Centralized district heating is a heating method in which one or several central heat sources supply the production heat and domestic heat required by users through the heat pipe network. Compared with decentralized heating boilers and small stoves, district heating can not only effectively use and save energy, but also prevents coal pollution. However, achieving timely and efficient heating for large areas remains a challenge.
Capital Heat is a district heating enterprise that relies on the industry’s most advanced independent innovation technology and intelligent systems. It is engaged in the integration of cross-regional heating resources, municipal heating infrastructure construction, intelligent operation, and maintenance integrated management. They serve the area containing Xinjiang, Beijing, Tangshan, Lutai, Qingdao and other regions, with a total service area of 25,000,000 square meters.
Capital Heat was planning to develop its smart heating solution with event-driven architecture (EDA), IoT, and edge computing technologies. The capabilities of these new technologies will significantly optimize the end to end thermal energy transmission and the complicated SCADA deployments, while also saving money on the cost of heating and maintenance.
With a deep understanding of the required technical specifications, the management team knew the importance of finding the right platform to build an intelligent system that can integrate any device type to provide a holistic view of energy management and innovation.
With Vantiq’s low code and agile application development platform, Capital heat was able to utilize the drag and drop interface to test out the application design and finish the IT infrastructure in weeks compared to what would normally take a year. With the IoT platform created on Vantiq, the management team has real-time visibility into multiple business events (sales, warehouse, purchase, return, delivery, manufacturing, etc.).
With Vantiq’s advanced event broker, Capital Heat was able to integrate previously siloed applications and isolated data. SAP sends events to Vantiq’s where the event is verified for completeness, standardized, and delivered to the subscriber. Having a loosely coupled integration mechanism was key to the success of the project.
This made it easier for Capital heat to manage many kinds of devices and sensors by providing a holistic dashboard to visualize incoming data.
The visual development and operation environment simplified on-going enhancements and maintenance for Capital Heat. Vantiq’s human-machine collaboration technology provides real-time alerts to operators and assigns technicians when maintenance is required. This helps reduce maintenance costs by managing the heating facilities in a more effective way and ensuring little to no downtime.