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Case Studies

Recent case studies of successfully completed projects.


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Designing a hardware platform for remote data acquisition.

Applications: IoT, Remote Monitoring, Telematics

Our client, a software company, offers remote monitoring services for equipment such as pumps, drilling equipment, generators, etc. Additionally, they provide telematics solution to fleets. A part of their solution mix is a robust hardware platform capable of communicating with engine control buses, sensor arrays, recording and reporting geo-location, and communicating information via cellular network. At that time, the market generated new business requirements for the solution which exceeded the capability of the existing hardware. Thus a new extensible hardware platform became necessary…

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HighThroughput Streaming for Speeding Analysis.

Applications: Transportation, Driver Safety, IoT

Speeding violation analysis and driver coaching are important parts of a safety program for any enterprise operating company vehicles. Speeding violations fall into two categories. First is the violation of jurisdictional speed limits, or road speed limits. Second is the violation of company set speed limits that may be below the jurisdictional speed limits such as on Interstates or private roads. The objective of speed limit analysis is to provide driver coaching in real-time, and in weekly increments through a scoring systems…

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Dealing with Dirty Data from Engine Instrument Clusters

Applications: Sensor Anomaly Detection, IoT, Regulatory Compliance, Equipment Maintenance

Accurate odometer and engine hours information from vehicle or pump engines is critical to companies. Odometers are required for regulatory compliance with IFTA fuel tax rules and Hours of Services reporting requirements. Engine Hours are key for tracking proper operation and utilization of remote assets. Both odometers and engine hours are necessary for maintenance scheduling. In recent years engine ECMs began reporting these and other values from multiple sensors resulting in conflicting values on the CAN network. This presented a challenge with the accuracy of the derived information…

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Capturing Power Take Off Fuel From Engines and Sensors

Applications: Remote Data Acquisition, Telematics

Companies operating commercial vehicles must pay fuel taxes for every gallon of fuel burned while driving on public roads. But they qualify for a fuel tax rebate for the gallons of fuel burned in a non-road use. One example of use eligible for a rebate is the Power Take-Off state, where a non-moving vehicle is running its engine at a high idle to power auxiliary machinery such as pumps, ladders, or augers. In some application such as oilfield, the fuel burned under these conditions can amount to millions of gallons resulting in significant rebates. Thus it is critical to track gallons qualifying for the fuel tax rebate…

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