Predicting the future – how software can help utilities cut maintenance costs


An innovative system developed by Aplana to help water companies reduce maintenance costs was showcased at the Fujitsu Forum in Munich, the largest event of its type in Europe.

The demo system was selected by Fujitsu to feature in its Internet of Things (IoT) innovations area, as an example of how digital technologies could drive business growth. The Fujitsu Forum, which had the theme of Human Centric Innovation – Driving Digital Transformation, attracted more than 14,000 people from 80 countries.

The demo, created by Aplana in conjunction with Fujitsu, demonstrated the advantages of predictive maintenance – a new approach with the potential to revolutionise maintenance practices across the utility sector.

Many companies already use telemetry to monitor their assets and produce reports,” explains Aplana’s CEO Igor Morozov. “Predictive maintenance is a huge leap forward as it allows them to move from reporting to alerting, by predicting what may happen in the near future.

Predictive maintenance allows companies to reduce costs, manage service crews more effectively and ensure the highest level of support to the client. This approach can be extended from water companies to electricity and gas utilities – and in fact any industry where the maintenance of critical equipment in the field is of high importance.

Aplana’s international team members from Frankfurt, London and Moscow attended the forum and took part in expert talks to explore Fujitsu’s Cloud K5 features. The event ran from 16 to 17 November at Munich’s International Congress Center.