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PetrolPlaza Special Cloud-based solutions: Adding value to your forecourt with big data

New technology creates new possibilities on a forecourt. Motion sensors reduce energy consumption; daylight sensors guarantee lights are off when there is enough natural light. Temperature sensors prevent overheating and ensure the long lifespan of the luminaire. A light fixture has become more than just a luminaire; a digital and controllable device.

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The digital world is rapidly growing and connectivity on our mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops open the world to us. These developments have already changed the way we live today and these technologies will keep on changing our world. Smart and connected products are increasingly used all around us. Nowadays, physical devices and intelligent products have the ability to share data, which can then be collected and analysed. The network formed by all these devices is called ‘the Internet of things’ (IoT). A recent article published by NACS states that “the number of IoT connected devices is expected to nearly triple between now and 2020, from 13.4 billion to 38.5 billion.”

This marked change is not only visible in retail and shops: forecourt technology is also making great leaps, and technologies are developing rapidly, with a rising need for data communication and the analysis of figures. According to research author Steffen Sorrell, “We're still at an early stage where IoT is concerned. Knowing what information to gather and how to integrate that into back-office systems remains a huge challenge.”

The petrol retail market, like the industrial sector, is expecting a high ROI on IoT projects, as they will result in more efficient business processes. Finding a way to monitor your investments, using that data to increase efficiency, drive performance, enable innovation and keep fuel flowing has always been a major challenge for the petrol retail industry – and it now has opportunities that were not taken advantage of before. Driven by ‘the Internet of Things’, Bever Innovations has always seen great opportunities for their intelligent LED lighting solutions to make connections between people and devices and ways to transform this intelligence into innovations that could change the market.

Bever Innovations connects your forecourt
Bever Innovations, always several steps ahead where LED innovations are concerned, has created a new technology that could build bridges in the petrol industry. “We are creating a degree of connectivity and visibility on a level that is new in the petrol retail market,” says Jeannot Bruggeling, Commercial Director. A wireless, remote application that can monitor your entire network, using especially developed software and an app. It is called EOS Connected. Enabling structured relationships between different sources, different devices can become part of one network, essentially driven by a great amount of data.”

Big Data
Bever Innovations started out setting new standards with improving Customer Forecourt Experience with LED product implementation FOCUS. With EOS connected we are taking it to the next level, using the advantages of Big Data. Data from a petrol station hides a wealth of information. Information that you can take into account in the decisions that you make. An important condition is that you have an overview of the data and that you can make the relevant correlations. An example of using Big Data at a petrol station: optimising operations through controlled maintenance, thus making it possible to change from time-based maintenance to preventive and condition-based maintenance.

Creating a network using LED lights and EOS connected makes it possible to read status updates. If a fixture is likely to have technical issues in the near future, the network can send a message to a service company. Issues can be resolved before they become a problem.
Using Big Data in petrol retail market will be a turning point in this industry. “The end user has access to a much broader, interlinked overview of all outputs, which can interact much more effectively. It is a new way of cooperation and knowledge sharing that really wasn’t available in the past.”

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