Wunderlich-Malec Engineering and OSIsoft Introduce VIP Tower for Industrial & Utility Markets
Jane Alexander | December 16, 2017
Wunderlich-Malec Engineering (“WM,” Eden Prairie, MN) and OSIsoft LLC (San Leandro, CA) have announced the launch of VIP Tower, an Internet of Things (IoT) gateway solution for industrial and utility markets.
Combining OSIsoft’s PI System with a software tool from WM’s VIP Services (Kingwood, TX), the bundled solution creates an industrial QR code that provides personnel at any location, including plant floors, pipelines, and dams, among others, full access to maintenance records, compliance documents, and near real-time data at any point for specific assets.
According to WM and OSIsoft, this combination of their technologies allows industrial workers to make real-time decisions related to maintenance, compliance, and other factors at the edge, and links previously unconnected assets to boost operational visibility. Potential uses for VIP Tower include, but are not limited to, energy plants, water municipalities, remote pumping operations, and pipeline applications.
How It Works
Since VIP Tower is standardized on a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) GL20 Industrial Gateway, it’s accessible from even the most remote locations, and can easily connect with multiple analytical software packages. In developing the solution, WM and OSIsoft also partnered with V5 Systems to integrate its V5 Portable Edge Computing Unit (PECU), a platform for collecting, analyzing, and sharing sensor data in any outdoor area, free from the electrical grid. In remote locations, VIP Tower uses a solar panel and DC battery backup for high availability and reliability at the edge. Combining WM’s VIP Services‘ software tool and OSIsoft’s PI System with V5’s solar-powered platform means users can deploy the solution to access, read, and contribute to a database with locally delivered independent power.
Arrow Electronics, a global technology-solutions provider will provide custom assembly, packaging, and go-to-market services for the VIP Tower solution.