Who needs energy management?
We all do, is the answer. We would hope that ‘most’ companies’ conscience will lead them to look at and understand what energy they use, where the waste is and ultimately how to reduce their carbon emissions. If there was to be a number applied to ‘most’ then it would vary, depending on the industry, country, political structure that was analysed. Advanced economies generally have a greater impetus to respond to the impacts of energy consumption. Whilst many transitional and less developed regions, do understand but economic pressures outweigh the long term benefits for shorter term gains. That’s a whole heap of new challenges. Let’s take a look at some of the instances where even the advanced can improve.
If you work in IT then it is commonplace that technology is the saviour of information processing and there are normally answers at the touch of a button. If the industry or its market or workforce are not IT literate, the benefits of IT are often overlooked excepting the obvious. Many non-IT companies strive to be the best in their field, but with limited and sometime expensive resources available (compared with the operation cost of running the business), opportunities are lost. Those opportunities are not just about saving money or making more money, but their possible contributions to the world as a whole.
One aspect is; what is consumed, used productively, or wasted? Management of the resources available and how to reduce under or over use is not always about opex or capex but IMPACT. The impact of using too much or the impact of not using what is available efficiently is not sustainable for any business or organisation.
Knowledge is key. Having the information recorded and analysed is a first step to understanding the energy used or wasted. Many orgainisations with a desire to understand this area do not have the expertise or technology to guide them but they do have the data. That is the raw material of energy management, the data.
Collecting and analysing the data itself is not an easy or efficient task. Many information sources in many different formats cause critical data to be missed. Collecting the data on its own is not enough to provide energy efficiencies. It is time to call in the experts and their technologies!
PurpleGroup have teamed up with Energy management experts Enims to provide technology solutions to the collection and reporting of energy management data. Providing the expertise to analyse, recommend, action and specify energy management initiatives conforming to ISO14001:2015 standards is ENIMS skills and Purple Group’s design of an application to record, report and make technology easy makes a perfect combination. An energy management application needs to be easy to use, flexible and featured enough to provide support for the end customer as well as the tools to make energy management a reality.
eEMS, the application, can take manual records, records from smart sensors, energy managemnt training records, energy champions, tasks and much more to allow the end customer and the energy consultant to analyse and recommend appropriate energy management actions. Energy management! Energy savings and saving the planet.
Collecting and analysing the data itself is not an easy or efficient task. Many information sources in many different formats cause critical data to be missed. Collecting the data on its own is not enough to provide energy efficiencies. It is time to call in the experts.
The e-EMS application is an integrated part of a total solution provided by energy management experts ENiMS. Their expertise for both environmental and energy management ticks the many boxes that an application alone could not accomplish.
To guide organisations to comply with the demanding targets of ISO14001:2015 standards is ENIMS’ skill and Purple Realtime’s design of an application to record and present the raw data makes a perfect sense.
eEMS, the application, can take manual records, records from smart sensors, energy management training records and highlight energy champions within an organisation. It also provides task management and alerting and much more to allow the end customer and the energy consultant to analyse and recommend appropriate energy management actions.
A smart sensor may mean many things to different people or groups. The work that Purple Realtime has done when designing e-EMS showed automatic was better the manual. ‘Automatic’ has its own challenges, not just about what sensor should be used for the different types of energy or waste source, but how does that data get back to the application securely. Any transport solution has to be secure, flexible and adaptable. Cisco Spark cloud collaboration was a perfect fit. Though primarily used for team collaboration and with media rich features embedded for video calling and file transfer, the encrypted channels and real time nature of conversations ticked our boxes too. Conversations between people is easy so Spark was embedded to provide the communication channel for e-EMS client support – operator to expert. Conversations between machines was a little more difficult so the Cisco Spark API came in very handy to hook the sensors devices into a Spark room and have the e-EMS application listen and, if necessary, control the sensor device. An additional benefit was the Spark link to Tropo (now Cisco Tropo) where particular types of conversations could trigger a voice or SMS alert. Not everybody wants to be sitting watching a screen 24 /7 so real time alerting is also possible if support is needed or a sensor stops sensing. What Purple Realtime ended up with was an Enterprise grade solution for enterprise sized problems.
Ultimately, the e-EMS application is a small part of a larger solution. Understanding where waste happens and then knowing what to do about it is the real objective. Making that happen is ENIMS’s role and Purple Realtime are glad be playing a part.
If you want more information, we’ve got a couple of videos to showcase e-EMS:
The first focuses lightly on e-EMS as an application and its position in energy management reporting and ENIMS role in waste management consultancy. The second video goes into a little more detail about the application itself, highlighting the application features and Cisco integrations.
If you want to hear more about e-EMS and how we’ve incorporated Cisco Spark into it, send us a message and we’ll be happy to talk.