Creation of an “Oracle” to support facilities management

 

Academic Coordinator | Javier Roca Pardiñas Affiliated researcher of ITMATI. Associate Professor of Statistics and Operations Research (University of Vigo)

Business Coordinator | Pedro Perez Gabriel, Managing Director of Ecomanagement Technology S.L.

Description | EcoMT is an ICT company dedicated to implementing solutions for monitoring and remote facilities management based on expert system technology and applied to plants respond to a concept of "multisite" with particular characteristics: relative simplicity, high number of similar facilities and limited financial and technical resources for operation and maintenance. We have developed a platform for remote management and monitoring (OTEA) which aims to make a comprehensive management of the different facilities, its latest developments place it in the field of expert systems, with the ultimate goal to be able to make intelligent decisions  to manage the facilities which controls (air conditioning, lighting, water treatment systems, ...) without human intervention and low cost of implementation.EcoMT is an ICT company dedicated to implementing solutions for monitoring and remote facilities management based on expert system technology and applied to plants respond to a concept of "multisite" with particular characteristics: relative simplicity, high number of similar facilities and limited financial and technical resources for operation and maintenance. We have developed a platform for remote management and monitoring (OTEA) which aims to make a comprehensive management of the different facilities, its latest developments place it in the field of expert systems, with the ultimate goal to be able to make intelligent decisions  to manage the facilities which controls (air conditioning, lighting, water treatment systems, ...) without human intervention and low cost of implementation.

Today, there is ample historical data sets (more than 5 years, more than 1800 installations each with a number of variables treated between 100 and 300) of the behavior of different facilities (air conditioning and lighting) in multiple geographic locations and in many cases they could respond to patterns (hidden or view).

Systems that are tele-management, especially air conditioning systems are designed with deterministic rules with the aim of achieving certain conditions of thermal comfort for users, however the actual performance of facilities depends on variables with a strong probabilistic nature such as be: external temperature conditions, the occupation of the premises, maintenance interventions ...

What is sought is the creation of an "oracle" that can give answers and generate rules of operation for the user issues advanced no demands and consultation of the expert is not necessary. To do this, and some steps (2014/2015) were given using neural networks, Bayesian networks, regression ... obtaining predictive algorithms that generate risk maps that provide information about which facilities have a higher risk that comfort conditions are not met in certain circumstances and operating environment.

The initial idea we have is that the wizard (oracle), fed and trained with the historical database, incorporating various modules (algorithms) that allow you to master specific topics within that area. In the future the "oracle" will evolve into "genius" or "sovereign" so that no human intervention was required to manage the facilities on which applies.

In this new phase it is intended to at least choose to offer the best performance algorithms to implement in the oracle according to the type of data that we have and facilities for which they apply.

Some questions that could answer the oracle might be:

- According to the weather forecast and the policy of comfort it recommends a temperature optimum comfort, indicating a probability of achieving it.

- Risk of incidence (not achieve comfort conditions) depending on the type of installation and / or maintainer.

- What is my best maintainer depending on the fulfillment of comfort conditions of the facility ?.

- What is my best HVAC system ?.

- What dates should I do changing filters to minimize the risk of incidents of comfort ?.

- What are the instructions that optimize energy demand without penalizing the thermal comfort of users?

Scope | Statistics/Big Data