Customer Success Story: TCS
TCS IP2 is an intelligent digital solution that leverages the Business 4.0 thought leadership framework and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and digital twin technologies to optimize the performance of power plants that are operating at full and even partial load conditions. The solution, which can be on the cloud or on-premise, uses InfluxDB to gather inputs from sensors in utility control systems and advanced, proprietary industrial analytics developed by TCS. This provides real-time insights on assets such as boilers, turbines, and generators, working within the constraints of the existing equipment and systems. These insights will help plant operators predict and preempt failures, optimize operations, lower fuel consumption, and cut emissions. TCS IP2 can reduce operational and maintenance costs by up to 2-3 percent. An early version of the solution has helped a power plant save upwards of $1.5 million per gigawatt per year.
TCS has been exploring the product for more than a year and likes how much help there is on blogs and forums, making it very easy for developers to work with. The company started to use Telegraf for ingesting data from MongoDB into InfluxDB. Telegraf has so many useful input and output plugins, plus the capability to add your own plugin. TCS is also planning to replace its existing Elastic stack used in the product with the TICK Stack. High throughput is extremely necessary for ingesting large streams simultaneously from multiple units of a plant, and the easy SQL-type interface of InfluxDB makes exploration of this data easy.
Tech Lead Nital Shah’s favorite features of InfluxDB are the high write throughput and the continuous queries from downsampling. He is looking forward to features of InfluxDB 2.0 such as authorization tokens and the inclusion of the TICK Stack. The company is planning on purchasing InfluxDB Cloud in the near future to leverage Kapacitor for ML use cases.