According to ExxonMobils 2012 2012 Outlook for Energy. A view of 2040 global energy demand will be around 30% higher in 2040 compared with 2010 and the population will increase to almost 9 billion people from around 7 billion today.
In order to successfully address the existing challenges the energy sector requires a wide range of innovations. Mobility is one of the fastest growing and most exciting trends today. The mass use of smartphones and tablets creates new opportunities for energy companies to increase efficiency and profitability.
Here it should be borne in mind that the energy industry covers a variety of industries including the petroleum industry the gas industry the electricity industry the coal industry the nuclear industry the renewable energy industry etc.
Early adopters of mobile technology have quickly recognized the value of enabling their workforce with fast mobile data access through an easy to use interface. In addition to internal purposes mobile devices of energy companies are also used by application development as a way of connecting to customers. Therefore mobile apps from such companies can be broadly categorized into two main groups. apps for internal use and apps for consumers.
In house apps
Of course all companies want to keep their expenses and profits high. Industry specific in house apps can range from monitoring and diagnostic tools to business intelligence collection resources. Mobile applications can be specially designed for skilled workers in the energy industry including drilling staff maintenance technicians mechanics supervisors instrument technicians security officers and others. Such mobile device apps primarily for tablets such as iPad can allow inventory management diagnostic information collection data retrieval remote telemetry control and other support features.
The major benefits of mobile apps for power companies can be as follows.
Easy and quick access to information and key indicators
Standardization simplification and automation of business and business processes
Easy flow of information
Increased quality of service
Greater productivity and improved operational efficiency
Higher integration of fragmented and delocalized processes
Automatic sync with corporate systems
Improved data exchange
Employed professional growth
Higher quality in real time measurements
The ability to zoom in from a global map to a specific industrial object or section.
Mobile apps mean a step by step to ensure that each job is done in accordance with company guidelines safe and accurate. In addition to the increase in individual productivity and performance mobile apps provide value to the entire organization through early collection and delivery of precise field information to the companys office. In addition field workers instead of multiple software systems can use a single field specific application to seamlessly interact with corporate systems.
As early as 2011 General Electric reported to deploy 2000 iPads internally and develop a range of applications for both its employees and customers. A mobile app allows employees to approve purchase orders on the go while another allows key personnel to monitor the companys transformers in the field.
Apps for consumers
Energy companies in their relationship with customers can emphasize energy efficiency rather than just focusing on price and tariffs. With the help of mobile applications consumers can cut waste energy and thus their expenses.
Some research studies have shown that homeowners who can control how much electricity they use in real time save on average more than 10% of the energy almost immediately by turning off unnecessary lights and appliances. Improving consumer access to data on how they use energy in their homes will allow them to use mobile devices to calculate potential savings on their energy bills increase energy awareness and reduce energy consumption.
Consumers can for example determine personal lighting scenarios check room temperature settings and heating system to ensure that the home does not use unnecessary heating while it is not busy. A mobile app in this way allows a smartphone such as iPhone or Android or a tablet such as iPad to enter the home power remote control. This also provides a unique way for homeowners to get more comfort and enjoyment from their homes appliances and appliances.
In general consumers can benefit from the following features of energy company apps.
Improved efficiency transparency and visualization of energy consumption
Detailed information about energy use per device at home
Automation and control of electronic household appliances
Integration with social platforms
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