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Cloud-managed Security Gateways Enable Wind Turbine Data Analysis and Predictive Maintenance

Every industry has its own challenges, but for wind farm operators, these challenges come supersized. The Energy industry is one that has been quick to capture the benefits brought about by digitization. In fact, CIOs reported that in 2019, their primary technology focus is on data analytics, including predictive analytics. Implementing IoT to collect and analyze data can improve the performance and effectiveness of individual wind turbines.

The benefits of collecting and analyzing maintenance data are widely understood. Data analysis can provide better predictability, enabling operators to understand when equipment is beginning to run into issues and enabling preventative measures to be taken at an optimal time. This translates into an average savings of 40% on maintenance costs. For instance, instead of spending tens of thousands of dollars to bring a crane onsite to repair a single faltering turbine, predictive analytics can also indicate other turbines that may be approaching issues, making it possible for those to be addressed pre-emptively while the necessary equipment and personnel are already on-site.

CHALLENGES

While the benefits are clear, there are a number of logistical challenges that must be overcome in order to implement data analytics in wind farm environments. These include:

REQUIREMENTS

In order to solve the environmental challenges, wind farm operators must implement a solution that will meet several requirements:

SOLUTION

Lanner SilosBreaker™ Edge Security Kit provides seamless endpoint authentication, software property protection, service lifecycle management and advanced device/application monitoring capabilities to enable high-availability, mission-critical operations and mitigate a variety of cyberattacks.

Security Gateway LEC-6041

Lanner’s security gateway, LEC-6041, is designed to protect the communication in both IT and OT domains. LEC-6041 series is empowered by Intel Atom x7-E3950 or Celeron N3350 for low power consumption and capable processing performance. As a rugged firewall deployed in challenging environments, LEC-6041 is compliant with IEC 61850-3 and IEEE 1613 certification, as well as 1.5 KV magnetic isolation protections for LAN port and 15KV ESD Protection for I/O ports. The system can operate in a wide range of operating temperature from -40°C to 70°C.

To ensure secure communication from both device-to-gateway and gateway-to-IT layers, Lanner security gateway LEC-6041 is protected with built-in security features and high availability features, including:

ZEDEDA Edge Virtualization Software

ZEDEDA offers 100% cloud-managed deployment, operation, and security automation for your real-time edge applications. ZEDEDA provides a consistent, automated, hardware agnostic, and secure operating model for mass-deployed edge devices and applications – eliminating manual configuration processes, requirements for on-site expertise, or any need to manually update software.

BENEFITS

Wind farm operators can leverage the SilosBreaker™ Edge Security Kit to solve their unique environmental challenges and launch predictive maintenance projects in a manner that provides complete visibility, management, and protection. Together, Lanner and ZEDEDA provide:

Zededa Edge Virtualization Software

Cloud-managed Security Gateways Enable Wind Turbine Data Analysis and Predictive Maintenance was last modified: September 2nd, 2021 by Jorge Peregrina
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