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Modernizing Energy Production and Automating Processes

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to perform safety inspections and ensure safe conditions across many miles of pipelines. The broadband capabilities of 5G could also swiftly relay video feeds from robots or drones to control cen- ters, identifying sections of pipeline that require maintenance. MAKING INROADS TO INDUSTRY 4.0 ADVANCES The fourth industrial revolution is underway, powered by a conver- gence of the technologies discussed in this paper. This includes VxWorks, Wind River Linux, Cloud Platform, and Helix Platform running on Intel ® architecture–based systems communicating wirelessly over 5G networks. Energy sector firms now have ready access to the tools and technologies to modernize their opera- tions, automate control functions efficiently, and innovate with new products and services. To minimize disruption while the digital transformation process is proceeding, virtualization and/or container technology can maintain and run legacy system applica- tions until modernization efforts are fully completed. The vision of Industry 4.0 design, manufacturing, and distribution aligns well with the objectives of the energy sector. Infrastructure demands will necessarily escalate to accommodate the nature of 5G networks. Faster response times and lower latency will be needed to expedite the transfer and processing of data. Dynamic scaling at the network edge will also be required to handle the peaks and valleys of on-premise data traffic activity. These are areas in which Wind River and Intel technologies can address the challenges and collaborate with energy industry OEM leaders to take advantage of the arising opportunities. ADDING INTELLIGENCE TO ELECTRICAL GRIDS 5G technology can link communication with homes, factories, power stations, IoT sensors, and other structures within a unified network environment. By applying AI techniques to extract intel- ligence from data harvested across the grid by IoT sensors and devices, energy use can be made more efficient and responsive to dynamic changes in demand from homes and businesses. Clean energy initiatives increasingly are incorporating AI techniques, including applications of machine learning and deep learning, to distribute energy intelligently at scale and to build a thriving mar- ket for renewable forms of energy. AI technology can: • Build accurate models for predicting energy supply and demand patterns • Enhance energy storage capabilities • Help integrate renewable energy sources into the grid • Facilitate trading markets for energy with pricing that corre- sponds to appropriate market rates • Create virtual power plants that incorporate the full range of sources, integrating battery storage, microgrids, solar panels, small-scale turbines, and other sources into a single distribution system. These types of tasks can be further advanced and improved by using IoT-powered infrastructures and virtualization to enhance the operations and use resources efficiently. BUILDING SOLUTIONS THROUGH THE INTEL IOT SOLUTIONS PARTNER ALLIANCE PROGRAM The Intel IoT Solutions Partner Alliance Program focuses on cre- ating an ecosystem in which members can connect with other partners; access hardware and components to build innovative solutions using the latest technologies; and help provide the expertise needed to design, develop, and deploy market-leading products, including training and development tools. As a member of the Intel IoT Solutions Partner Alliance Program, Wind River partakes of the benefits of being an active partner in a thriving ecosystem, with well-defined roadmaps for building solu- tions that meld intelligent devices, analytics engines, and IoT con- nectivity with software-defined infrastructures. CONCLUSION As demands for energy increase, electricity utilities, energy pro- ducers, system architects, and automation equipment OEMs face a multitude of new and complex challenges. Wind River has responded with an array of technologies that combine 5G net- working, virtualization, and containerization. Supported by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), AI data, and an ecosystem of distributed computing solutions, Wind River is at the forefront in providing solutions to emerging energy sector challenges. For more information, contact Wind River. MODERNIZING ENERGY PRODUCTION AND AUTOMATING PROCESSES Wind River is a global leader in delivering software for the intelligent edge. Its comprehensive portfolio is supported by world-class professional services and support and a broad partner ecosystem. Wind River is accelerating digital transformation of critical infrastructure systems that demand the highest levels of safety, security, and reliability. © 2019 Wind River Systems, Inc. The Wind River logo is a trademark of Wind River Systems, Inc., and Wind River and VxWorks are registered trademarks of Wind River Systems, Inc. Rev. 12/2019

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