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Time is Money: Vehicle Maintenance on the IoT

Internet-enabled vehicle operation and maintenance is a perfect way to save both time and money. Old-style maintenance management was simple: wait for components to fail and then repair them. Of course, failures happened at the worst possible time, interrupting work and wasting time. Internet-enabled vehicle operation and maintenance is a perfect way to save both time and money. Old-style maintenance management was simple: wait for components to fail and then repair them. Of course, failures happened at the worst possible time, interrupting work and wasting time.

Industry is moving from passive maintenance (if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it) to a more predictive mode (fix it before it breaks) in which companies use real-time data for intelligent analysis, decision-making, and control over the monitoring equipment that supports smart maintenance planning. Companies can now take vehicles out of service when it is convenient and keep components in better condition for increased working lives. Maintenance costs are reduced by as much as threefold. Work moves on, parts last longer, and profits go up.

Finding Problems before They Happen

Maintenance needs vary depending on many factors, so companies find it hard to detect problems before they happen. Planners need real-time monitoring of multiple parameters on multiple, interrelated components to make intelligent decisions about when to do maintenance. Depending on the type of vehicle, data might include oil consumption, vehicle speeds, acceleration patterns, and/or whether a vehicle is properly leveled.

Combined with fatigue damage data, maintenance managers can build a library for each vehicle model to analyze and dynamically display the health and lifecycle progression for each vehicle. The system can then predict the best time to do maintenance for maximum reliability, vehicle utilization, and accident prevention.

IoT to the Rescue

A Huawei intelligent terminal based on Internet of Things (IoT) technology can help. Designed to provide a wireless, end-to-end, cloud-enabled, vehicle operation platform with customizable interfaces for collecting data from vehicle-mounted, mobile platform runs on a modular IoT architecture that includes a Software Development Kit (SDK) for third-party system and device integration.

At present, each Huawei IoT vehicle terminal is sized to handle the collection, analysis, command, and dispatch for populations of 100,000 cars and trucks, as the platform is provisioned for up to 1.6 TB of daily digital traffic.

A SAP HANA system (an in-memory, column-oriented, relational database management system) and service package can analyze vehicle and on-site work status to help with decision-making. When there are problems, the real-time system generates alarms and notifies workers instantly, maintaining site conditions, protecting property, and keeping people safe.

Vehicle maintenance is no longer a case of occasionally changing the oil and kicking the tires. Resolving the pressure on businesses to squeeze every ounce of use out of very expensive equipment requires forward-looking enterprises to enter and embrace the IoT era.

By Ye Qin

Industrial Internet Systems Architect, Large Enterprise Solution Dept., Huawei Enterprise Business Group