Zamboni adopts Digi IoT for ice resurfacers
February 15, 2018
The world's first smart, connected ice resurfacer from Zamboni is using a custom application from Minnesota-based Digi to create the IoT connectivity.
Digi's professional services team developed the application using its WVA wireless vehicle bus adaptor to create Zamboni Connect. This provides previously unavailable insight into resource management and decision-making based on actual machine and operator performance.
It requires only an internet connection for users to log into the platform from any computer or handheld device in any location, and have instant access to data, information and remote oversight of the ice resurfacer operations. A clean, simple dashboard optimised for smartphone, tablet or web-based use gives ice resurfacer owners and operators insight into their equipment and processes.
"We knew there was tremendous value in the data being generated during the ice resurfacing process," said Derek Gunn, vice president of operations for Zamboni. “The challenge would be to provide the right data in a format which was easy for arena operations of any size to leverage and utilise. By collaborating with Digi, we were able to design, build and launch a web and mobile application with complex reporting capabilities while maintaining the flexibility to grow over time. Using their unique products and working with their professional services team, our goal of connecting Zamboni machines to the IoT and being first to market was achieved."
In addition to tracking performance metrics such as speed, energy consumption and ice-making water consumption, Zamboni Connect keeps maintenance logs, offers maintenance suggestions and houses reference materials for the machines. This combination of data and access to manufacturer best practices allows for maintenance that is predictive rather than just preventative.
These smart services are available across Zamboni's line of ice resurfacers, both electric-powered and fuel-powered, and Zamboni Connect supports both single resurfacer rinks and arena fleets.
"When people think of Zamboni, they probably don't realise how complicated ice resurfacers are and what's involved with maintenance and upkeep," said Tracy Roberts, vice president of technology services for Digi International. "Zamboni helped us understand how to design their application to present key data, helping owners and operators understand and take care of their machines."