Technological Innovations using IoT, AI and Big Data
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 27 July 2018 - Azbil Corporation (listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange Symbol: 6845 was
founded in 1906 and formerly known as Yamatake Corporation) today announced the
opening of the Azbil's showroom in Singapore.
The showroom will allow all the stakeholders such as Azbil's customers
in Singapore and Southeast Asia to learn about the azbil Group and its
capabilities, main products, solutions and reference projects in the region.
Users of the showroom can participate in proactive
communication with Azbil's stakeholders through remote and direct communication
activities such as real time presentation and discussions when connected with
Japan or other countries. This will enable Azbil, in cooperation with Azbil's
Fujisawa Technology Center in Japan, to offer the same solution as being
delivered in Japan.
Mr Hirozumi Sone, President
and Group CEO of Azbil Corporation, said: "Japan, including most countries in
the world, is facing a shortage of expert or skilled employees who played key
roles in plant maintenance and safety.
The possibility of major accidents is increasing. Therefore, Azbil has come up with solutions
for 'Smart Manufacturing' which will achieve a new dimension of productivity. Technological innovations such as IoT, AI and
Big Data, will bring about a 'super smart society'. Manufacturing sites that support such a
society must also evolve into 'super-smart factories'. Therefore the opening of
our showroom here is in line with Singapore's journey towards a Smart Nation."
At the showroom, Azbil will
showcase how their technology and solutions will help in the manufacturing
processes and increase productivity.
In the field of plant
operations, Azbil uses stepwise approach.
The approach starts from the introduction of smart devices in the field
which then adds diagnosis and analysis of the data. Once that digitalisation has been achieved,
it is then time to introduce AI and Big Data analysis for "Smart
"BiG EYES" which is Azbil's
AI application detects abnormal behaviours such as signs of failures of
equipment/devices/processes at an early stage and notifies as alerts. By way of learning various operation patterns
from Big Data already available at customers' sites, this AI application makes
it possible to monitor all equipment/devices/processors comprehensively without
any investment for additional sensors.
Azbil's plant safety
management product ACTMoS™ (Advanced Critical Trend Monitoring for Safety) is a
software application that is independent of the Distributed Control System
(DCS). ACTMoS™ automatically monitors
important process variables and predicts their future behaviour. If it judges that any trend will reach a
critical value (at which safety devices are designed to activate), ACTMoS™ will
issue a critical alarm and notifies all staff working in the control room of
the predicted value, together with the trend data and the predicted time. This is to prevent serious accidents and
minimise the potential damage.
Demand Response and the Future of Building Automation
Electricity consumption has
its peak hours and governments would want to ensure the reliable supply of
power at all times. Since 2012, Azbil
has participated in collaborative research and governmental proof-of-concept
experiments in various locations and compiled a strong track record in the
aggregator business in Japan. This
involves bundling electricity customers to provide Demand Response (DR)
Two of Azbil's key strengths
are its remote control technology and its automatic control using multiple
energy sources. The use of cloud technology will enable a building's BEMS
(Building Energy Management System) to be connected with Azbil's aggregation centre
to provide DR services automatically. As entire cities become "smarter", Azbil
will deploy its remote control technology to provide DR services.
"By both managing and
analysing data from multiple buildings at the same time, Azbil's energy
services can reduce energy consumption and preserve the environment. The
opening of our showroom in Singapore is
timely as we will be able to advise customers in the region on the latest in
technology for buildings energy management that results in energy efficiency
and cost savings," added Mr Hirozumi Sone.
Mr Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director, Singapore
Economic Development Board, said: "We are pleased that Azbil Corporation has
chosen Singapore to anchor its Regional Office and Showroom. The latest
investment by Azbil is aligned with Singapore's efforts to digitally transform
our manufacturing and built environment industries. We look forward to Azbil
partnering key industry players in Singapore and the region, to create smarter
and more sustainable buildings and factories."
Founded in 1906, Azbil Corporation pursues "human-centered automation"
which aims to contribute to people's safety, comfort and fulfillment and also
to global environmental preservation. In April 2012, Azbil Corporation has
changed its name from Yamatake Corporation.
About azbil Group
The azbil Group
provides its customers with timely solutions tailored to the customer's
needs. Driven by the Group philosophy of
'human-centered automation', we strive to utilise our measurement and control
technologies to realise safety, comfort and fulfillment in people's lives
whilst contributing to the global environment. Internationally, we run a
Building Automation business for the building market, and an Advanced
Automation business for factories and plants. In Japan, azbil Group also operates a Life Automation
business for markets closely connected with people's lives, such as lifelines
In each field, azbil Group conduct business
with an integrated structure that combines everything from planning and
development to marketing and maintenance. This makes it possible for us to
reflect on-site feedback in fresh solutions, swiftly and confidently, enhancing
on-site technologies and service capabilities, and ensuring cost reductions
through greater efficiency. As a true solution partner - delivering comfort,
safety and energy savings in an optimum form - the azbil Group strives to
provide dependable product development that reflects market needs, while also