Digital transformation and monitoring and control systems – VI edition of Madrid Monitoring Day #MMD19

Digital transformation and digitization of the business began to take importance many years ago and today it has become the key to the survival of the company. A company needs to adapt to changes in order to stand out from its competition. In this transformation process, technology allows us to be at the forefront of the changes that businesses are going through today.

Technology provides the speed and agility that a business needs to stand out.

Large organizations are developing their digital transformation actions to drive innovation, improve competitive advantage, increase productivity and reduce costs, using new technologies and using innovative IT platforms.

With trends such as Monitoring, Operational Intelligence, Cloud, mobile devices, Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT) or Indsutrial IoT (IIoT), and big data changing the way consumers connect with businesses, many businesses are facing challenges related to adapting their technologies to current needs.

The need for digital transformation arises largely from the large volumes of data generated by IoT devices.

Here arises the need for a monitoring system, which makes the most of the data by obtaining information from any environment for further analysis. Thanks to this analysis, decision making will be more effective.

In addition, with monitoring systems it will be possible to ensure quality through predictive maintenance, and monitor operations from anywhere.

Still don’t know how to face the digital transformation of your business? Still haven’t implemented a signal monitoring system? We invite you to the VI edition of Madrid Monitoring Day.

VI edition of Madrid Monitoring Day #MMD19, a reference event in Monitoring and Operational Intelligence Solutions.

Through the #MMD19 it will be possible to learn about the monitoring tools needed for the digital transformation of your business, as well as discover the benefits and the important economic impact of its implementation.

We will also highlight the value of the monitoring process in critical environments, and we will discuss the problems in various sectors through real cases in large organizations.

A reference event focused on signal monitoring solutions in various environments: Energy, Smart City and Industry 4.0.

Madrid Monitoring Day #MMD19 is an event that in all its editions has been very well received, with more than 300 attendees annually. Among the profiles that attend the event we can find managers of technology companies, IT directors, CTOs and CIOs, project managers, service companies and energy solutions, consulting, engineering and municipalities, among others.

Madrid Monitoring Day will highlight the benefits of monitoring and information control platforms as tools for the Digital Transformation of the business.

This year’s agenda is full of novelties. You will be able to learn about various monitoring projects through presentations and demonstrations.

Speakers from organizations such as Vodafone and Cepsa will participate in the VI edition.

This edition will feature half a day of presentations by experts from different fields who will present their experience with monitoring systems and the benefits that this type of platform has brought to their business.

The meeting will also have an exhibition area, with a space of stands dedicated to the presentation of products and solutions related to digital transformation. There will also be a demo room where you will be able to discover the opportunities offered by Real-Time Data Analysis and Operational Intelligence tools.

A networking environment will be fostered for the exchange of ideas between attendees and speakers throughout the day.

To end the event, a Lunch and a Gin&Tonic tasting will be offered by the best cocktail makers.

BIG DATA and OPERATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: a connection for life

The data generated by the machine makes Big Data analysis really interesting. Among other things, they allow you to improve the user experience, increase IT stability, detect security threats and even analyze customer behavior. But for that, the information must first be found and reviewed.

What is operational intelligence (OI)?

OI can be defined as a form of real-time business analysis that offers actionable visibility and an insight and management of all business operations.

The data produced by real-time operational intelligence enables operators to understand the performance of distributed infrastructure, make predictions, improve efficiency, and even prevent disasters. This gives a greater ability to make the right operational decisions and engage important stakeholders. Importantly, IO software learns from past actions through artificial intelligence (specifically, machine learning) and can therefore improve its own decision-making processes.

Operational intelligence, along with machine-generated data, provides the ability to understand exactly what is happening in individual systems in the IT infrastructure, in real time.

Therefore, modern Big Data platforms for operational intelligence are capable of processing more than 100 terabytes of machine data every day, which then serves as a prerequisite for making informed decisions in different business processes. Product managers can bring applications and services to market faster, managers improve the availability and performance of internal IT solutions, while sales teams have the ability to tailor services and products to customer behavior. The opportunities for business process optimization are endless.

How operational intelligence works

Operational intelligence plays directly with IT itself: A large amount of information is produced there from different IT segments to solve exact problems such as performance. This information generally includes web infrastructure logs, network data, application diagnostics, or cloud service information. Shortly after consolidating this data, it is possible to conduct a cause investigation and react to specific incidents, failures, and other problems. Monitoring mechanisms and alarms allow you to monitor your entire IT infrastructure, including applications, by identifying specific conditions, trends, and complex patterns. With this real-time report of an organization’s “machine rooms”, IT administrators will be able to develop a service-oriented view of their IT environment. This enables on-the-fly reports and data visualizations that provide an overview of events from different perspectives. This includes information about how applications, servers, or devices are connected to mission-critical IT services.

The main characteristics of an Operational Intelligence Software

  • Monitoring of all business processes in real time.
  • Detection of all kinds of situations throughout an operational process in real time.
  • Big Data control and analysis. Our Operational Intelligence Software continuously monitors and analyzes a variety of high-speed, high-volume Big Data sources.
  • Analysis of different situations, trends, the root of the problems.
  • Different users can view the data dashboards in real time.


Applications, sensors, servers and clients constantly generate data. This machine information can be used for user transactions, customer behavior, sensor activity, machine behavior, security threats, fraudulent activity, and other measures. For meaningful analysis and subsequent decision making, special operational intelligence platforms are suitable. They allow you to discover the value of hidden information by collecting, indexing, searching, analyzing and viewing the vast amount of information. It offers companies real-time information about the increasingly digitized business world that can be used for decision-making and corporate governance.

SCADA vs IoT: the role of SCADA systems in Industry 4.0

We are all witnessing the boom of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the demand for “digitalization” within Industry 4.0. However, we have questions based on SCADA systems related to the IoT that seem ignored or unanswered. Will the IoT replace the supervision, control and data acquisition systems? Can the two be integrated? SCADA and Distributed Control Systems (DCS) are clearly predominant automation standards, but in this new wave of data from IoT surfaces, what role will they play in the factories of the future?

The origin of the SCADA systems

The purpose of the first solid state SCADA systems was to collect data and monitor processes through slow and expensive computers or mainframes. This paved the way for data logging technology. Historians were presented to do just that; store and analyze the large amount of data captured by the SCADA system. Now, however, with 64-bit equipment, massive configuration tools, and next-level graphical user interfaces native to most SCADA products, there are no longer any traditional barriers to entry. The question is, what will be the role of these process control systems when we move to the next phase of manufacturing, also called industry 4.0?

SCADA in the smart factory

The reality is that SCADA as an operator interface, and the features that make it mandatory (such as schematic display, alarms, data logging, real-time monitoring, and data passing to data historians), are not going to be completely denied by IoT technology.

There is no doubt that Edge Computer, a system that processes or stores critical data locally and pushes all received data to a data center or storage repository in the cloud, will begin to encompass certain control functions and will rationalize the amount of data that we decide introduce into the cloud over time, but the Industrial Internet of Things will not negate the need to open and close valves, safely start or stop motors, or reset an actuator.

Ultimately, one cannot compare IIoT solely to Data Acquisition (DA) and forget about Supervisory Control (SC) and the need for reliability, security, fast aggregation, and complex data storage.

4th generation SCADA: the adoption of IoT

One trend that is emerging in Industry 4.0 is the move towards the IIoT cloud. Traditionally, data collected from industrial sensors has moved from proprietary Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) to Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA) for analysis, with many layers in between. But cloud IIoT is opening up all of this and reducing the number of layers from data capture to actionable intelligence.

IoT and SCADA, complementary technologies for Industry 4.0

Digitalization is driving changes in the way manufacturers operate. The hierarchical nature is slowly changing as a peer-to-peer model opens up through the IoT.

So will IIoT replace SCADA systems? For critical high-value industrial processes, I conclude no. Can the two concepts ever be integrated? Yes, despite traditional SCADA systems operating in the “micro” environment of manufacturing, collecting and visualizing the day-to-day operations of a factory or process, a more powerful SCADA is here to stay. And yes, Industry 4.0 and IIoT belong to the “macro” environment.

The information generated from SCADA systems acts as one of the data sources for IoT. SCADA’s focus is on monitoring and control. The IoT approach is firmly focused on analyzing machine data to improve your productivity and impact your top line. How can we meet consumer needs faster, cheaper and with better quality? SCADA / IoT platforms are the fourth generation visualization that will answer this question.

Artificial Intelligence: the engine of change in the ecosystem

As the planet continues to warm, the impacts of climate change worsen, but we have a new tool to help us better manage the impacts and protect the planet: artificial intelligence (AI). AI refers to computer systems that can sense their surroundings, think, learn, and act in response to what they perceive and their programmed goals.

In India, Artificial Intelligence has helped farmers achieve 30 percent higher peanut yields per hectare by providing information on land preparation, fertilizer application and choice of planting dates. In Norway, AI helped create a flexible and autonomous power grid, integrating more renewable energy. Artificial Intelligence manages to identify tropical cyclones, meteorological fronts, atmospheric rivers, the latter can cause intense rainfall and it is often difficult for humans to identify themselves. AI also improves weather predictions, and they can help keep people safe.

What are artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning or deep learning?

Artificial Intelligence capabilities are rapidly improving thanks to several factors: the large amount of data that is collected by sensors, satellites, and the Internet; the development of more powerful and faster computers; the availability of open source software and data; and the increase in abundant and cheap storage. Artificial Intelligence can now quickly perceive patterns that humans cannot, make predictions more efficiently, and recommend better actions.

What exists today is a “narrow” artificial intelligence, which is task-oriented and capable of doing some things, sometimes better than what humans can do, such as recognizing speech or images and forecasting the weather. Playing chess and classifying images, as in tagging people on Facebook, are examples of limited artificial intelligence.

When Netflix and Amazon recommend shows and products based on our purchase history, they use Machine Learning. Machine learning, which was developed from earlier AI, involves the use of algorithms (sets of rules to follow to solve a problem) that can learn from data. The more data the system analyzes, the more accurate it becomes as the system develops its own rules and the software evolves to achieve its goal.

For example, Deep Learning allowed a computer system to figure out how to identify a cat, without any human input on the cat’s characteristics, after “viewing” 10 million random YouTube images.

Artificial Intelligence is a change in the ecosystem

Microsoft believes that artificial intelligence, which often encompasses machine learning and deep learning, is a “game changer” for climate change and environmental issues.

The winds can cause great catastrophes in many countries, destroying different species of trees. But how is it possible to differentiate one species from another by looking at a green mass from above over such a large area? The human eye could theoretically do this, but it would take forever to process thousands of images. To do this, today artificial intelligence is being used to analyze high resolution photographs and match them with the data, each tree in each plot is mapped and identified.

Understanding how the distribution and composition of forests change in response to hurricanes is important because when forests are damaged, vegetation decomposes and releases more CO2 into the atmosphere. As trees grow back, since they are smaller, they store less carbon. If climate change results in more extreme storms, some forests will not recover, less carbon will be stored, and more carbon will remain in the atmosphere, exacerbating global warming. But all this is in a process of change with Artificial Intelligence.

Another very attractive case of Artificial Intelligence is how it can improve our ecosystem, collecting data on the growth of animals, tracking movements, monitoring weather conditions. All this process will achieve a model that will help to improve the ecosystem, the management of the hatcheries, the harvest, the protection of the habitat … etc.

How to use Artificial Intelligence for energy

AI is increasingly used to manage renewable energy so that more energy can be brought into the grid; It can also handle power fluctuations and improve storage.

Power labs use machine learning and Artificial Intelligence to identify vulnerabilities in the network, strengthen them before possible failures, and restore power more quickly when failures occur.

The systems first study part of the grid, analyzing data from renewable energy sources, battery storage and satellite imagery that can show where trees growing over power lines could cause problems in a storm. The goal is to develop a grid that can automatically manage renewable energy without interruption and recover from system failures with little human involvement.

Wind companies are using Artificial Intelligence so that the propeller of each turbine produces more electricity per rotation incorporating meteorological and operational data in real time. In large wind farms, the front row blades create a wake that reduces the efficiency of those behind them. IA will enable each individual propeller to determine the wind speed and direction coming from other propellers, and adjust accordingly.

Artificial Intelligence can also improve energy efficiency. Google used machine learning to help predict when the energy in its data centers was most in demand. The system analyzed and predicted when users were most likely to view data-heavy YouTube videos, for example, and could optimize the cooling required. As a result, Google reduced its energy use by 40 percent.

Make cities more livable and sustainable

Artificial Intelligence can also improve energy efficiency at the city scale by incorporating data from smart meters and the Internet of Things (the Internet of computing devices that are embedded in everyday objects, allowing them to send and receive data) to forecast energy demand. . Additionally, artificial intelligence systems help with urban planning and disaster preparedness. One vision for a sustainable city is to create an ‘urban dashboard’ consisting of real-time data on energy and water consumption and availability, traffic and climate to make cities more efficient and livable.

AI can forecast air pollution, track sources of pollution, and generate possible strategies to reduce it. You can determine whether, for example, it would be more effective to restrict the number of controllers or shut down certain power plants to reduce pollution in a particular area.

Smart Agriculture

Data from sensors in the field that monitor crop moisture, soil composition, and temperature help AI improve production and know when crops need watering. Incorporating this information with that of drones, which are also used to monitor conditions, can help increasingly automatic AI systems know the best times to plant, spray and harvest crops, and when to avoid disease and other. problems. This will result in higher efficiency, higher yields, and less use of water, fertilizers, and pesticides.

A more sustainable and intelligent transport

As vehicles can communicate with each other and with infrastructure, artificial intelligence will help drivers avoid dangers and traffic jams. In some cities, artificial intelligence systems have been implemented that incorporate sensors and cameras that monitor the flow of traffic by adjusting to traffic lights when necessary. Less downtime, of course, means less greenhouse gas emissions.

AI has many other uses

Artificial Intelligence can monitor drinking water quality, manage residential water use, detect underground leaks in drinking water supply systems, and predict when water plants need maintenance. It can also simulate weather events and natural disasters to find vulnerabilities in disaster planning, determine which disaster response strategies are most effective, and provide real-time disaster response coordination.