Use case: Industry 4.0 realisation facilitated by InfoQuick Technologies – Midstream and Downstream Retail
Key business drivers are as follows
Delivering capital projects on time and on budget.
Extend lifetime of assets.
Drive refining costs down.
Safety, Reliability and operational excellence.
Smart Manufacturing concepts and automation in refineries.
Strategic Growth Global.
Integrated Platform linking planning and control across the complete value chain. Providing insights on the product and customer for traders and planners.
New channels new markets in the developing world.
Improve the Forecourt Experience and manage customer relationships ensuring an always connected arrangement.
Simple to do Business.
Shift to electric and hydrogen engines.
Partnering with other retailers such as fast-moving consumer goods, food retail.
The major elements of the midstream and downstream Oil and gas model are as follows:-
Acquisition of hydrocarbon product.
Transportation and storage of product by pipeline, road, rail, marine.
Further processing (refining).
Wholesale and consumer retailing.
Adoption of Industry 4.0 elements underpinned by InfoQuick Technologies strengths
Figure 5 Midstream / downstream Industry 4.0 themes and InfoQuick support
It is worth examining some of these Industry 4.0 related strategies in the slide above in more depth.
Autonomous vehicles impact midstream and downstream logistics in two ways. Firstly, allowing automation of delivery of product to petrol stations and to refineries. Secondly customers will increasingly run driverless automated vehicle fleets dependent on Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and IIoT technologies. Retail stations will need to integrate with these systems. The supply chain will also need to cater for a range of cars e.g. electric vehicles. InfoQuick DT-WAN capabilities and infrastructure can help underpin these solutions in a cost effective and agile manner.
Blockchain solutions are emerging to assist logistics management and payment transactions again with a dependence on agile connectivity solutions as provided by InfoQuick.
Big data, analytics and AI systems within the Industry 4.0 mix will also help optimise logistics and refinery planning at a level of precision better than traditional methods.
Similarly, big data and analytics will assist downstream oil and gas companies to better understand the overall hydrocarbon supply chain and provide flexible fast and accurate customer experiences.
The ‘Digital twin’ of an asset and emerging functionality will provide a better real-time view of how a refinery facility is operating against potential and support timely tuning of plant performance as well as risk avoidance. The ‘Digital twin’ will align with Big Data and machine learning to deliver this.
InfoQuick solutions facilitate the delivery of these capabilities through flexible DT-WAN provision that builds upon existing infrastructure quickly, securely and cost effectively. InfoQuick DT-WAN also provides improved control for an increasingly challenging and complicated network and cloud requirement.
InfoQuick Industry 4.0 focussed architecture and energy industry alignment
InfoQuick is very focussed on aligning its offerings with the Industry 4.0 strategies of its clients. The solution“iCONNECT”has been designed its DT-WAN architecture at all levels (Business process, application delivery, platform provision, connectivity, devices and management) to cover the essential needs of Industry 4.0. It is able to provide the architecture as a service and support clients in establishing autonomous infrastructure and support structures based on InfoQuick technologies.
Critical points in relation to the InfoQuick iCONNECT Industry 4.0 supporting architecture above are as follows:
The architecture is focussed on an understanding of business needs and business processes . InfoQuick are organised as a company to ensure they develop and update business knowledge of the industries sectors they support. This includes the Energy industry covering Oil and Gas and renewables such as wind and solar. InfoQuick are monitoring Energy industry digitalisation and Industry 4.0 initiatives and are keen to work with their clients to develop and deliver related strategies with a global reach.
The architecture is focused on supporting clients needs for a controllable, optimised and secure WAN that will meet their Industry 4.0 needs securely and with agility. The architecture is software managed, and allows for distributed deployment and hybrid client specific architectures that use existing infrastructure (e.g. Hybrid WAN). Specifically, iCONNECT can easy adapt existing client infrastructure and support a range of existing technologies that may already be in place: cable, MPLS, internet, 4G/5G. This means existing investments can be leveraged and upgraded where needed with InfoQuick solutions to build a high-quality advanced network that meets the needs of Industry 4.0 strategies. For the purpose of this report the solutions that energy companies are looking to deploy in the field are described through section 3.0 to 6.0.
InfoQuick are investing heavily in their solutions, based on the concepts and direction of Industry 4.0. Key pipeline investments include Artificial Intelligence solutions (AI), machine learning, Intend based Networking (IBN), Cyber security classified protection (SASE- Security Edge Access Mechanism), 5G converging technologies that support IIoT solutions. All investments are married to the needs of the sectors they are aligned with.
Information security is at the very heart of the InfoQuick Industry 4.0 enabled architecture and its various products. All offerings are vetted to ensure alignment with national & global cybersecurity and encryption standards.
The critical themes on Energy industry digitalisation requirements are all addressed by the existing InfoQuick Industry 4.0 enabling architecture and specific soluitons (iCONNECT & iGLOBAL). The InfoQuick capabilities are actively being deployed in the customer base.
公司已有两款产品（iCONNECT 与 iGLOBAL），可以支持能源行业工业数字化的一些重要环节，而且正在客户端部署
InfoQuick delivering 5G adaption solution in support of Industry 4.0
As countries await the availability national 5G networks, InfoQuick, through its existing architecture and technical solutions, can help clients build their own private, on-premise 5G networks right now rather than having to wait. These 5G networks when deployed can be linked to corporate system infrastructure by InfoQuick DT-WAN iConnect solutions.