Internet of things

The internet of things will provide constant sensing, data and control opportunities for chemical plants.

Chemical industries have a large number of interdependent units and careful use of embedded systems with sophisticated analytics to connect reactors, products, people and services can potentially help in wide scale improvement in supply chain management and overall plant optimization.  By linking the reactor units with internet using embedded smart devices and data carriers, it will be easier to monitor the performance and life cycle of reactors, which can be immensely useful in critical situations such as onshore operations.

At the forefront of research

The Institute for Communication Systems is either leading or part of several funded research projects on IoT including:

  • CityPulse (Real-Time IoT Stream Processing and Large-scale Data Analytics for Smart City Applications)
  • PETRAS consortium (part of IoTUK, an integrated £40 million, three-year, Government programme that seeks to advance the UK's global leadership in IoT and increase the adoption of high quality IoT technologies and services throughout businesses and the public sector)
  • IOT LAB consortium (European Research project which aims at researching the potential of crowdsourcing and the Internet of things for multidisciplinary research and experiments with more end-user interactions)
  • SOCIOTAL (EU FP7 funded STREP project which aims for creating a reliable and secure environment that will encourage citizens to contribute their devices and corresponding information flows to the Internet of Things)
  • EU H2020 FIESTA (Federated Interoperable Semantic IoT/cloud Testbeds and Applications)
  • Technology Integrated Health Management (IoT Testbed for Healthcare, NHS/Innovate UK)
  • iKaaS Project (An EU / Japan collaboration to deliver Intelligent Knowledge-as-a-Service). 

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Centre for Connected Plants of the Future
Department of Chemical and Process Engineering
University of Surrey