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Introduction

The COP28 UAE, which stands for the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference or Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), took place in Dubai, UAE last year and is considered one of the world’s most important summits.

The conference lasted for two weeks and was attended by 70,000 participants, including heads of state, climate envoys, business leaders, and lobbyists. The main focus of the conference was to address climate change challenges, limit rising temperatures, and develop ways to adapt to these impacts.

According to Dr. Al Jaber, the conference was one of the most inclusive COPs to date, and the “UAE Consensus” raised the bar and set a clear path to keep our north star of 1.5°C within reach. Dr. Al Jaber made this statement during a roundtable event that was attended by ministers, ambassadors, industry executives, and climate leaders.

The UAE Consensus laid out a “clear roadmap for keeping 1.5°C within reach and delivered a series of world firsts across the climate agenda, including the first-ever agreement to transition away from fossil fuels, a target to triple renewable energy capacity by 2030, and a commitment to end deforestation in the same period.”

UAE committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and nearly 200 countries for the first time recognized the need to transition away from fossil fuels. The Global Renewables and Energy Efficiency Pledge in the UAE Consensus was endorsed by 150 countries committed to taking comprehensive domestic action to ‘triple the world’s installed renewable energy generation capacity’ and to ‘double the average annual rate of energy efficiency improvements.’

The signatories are also committed to ensuring energy efficiency stays at the core of policy-making, planning, and investment decisions. These commitments made at this conference make the need for integration of technology into the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices.

Achieving net zero goals optimizing energy utilization and reducing wastage demands robust standards, clear metrics, and strict compliance procedures.

Meeting these goals also needs a greater focus on increasing energy efficiency. The Energy Efficiency Report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows that it is imperative for the rate of energy efficiency globally to at least a 4% energy intensity improvement each year up to 2030 to put the world on track to reach net zero.

As the climate crisis worsens, it is vital to comprehensively reconsider the importance of energy efficiency as a key tool to combat carbon emissions. This is essential if we are to meet our future energy needs and have any chance of mitigating the impact of the crisis.

Businesses need energy applications to meet ESG demands. By optimizing energy usage, they can drive sustainable practices through effective management.

How ThingWorx accelerates the move toward energy efficiency

As energy becomes a focal ESG parameter, businesses across industries have to ramp up their energy efficiency to stay on top of their ESG goals. Large-scale industries and the manufacturing sector have to curb their carbon footprint significantly and look for technology applications that help them optimize energy consumption.

The ThingWorx platform is purpose-built to address the needs of industries and help them embrace the power of connected machinery, automation, and digital experiences. The platform allows organizations to create a digital ecosystem that helps them reduce energy consumption, optimize carbon footprints, and achieve Zero Emission buildings.

The need for energy applications that can be designed, developed, tested, and implemented quickly has increased with recent developments. The ThingWorx platform enables enterprises to drive unique innovation, create new solutions, and establish new models. It helps them set and achieve new revenue and performance goals in energy parameters.

Energy applications that optimize energy usage and enable renewable energy technology can be developed using the ThingWorx platform with applications such as asset monitoring and maintenance, performance intelligence, predictive maintenance, smart meters, and smart grid. The platform allows enterprises to build applications using digital twin technology, proven machine learning models, IoT-based KPIs and discovery, advanced decision-making engines, and closed-loop insights.

Applications for IoT-enabled energy management, renewable energy integration, data analytics for ESG performance monitoring, etc. can be easily built using ThingWorks.

ThingWorx offers a suite of task- and role-based apps that gives non-experts leverage to the platform’s set of out-of-the-box (OOTB) apps and also build custom apps for specific use cases. The platform operates as a technical system that provides a range of enabling services to support the delivery of IIoT applications. The platform’s rich capabilities enable enterprises to develop powerful, flexible, and easily implemented applications that can scale to meet future needs.

How to build an energy app on Thingworx?

Planning

ThingWorks offers a suite of use cases that can be met by an out-of-the-box (OOTB) app. Enterprises can also easily make custom energy applications using the solution platform employing its modular architecture. This simplifies development and allows them to easily create, scale, customize, and implement solutions across a variety of industries.

Enterprises need to identify the right use case and use the simple platform architecture to design, develop, and deploy the application. ThingWorx enables enterprises to leverage energy consumption data from machines and use it with model apps in the platform. This capability provides information that makes it easier to determine workloads, and automation efforts and gain measurable insights on power consumption and energy optimization.

Teams can easily finalize goals and metrics such as documenting baseline metrics, measuring plan progress, and other important metrics. Apart from this, enterprises need to define the compliance and security requirements and create a project team with the skillsets needed to contribute to the project.

In the absence of the right skill sets, enterprises need to look at verified ThingWorx partners to bridge skill gaps and achieve their use case with a robust application

It is important to ensure that the project plan is in place and has parameters such as how the app will be deployed, whether it will be on-premise or the cloud, assess licensing costs, etc.

Design, Develop, Deploy

ThingWorx makes the design, development, and deployment simple and fast with its pre-built, grouped building blocks based on use cases. Developers can access data access to data from disparate devices and systems using the Connectors offered by the platform. They can easily create conceptual domain models that incorporate behavior and data and also encode real-world business rules that determine how data can be created, stored, and changed.

Developers have access to a library of control elements that allow them to create customized graphical user interfaces and extend application functionalities. The platform also provides a complete set of tools and functionalities to connect different devices and applications, enabling access to multiple data sources. This helps in analyzing complex industrial IoT data in real time, providing insights, predictions, and recommendations, and managing the performance of connected devices, processes, and systems.

The out-of-the-box feature does not require any supplementary data gathering. However, developers will need to gather data specifications for custom applications and move forward in the development process.

Moreover, ThingWorx allows them to deploy the application anywhere.  Developers can deploy this energy application in the cloud, on-premise, or even hybrid environments. ThingWorx also allows them to effortlessly scale from small edge deployments to millions of connected devices easily.

Connect

Developers then need to identify how to connect the application to the application ecosystem. The connected ThingWorx platform provides secure, embeddable, and easily deployable tools and functionality for connecting devices and systems across any network topology and any communication scenario.

Tools like ThingWorx Flow, for example, provide a complete set of built-in, system-specific, and standards-based connectors. Users of any skill level can visually orchestrate connections between devices and systems.

ThingWorx Kepware provides multiple, standardized connectivity options to support a wide variety of disparate assets and enable secure, real-time connection capabilities at the data source.

Developers can easily combine and view data seamlessly, configure dataflows, and create custom Navigate apps without creating duplicate information as well.

ThingWorx offers a comprehensive set of tools and a complete ecosystem that can help enterprises quickly achieve their energy goals. However, to ensure success, it’s important to have a strategic partner who can provide oversight in identifying the right use cases, technical customizations, and architecture. This is where an experienced partner like Pratiti comes in. By leveraging our ThingWorx experience, we can help you achieve your ESG goals with greater certainty and assurance. From development to implementation, we’ll take care of all the crucial aspects of your energy app. Contact us to learn more!

Nitin
Nitin Tappe

After successful stint in a corporate role, Nitin is back to what he enjoys most – conceptualizing new software solutions to solve business problems. Nitin is a postgraduate from IIT, Mumbai, India and in his 24 years of career, has played key roles in building a desktop as well as enterprise solutions right from idealization to launch which are adopted by many Fortune 500 companies. As a Founder member of Pratiti Technologies, he is committed to applying his management learning as well as the passion for building new solutions to realize your innovation with certainty.

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