Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

IBM brings IoT to Spanish electricity operator

Steve Rogerson
July 24, 2018

Red Eléctrica de España (REE), the sole transmission agent and operator of the national electricity system in Spain, has selected IBM Watson IoT technologies as part of its intelligent asset management initiative project.
The electricity system operator's objective is to plan and optimise the maintenance and replacement activities of its strategic transmission assets including substations and transmission lines with the support of the IBM Watson IoT platform.
With IoT analytics designed to help energy and utilities improve asset maintenance and use, a team from IBM has begun implementation of the platform and is working in unison with REE to develop asset degradation models and design optimisation plans specific to the electricity system operator's requirements. IBM says its technology and industry expertise combined with Red Electrica's project vision and knowledge will let REE have better management of its assets, resulting in operating efficiency optimisation.
IBM has announced several other European companies that have selected IBM Watson IoT technologies. These include Italian elderly care provider Cooperativa Sole, Dutch telecommunications operator Tele2 and Israeli manufacturer of smart air conditioning Electra Group.
Co-operativa Sole has implemented IBM Watson at Oasi Serena, its residence in Rimini, Emilia-Romagna on Italy's Adriatic coast. In a pilot project, ambient and wearable sensors that detect the motion, location and more of each resident have been installed throughout the facility, collecting and analysing data that are turned into insights that can alert nursing staff in real time when residents' daily activity deviates from the norm. This way, nurses can prioritise visits to residents who are in urgent need of assistance, day and night.
This has already increased operational efficiencies by 15 to 20 per cent, with caregivers increasingly more able to focus on core tasks.
Tele2 Netherlands recently announced Mijn Tele2, a self-service app for its customers, powered by IBM Watson Assistant. In addition to browsing for answers on the Tele2 web site, its customers can now ask the Mijn Tele2 app questions about their account, mobile plan, data usage and allowance as well as upgrades through a chat function that is available in the Dutch language.
Electra Group is collaborating with IBM to create smart air conditioning. Watson IoT lets Electra's customers connect to their air conditioning units and control them when at home or remotely, via a bespoke mobile app that was created and is maintained by IBM. Additionally, Watson IoT technology enables Electra to perform maintenance checks on its smart air conditioning to detect defects and predict potential malfunctions, which results in time savings and cost efficiencies for the consumer goods manufacturer.
"IBM announced a $3bn investment globally to bring AI and the internet of things to market together in 2015," said Bret Greenstein, global vice president of IBM Watson IoT offerings. "By bringing together the IoT with Watson AI, IBM is delivering on that investment and leading a global movement around IoT, not only helping clients make sense of exponential volumes of data from millions of connected devices, but also by helping clients to explore new business models, create service excellence, transform their industries, and eliminate inefficiencies."