Buzzword or not, Big Data is definitely not a passing fad or something that forward thinking businesses can ignore. At first glance the Big Data concept seems self-explanatory. Big Data, as the name suggests, is surely all about very large quantities of data. Big Data certainly involves vast quantities of data, usually in the region of petabytes and exabytes. But the size of the data set is just one facet of Big Data.
Characteristics of Big Data In 2001 Douglas Laney began the process of defining the emerging concept of Big Data. He did so by identifying three defining characteristics of Big Data:
*Laney originally posited 3 characteristics but over time other ‘Vs’ have been added. Here we include the extra characteristic of Veracity
Volume refers to the quantity of data generated and stored by a Big Data system.
Here lies the essential value of Big Data sets – with so much data available there is huge potential for analysis and pattern finding to an extent unavailable to human analysis or traditional computing techniques.
Given the size of Big data sets, analysis cannot be performed by traditional computing resources. Specialized Big Data processing, storage and analytical tools are needed. To this end, Big Data has underpinned the growth of cloud computing, distributed computing and edge computing platforms, as well as driving the emerging fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence.
In dealing with these large volumes of data, the big data computing system needs also to be able to reliably detect critical and/or missing data – see Veracity below.
The Internet of Things is characterized by a huge variety of data types. Data varies in its format and the degree to which it is structured and ready for processing.
With data typically accessed from multiple sources and systems, the ability to deal with variability in data is an essential feature of Big Data solutions. Because Big Data is often unstructured or, at best, semi-structured one of the key challenges is the task of standardizing and streamlining data.
Products like Open Automation Software specialize in smoothing out your big data by rendering data in an open format ready for consumption by other systems.
The growth of global networks and the spread of the Internet of Things in particular means that data is being generated and transmitted at an ever increasing pace.
Much of this data needs to be analyzed in real time so it is critical that systems are able to cope with the speed and volume of data generated.
Systems must be robust and scalable and employ technologies specifically designed to protect the integrity of high speed and realtime data. handle the rate such as advanced caching and buffering technologies.
Big Data systems rely on networking features that can handle huge data throughputs while maintaining the integrity of real time and historical data.
Data quality and validity are essential to effective Big Data projects. If the data is not accurate or reliable than the expected benefits of the Big Data initiative will be lost. This is especially true when dealing with realtime data. Ensuring the veracity of data requires checks and balances at all points along the Big Data collection and processing stages.
Complexity can be reduced through automated systems. An example of this is Open Automation Software’s One Click automated setup feature that can quickly scan a server and automatically configure huge numbers of data tags without the risk of human error.
Accurate queuing and buffering of data, time stamping and and the use of the most efficient communications protocols go a long way to ensuring the veracity of data. Contact us for an introduction top OAS software!
Experience tells us that compliance doesn't contribute to the bottom line. Despite the fact that a recall event in the food processing industry can be financially catastrophic, budgets for meeting food safety guidelines are usually razor thin. What if you could you could deploy a technology that enhances your level of compliance and pays for itself?
Recent articles from food safety experts indicate there are at least four distinct areas of potential pathogen contamination that can be addressed with our systems. These are;
UV-C light keeps biofilms from establishing in HVAC air exchangers and cooling units for cold storage. UV-C light also destroys the airborne pathogens in these systems, ultimately lowering the potential for surface contamination. Deploying this technology will lower utility cost, generally with a payback of less than three years. In addition to eradicating pathogens related to food safety, UV-C has also been shown to improve the workplace environment, saving costs associated with airborne health issues. Capitalizing on energy savings, UV-C technology can pay for for equipment sterilization as well as addressing ingress from employee traffic on production room floors.
9/2/2017 0 Comments
Modern operating theatres are now highly regulated environments as the presence of microbial contamination can present a serious risk to patients undergoing surgery. Operating theatres employ various technologies including High Efficiency Particle Air (HEPA) filtration as well as clothing and hygiene practices designed to mitigate the risk of contamination.
The presence of microbial contamination in the air of operating theatres is known to have significant impact on the control of healthcare associated infections, and regular microbial monitoring can assess environmental quality and identify critical situations which require corrective intervention 1. Typically, this is done by collecting air samples using settle plates or impactors. Both techniques require subsequent incubation of samples as well as lab testing and analysis.
Specific Customer Requirements The customer involved is currently undertaking a number of innovative approaches to monitoring air quality and microbial contamination in the air of the operating theatre. Monitoring of particulates in the air, which are known to transport harmful bacteria, was possible using existing sensor technologies. Monitoring of microbial contamination was made possible using the Pathogen Alert pathogen detection system. The objective was to have a complete monitoring system to track all possible sources of contamination in the air.
Key Advantages of the Pathogen Alert for the customer
For the customer, the key advantages of the Pathogen Alert were twofold. Firstly, the system could alert staff at the earliest possible time of microbial contamination in the operating theatre so intensive decontamination procedures could be carried out.
Secondly, the system’s ability to communicate online, to the cloud based monitoring platform, allows the environment to be monitored externally, alongside any other on-site sensors, ensuring the surgical staff and environment are not disturbed during normal operating hours.
Configuration of System – Hardware The Pathogen Alert operates using wireless technology which permitted a non-invasive installation of the sensor in the operating theatre. The sensor requires only a single power input to become operational, which allowed for a quick and easy installation in the theatre.
Outside the operating theatre a data gateway was installed which wirelessly receives data from the sensor, to which it pairs automatically. The data hub connects to the internet and is monitored via an online portal. This connection is normally via a standard Ethernet connection but in this case a GPRS connection was used to provide internet connectivity and ensure the installation could be carried out immediately.
Setup of Remote Monitoring The customer manages the sensor via the Pathogen Alert online monitoring portal. Using their own login details they configure the sensor and have the ability to monitor multiple sensors in a single interface. Once a cartridge is installed, and activated online, a system status is visible to users on login and should a pathogen be detected the status will change and the customer will be alerted by e-mail of the detection event.
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Clean Coils = Better Performance
TRANE was awarded the City of Birmingham ESPC for a majority of the city-owned buildings in and around
Birmingham. TRANE chose Evergreen UV for turn-key UV retrofit solutions on 6 large existing AHUs. The buildings included the city’s Central Library, City Hall, and Civil Rights Museum. The goal was to improve AHU coil performance and IAQ while also implementing a sustainable O&M process for coil cleaning. The UV-C systems
provide the city of Birmingham buildings with coil cleaning 24/7/365 and a 70%+ improvement in HVAC air quality
for the occupants of these buildings.
- 6 Large AHU Systems
- 7 total UV systems (1 AHU was so large it needed 2 racks)
- 97 total UV lamps
Buildings: Birmingham Central Library (1 huge AHU)
Birmingham City Hall (4 AHUs)
Birmingham Civil Rights Museum (1 AHU)
Focus: Coil Cleaning – Energy Savings
URV-11 Retrofi t Installation resulted in:
• 24/7/365 Coil Cleaning
• o Drain Pan Cleaning
• 75% Pathogen Reduction of Indoor Air
• Increased HVAC Effi ciency
• Extended Life-Cycle of HVAC
• Reduced Airborne Pathogens results in cleaner air
• 6-8% Energy Savings (estimated)
• Sustainable O/M Coil Cleaning Process
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9/1/2017 0 Comments
Within the last decade, the EPA has issued warnings that the air is our homes is several times more polluted than outdoor air and has become a major risk to our health; and that at least 80% of all sickness is caused…or made worse… by contaminated indoor air. And, as indoor air is becoming contaminated at an alarming and dangerous rate, about 90% of our lives are spent indoors breathing recycled, germ-laden, contaminated air… over and over, and sickness and disease are on the rise.
But, exactly what is indoor air pollution, where does it come from, how does it make us sick, and how can we prevent it?
The EPA says polluted indoor air contaminates (pollution) has three main components;
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2. The ever increasing use of synthetic materials in buildings materials, furniture and carpets provides an ongoing source of airborne volatile organic chemicals (VOC’s), such as off-gassing from carpets and carpet glues, stains, paints, wall coverings and preservatives (formalahyde). About 25% of the adult population can have mild to severe allergic reaction to these VOC’s.
3. Poor design and/or construction of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems prevents proper air exchanges and poor circulation of conditioned air.
4. Occupant activity, including such everyday activity as cooking, cleaning and laundry; in-home gyms and offices (office equipment can be a source for high levels of dangerous ozone); poor maintenance habits such as forgetting to replace filters or procrastination in the repair of a dripping faucet; and contributing factors such as smoking, burning candles and use of air ‘fresheners’.
The air inside a climate-controlled home
can become laden with mold, mildew,
dander, bacteria and viruses.
The more airtight your home is (proper
weather stripping, good insulation,
quality storm windows), the worse the
air quality can be.
In fact, the air in a typical home is five
times more polluted than outdoor air.
To address this growing problem, we have
installed a hospital-proven, ultraviolet
germicidal air disinfection system in this
The Three-Stage Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) System from Lumalier is an ultraviolet germicidal air disinfection system. At the heart of the Lumalier IAQ System are two Philips Germicidal Sterilamps®. These Sterilamps emit the UVC
component of ultraviolet light which destroys bacteria, mold, viruses and other biological contaminants in the air, in liquids or on surfaces. This technology has been used in hospitals, government buildings, schools, day cares and office buildings. Recent improvements in the technology have made it affordable for residential use. Flip the page to learn more about the proven technology behind the Lumalier Indoor Air Quality System.
Here is how the system works:
Each time the air recycles in the A/C system, it is disinfected by the
Lumalier Indoor Air Quality System. Th e average home recycles all of
its air through the A/C system in about 15 minutes.
1. Polluted air enters the return air supply vents of a home. It then
passes through the Lumalier Indoor Air Quality System.
2. A 5” MERV 11 fi lter blocks large airborne contaminants.
Dust, mold spores, pet dander and a host of other allergens are
removed from the air.
3. Small contaminants, like viruses and bacteria, are disinfected by
two Philips Ultraviolet Germicidal Sterilamps®.
4. Air passes through a PCO (photocatalytic oxidation) felt to
remove volitile organic compounds, including tobacco smoke,
chemical fumes and most common household odors.
5. Healthy, safe, clean air is passed into the A/C or furnace unit and
distributed thoughout the home with absolute silence and safety.
8/24/2017 0 Comments
Out of an abundance of caution, SunOpta Inc’s subsidiary, Sunrise Growers Inc., has issued a voluntary recall of certain frozen organic dark sweet pitted cherry products due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
This recall includes certain frozen organic dark sweet pitted cherry products distributed from Sunrise Grower’s facility in Edwardsville, Kansas on August 10, 2017. The issue was discovered during routine testing by Sunrise Growers. No illnesses related to the consumption of these products have been reported.
Ninety cases of Great Value Organic Dark Sweet Pitted Cherry products are being recalled. The products are packaged in 32 ounce printed plastic zip top bags and marked with a Best By Date of 08/10/19 on the back of the bag. The UPC code is 078742126166 and the lot code is FED722211 or FED722212.
These recalled products were distributed to a customer distribution center in Louisiana and may have been redistributed to stores in Louisiana and Mississippi. The affected retail customer has been notified of this recall and instructed to remove any recalled product from retail store shelves and inventories.
Consumers are urged not to consume these products. Consumers who purchased these products may take them back to the store where they purchased them for a refund or simply discard them. Consumers seeking information may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-854-1988 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. pacific time.
This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)