According to ExxonMobils report 2012 Prospects 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 from about 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.
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 level;
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 of real-time measurements;
The ability to zoom in from a global map to a specific industrial object or section.
Mobile apps include a step by step approach to ensuring 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 2,000 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. Enhanced consumer access to data on using energy in their homes enables them to use mobile devices to calculate potential savings on their energy bills, increase energy skills, 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.