Skysens, an IoT network solution provider based in Turkey, provides solutions for asset tracking, smart energy grid monitoring, and agriculture and food processing. For the airport, the management of equipment and assets within such a large area was a challenge the managers hoped to address with IIoT technology.
“The main purpose was tracking the condition of the static and movable assets, with location tracking as a side application,” commented Burak Polat, Skysens’ CEO. The deployment focuses on the condition of the facility’s equipment, as well as understanding where tools and equipment are located when they’re needed, thereby reducing the amount of time employees spend looking for missing items or physically viewing conditions measurements throughout the terminal or beyond.
Skysens had installed thousands of its sensors to track the equipment’s condition and location. The sensors come with Semtech integrated circuits to forward LoRaWAN-based transmissions related to either location, conditions or both. The data is captured by Skysen’s end-modules (gateways) deployed around the airport, both indoors and outdoors. The gateways forward sensor data to the network server via either Wi-Fi, a cellular connection or an Ethernet cord. The data is managed on Skysens’ IoT platform. “Most of the applications are being aware of the environment and the operation,” Polat says, such as viewing whether power sources are working properly.
The Skysens’ software provides analytics so that airport management can view patterns and adjust operations accordingly. The airport’s goal is to leverage the collected data to gain energy savings, by identifying any overheating or cooling—either in real time or as a pattern—and to then address such issues. For asset management, the sensors can provide data regarding where each item is located. The sensors have built-in GPS units for location management when used outdoors, and they enable LoRa-based location data indoors so that airport management can identify the locations of goods inside the terminal or in other buildings.