Technology is providing the scope for innovative solutions to infrastructure needs – design, build, operation and maintenance, and in most cases much more cost-effective solutions.
There is a growing recognition by Governments, Infrastructure Authorities and Operators in the value of data in driving public policy, operational performance, and broader innovation.
Thus, Organisations are leveraging new data-driven capabilities to improve the way Infrastructure is planned, delivered, and maintained – ISG is at the forefront in the development and application of emerging technology for Public and Private infrastructure operators, who will be using data and analytics to unlock operational efficiencies — increasing productivity, extending asset life spans, and reducing operating and maintenance costs.
Decision makers in the infrastructure sector will place more value on insights from predictive analytics over traditional ‘rule of thumb’ approach/practices. There is already a significant number of organisations that can predict maintenance and operational concerns before they become issues – ISG has successfully shown capabilities, offering solutions to several clients to utilise existing infrastructure for additional information – providing material evidence about what is going within the infrastructure in its locality and how it benefits the end users and stakeholders.
Conversely Projects have become more complex, whereas capacity is diminishing; the reality is that there are few innovative companies that are able to offer unique solutions to the challenges faced by clients in the delivery, operation, and maintenance of infrastructure from a safety of personnel/stakeholder standpoint and in value added propositions
Moreover, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the principles they represent have become widely recognised by the community at large – ISG service offerings allow for public and private organisations as far as reasonably practicable to meet sustainable goals, through non-disruptive solutions to the environment in the build, operations, and maintenance of infrastructure.
Equally, technological advancements in communications have driven customer centricity and in turn infrastructure that supports the changing lifestyle – Smart cities – ISG aims to be a trusted partner in delivery of Smart City Infrastructure and Buildings.
The efficient medium in transferring information – light and other wave types is using Fibre, also acoustics, strain and temperature can be detected across the medium by using the appropriate technology – ISG is leading innovative applications of Fibre technology in the public and private infrastructure space, supported a key vendor supply chain.
Equally, the information that can be obtained through the monitoring systems can also allow public and private infrastructure operators to be effective with insurance claims by showing the liable party by determining when or how damage to the asset occurred. Conversely, Insurance organisations can include the use of the technology by operators in assessing or underwriting risk of an asset, thus allowing insurers to be better informed of determinants of asset damages, and thus design bespoke offerings to operators.
Our Core and Vision
ISG provides information gathering, monitoring, and asset protection services to clients that operate in all types of environments, face Health and Safety, as well as ecological challenges in their Infrastructure Network delivery across Land, Elevations and Subsea. This is achieved by sending signals through a fibre optic cable that is either sited near, or inside the infrastructure. The fibre optic will detect movement, human activity, seismic activity, temperature, liquid and gas leaks, stress and damage which occur as a result of internal operations, external operations, natural, as well as illegal activities.
Fibre optic sensing is deployed globally to monitor smart infrastructure, such as railways, bridges, tunnels, asset perimeters, power stations and pipelines. It is also used in downhole oil and gas applications, to help characterize reservoirs and assist in well-optimization during production and completion. The cost of sensing point over great distances cannot be matched by competing technologies, such as point sensors, more so when an existing fibre infrastructure network is present.
For example, proof of concept for ISG Technology has been demonstrated in the monitoring of a subsea cable in South England and the technology proved to be highly accurate in predicting where damage eventually occurred, as well as in the deployment of pipeline monitoring systems in West Africa for leak detection and sabotage/product theft prevention.
ISG provides an unrivalled understanding of the business and sectors we service and operate, we understand how best the system proffers solution beyond the installation and commissioning of off-the shelf applications and software.
The uptake of these relatively new technologies influenced an initiative called the SMART CABLES Joint Task Force (JTF). The original remit of this submarine communications cable industry body was to include discrete sensors along long distance submarine cables to provide seismic activity monitoring and advanced tsunami detection. In parallel there is an initiative to include the use of distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) for protection of these assets which are increasing in value as the reliability on data communication increases with key operators such as Facebook, Google becoming very active in this field.
ISG have now taken a position within the JTF as a specialist advisor on distributed sensing, providing knowledge and experience to the industry but also allowing ISG to have a helicopter view of the demands of the industry and to allow us to generate appropriate hardware and software solutions to meet these growing demands.
ISG plans to develop a training, R&D and demonstration facility for the technologies where different hardware and software solutions can be developed and tested in controlled but real environments. Applications such as railway monitoring, perimeter security, power industry and pipeline leakage are planned to be established to create a unique testing facility.