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11. IoT 4.0 and LoRa for maintenance purposes in hazardous areas

30 January 2018

Gido Van Tienhoven - CEO, Ex-Machinery. 
Weds 14.45 – 15.25: Seminar room

This paper focuses on the use of various sensors to monitor the technical state of various types of equipment by means of LoRa Wan technology. LoRa is short for Long Range. It explains how this technology can reduce maintenance costs thanks to preventive maintenance.  

The results of a small study amongst end users about the opportunities for this technology will be presented. Applications include monitoring the technical state of a pump by means of vibration levels, bearing temperatures, leakage detection, etc. Interaction with the people attending will be stimulated on this subject.

The paper will present LoRa as an international standard for IoT wide area networks, explaining how it works and of what use it can be. Due to the low amount of RF energy involved, it is technology that can be applied very well in hazardous areas without causing risks of ignition. Because LoRa technology requires low power it can use batteries, so field installation can be carried out without wires. 

LoRa technology is node-hub technology. As a result, a few hundred sensors on a large plant can be easily connected to one hub. All the readings of the sensors can be seen on internet based systems and all communication via the internet is encrypted, with high levels of cybersecurity built into the design.

The paper will focus mainly on the applications and opportunities of LoRa in the oil and gas industry. 

Gido van Tienhoven is an ATEX and explosion safety specialist who works with purchasers, production managers and technicians in all process industries dealing with gas and dust explosion risks to help them find the best safety solutions for their particular needs. 

He studied engineering at Delft University in The Netherlands and has worked in the field of explosion safety for 15 years.

Gido is the owner of Ex-Machinery, which offers a range of HVAC products and wireless solutions for hazardous areas. The company was awarded an FD Gazelle Award in 2017 to recognise its status as one of the fastest growing companies in The Netherlands.

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