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Diego Padres Deploy IoT Edge Gateways to Monitor and Save Water and
Energy in Ballpark
Qualcomm Edge Intelligent solutions and OSIsoft PI System help monitor Petco Park facilities in real-time to improve efficiencies and maximize the value of their current infrastructure.
OSIsoft and Major League Baseball started working together three years ago on reducing energy and water use in ball parks across North America, as I reported in November 2014. The effort is not just about saving costs; sports stadiums are critical infrastructure, and their facilities managers are anxious for data tools that help them manage parks more effectively and securely.
OSIsoft’s PI System
reads real-time energy data and captures asset performance over time.
It is widely used for fault detection and smarter maintenance.
The San Diego Padres has paired the PI System with edge intelligence
gateways, powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors, to collect data
from water, wastewater, and power systems at different sub meters.
gateways connect to sensors and legacy systems throughout the ballpark
using a broad range of communication methods, including wired and
wireless technologies, analog and digital inputs, and multiple
communication protocols. They acquire, store, and stream data in
real-time to the OSIsoft PI System, which then presents the data to the
Padres’ facilities managers using OSIsoft’s Visualization Suite and
analytics, providing the operations team with deep situational
awareness of everything happening in the venue. The Padres believe they
can cut utilities by more than 25% in five years.
number of occupants in a sports stadium like Petco Park can zoom from a
handful of employees to full capacity and then back to a handful in a
matter of hours. Furthermore, many of these venues were not built with
sophisticated instrumentation and control systems to closely manage
water or power. Under this collaboration, Qualcomm Intelligent
Solutions and OSIsoft can help facilities managers monitor potable
water, non-potable water, chilled water, natural gas and electricity
consumption from sensors throughout the park during games or other
events. This also allows the Padres to help vendors and/or tenants
understand their utility usage at a granular level and drive toward the
Park’s overall sustainability goals.
of this combined system, we can see exactly how much water, power and
gas each operation uses ballpark-wide, and can work with our operators
and tenants to manage usage and increase the reliability and overall
performance of the venue,” said Randy McWilliams, senior director,
facility services for the Padres.
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