Electronic controls revolutionized the modern engine and generator sets. We've had them around for some time now and somehow... we’ve made them faster and faster – and more complicated controls. We've gotten to the point where we basically have these computers calculating thousands of complex tasks each and every minute, just to generate electricity. To some out there this could be considered data overload.
Computers in general were good when they came out. They made basics tasks, like typing a letter, well... easy. But the power of the computer truly became great when we became "connected" to them. You know – the generating and sharing of information. The amount of information at our fingertips, courtesy of our smartphones and networks, is truly amazing. It has changed the way of life for many individuals. I certainly do things differently based on the information I have – literally – at hand.
But I digress... back to the genset. We've got lots of data and information available via those great little computers on our generator sets. But is it useful if you are not "connected" to it? Wouldn't it be great if your genset called you on your drive home and told you to pick up some oil and filters? Or you ping the generator and find out if it is currently in the 'ready to run' condition? The list could go on and on.
Please share your thoughts on being connected to your generator set.
What information would you find useful if you were "connected" to your generator set?
How would you like to connect to your genset? (website, portable electronic device, phone, email, text message, etc.)
What would you do differently based on that information?
Would you sleep better at night?
Would it make your job easier?
How widespread should this information be made available? (operator, facility manager, your dealer, the product manufacturer, etc.)