In order to improve your business performance, you need to fully understand your assets and how they can best work for you. As the world becomes ever more digitised and data-driven, buildings are able to be ‘managed’ so that they perform better.
The Internet of Things (IoT) extends internet connectivity into physical devices and everyday objects. Such digitalisation means that devices and objects e.g. buildings, produce data, which can be interpreted to better understand these inanimate things. Analysing and acting upon the data, in order to optimise performance, is a cornerstone of building management. Effective building management can help reduce energy usage, improve wellbeing, help the environment and create better working spaces – all of which are good for business.
As ever more data and interconnectivity become available, we look at some of the different products developed by SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions, with a particular focus on their benefits for public sector businesses.
Business Energy Intelligence
Business Energy Intelligence (BEI) from SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions provides companies with a very visual and clear overview of how one, or a series of buildings, are performing. It helps to show their energy usage, spot trends and identify wastage across multiple utilities. Afterall, only when businesses understand their energy usage will they be able to change habits and cut costs. One advantage BEI offers are its user-friendly interface, and ease of customer journey. Customers can operate the system just as well as engineers.
That’s not to say the system is simplistic. Whilst most building management platforms simply monitor electricity and gas, BEI can include data on water consumption, the performance of company vehicles and also factor in energy generation. It’s proven to work well across virtually any industry and can be used for a single building or a multi-site organisation with properties across the whole country.
The challenge BEI presents are in translating the data into actionable insights. SSE offer a BEI managed service to help companies that lack the time or resources to go onto their service and manage it. SSE can take on that role – interpreting the data and providing options on how to cut costs.
Another SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions’ development in this exciting arena is, Remote Optimal (RO). RO is a suite of programs that works to gather data showing how energy is used at different sites. It is designed to ensure that every piece of building equipment runs as efficiently and effectively as possible.
The key difference between RO and BEI is the level of connectivity. Where BEI offers customers a comprehensive overview of their energy usage, RO offers the same but also integrates with other building systems. It can, for example, connect to escalators, air conditioning units, CCTV systems, electric blinds, alarms – just about anything that consumes energy. Once connected, it will be able to turn these systems off and on, controlling their energy use in order to save money – at any time, and from anywhere.
Remote Optimal’s capabilities lend itself to the optimisation of bigger, more complex estates with multiple sites. For example; large indoor shopping centres, hospitals and hotel chains. RO is so sophisticated that it can even link to an online hotel booking system – turning amenities on and off in accordance with whether or not a room has been booked out. This is made possible by the fact that RO provides real time information.
As an open-source platform, RO places a considerable emphasis on collaboration. Like-minded systems should easily be able to link with it. Interpreting the data can also be collaborative. Anyone using RO will have access to its dashboard, and so can monitor the system – or SSE will analyse the energy consumption data and report back.
Benefits for the Public Sector
Considering whether BEI or RO is right for your organisation doesn’t necessarily need to be a choice as both systems are designed to complement one another. BEI provides a simple interface for easy monitoring, and RO the level of access needed to control any site.
With their promise to optimise the performance of your building, both systems’ key objective is to reduce energy wastage and therefore cut energy bills. A bonus for any organisation, but particularly those working to tight budget frameworks.
RO operates with a bureau system, which means that a number of energy experts, consultants and engineers have access to the data on a remote basis. A variety of specialists fixing and monitoring things remotely not only cuts costs, but can be vital for institutions like hospitals, which rely on their buildings performing, without fail, around the clock.
The flexible way that both systems operate makes them ideal for the public sector where organisations rarely fit regular structures or models. Both BEI and RO are completely bespoke so provide a tailored service to suit your needs.
See for Yourself
For all the benefits listed here, the easiest way to understand the difference that BEI or RO could make to your business is to witness the capabilities in person. There will be live demonstrations of both systems at the forthcoming Public Sector Energy Event. Come along to see what they can do and find out more.