An eye on the future of energy supplies: FP presents smart IoT gateways

From 5 to 7 February 2019, Francotyp-Postalia (FP) will be at the E-world energy & water, presenting a selection of its IoT solutions. 

Berlin, 31.01.2019 – The Internet of Things (IoT) has long since become an indispensable part of the energy industry. FP, expert in the secure mailing business and secure digital communication processes, will be providing information from 5 to 7 February 2019 at the E-world energy & water in Essen about its activities in the field of IoT, amongst other things. At Europe’s leading trade fair for the energy industry, international exhibitors will be presenting their solutions for the future of energy supplies to the expert audience.

Controlling energy data across multiple plants

The IoT product portfolio of FP comprises gateways for a wide range of applications. These also include an integrated energy management solution for switch cabinets, including user-friendly HMIs (human machine interfaces). FP InovoLabs, a division of FP Holding AG, has collaborated with the software company iniNet Solutions to develop an IoT gateway for low-voltage switchgear systems, exclusively for the electrical technology company Fritz Husemann. The IoT gateway installed in the switch cabinet makes it possible and uncomplicated to collect and visualise energy data across multiple systems. This allows the energy consumption of industrial systems to be monitored remotely on mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets, and for the users to more easily identify potential savings.

The data from meters and measurement devices of all kinds, e.g. of water, electricity and gas meters, are first transmitted via M-bus or Modbus to the IoT gateway, on which specially developed software is running, “SpiderControl” from iniNet Solutions. This ensures that the energy data can be visualised in a clearly structured manner. For display and operation purposes, Husemann uses its own “Smart Panel” at the switch cabinet, a user-friendly multitouch screen in various sizes.

High growth potential thanks to IoT in the energy sector

The special feature of the IoT gateway is that it recognises devices automatically across all systems, because it has access to a manufacturer-independent device database. Furthermore, the user interface provides the user with a standardised display of measurement data and devices, which the IoT gateway automatically generates for the devices recognised. The user therefore does not require a technician for the installation of the HMI. All IoT gateways from FP InovoLabs are equipped with these features.

“The successful partnership with Husemann and iniNet Solutions demonstrates that we are on the right track. In 2016, we began to make the Group future-proof in the long term with a range of digital solutions. The use of IoT in the energy industry has high growth potential for us. We are therefore working continuously to further expand in this field,” says Uwe Hübler, CEO of FP InovoLabs GmbH.

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About Francotyp-Postalia:

The listed and globally operating FP Group with headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is an expert in the secure mailing business and secure digital communication processes. As the market leader in Germany and Austria, the FP Group offers products and services in the areas of "Franking and Folding/Inserting", "Email Services" and "Software" for the efficient processing of mail, consolidation of business mail and digital solutions for companies and public authorities. The Group reported revenues of more than 200 million euros in 2017. Francotyp-Postalia has subsidiaries in ten different countries and is represented by its own distributor network in an additional 40 countries. With a company history spanning 95 years, FP possesses a unique DNA in the areas of actuating elements, sensor systems, cryptography and connectivity. FP’s global market share for franking systems is more than eleven percent.

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