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Remote Data Ecosystems: Gathering Data
This article is the second in a series about what it takes to deploy a fully functioning remote data ecosystem for your organization. Anywhere you have assets in the field, whether it’s machinery, people, tools, light vehicles, or specialized equipment, those assets are generating information that could be valuable or critical to running a successful and efficient operation. Over the past few decades, connectivity and communications systems have improved to the point that there is no longer an excuse for not having that kind of information at your fingertips when you need it.
Unfortunately, a lot of people in decision making roles don’t have the expertise to set up a data ecosystem, and they rely on technology partners, who often take advantage of the knowledge gap. GSE believes in transparent business relationships, because well-informed customers and partners make better long-term decisions. For that reason, we have created this series to make sure everyone understands the functional components of a data ecosystem, and how a technology partner like GSE can help you build the one that best suits the budget and needs of your organization.
Part Two: Gathering Data in the Field
Understanding your Asset Mix
Understanding your asset mix is foundational in the journey of gathering data from the field. This initial step necessitates an in-depth awareness of the specific assets from which data will be collected. These assets can range from people and vehicles to specialized equipment integral to operations. Recognizing the diversity and specificity of each asset is pivotal. This acknowledgment aids in tailoring the data gathering process to the unique needs and characteristics of each asset. The nuanced understanding of each asset’s role and utility helps in formulating a robust strategy for data collection, ultimately enhancing the quality and relevance of the information gathered.
Which Data Points to Gather
The identification of data points to be gathered is a cornerstone in building a holistic and insightful view of operations. It’s essential to discern which pieces of information are integral for decision-making, even in the absence of on-site presence. Equally vital is the determination of data points that are relevant for performance and efficiency reviews, as well as for refining operational processes. Information pertaining to safety and maintenance, as well, is indispensable and serves as a proactive measure to address potential issues.
Alert-triggering information is particularly valuable, offering the ability to preemptively identify and mitigate risks, thus contributing to enhanced operational efficacy. Every asset within the mix has the potential to relay specific, valuable information. Identifying what precisely your assets can communicate is not merely an exercise in data accumulation, but a strategic approach to gather information that is relevant, actionable, and aligned with organizational objectives.
Sensor Technology and Packaging Hardware
Understanding sensor technology and packaging hardware is a crucial step in the process of data gathering. It necessitates knowledge of which sensors are optimal for the types of information needed, and how to effectively interface with these sensors to extract data. Configuring the tracking unit to capture the desired data is an intricate task, requiring a comprehensive understanding of the equipment's capabilities and the objectives of the data gathering initiative.
Once the data has been gathered, packaging it for transmission is another nuanced aspect of the process. This involves ensuring the integrity and security of the information while optimizing it for transmission. The packaging and transmission of data is about balancing security with efficiency, accuracy, and timeliness, ensuring that the information flows seamlessly from the field to your fingertips.
GSE Can Help
GSE specializes in remote data ecosystems, and the domain knowledge we have developed over the years has made us an expert in hundreds of sensor technologies, satellite terminals, and intelligent data gathering devices. We know what can be done, and if what you need to do can’t be done with what exists on the market, we can help you develop something that can fill the gap.
One of the benefits of having GSE as a technology partner is that we work with every manufacturer’s hardware in spite of the fact that we produce our own data gathering devices. We know that everyone’s budget and needs are different, and that not everyone can leverage devices like the GSatMicro or GSatSolar Series. We also know that a lot of people have already invested in hardware for gathering data, and that they need help integrating that hardware into a remote data ecosystem.
As always, the best advice we have for you is to reach out to us directly, and let us help you understand if you have the data strategy that is best for your business, and then how you can invest in the right hardware solution to bring that data strategy to life.
The next article in this series will dive into the network component of a remote data ecosystem. Because GSE specializes in satellite, we will be diving into the capabilities and limitations of each network, and explaining how your network choices could affect the hardware strategy, and vice-versa. These articles build on each other, so we’re excited to have you along for this educational journey.