Microsoft’s Red Carpet, more PI in the sky

Mitsubishi Hitachi leverages OSIsoft-Microsoft incubator in power plant digitization.

This is not an oil and gas tale but Mitsubishi Hitachi’s collaboration with OSIsoft and Microsoft on a new digital platform for thermal power plant operations is perhaps the shape of things to come for the downstream. Mitsubishi’s Tomoni digital platform provides ‘soup-to-nuts’ support for power plant operations that minimizes unplanned downtime and ups asset performance.

At the 2017 Hannover Messe earlier this year, Mitsubishi/Hitachi Power Systems announced that Tomoni was to join the ‘Red carpet incubation program’ (RCIP), a joint venture between OSIsoft and Microsoft that uses OSIsoft’s PI Integrator for Microsoft Azure to ‘automatically clean, prepare and transmit’ PI System data to Microsoft’s cloud.

Oil and gas operators may identify with OSIsoft’s Prabal Acharyya who commented, ‘Data preparation is a necessary first step in analytics, but it consumes inordinate amounts of time and energy. [This collaboration] will accelerate cloud-based advanced analytics solutions for the power industry.’ RCIP is said to reduce the burden involved in data preparation, lowering the total time, cost and energy consumed, as compared with traditional data analytics methods and business applications. Joseph Sirosh VP of Microsoft’s data group added, ‘RCIP bridges the OT-IT gap and helps customers get valuable insights from the PI System and Cortana Intelligence.’

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