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    AiM Land Internet of Things for Energy

    Internet of Things for Energy

    AiM Land Internet of Things for Energy

    Internet of Things for Energy

    We are moving into the fourth industrial revolution known as Industry 4.0. Within this revolution we are creating a paradigm shift in the way energy is being produced, transported and managed through the use of technology. This shift has been coined as Energy 4.0 as it only pertains to the energy industry.

    How is the shift taking place?  One key aspect of the shift is the “internet of things” or IoT.  IoT is a broad term and includes all objects and devices including consumer items.  When we only talk about industry (manufacturing, transportation, energy, etc) it is referred to IIoT or the industry IoT.  Taking that one step further, if we focus on the energy industry only, we have the internet of energy or IoE.  First, let’s take a look at what IoT is and then how it impacts the energy industry.

    “... using network-connected devices and applications to automate, optimize, and manage industrial processes like energy production and distribution, and utility management.”
    AiM Land Internet of Things for Energy

    What is the difference between IoT, IIoT and IoE?

    Simply put, IoT is the concept of connecting any powered device to the Internet and to other connected devices.  These devices can communicate independently via networks and perform various tasks. They each have a clear identity and can communicate with one another and receive commands, enabling them to automatically perform tasks without outside intervention.

    • Internet of Things (IoT) is a broad term for all devices that use networks to enable machine-to-machine communication. It also includes industrial applications, but isn’t limited to them. Some of the most common IoT applications include things like vehicle systems like GPS or internet radio, wearables, household appliances, consumer electronics, and other everyday devices that collect information about their use, their environment, and their users.
    • Industrial IoT (IIoT) encompasses the industrial applications of IoT technology. Unlike conventional IoT, IIoT doesn’t include consumer products. It focuses on manufacturing, industrial, and smart city applications, typically with a focus on improving processes and reducing costs.
    • Internet of Energy (IoE), is a subset of the IIoT and the area concerned with the network as it pertains to generation and distribution of power, and is closely tied to the idea of energy decentralization. What that means is a move towards a more sustainable power infrastructure where energy is used as closely as possible to the time and place where it is created.

    The goals of IoT are to reduce costs in production, improve operational efficiency, ensure faster processes, reduce waste, and enable the implementation of new business models. When used correctly, the IoT positively impacts a company’s growth, competitiveness, and future viability. When it comes to IoE it goes even further to improve renewable technology and reduce impact to the environment.

    The Future and IoE

    The internet of energy: opening up IoT opportunities within the energy industry. As mentioned above, the major driver for the use of IIoT technologies in the energy industry is the need for more efficient, streamlined energy management. Yet, there are many more ways IIoT energy devices can transform the industry.

    • Higher Energy Efficiency. Largely due to the improved control over energy consumption, organizations can significantly reduce waste. This leads to major cost savings and allows for the cutting of CO2 emissions, which has a positive impact on the environment.
    • Cost Savings. IIoT solutions for the energy industry help organizations cut maintenance and operating expenses through system modernization and minimized human effort.
    • Increased Reliability of Power Supply. Around 25% of all industrial outages were caused by equipment failures. With that being said, a proposed solution to address these issues is to always be connected by IoT energy systems, as they offer a more stable and reliable source of power.
    • New Data Sources. In terms of collecting and processing tons of data, IIoT energy devices offer real-time insights into system’s performance. By using this data, it is possible to implement predictive maintenance models as well as improve staff safety.

    In many ways, IoT, and in turn IoE, is still very much in its infancy, but organizations have recognized the potential of machine-to-machine communication for years. We’re just beginning to see how IIoT and the Industry 4.0 revolution is changing sectors like oil and gas, and utility management.

    In future articles, we will explore IoE-Power and IoE-O&G and the impacts IIoT has on those specific energy sectors.


    The AiM Utilities department focuses on the AUC (Alberta Utilities Commission). Our team has extensive experience and a very knowledgeable when helping clients in urban and rural areas who are looking to install utilities such as new gas pipelines, gate stations, power lines, wind towers and telecom towers of the community.
    Clients typically choose the AiM Utilities when they are looking to install utilities in rural or urban areas such as towns and cities.  This includes land development companies, utility companies, oil and gas companies, as well as cities and even provinces.

    To discuss your project in greater depth, please reach out to Brad Cockerill, PM – Utilities @

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