Athena Industrial Services ("Athena") is a Canadian-based research and development company that develops and manufactures innovative non-destructive testing equipment, providing high-quality technical systems to asset owners and inspection companies. Electromagnetic Field Imaging (EMFI) technology gives customers critical data and reporting capabilities to meet the growing demand for higher levels of direct assessment and fault characterization.
Project Pain Points
In November 2021, Athena came to Microsoft AI Co-Innovation Lab (Redmond, USA). At that time, Athena used nodes and gateways for railroad track detection to help railroad customers access crucial railroad data. Using data telemetry from these nodes and gateways, Athena then gave its customers insights into railroad operations and the need for predictive maintenance.
However, managers are often inundated with a wealth of information, making it challenging to view everything. But some information could significantly affect crucial operations. In order to connect its BRD gateway to the IoT Hub, communicate notes of telemetry data, and produce insights to solve problems for its clients, Athena sought to employ Azure services to connect gateway devices, capture and store telemetry data, and use Azure Machine Learning for advanced analytics.
Empowered by Microsoft Labs technology
To meet Athena's requirements, the main obstacle was to design a modern, continuous, and comprehensive rail data gathering approach that permits remote rail track inspections.
Following a thorough examination of Athena's requirements, the Lab designed a special solution in light of its circumstances, and assisted Athena's engineering staff in bringing the solution to fruition:
- Connect existing gateway devices to the cloud via Azure IoT Hub
- Capture and store telemetry data in Azure
- Build advanced analytics for better insight using Azure Machine Learning
- Create a PowerApp-based UI channel for Athena on-premises users to view data faster and more easily
1. Azure IoT Hub