General Questions

Q:   What is AWS IoT SiteWise?

A:   AWS IoT SiteWise is a managed service that enables industrial enterprises to collect, structure, and search thousands of sensor data streams across multiple industrial facilities. IoT SiteWise includes a gateway device that sits onsite in a facility, continuously collects the data from its historian, and sends it to the AWS Cloud. It provides customizable views that allow you to create and personalize dashboards to deliver your equipment and process data in a format that helps you accomplish your operational goals. You can group equipment or processes together so you can have the information you need organized in the way you need it. With IoT SiteWise, you can skip months of developing undifferentiated data collection and cataloging solutions, so you can focus on using your data to detect and fix equipment issues, spot inefficiencies, train anomaly detection models, etc.

Q:   Why should I use AWS IoT SiteWise?

A:   With AWS IoT SiteWise you can easily collect and use equipment data to reduce waste that commonly occurs in industrial operations. You can structure your sensor data by equipment or processes, so you can easily retrieve it. IoT SiteWise also computes performance metrics that you specify for your equipment and processes. These metrics can help identify various types of wastes such as equipment issues, production gaps, and quality defects.

Specifically, AWS IoT SiteWise enables you to:

Understand and improve processes across multiple facilities. Reducing waste often requires calculating equipment data metrics to track various business goals. With IoT SiteWise, industrial engineers can group sensor data streams by production line, and group production lines into facilities. Analysts in the corporate HQ can then easily search and query sensor data across all facilities. With IoT SiteWise, you can create an authoritative source of data that is organized by equipment and processes for use across your entire organization.

Understand and resolve equipment issues efficiently. Industrial engineers need performance metrics to pinpoint issues with physical equipment. With IoT SiteWise, a technician can understand the condition of each wind turbine and solar powered generator remotely and dispatch the right resources to fix an issue much faster. This leaves the engineers more time to focus on their core job of understanding and designing better systems, instead of coordinating operational issues in the field.

Q:   How can I get information about my industrial operations with AWS IoT SiteWise?

A:   You can use the Process Builder to create the view of operations you care about from individual assets (equipment) and groups of assets (process). For example, you can create a view of all production lines for a particular product to assist in production planning. In the Process Monitor, you can also display data for individual assets or metrics for groups of assets in the view. Views also saves users and applications the hassle of querying individual data streams for each asset, and then writing aggregating logic.

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