Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) has signed on global information technology (IT) consulting major Accenture to restructure its digital sales and distribution network.
Accenture will use its solutions in the area of data, artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud technologies to build, design and implement a new digital platform called IRIS for BPCL, according to a statement.
IRIS will work by integrating real-time data from BPCLs 18,000 retail outlets, 25,000 tank trucks and other physical locations to provide a consolidated view of all of its operations. It will also enable more than 100,000 people across the country to make faster and accurate decisions, including preventive maintenance.
Built with AI ML (machine learning) and analytics technologies, the IRIS platform is expected to trigger automated alerts and actions, such as rapid response to equipment failures and alarm on hazardous situations. The updates will help the platform increase sales at fuel retail outlets by minimizing infrastructure downtime and ensure consistent fuel quality, the company said.
The new platform will accept more than three million inputs per second from automated sensors, cameras and IoT (Internet of Things) devices deployed at all key locations. The sensors will track performance based on parameters such as fuel stock, safety, compliance, equipment health and increased asset uptimes. The solution will also get support from call centers in Noida and Chennai.
“The powerful combination of human and applied intelligence will facilitate transformative change to ensure BPCL’s operations are safer, more secure and more efficient,” Piyush N. Singh, India Market Unit Lead at Accenture, said.