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Spotlight Monitoring System launch

11th December 2017

Windrock, a Dover Energy Automation (DEA) company specializing in monitoring and optimizing reciprocating assets, is pleased to announce the launch of its new Spotlight Monitoring System, an automated, real-time solution that leverages IIoT principles to deliver insights into the health and performance of critical assets.

“We are very excited to be launching Spotlight, a new solution that continuously monitors, diagnoses and optimizes equipment health,” said Steve McNair, Director of Product Management at Windrock. “The ultimate benefit of the Spotlight Monitoring System is that it cost-effectively collects and analyzes performance data from assets in the field and transfers it to the palm of your hand in real time. Simply put, no other product available today can provide the measurable advantages that are personified by Windrock’s new Spotlight Monitoring System.”


The new Spotlight Monitoring System is a plug-and-play solution that utilizes edge hardware, called Spotlight PUC, to acquire high-speed rotating data. The Spotlight Controller then sends this data over to a Microsoft® Azure hosted cloud via gateway, where Windrock Enterprise, an intuitive data visualization software proprietary to Windrock, provides actionable insights and uncovers trends concerning the health of the entire fleet of assets.


In addition, Windrock’s Spotlight Monitoring System allows for tiered services to enable digital transformation. Customers can use the powerful monitoring tier to get complete visibility and then augment it with algorithmic analyses from Windrock Enterprise. The premium “Optimize” tier also offers full service optimization advisories from Windrock Subject Matter Experts.


DEA chose the Microsoft Azure platform to build the software stack, from the edge to the cloud very specifically. Rohit Robinson, VP Product Management and Strategic Marketing at DEA, said, “We were looking to partner with the best in the world when building our Cloud offerings. After factoring in various parameters like time to market, technological superiority, proven track record, and our oil and gas customer base, Azure stood out as the clear choice.”


“Microsoft is pleased that DEA is utilizing Azure IoT cloud services, Power BI and Windows IoT powered gateways to build repeatable end to end prescriptive monitoring and predictive maintenance solutions for oil and gas customers," said Rodney Clark, Vice President, Partner Devices and Solutions, Microsoft. "Intelligent solutions like these will help oil and gas companies digitally transform, so they can empower their employees, optimize operations and reimagine their products, services or even business models. We look forward to working with DEA on additional solutions in the future.”


And as Nari Kikkeri, Director of Advanced Technology & IIOT Development at DEA, describes, “Azure allowed us to ingest data from multiple sources, whether from equipment or people, and apply meaningful context for further processing in the cloud.”