MAC and the Internet of Things
With the Internet of Things, the Internet extends its power to the world of things, places and processes. The result is an ecosystem which promotes a mechanism of connected nodes, with the aim to transform data into operative actions. Objects and places become recognizable and acquire intelligence thanks to data collection and sharing. MAC is constantly increasing its IoT projects as a technology partner, collecting, communicating, analysing and elaborating data. To offer the best solutions to its clients, MAC understands that in order to manage the aspects of Iotization, it is fundamental to govern the complexity of the IoT technology as well as to be able to evaluate the information generated by the data. MAC has been constantly increasing its study and development of physical sensors, virtual smart sensors’ solutions, and is currently studying advanced AI solutions that can be implemented into products.
MAC and Predictive Maintenance
Predictive Maintenance (PdM) is a service which seeks to minimize, and in some cases completely eliminate, the risk of negative impacts caused by internal breakdowns for an industrial machine or during an industrial process, optimizing business continuity. MAC is applying its know-how in IoT and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to PdM. In a predictive context, AI has been proven as a valid support tool in learning how to manage the big-data generation. AI can also contribute to the correct operation of a process and/or product, simplifying its optimization. This gives us the possibility to evaluate the historical sequence of service interruptions, analyse the weak points with a minor fault tolerance and build advanced architectures. That means storage and real time analysis of data generated by the machine and/or process, through a system of smart elements, and through data acquisition. By observing the storage, and analysing data, it is possible to understand the status of the machine and/or process, and as a result increase the probability of successful decision making. MAC is dedicated to the research and development of Predictive Maintenance, focusing on the electronic board which can collect data generated by smart sensors (both virtual than physical), and locally analyse the significance of this data.
IT’S NOW POSSIBLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE 2ND GENERATION OPEN METER THROUGH C2G
On December 31st e-distribuzione concluded the required integration test and the residential test phase via PLC-C (Chain2) between the new Open Meter and user devices. ARERA, the Italian regulatory authority for energy, networks and the environment, requested the tests in order to approve the activation of the second generation of e-distribuzione’s Smart Meter (2G). Those who are interested in activating communication with the Open Meter using the Chain2 technology, must subscribe to a specific contract and need to obtain a user device. As a result, MAC has created Chain2Gate, a smart device that has already participated in the test phase, obtaining 99,8% reliability in terms of communication in Chain2. MAC’s Chain2Gate is a Plug&play device that you can connect to any domestic electric socket. The interface is extremely intuitive: a visual LED indicator shows the status of consumption, equipped with an acoustic signal to warn the user in advance of any imminent blackout. Through the APP, the user can constantly monitor, manage and plan energy consumption throughout the day. MAC is working on an advanced version of the existing device which will take into consideration all the case studies, the Data Model and the relative protocol defined by CEI, integrating Chain2Gate with further functions to increase energy awareness.
MAC AND THE AZURE SPHERE PARTNER PROGRAM
On November 13th and 14th MAC participated to the “Azure Sphere Partner Program” organized in Frankfurt by Microsoft. During these two training days, Microsoft presented Azure Sphere, the project for the production of a new class of microcontrollers (MCU), certified and able to guarantee safe end-to-end communications for IoT applications. MAC was identified as one of the two leading Italian companies in electronic engineering (hardware and software), using avant-garde technologies and implementing IoT solutions. Through this meeting, Microsoft has laid the foundations to create the first selected, global community in possession of Azure Sphere’s skills and know how. Participants were able to discover the most recent class of microcontrollers, operative systems and cloud technologies which make Azure Sphere a reliable yet extremely avant-garde project.
We would like to sincerely thank all of those who helped us to celebrate MAC’s 50th anniversary in 2018. Institutions from the Marche Region, Confindustria Marche, University of Macerata (UNIMC), University of Ancona (UNIVPM), clients, suppliers, and friends and family all showed us an enormous amount of support. Thank you also to those who helped us to promote collaboration for a future of innovation through the Conference “Human Experience and Technology: Future Perspectives”, organized by MAC, UNIMC, UNIVPM with the extraordinary participation of Professor Joseph Paradiso, Director of Boston’s MIT Media Lab’s Responsive Environments Group.
EUROPEAN UTILITY WEEK 2018: A SUCCESS FOR MAC
Vienna’s European Utility Week 2018 from November 6th to 8th just ended, representing a notable success for MAC. Our team presented Chain2Gate, MAC’s innovative Smart Device for Energy Awareness. Chain2Gate is compliant with the IoT Ecosystem Google Home, and helps users to monitor, manage and plan their energy consumption. MAC created Chain2Gate by focusing its attention on people’s desires and needs. The device is functional, intuitive and helps to find immediate solutions for energy saving and energy awareness. With more than 12000 visitors, more than 600 exhibitors and 400 speakers, EUW 2018 has been a concrete occasion for MAC to meet clients from all over the world, and to develop new business opportunities.
CONFERENCE HUMAN EXPERIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
An in-depth analysis day, dedicated to new technologies supporting quality of life and the development of “well-being”. Luigi Mandolini, CEO MAC, illustrated MAC vision and the characteristics of the strengthen collaboration between MAC and University of Macerata. To follow, Dr. J. A. Paradiso, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) of Boston, showed an interesting research on “Responsive Environments”. Specifically, how humans will connect to their environments in the Post-App age. T-shirts, bracelets, shoes, watches are everyday life objects that will become more and more smart and “hidden” in next future. The conference continued with several research groups that illustrated similar interests, with the intent to create new business developments and collaboration’s projects.The conference has been the occasion to illustrate 2 projects that MAC manages, having an active role both in collaboration with other companies, and in realization of them.The first project is NUS-NILM (Non-Uniform Sampling – Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring) regarding the indicators of energy. The second project is SINC (System Improvement for Neonatal Care), an important research in collaboration with Ospedale Salesi of Ancona, that allowed the construction of smart cribs to monitor the vital parameters of preterm patients.
European Utility Week 2018
MAC is very pleased to announce its participation in the upcoming European Utility Week Trade show in Vienna from November 6th to 8th. EUW 2018 is in its sixth edition and represents the most important European event for the Utilities of gas, water and electric energy. EUW facilitates networking and content sharing opportunities across the entire energy spectrum from latest generation in energy to end the user. MAC will be present in the Italian Pavilion (stand A.k8), organized by ICE, the agency for the internationalization of Italian companies. The aim is to promote companies involved in the Smart Energy and Energy Awareness market. In fact, MAC will be presenting Chain2Gate, the innovative, intuitive device which communicates with the Open Meter 2.0 by e-distribuzione. Through Powerline Technology, the device acquires data directly from the Open Meter, enabling users to monitor, manage and plan energy consumption. Chain2Gate is compact, connected and yet compliant with the IoT ecosystem.
From June 21st– 23rd, 2018, the city of Ancona hosted “Innov-Aging”, the first Expo Meeting completely dedicated to Silver Market innovations, particularly focused on Economy & Finance, Health & Wellbeing, and Technology. The Silver Economy refers to economic activities dedicated to the needs of people over 50, which includes products, systems and services. Among the areas of Innov-Aging, MAC participated in the Laboratorio Abitare 4.0, dedicated to new digital technologies applied to the building and residential sector, an initiative organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Ancona and Fermo, as well as the Università Politecnica delle Marche. MAC’s ability to design, create and manage Smart Home systems, has allowed for the automatization, control and optimization of tasks in a domestic environment (like thermo-regulation, lighting scenarios, safety and entertainment), guaranteeing efficiency and reduction of costs. Furthermore, MAC’s commitment to research and development has resulted in promoting and improving the social, psychological and physical wellbeing of the Silver Generation.
On June 15th, Our CEO Luigi Mandolini received an award of merit for MAC’s 50th anniversary from the Mayor of Recanati Francesco Fiordomo. We are very proud to be celebrating this important milestone in our history and to be recognized as an example of excellence in the Marche region.