ETF (The Environmental Technologies Fund) are one of our key investors. They’ve invested in 4energy as we are harnessing the potential of the IoT (Internet of Things) in technical estates and power utilities. Find out what they say on page 8 of this detailed IoT Investor Briefing.
With 4energy’s SMARTset, you can manage and control all of your estate from a single interface. Originally conceived to support data centres, the powerful and versatile software has everything you need from an IoT platform, including:
Agnostic protocols – SMARTset connects to any type of sensor, IoT device or legacy gadget
Available in the cloud or as an on-premise solution
Scalable – you can start small and buy more licences and modules as you grow
Extensible architecture for expansions with OSGi plugins and a GWT style UI API
Open standards – RDBMS/noSQL, protocols, enterprise integration (LDAP/SAML/AD)
Open: RESTful API, MQTT, SNMP source
Here, we are going to show you how one of our customers uses SMARTset IoT platform. They access SMARTset from their HQ via the cloud, and can view all of their customers’ sites on a single display, or can drill-down into the information for specific sites or individual devices.
The UPS-monitoring challenge
Our client is a provider of power solutions and they wanted to monitor the uninterrupted power supplies (UPSs) they provide to their customers. The UPSs have network controller cards and software, but are not IoT-ready or equipped for monitoring on an estate-wide basis.
4energy were asked to provide technology that could:
Allow them to monitor all of their customers’ UPSs from a central HQ (via Internet)
Connect to UPSs via local networks
Display estate-wide data on a user-friendly, central IoT platform
Allow users to drill-down into specific data as needed
Raise alarms if there are problems with the UPSs
Generate regular reports on the status of the UPSs.
To meet this challenge, we used our SMARTset software IoT platform, and fitted SMARTstation Pi devices to the UPSs. We use the SMARTstation Pi’s to transform the ‘dumb’ UPSs into ‘smart’ IoT-ready devices.
4energy make dumb devices Smart and deliver an IoT platform
To make the ‘dumb’ UPSs more intelligent, we connected each UPS to a SMARTstation Pi via the local network. The SMARTstation Pi’s turn the UPSs into smart devices by providing processing power, communications access, and a version of SMARTset, 4energy’s monitoring and control software. We also fitted temperature and humidity sensors.
Next, we created a SMARTset instance in the cloud and configured it to:
Connect to the UPSs via the SMARTstation Pi’s (over the Internet)
Pull data from the UPSs into corresponding items in the SMARTset database
Display the UPS data on user customised dashboards
Raise alarms if it detects alarm conditions on the UPSs. The alarms are raised in SMARTset and can also trigger an alarm email or SMS report, or be sent to an external system
Generate regular reports of the UPSs’ status. The reports are generated as PDFs, but can also be set to Excel, CSV etc.
SMARTstation PI’s are connected to customer UPS sites and these connect to SMARTset in the cloud which is then accessed by HQ
Thanks to 4energy technology, our client now has the capability to monitor the UPSs it provides to its customers, all from a single display (dashboard). They can choose to show information about all of their UPS customers on a single dashboard, or they can have dashboards for smaller groups or individual customers. This is a great way to benchmark different, but similar sites, so that similar setups can be compared side-by-side and/or league tables.
But it’s not restricted to estate-wide data – our customers can drill down into the data for individual UPSs too. And as SMARTset is in the cloud, they can access the data from anywhere with an Internet connection, via smartphone, tablet, or desktop.
They also have the ability to raise alarms and generate reports based on the status of the UPSs, and can provide customers with a local view of their UPS data.
Information is the key to running your estate as efficiently as possible. Huge energy savings can be made by optimising your site, and costs can be reduced by being able to identify and respond to, problem areas quickly. Quite simply, the more information you have, the better equipped you are to reduce your energy bills.
With SMARTset, all of the information you need is available in one application, from estate-wide overviews to precise details about specific equipment. The data is measured and presented in real-time, via SMARTset’s wide variety of displays. These include heat maps, room layouts, graphs, charts, and reports, all of which make it easy to monitor every part of your estate at any level.
SMARTset as a Network Operating Centre
SMARTset allows you to view information about your estate at any level, and so can be used as a Network Operating cCentre (NOC). Whether you want an overview of a group of assets (data centres, cabins, street furniture, etc.) or specific information about one particular sensor, SMARTset makes it easy to access the information you need.
At the highest level, you can view a map of the locations of your sites. Information about each site is displayed in a side-panel.
Select the site circle, and SMARTset displays the Site dashboard, which provides more information about that specific site.
From the Site dashboard, you can access System and Room dashboards.
System dashboards provide you with information about electrical circuits, cooling or chiller water systems. The layout shows a schematic of the system, and if you select a sensor on the schematic, SMARTset presents information about that sensor in a pop-up.
Room dashboards include layout views of the rooms in your estate, and show the equipment in place. With temperature sensors in place, the room layouts act as heatmaps, making it easy to identify hot spots and cold spots. Do you need to ‘drill down’ further into the data? No problem – simply select a sensor on the layout and sensor data is shown in a pop-up.
Fast Access to Holistic Data via Dashboards
Layouts are just one way of presenting environmental data in SMARTset. You can also create customisable dashboards and add information widgets. There are many widgets available to choose from, including value widgets for monitoring the measurements of specific sensors, graph widgets, pie charts, weather widgets and much more.
You can customise the widgets too, so that your dashboards present you with the precise information you need, in your preferred format. SMARTset can also generate reports, and again, these can be customised to provide you with the information you need to run your estate effectively either on-demand or delivered to you on a schedule.
Discover the Power of Visibility with SMARTset
The more information you have about your estate, the easier it becomes to manage. SMARTset offers quick and easy access to data at all levels, and includes visualisation tools that makes it easier than ever to identify areas for improvement. To find out more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +44 (0)115 922 8751.