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BPM software can overcome inherent hurdles in remote sensor deployment

Malcolm Ross, Senior Vice President, Product Strategy, Appian
October 26, 2012

Business process management software provides the background automation and integration needed to help businesses operate in more social and efficient ways. This is especially important as companies deal with a diverse range of data feeds that impact various aspects of operations. For example, businesses depending heavily on remote sensors can benefit substantially from BPM solutions that enable them to manage and analyze incoming data streams more efficiently.

Considering the remote sensor market

According to a recent Technavio study, remote sensors are becoming a prominent option for businesses in a variety of sectors. While organizations performing various forms of earth studies are leading the charge toward remote sensors, the broad use of the technology is fueling considerable growth.

The study found that the remote sector market will likely grow by a compound annual growth rate of approximately 6.7 percent between 2011 and 2015.

While this market expansion is impressive, it also presents major challenges for organizations. Technavio explained that the greatest barrier to successful remote sensor deployment programs is managing data analysis complexity created by devices.

Remote sensor usage models

One popular way to use remote sensors is to protect raw material delivery. In raw material industries, such as oil and gas, valuable assets have to be transported over hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of miles between mining sites and refineries. This often involves depending on long pipelines that travel across large tracts of land that is unguarded and almost impossible to effectively secure. Because of this, remote sensors play a critical role in identifying data pertaining to the pipeline and notifying personnel if the line is damaged in any way.

The quantity of data delivered in such circumstances can be overwhelming, especially when most of it is telling managers that the pipeline is in good condition. Using BPM software, organizations can set parameters for data that can be filed away without human interaction and accelerate relevant data delivery for information that needs to be acted on. This dramatically reduces the complexity of data management and enables remote sensor deployment to improve security and maintenance functions.

This technology is not only applicable in isolated industries. The need to monitor environmental conditions and act upon that data is vital in the data center and in many offices. With utility costs rising, many businesses around the world are looking for ways to optimize power efficiency. Monitoring solutions are vital to the success of sustainability projects, and BPM can play a powerful role in enabling such operations.

Malcolm Ross

Vice President of Product Marketing