ENTERPRISE INTERNET OF THINGS: 5 KEY THINGS TO CONSIDER
Lighting is an important piece of the energy plan puzzle, yet it is only one piece. A successful long-term energy plan is purposeful in its integration. An owner or manager will see more benefit in developing a complete energy management strategy rather than piecing one together bit by bit. Creating an entire system will require cooperation between IT and operations, and an infrastructure to support each additional system as it is added.
As environmental concerns increase, energy management regulations on businesses and corporations follow. A complete Enterprise IoT system ensures that each building is able to maintain its compliance with the standards. It makes sense to implement these changes all at once – either when a building is being built or when it is upgraded to save money in the long-term.
Energy standards are sure to become more stringent and energy efficiency will be a vital facilities management and IT investment to optimize operations and cost-saving opportunities.
According to Daintree Networks, a wired control system can be efficient, but wireless controls that allow all building systems to work together can bring as much as 70% energy savings across the board. Wireless controls transform a building into a connected, intelligent facility that responds automatically to various needs, has automated fault detection, and has centralized monitoring to enable the facility manager to have the maximum efficiency control.
Open standards allow the facility to upgrade and add new devices into the existing control system. Each additional device does not require a separate system to manage it. An E-IoT provider should work with the existing technology in a facility to develop a custom scenario that will best benefit the energy management strategy.
The data provided by E-IoT provides clear areas in which a facility may increase its operational efficiency. The information will allow a facility or energy manager to realize cost saving opportunities in areas such as peak energy usage, plug loads, or HVAC. Connected systems additionally allow increased efficiency through predictive maintenance.
There is a continual effort to make the most of the E-IoT using different building energy management systems (BEMS). BEMS analyzes and makes use of the data gathered in the facility which can be used to produce recommendations and solutions for cost-saving action. There is a continual effort to find better and easier ways to analyze and make use of the data gathered from the E-IoT systems.
There is great need to be well versed on the IT side of facility management. In considering a long-term energy management goal, cooperation and communication between IT and facility managers is essential. Involving IT will ensure that the E-IoT plans will work, that all security has been considered, and that backup plans are in place.
Business Insider estimates that the manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, and information sectors will invest the most in IoT systems and devices in the next five years. Manufacturers are currently the leading industry to use IoT devices and their total IoT investment will reach $140 billion over the next 5 years.
With low-cost solutions becoming more prevalent, the commercial and industrial E-IoT market is beginning to move out of the “early adopter” phase. With over 63% of global CEO’s expecting sustainability to transform their industry within the next five years, now is the time to incorporate E-IoT cost saving solutions into your energy management plans.