How Caterpillar's Marine Division Leverages IOT Analytics For Realized Cost Savings

Business Background
The Marine Division of Caterpillar serves fleet operators of tug boats and shipping vessels for whom fuel usage often drives the bottom line.

IOT Analytics infrastructure
As companies set out on data-driven transformations, they want a blueprint to uncover a "north star" insight - the one golden discovery that will guide them towards growth. Caterpillar customer have made many "north star" discoveries using Caterpillar’s Asset Intelligence platform, which is built on Pentaho's data integration and analytics platform. Shipboard sensors monitor everything from generators, to engines, GPS, air conditioning systems and fuel meters. Here is a video of Cat Marine Asset Intelligence.

Insights from IOT Analytics: Providing ROI on Big Data Investment 
In one example, Caterpillar is able to identify that fuel meter readings are correlated with the amount of power used by refrigerated containers. This data can now be used to determine optimum operating parameters, by simply modifying power output from the generators. By doing multivariate predictive maintenance analysis in Pentaho, the customer discovered that running more generators at lower power was a more efficient approach than maxing out a few.

Realized Cost Savings with the IOT Analytics initiative
The savings from this IOT Analytics initiative were estimated at around $30 per hour, which may seem small, but the aggregated savings for a fleet of 50 ships operating 24 hours a day and 26 weeks a year would generate more than $650,000 in savings.