Specifically, utilities use OSIsoft’s over 450 PI Connectors and PI Interfaces to collect data from data sources like SCADA, DCS, PLC and other assets and sends that data to the PI Server. Users retrieve that data from the PI Server and display it using PI System visualization and reporting tools.
- A basic PI System consists of a data source, a data collector for that source, a PI Server, and PI System tools on a PC or mobile device.
- Data sources are the instruments that generate data including secondary sensors that utilities can add to enhance their existing instrumentation.
- Asset Framework organizes data into categories such as assets by sites.
- PI System tools retrieve data so people can analyze, view, and share it.
The PI System collects large volumes of high-speed data in real time and stores the data for many years at the desired fidelity and rate. The PI System can collect data at sub-second speeds, organize data by assets and events, and deliver data to geographically dispersed users and systems.
By aggregating data from disparate sources, PI System visualization and reporting tools provide a graphical, intuitive, and easy way to analyze and visualize data. This allows for high fidelity, real-time reporting without the risk of pulling reports from control systems. The PI System can also be used with business intelligence tools and analytics platforms from Microsoft, Amazon, SAP, Esri, and other vendors.
See how AGL Energy democratized access of real-time data through visualizations and created dashboards for their control room, delivering $18.5M of value through predictive maintenance in the first 3 years.