OSIsoft can help give our customers a better picture of what’s happening out there.”

Founded in 2009, LILEE Systems, with a network of wired and wireless IoT “fog gateways,” incorporates hardware, software, and other services to “improve passenger connectivity, onboard entertainment, PTC, fleet management and operational efficiencies. OSIsoft describes its PI System as “one of the world’s most widely-used technologies for the Industrial Internet of Things. The PI System captures data from sensors, manufacturing equipment and other devices and transforms it into rich, real-time insights that engineers, executives and partners can use to reduce costs, dramatically improve overall productivity, and create new connected services and smart devices. Worldwide, the PI System manages more than 1.5 billion sensor-based data streams.”





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