Field Remote Infrastructure Monitoring
• our UN field operating environment alongside the ca- pability of knowing which generator is running low on fuel or which plant is registering what alarms.
• knowing to which of your camps to send your team of technicians, with the specific solution needed before they get there and before core services are impacted and users are largely affected.
• being able to explain the impact of your various clients on operational resources and to go beyond estimates, rules of thumb and unproven assumptions.
• what a difference it would make to have real-time infor- mation at your fingertips wherever you are.
Imagine no further. These are snapshots of how Unite FRIM (Field Remote Infrastructure Monitoring) can empower your operation. It’s available now and ready to become your new reality.
THE UNITE FRIM PROGRAMME
Unite FRIM is best described as a robust and scalable eco- system whose whole is greater than the sum of its individual parts. It connects smart infrastructure and equipment, like water meters, from anywhere. It transforms this input data to a range of outputs to meet different end-user needs, at different levels, for different purposes.
The potential benefits of real-time data is mindboggling. Various industries use such information to support design, performance improvements and optimization to reduce waste. This level of measurement propels the potential of the UN to manage better into the current century.
SUPPORTING AND IMPROVING SERVICE DELIVERY IN THE FIELD
The UN Field Missions operate in challenging environ- ments and conditions, with scarce resources, supplies, and information. This makes operational intelligence on mission infrastructure challenging to collect and analyze.
With the UN Sustainable Development Goals in mind, an enormous effort is required to coordinate data collection across a mission—or all missions—while taking and keep- ing measurements and readings manually. Once collected, organizing and analyzing large quantities of dispersed data is also a considerable challenge.
In the end, you cannot improve what you cannot measure.
Unite FRIM aims to overcome these challenges by installing sensors on machines and remote equipment to automati- cally and centrally collect significant volumes of valuable operational data for real-time use and analysis.
This powerful tool offers vital insights to decision-makers. It provides a central, standard management system to capture actual data on the compliance of field missions and their progress toward the vision of the Department of Opera- tional Support on the environment: “to deploy responsible missions that achieve maximum efficiency in their use of natural resources and operate at minimum risk to people, societies, and ecosystems, contributing to a positive impact on these wherever possible”.
INCREASING ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND REDUCING DAILY RESOURCE CONSUMPTION
The Unite FRIM ecosystem came to be by listening to and appreciating the needs of the UN Field Missions and by collaborating with them to envision future capabilities.
The peacekeeping mission UNISFA (UN Interim Security Force for Abyei) in Sudan served as an optimal choice for the first pilot implementation because it is, perhaps, the most logistically challenging mission we currently support.
To meet the current and future expectations of our field operations, the Unite FRIM ecosystem offers a wide range of solutions:
• Customizable User Interfaces and Dashboards
- The Managerial Dashboard offers a flexible, intuitive and user-friendly platform to help managers deliver data-driven decision-making.
- The Technical Dashboard offers a unified platform with detailed real-time data and infrastructure configuration and alarm thresholds. It allows for remote monitoring of camp activity, ease of maintenance, access to historical data, and much greater overall operational and status awareness.
• FRIM Mobile Application:
Information can be accessed anywhere, anytime through an individual’s mobile phone; enabling greater mobility, functionality and accessibility thanks to remote Internet access.
• Unite FRIM and Unite Maps power eAPP (environmental Action Planning and Performance).
eAPP helps centralize and optimize environmental data collection and analysis from the mission and site-level data sources to calculate environmental Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and to produce the Mission Environmental Scorecard and other vital data analytics that can be useful for decision-makers.
The benefits deliver a range of strategic goals and objectives: from process and productivity improvements to cost reduction and efficiency.
• Simplified Access to Information:
Unite FRIM combines data from disparate sources (solar panels, fuel tanks, pow- er consumption meters, wastewater treatment facilities) into a single, complete source of information.
• Increased Perception of Environmental Elements and Events - Monitoring:
The dynamic infrastructure moni- toring capability enables rapid responses to problems and ensures that vital parameters are continuously monitored for Event and Incident Management.
• Information in Context - Visualization:
Generating and presenting data in a familiar context improves user under- standing and transforms data into meaningful, actionable information.
UNITE FRIM PROGRESS TO DATE
• Maintenance Automation:
The system will allow the technical teams to automate and monitor routine pro- cesses and to intervene remotely when alerts are sent for unexpected errors.
• Remote Infrastructure Device Control:
At a later stage, Unite FRIM can allow the remote management of infra- structure devices such as hardware and software, solar panels, fuel tanks, and power consumption within the Organization.
• Reduced operation Complexity and Cost:
This is a result of the consolidation by Unite FRIM of several different monitoring systems.
• Water Consumption and Waste Reduction in the Field
Unite FRIM has already been widely deployed in UN peacekeeping missions and agencies worldwide, including diverse work environ- ments: from UN Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, USA, to the peacekeeping mission UNSOS (UN Support Office in Somalia) in So- malia, eastern Africa.
Fourteen missions and agencies have already or are currently adopting Unite FRIM, along with a total of 12,215 TAGS (sets of collected values, labels, timestamps, statuses) and 2,619 devices (as of the end of November 2020).
Unite FRIM has already increased environmental sustainability and reduced resource consumption in day-to-day opera- tions. For example, the UN Global Service Centre base in Valencia, Spain, can now adjust its data centre temperatures by local weather patterns and prevent unnecessary water use by halting irrigation whenever it rains. Additionally, significant water leaks were detected in UNFICYP (UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus). Because Unite FRIM uncovered the problematic parts of the infrastructure, reductions in water consumption, waste and maintenance costs were made possible.
• Executive Dashboard
In order to help implement data-driven decision-making, Unite FRIM has provided an executive dashboard that allows managers to quickly assess both resource generation and consumption in real-time. They can also access historical data to analyze trends and to compare current levels to the expected KPIs.
• Data Analysis at Every Level
Unite FRIM has proven invaluable for Infrastructure monitoring and maintenance for our technical teams. The fully opera- tional technical Dashboard allows for data analysis at every level, from the whole camp to a single generator. As a result, the tool has proven invaluable in detecting and narrowing down potential issues and with pinpointable, real-time alarms. These dramatically cut down costs and the time for repairs as well as the expenses associated with operational delays.
UNITE FRIM WILL DRAMATICALLY TRANSFORM HOW THE UN OPERATES
The Unite FRIM Programme strategy and implementation roadmap bring together a range of stakeholders across the Organization including Engineering, Environment and Technology Services.
The Programme road map and the development strategy, shaped by the business needs of the missions, are powered by rapid technology development in this evolving sector.
Leveraging technology to improve data management, Unite FRIM will enable UN entities to monitor infrastruc- ture systems, save on operational costs and reduce facility maintenance risks.
Unite FRIM is the foundation that provides the baseline and instrument for a wide variety of advanced solutions, several of which are already in development. These include data analysis, remote Management access control and UN Smart Camp:
• Data Analysis
Data analysis aims to enhance the current Unite FRIM re- porting dashboards with forecasting capabilities and trend analysis, employing predictive analysis tools and skills to determine patterns and forecast future outcomes.
• Remote Management Access Control
Remote access control for managers is a much-requested solution to the realities of far-flung missions. It is also a steppingstone towards a future goal of remote-access control that will ultimately help ease maintenance and in- stallation at remote locations.
• Smart Camp
Building on the Unite FRIM foundation, UN Smart Camp aims to increase the sustainability and operability of UN bases using “Smart City” technology. By interconnecting Unite FRIM and other sensors and digital solutions, and by making use of Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial in- telligence (AI)-driven technologies, UN entities and bases can be provided with powerful and intelligent reactive and proactive tools.
The goal is to have all interfaces, solutions and data streams integrated into a single, easy-to-use platform that offers real-time processing and automatic responses to events and situations. This also allows mission management to interact directly with both peacekeepers and the camp in- frastructure while monitoring the status and evolution of the camp in real-time.
The overall goal for Unite FRIM is to grow from a monitoring tool to an interactive and proactive tool. This will be accom- plished by adding features such as reporting, business intelligence, artificial intelligence, and advanced analytics; as well by providing a base for connecting and aligning various projects to offer IoT-driven optimization to UN missions worldwide.
The possibilities ahead are astounding. The inherent scalability and effectiveness of Unite FRIM will dramatically transform and improve how the UN operates in its ongoing quest towards sustainable development and a better world.