Wireless Sensor Data from mobile cranes

Applying Industry 4.0 technologies to analyze and optimize operational mobile cranes. What comprises a flexible and maintainable IoT setup in a company wanting to analyze and optimize their operational products?

Jonathan Elvø Hansen​

Aarhus University, M.Sc. IT Product Development


Internet-of-Things (IoT) has gotten enormous attention lately in our society. It is wildly popular to put wireless connections into everyday appliances to gain connected functionality like remote control or data gathering. However, IoT is also becoming relevant to the industry as companies seek new ways to maximize the efficiency of their equipment both in production and running services.

Sensors can produce vastly amounts of data about the environment in very short time. For these data to become useful they have to be filtered, transmitted, processed, stored, aggregated and analyzed. All of these steps require different kinds of technology that have to act together. This imposes challenges in terms of interoperability. Several large IT companies provide more or less complete platforms for handling IoT devices, but using a platform also imposes challenges in terms of flexibility and maintainability.

Problem Statement: Internet-of-Things (IoT) is a very emerging field in the world of computer based systems where cross-device communication is essential, and many different platforms for this are already competing to become the go-to solution, but this might result in IoT systems becoming locked into a specific platform. Therefore, flexibility and maintainability are important requirements when using IoT solutions within a company. I will look at a use case of IoT within a company and compare different approaches to implementing IoT systems. What comprises a flexible and maintainable IoT configuration to a company wanting to optimize the usage of their equipment?

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