6 Must-Haves for Every Climate Action Plan

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Tranquil forest scene with sunlight beaming through the trees climate action plan

Time is ticking as the journey to Net Zero by 2050 continues.

Leading companies worldwide are undertaking key government initiatives to reach the much-needed Net Zero emissions standard within the next three years. 

While it’s certainly a challenge for many industries, the time is now to buckle down and focus on saving the planet. 

The best time to start this push was twenty years ago, but the next best time is today. We’re already seeing an increase in extreme weather patterns and abnormal temperatures related to climate change, and even with direct action, the prognosis for the climate’s stability looks grim.

The good news is that with a coordinated effort and integration of the new technologies developed daily, we may be able to interrupt the runaway effects of climate change. 

Now more than ever, we need plans to keep us on track and guide our progress toward a brighter future.

6 Must-Haves for Every Climate Action Plan

Different Aspects of Climate Action Plan

Starting to prepare your business for the changing future? Here’s how to best create a climate action plan.

1. Determining the lay of the land

The first step in good planning is to assess current challenges and opportunities. 

Just by going through the process of fully understanding your circumstances, you will likely identify several climate-adjacent issues. Once you have an inventory and the most appropriate targets, it’s time to create relevant goals.

Countries and governments worldwide have already gone through this process and – after investigating established standards – committed in some fashion to Net Zero by 2050. 

This commitment means that, after calculating the emissions output of their ongoing projects and infrastructure and those derived from anticipated growth, they are determined to cut down or offset those emissions.

While Net Zero is a good goal, it’s more important that your climate action plan reflects your organization’s capacity to adapt to greener strategies and technologies. 

There are a wide variety of options, whether it’s becoming 100% powered by renewable energy or using established market mechanisms like carbon credits and offsets to reduce your total impact.

2. Switching to renewable energy

Renewable energy has shed its skin of high upfront and overall costs. Some renewable sources have become cheaper to produce energy from than comparative fossil fuels –  particularly wind and solar. 

Clean energy itself is seeing significant growth and change as organizations of all shapes and sizes commit to and begin to work toward sustainable, environmentally conscious operations.

Switching to renewable energy sources is paramount to creating a significant and long-lasting impact on business-related carbon emissions from all sources. 

According to recent estimates, the cumulative economic effect of achieving climate-related goals for 2050 would reach over $160 trillion.

3. Swap out legacy energy guzzlers

As an organization with widespread sites or large surface areas, you’ll be no stranger to a hefty electricity bill. One of the biggest culprits of energy waste and loss is aging and unoptimized equipment.

One of the first steps in this process of fighting both climate change and your bills is swapping out standard or halogen lights and bulbs with an LED alternative. Between the reduction in energy use, and heat needed to dissipate from the lights themselves, there are multiple vectors to save on energy use here. 

However, this process goes beyond swapping out lightbulbs. Improperly sized or outdated generators and backup batteries, aging HVAC systems, and other equipment all take away from potential energy efficiency and savings.

4. Start monitoring energy usage

Beyond just swapping out old light bulbs and energy equipment, these new and old assets must be actively monitored to ensure they perform as expected. 

Overarching visibility over your organization’s local and remote energy use and carbon emissions is critical to creating an effective climate action plan.

This also includes establishing thresholds with alerts attached to unexpected behavior or potential malfunctions that could be detected ahead of time and mitigated. 

Monitoring assets improves the performance, alerts you to any issues, and adjusts the output energy saving levels.

5. Optimizing current storage

The optimum temperature for most data centers is around 23°C or 66°F. However, to maintain a safe margin, the temperature is often kept around 19°C. 

As long as conditions are well-maintained, every 1°C increase in overall ambient temperature can reduce 8 to 9% of an organization’s energy costs

In addition, reorganizing your aisles to be staggered between hot and cool can save up to 40% on HVAC system energy use. 

6. Step into digital

In 2022, it’s time to embrace all things digital

With apps, websites, and software to help you stay on track, there’s no need for it to be done on paper. 

So much of daily office tasks and data tracking can be accomplished faster and more effectively while reducing the environmental impact by moving to online platforms.

Digitalization reduces paper waste which accounts for 70% of total waste produced in offices in the US, but it also increases consistency and accuracy with information and data tracked in one system rather than multiple pieces of paper that can easily go missing.

Why do companies need a climate action plan?

Climate change is here, and it’s here to stay if we don’t do anything about it. Our loved ones, countries, societies, and economies are all at the mercy of wherever the local climate ends up. 

But, what does this specifically mean for business? 

Developing a climate action plan is the best way to strategize your business’ future. Consider your  goals, a budget for increased expenses in the short term, and the need to update infrastructure.

If you deal with technology that relies on batteries or computers, your HVAC bill may increase dramatically. 

Whatever local weather patterns exist today, prepare your buildings to withstand the rise of more extreme storms and temperatures.

If your local grid is unreliable or outdated, you must have a reliable backup power source.

While the climate action plan will help you to put your best foot forward, your consumers will also be taking note.

Future customers will look for environmental consciousness in the businesses they frequent. 

By seeing your climate action plan or visible steps, they can easily know the business they frequent is taking the necessary steps to combat climate change.

What are the benefits of having a climate action plan?

Having a climate action plan can benefit any organization in various ways. And establishing and following these climate goals can:

  • Reduce your environmental impact in tangible ways that benefit your customers or community
  • Encourage oversight and optimizations that lower the cost associated with energy consumption
  • Improve your sustainability image and encourage participation from customers or shareholders
  • Keep your company up to date with the latest environmental regulations

A climate action plan is a great way to stay organized for the economic apocalypse of the coming decades. 

It will keep you accountable and on track with goals critical to your business’s survival. And it tells your customers that you’re prepared to weather the storm.

At the very least, your efforts to balance or reduce your emissions will immediately benefit your local environment.

How Galooli helps your mission towards Net Zero

Now that you know what to include in your climate action plan, it’s time to figure out how you can achieve your goals. 

With Galooli’s remote monitoring software and platform, you can take charge of your data and make it work for you. 

Our solutions seamlessly connect to your energy assets to help manage the intricacies of dealing with precise systems in an increasingly unpredictable and hostile environment. 

We can also track your emissions and tell you how much you can save through optimizations and integrating renewable technology. 

Let’s start working together to put a dent in climate change and your emissions.

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5 Ways to Optimize Your Collocated Facility’s Operations

You’re a collocated facility operator.

You provide space, equipment and bandwidth to multiple organizations, all of whom have their own needs. Periodic checks usually keep everything running, but what happens when a malfunction occurs that isn’t site-wide, but client-specific?

What happens when you have inconsistencies in billing, and clients are unhappy with the service they are being provided? How can you ensure each client can have ready access to live and historic performance indicators regarding their usage of things like energy and network capacity? What if there is an issue specific to one client, but your alarms are set up to alert you over site-wide malfunctions?

These are just some of the challenges that collocated facilities face when effectively and transparently dealing with multiple clients in one space.

First, let’s go over briefly what colocation is, and what kind of buildings can be considered collocated.

What is Colocation?

Collocated data center with each client seperated by secure metal mesh cages
Source: Smart Data Center Insights

A colocation facility, colo, or “carrier hotel” is any facility where an organization can rent space and/or network equipment instead of maintaining their own. These facilities are often relied upon by multiple other organizations at the same time, each with its own needs and challenges.

Generally, this includes the space, HVAC, energy, and network bandwidth, along with the physical security of the physical building itself. On the customer side, they usually provide their own servers and storage and lease the space on an individual rack, cabinet, cage, or room basis.

Which buildings are collocated?

Primarily, collocated facilities are data centers, where multiple enterprises rent out server space to host their products and services. However, colocation goes beyond just the traditional data centers. Telecom base stations are another very popular facility for collocated entities, where multiple service providers rely on a single cell site.

Another more recent area where colocation can be considered is “smart”, technology-driven construction. Newer buildings often come fully equipped with sensors and management tools to keep track of equipment, and individual units’ activities. Though these buildings do not fit the traditional mold of collocated facilities, integrated technologies allow managers to make billing more accurate, and identify problematic assets for investigation remotely.

What are the benefits of colocation?

Diagram of Colocation pros and cons

Colocation is an attractive solution for nearly any organization looking for cost-effective solutions to their networking and hosting needs. As with most things in business, one of the greatest benefits of colocation is the bottom line, or put more simply, saving money.

First and foremost, collocated facilities provide HVAC, energy, and connectivity that provide an uninterrupted connection. These aspects of these facilities would be extremely expensive for a private organization to duplicate just for their needs. Therefore, the reliability and performance of collocated facilities cannot be understated, as they save in space, personnel, and equipment costs.

In addition, colocation provides a wealth of other benefits, including:

  • Comprehensive physical and cyber security
  • Dedicated maintenance and support staff
  • Scalability of space and bandwidth as necessary
  • Data and Energy redundancies to maintain continuity in the case of breaches or disasters
  • Stable network connectivity and expansion capabilities as needed

This also includes being able to monitor and identify sources of wasted energy, inefficiencies, or potential malfunctions that could occur, and remedy them accordingly, often remotely. Remote monitoring solutions also take the guesswork out of smart metering and billing, and provide clients with clear data and trends in their usage.

With the benefits involved in collocated facilities, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention some of the challenges with colocation as well.

What are the energy challenges of colocation?

Colocation is not only a solution, it can also be a daunting challenge, both for the facility operators and clients themselves. There are many factors that are affecting the colocation market as we speak, especially in terms of the economics.

When you have multiple clients hosted at a single location, accuracy in terms of utility and equipment usage is key. The last thing you want is a dispute on a disputed energy bill, and this can also be the other way where operators are undercharging.

Tracking the relative usage of different clients makes this even more complex and murky, which is why remote monitoring solutions are critical to efficiently managing multiple remote clients. It is also difficult sometimes to separate between issues that affect the entire site, and those that are client-specific, causing some of these issues on both sides to fall through the cracks.

When you are dealing with clients collocated at the same facility, they have varying energy and networking needs, and those need to be considered and accounted for when calculating use. Part of this is ensuring the energy assets themselves are performing as they should and detecting any inconsistencies as soon as possible.

Lastly, a client’s utility usage is rarely static and often has several peaks and troughs throughout the day. For that reason, these facilities need to be capable of managing and maintaining their clients’ individual power needs and keep their power availability consistent regardless of the load on the site or assets themselves.

5 ways to use collocated alarms and metering to optimize your operations

Galooli provides a remote monitoring solution with the capability to help site operators and managers track facilities’ utility usage, especially energy consumption. We have expanded the capabilities of our monitoring and alarm features and can now provide individualized alarms for collocated sites on a client-by-client basis.

1. Monitor for each voltage and current live

First and foremost, it is critical for site managers to have visibility over the facility and the remote assets operating within. This traditionally happens through periodic site visits, but can be done remotely, and for entire networks of sites and assets instead of singular locations. This includes a live view of the status of these facilities and access to performance data from that moment.

2. Designate thresholds and alarms on a client-by-client basis

Normally, alarms are set for specific pieces of equipment on a site-wide basis, based on performance thresholds set by the operator. Now we can establish thresholds and corresponding alarms for collocated facilities, that can be created according to the needs of each client.

3. Identify issues traditional site monitoring miss

While it is crucial to determine if a remote site is operating properly, what if it is isolated to a specific client? Site operators need the ability to immediately alert a client to malfunctions or inefficiencies related specifically to them, like spikes in energy usage or other power KPIs. Our Alarm Fields help distinguish site-wide and client-specific issues so operators can notify the affected parties accordingly.

4. Remove inaccuracies from murky billing practices

LCOE is a calculation used to assess the relative cost of energy-generating technologies. This metric determines the lifetime costs for energy supply according to usage scale, location, and type of energy. That includes the cost per unit of energy generated and the installation costs involved in a similar ratio.

5. Improve transparency with clients

Your clients deserve the best service and support from facility operators and managers, and that starts with transparency. Having live and historical performance and usage information available gives clients the clarity and confidence that everything is as it should be. This in turn provides better overall service, removes areas for disagreement, and strengthens brand trust.

All of these factors boil down to a significant reduction in operational costs, and the removal of the necessity for periodic and regular onsite visits to troubleshoot issues. These remote capabilities further reduces costs, provides autonomy to site managers, and in the case of sites in hazardous areas, protects technicians from unnecessary risk.

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What is Energy Digitalization?

Digitalization is the process by which ICT solutions permeate into the entire economy and daily life. This advent has brought reams of data, leaps forward in data analytics, and higher levels of interconnectivity between people, devices, and machines than ever before.

There is an enormous opportunity to transform society into a more digital, intuitive world, but as the population grows and technology innovates further, energy consumption is rising accordingly.

The world will consume approximately 580 million terajoules of energy in 2022, or about the equivalent of 13.9 billion tons of oil equivalents. While renewable energy is getting cheaper and investment is growing at a rapid pace, it still pales when compared to the world’s reliance on fossil fuels.

In order to help facilitate a more rapid transition and change to cleaner energies and optimize humankind’s current use, the energy sector needs to modernize.

Enter energy digitalization.

What is energy digitalization?

Source: International Energy Agency

There is a digital transformation in the energy industry taking place. As the industrial, commercial, and private sectors come to terms with the reality that how we source and use energy needs to change, digital technologies will lead the way in finding ways to be more efficient with their consumption.

Energy digitalization is the transformation of the energy sector and energy use in general from traditional manual and binary processes to intelligent remote controls, monitoring, and management.

These digital energy transformations will take static data like utility bills and turn them into actionable insights with that information to reduce energy costs and identify peak usage times to control energy network load. It can also help providers make better, data-centered business decisions and shift their business model according to these insights.

The key to energy digitalization is the introduction of communications equipment and capabilities to analog machinery. From remote monitoring to predictive maintenance and threshold alerts and even remotely controlling assets remotely from an office, these technologies have a wealth of potential.

For telecom and data center operators and service providers using these facilities, they need to determine where their energy pain points lie to stop wasteful energy spending. This includes energy assets operating improperly or when unneeded, wasted power, and which sites are polluting the most, among other energy KPIs.

Why is energy digitalization important?

The multiple benefits that energy digitalization provides to multiple sectors
Source: Gov.uk

Energy digitalization’s impact can be felt across nearly every sector of industry and society. Digital innovations in the energy sector could save over $80 billion annually up through 2040 from reduced downtime and outages, improved power network efficiency, and extended asset lifetime and warranty.

One of the largest areas that can be improved is buildings and their construction, which are responsible for nearly a third of global energy consumption and 15% of CO2 emissions. If the world wants to meet its carbon neutrality goals by 2050, every new building and one-fifth of every old building standing today would need to be “Net-Zero ready” by just 2030.

This is driven by increased energy access in developing countries and skyrocketing demand for air conditioning in warmer climates. The introduction of digital technologies has the potential to reduce this energy use by 10 percent over the next 16 years.

How can we digitalize our energy?

There are many steps and areas that need to be involved in the process of transforming the energy industry and energy use to meet our ambitious climate goals and start eliminating wasted energy. We’ve collected some of the primary aspects that will be pivotal in implementing smart energy infrastructure and use.

In order to bring global energy use into the smart and modern age, some stakeholders and sectors are critical in that process. Many more vectors require changes to be made to them, but these are the most significant of them.

Sectors

Energy Sourcing

One of the most critical changes for energy digitalization to become widespread is a seismic shift towards clean and renewable energy sources and away from fossil fuels. By their very nature, renewable energy sources are interlinked with digital energy technologies, without which they would not be able to be used.

For energy digitalization to occur, we need to shift as fast and wide as we can to phase out fossil fuel use wherever possible. Recently, renewable energy sources have become even cheaper than fossil fuels both in terms of upfront and long-term costs, making this goal more achievable than ever.

Energy Infrastructure

We need to introduce millions of units of digital energy and carbon-efficient technologies, including solar panels and other renewable infrastructure, and backup energy storage, to the global energy network. One of the most significant barriers to the effective harnessing of renewables is a lack of capacity and proper connections from generation sources to sufficient storage equipment to handle it.

Live monitoring of these assets is also critical to ensure you maximize their collection capabilities and take into account geographic and weather data to optimize their usage further.

This also includes having the necessary resources in place to properly monitor existing fossil fuel-based energy assets, ensuring they are used as little as possible and only when necessary. Though we can’t simply give up fossil fuels, we can make their use significantly more efficient or even use them to charge energy storage devices instead of directly powering sites and facilities.

Stakeholders

Consumers

Consumers are the core of any successful strategy to modernize the world’s energy use. Accurate information regarding tariffs and services will help them reduce costs while being carbon conscious. Energy digitalization will also bring the advent of private individuals entering the energy market, selling their surplus from private solar or wind infrastructure to the grid. They will also be able to track peak use times and adjust their energy purchasing to focus on cheaper times of the day.

Energy Providers

Energy providers will need to make sweeping changes to their systems and management with the advent of private individuals, entities, and independent energy projects like microgrids. They will need to introduce tools that can intelligently track and predict energy load ebbs and flows and automate a wide range of traditionally manual and time-consuming processes like periodic site checks.

The system will also need to be effectively reactive to the sudden power supply and demand spikes, which could create price fluctuations and energy network instability. Most of all, these processes and assets must be tracked with live performance monitoring and predictive alerts to prevent potential maintenance or power supply outages.

9 Smart Building Technologies for Optimal Energy Usage

Did you know residential and commercial buildings comprise nearly 60% of the world’s electricity consumption? Including over one-third of greenhouse gas emissions?

Moreover, these numbers are growing at a rapid rate. To lower greenhouse gasses and to prevent the threat of climate change, smart buildings and available technologies are needed more than ever before.

By 2030, the smart buildings sector is expected to reach $78.2 billion, doubling from 2022. Over 115 million smart buildings will be complete and in use by 2026.

Let’s look at what smart building technologies are and why they’re proving vital in 2022.

What are Smart Building Technologies?

Smart building technologies are any IoT-based solutions, including software, hardware, and connectivity used to remotely monitor and manage energy, HVAC, lighting, and security assets.

Unlike traditional building management, which requires onsite visits to diagnose and remedy issues, these innovations provide organizations an intuitive look into their building operations from afar.

Most smart buildings are designed from the ground up, with digital systems that can collect raw data and organize it to track trends and identify potential malfunctions.

These systems drastically improve energy and utility efficiency while reducing wasteful or unnecessary usage and carbon emissions.

How do Smart Building Technologies improve efficiency?

A chart detailing the various use cases and improvements that smart building technologies provide

Knowledge is power, but most buildings are still stuck running on an analog system where insights can only be discovered by physically inspecting each individual asset. This leaves ample room for inefficiencies, wasted energy and cooling, and needless carbon emissions.

Introducing smart building technologies like clean energy-based heating pumps could reduce carbon emissions by 9% annually.

Efficiency-optimized smart buildings are estimated to save around $18 billion in energy costs and 80 million tons of CO2 by 2030.

It’s not just the carbon emissions and costs that are lowered with the introduction of smart building technologies; they also:

  • Provide in-depth insights into energy, utility, and HVAC usage
  • Help quickly identify potential malfunctions or areas for optimization
  • Provide actionable insights into operations to help make data-driven decisions based on live usage
  • Automate many analog processes making management more straightforward and effective
  • Deliver significantly more accurate usage tracking and identify places for improving operations

Smart building technologies improve building managers’ visibility, provide insights into which assets need to be optimized, and can determine why malfunctions occur.

By actively monitoring energy assets and other machinery, these issues can be detected as they happen, and alerts sent to relevant stakeholders to mitigate the problem.

These technologies help with accurate billing when multiple tenants are involved, as smart meters can streamline the billing process, ensuring tenants pay correctly with usage attributed to the correct unit.

9 Smart Building Technologies for Optimal Energy Usage

With the importance of smart building technologies for efficiency and conscious energy use out of the way, let’s look at some of the best technologies and solutions to help you achieve these goals.

1. Internet of Things (IoT)

Diagram of the different smart technologies that are included within the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) relates to any network-connected technologies that help analog assets provide data and insights into their operations. From light bulbs to generators to entire buildings, IoT technologies are an inseparable element of any smart building.

Without this connectivity, there would be no way to accurately track various assets’ performance and tenants’ utility usage nor mitigate potential malfunctions without being onsite. 

IoT solutions simplify a wide variety of traditionally hands-on tasks that saves building managers time and money while helping them maintain access and visibility over their buildings and assets.

2. Smart Sensors

An integral part of IoT technologies is smart sensors which connect with remote assets and sites to retrieve information to be organized and analyzed. From asset monitoring to remote access and security controls, smart sensors provide a litany of functionalities that streamline building management.

Smart sensors can help accurately track colocated tenants’ utility usage and even determine the health and stability of the building itself.

3. Remote Monitoring Solutions

Galooli's Remote monitoring solution with an example of the energy management and monitoring dashboard

All the technology and connectivity in the world won’t make a difference to your bottom line if you have no way to actively monitor your building(s) and assets.

Remote monitoring solutions like Galooli provide overarching visibility while establishing performance thresholds attached to alerts whenever they are crossed.

This lowers costs as work can be done away from the site, saving on resources and contractors. It’s particularly beneficial for those with hard-to-reach locations.

4. Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are transforming organizations’ capabilities to delve into their operations to detect trends and areas for improvement on all levels.

These algorithms take insights one step further by considering potential scenarios or future issues that could arise and provide the alert needed to remedy or address them ahead of time.

AI is an intrinsic part of building a “digital twin” of your buildings, using mass quantities of data to develop a digital model to run scenarios and simulations to optimize operations further.

5. Aerial Drones

Aerial drone with a backdrop of buildings

Another challenge to successful business management is accessibility. Some issues cannot be easily or safely reached by managers or technical and maintenance staff and require machines or remote platforms to diagnose and even remedy such situations.

Fortunately, aerial drones have grown beyond cinematography and hobbyists and can be deployed in industrial and commercial applications. Beyond identifying and gathering information, drones can be used for security and surveillance and connected to a phone to track footage in real-time and examine data feeds.

6. Lighting

Modern advanced lighting controls use nearly 45% less energy than their analog counterparts.

With smart lighting solutions, they can keep track of room occupancy, locate items quickly, and track power consumption. 

Smart lighting can also take variables, like available natural light, and adjust for certain times of day, like waking up and going to sleep.

7. Ultra-efficient Heat Pumps

Diagram of the function of efficient heat pumps as compared to traditional HVAC equipment

Heat pump systems are a relative newcomer to the HVAC sector and have replaced traditional fossil-fuel-reliant heating and cooling systems with smart, electrified heating and cooling. They can move around liquid refrigerants or heat to where it is needed, and through this, energy consumption can be reduced by 50% compared to conventional HVACs.

These efficiency-first pumps help building managers maintain temperature controls on a room-by-room basis, with the ability to change each on demand. 

When integrated with AI modeling, these pumps can use historical and live data to predict heating and cooling use and automatically adjust the temperature accordingly.

8. Plug Loads

Buildings must have the electric flexibility to power and handle multiple types of equipment throughout the building. From laptops and phone chargers to office equipment and building infrastructure, each device has its own energy requirements that must be met.

Smart plug load controllers can access any and all sensors related to energy use and load and cut power to any devices or machinery running unnecessarily. 

Introducing smart plug load sensors can reduce related energy consumption and some can even detect secondary connected devices, like in the case of devices connected via UPS or power strip.

9. Reflective Roofing

Reflective cool roof deployed and monitored in India

Roofing may seem like a redundant space in smart tech, but not anymore.

Traditionally, roofs are sealed with tar or similar compound that seals the building from the elements. But, that sealant also absorbs a great deal of sunlight, and that thermal energy needs to be dispersed.

Cool roofs are metal coated with materials containing pigments that reflect sunlight and absorb significantly less heat than regular roofs. This, in turn, lowers the overall temperature of the building and reduces the need for additional HVAC and overall energy usage.

In addition, buildings are installing solar panels on their roofs to harness, instead of absorbing or reflecting solar energy.

Take Back Control of Your Building’s Operations

Buildings are getting smarter, and managers would do well to hop on the trend and start integrating intelligent building technologies into their operations plan.

Though the world is still heavily reliant on older, unoptimized buildings, smart buildings are trending upward as we become a much more digitally connected world.

The potential to minimize wasted energy while improving building energy efficiency and carbon footprint is enormous, with many innovations focused on achieving this.

Along with creating a more customized and responsive experience for managers, these technologies will remove the need for onsite visits, automate analog processes, and save on operations and energy costs. If you want to transform your building operations while eliminating wasted energy, learn more here.

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Top 9 Remote Monitoring Tools for 2022

The energy management industry is growing at breakneck speed. By 2022, the market is expected to reach nearly $10bn in 2022 and grow another 600% by 2029.

The world’s energy needs are rapidly growing, and power is critical to sustaining the world around us. This has made it more important than ever for organizations to actively track their energy consumption.

Many organizations have employed remote energy management solutions connecting energy assets, remote sites, and facilities to collect data and establish trends. This information is used using AI algorithms and thresholds to optimize energy usage and maintain equipment.

Before diving into some of the top remote site monitoring tools available, let’s review what remote monitoring is and how it works.

What is remote monitoring?

Simply put, remote monitoring is the process of using a combination of hardware and software to track key metrics and the overall performance of remote assets. The hardware includes customizable IoT-enabled sensors that track relevant data like Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) that collect and sort the information.

Remote site monitoring tools can process the input from this collection of tools to produce an accessible dashboard of trends, updates, and alerts. Popular monitoring targets include energy consumption, equipment functionality, network status, and operational expenses.

Why is remote monitoring beneficial?

There are numerous ways remote site monitoring tools enhance asset oversight and optimization. 

Some of these include:

  • More accessibility to remote assets
  • Overarching visibility of remote sites and assets
  • Reduced operational costs for maintenance, travel, and energy
  • Knowledge is power – remote monitoring gathers vital performance metrics

Remote site monitoring tools are adept at mitigating maintenance delays and sudden failures with preemptive alerts. These tools provide a popular solution for companies with so many assets and sites that it is uneconomical or simply impossible to manage with employees alone. 

These tools can monitor inaccessible sites, benefitting those with a hard-to-reach geographical location or a lack of available staff. 

Another primary use of remote monitoring is allowing businesses to track their power consumption more effectively. Knowing where your systems are leaking energy, overused, or mismanaged is critical in reducing operational expenses. 

This energy can sometimes be redistributed to improve support for other systems. If the energy is truly unnecessary, cutting back on use reduces your carbon footprint and increases the sustainability of your operations.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

Solarwinds NPM remote monitoring solution interface

SolarWinds NPM provides a comprehensive remote network monitoring tool designed to help troubleshoot issues like outages and delays. They provide in-depth analytics into network performance and track spikes to identify potential problems for remediation.

One user highlighted that “we can easily view uptime graphs, receive alerts, and even SNMP traps or Syslogs” by using SolarWinds NPM.

Pros:

  • Provides an in-depth look at remote network performance
  • Visuals provide clear breakdowns of relevant network metrics

Cons:

  • Isn’t able to monitor asset performance and energy consumption
  • Lacks remote controls to mitigate further damage in the case of outages
  • Limited to only networks and not other industrial facilities and sites

Price: Upon request

Galooli

Galooli offers a premier remote energy monitoring solution. We provide a comprehensive, agnostic remote energy asset monitoring platform for ICT entities, industrial facilities, commercial buildings, and more.

Galooli’s live monitoring of assets and KPIs lets us generate actionable insights to help stakeholders optimize their remote site operations. Our RMM platform provides a comprehensive view of your entire web of assets and notifies you of any excess drain on your resources.

Our solution offers visibility of various assets, from generators and batteries to door alarms and aviation lights. This improved oversight reduces incident response times and enables predictive maintenance, reducing operational costs and speeding up remediation and update time.

One client summed it up when they said, “Galooli Smart Site Management provides users with efficient and smart remote management solutions of their connected assets.”

Pros

  • Monitors assets remotely, providing live alerts to glitches or events outside thresholds
  • Agnostic solutions integrate with existing and proprietary hardware or via the cloud
  • Detailed visually engaging dashboards provide focused single asset and site and network-wide breakdowns
  • Provides actionable insights based on machine learning AI and valuable KPIs
  • Periodic customized reports and historical and live data-based actionable insights

Price: Upon Request

Essential Control

Essential Control is an all-in-one platform that includes remote monitoring, management, and control of remote assets and sites. The solution specializes in building management, but it’s just as relevant for utilities. Essential Control is available in a wired and wireless sensor format, depending on the needs of the specific building and organization.

Pros:

  • Works on carbon emissions and energy costs in one
  • Extends the lifetime of remote energy assets

Cons:

  • Support is not always available despite being advertised as having off-hours as well
  • Focused more on the 

Price: Upon request

Rayleigh

Rayleigh Connect Energy Monitoring

Rayleigh Connect is a cloud-based energy monitoring solution on both web and mobile that is designed to monitor smart sensors for utilities. They have no upfront charges besides minimal hosting fees, and data can be transferred from up to 4 kilometers away. The system is mainly targeted towards landlords managing several properties simultaneously.

Pros:

  • An in-depth look on a piece by piece and per building at energy and utility usage
  • Visual interface clearly distinguishes between KPIs

Cons:

  • Requires a specific RTU (RS485) to function
  • Limited range for data transfer

Price: Upon request

Hark

Hark is a subscription-based energy monitoring platform catered to utilities and energy managers. 

They focus on monitoring performance KPIs for energy assets in terms of production and the equipment itself. 

The solution supports a range of different connected sensors and provides streamlined data aggregation and energy assessment reports.

Pros:

  • Software is easy to use

Cons:

  •  Limited metrics available

Price: Upon request

Avnet

Avnet is a web and mobile-based smart energy monitoring solution that provides a real-time data stream via IoT sensors to monitor remote energy assets. They show advanced data analytics regarding energy usage and consumption while identifying saving opportunities. Avent also provides energy usage reports along with visualized consumption trends.

Pros:

  • Simple platform
  • Built-in configurations reduce implementation time

Cons:

  • Solutions designed more toward the hardware side rather than a centralized interface

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Dexma

Dexma DexCell is an energy intelligence-focused cloud platform with tools to measure, understand, analyze, and manage your energy consumption. They accurately time the monitoring of energy metrics and benchmarks to compare your organization’s and facility’s performance to industry standards. Dexma specializes in public facilities like banks, museums, supermarkets, schools, and health centers, to name a few.

One long-time user appreciated the passive consumption tracking, an area he said was “missed by many energy managers.”

Pros:

  • In-depth energy analytics
  • Interface is easy-to-use, and information is readily displayed

Cons:

  • Alert thresholds need to be created on a sensor-by-sensor basis
  • Slow platform, especially when accessed with an unstable network connection
  • Lacks remote functionalities in terms of automation

Price: Upon request

Opinum

Opinum is a data—centralized hub for energy and environmental KPIs. The platform is designed to show insights for environmental and energy stakeholders while aiding in streamlining their organization’s digital transformation. The solution is focused on large-scale public and private service companies, such as energy suppliers.

One reviewer appreciated that it was “very easy to transition from old tools to Opinum DataHub […] and greatly simplified my workflow.

Pros:

  • Flexible platform with a wealth of configuration options
  • Applicable to a variety of fields and organizations

Cons:

  • Interface needs updating
  • Functionalities are a bit lacking for some contemporary issues
  • Lack of a variety of graph visuals to choose from for reports

Price: Starts at €395.00/month

eSight

eSight is a scalable, utility-focused remote monitoring solution that helps track and analyze their energy use, cost, and sustainability footprint. 

They assist utilities in making data-driven choices and effectively managing their energy use and carbon emissions with relevant insights into performance.

Pros:

  • Simplified interface, very polished
  • Effectively identifies abnormalities in systems like HVAC

Cons:

  • Slow introduction of innovative technologies like IoT connectivity
  • Admin interface is challenging to navigate and dated compared to the express version
  • Lack of pre-built templates for reports

Price: Upon request

Keep a wary eye on your remote sites

Remote monitoring has many benefits for businesses, but knowing which is the right solution for your needs is tricky.

Depending on the type of equipment you want to check, and the available hardware, connecting your assets can be an expensive and time-consuming task. 

With Galooli’s agnostic technology, you can start optimizing your assets and energy usage without delay. It’s easy to use, quick to set up, and provides a plethora of remote monitoring information.

For more information on how Galooli can help reduce operation costs and provide overarching visibility of remote sites and assets, read more here.

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8 Best Commercial Energy Monitoring Systems

Trying to manage your organization’s energy use can be a daunting task. Still more difficult is effectively finding inefficiencies, prioritizing optimizations, and ensuring uptime is maintained.

Energy monitoring systems are an integral aspect of enterprises realizing their energy usage and sustainability-related operational goals. They help companies organize the overwhelming amount of data from their daily operations and use KPIs to monitor assets for any irregularities or possible optimizations.

Over time, this information builds a database of documentation that can lead to further improvements and insights that create opportunities for greater energy efficiency.

There are a wide array of solutions providing energy monitoring capabilities for various sectors, but how can you tell them apart?

First, let’s try to distinguish between energy monitoring and energy management.

What is the difference between Energy Monitoring and Energy Management Systems?​

Energy monitoring systems are a combination of hardware and software that track a variety of metrics and KPIs relevant to site efficiency. But, this is where the role of an EMS ends because although the monitoring tool might detect anomalies, it cannot mitigate them.

That’s where energy management systems come in. These solutions compound energy monitoring systems’ possible optimizations and efficiencies by providing direct remote access, management tools, and controls. Energy management also allows users to set up their organization’s preferred parameters and metrics like operating time, temperature limits, etc.

Now that we’ve established those differences let’s look at some of the benefits of energy monitoring systems.

What are the benefits of Energy Monitoring Systems? ​

Energy is the most critical factor in running most of modern society. Its importance has made the accessibility and affordability of power from national grids a high priority.

Despite those efforts, the costs of energy scale alarmingly fast for organizations and businesses that are responsible for many buildings and pieces of equipment. These costs can constitute as much as 50% of operational expenses in some sectors. 

So, the first step in taking control of your power use is increasing visibility with an energy monitoring system.

Using an EMS allows commercial enterprises to track their power consumption more effectively. Knowing where your systems are leaking energy, being overused, or are mismanaged is important for reducing operational expenses.

Wasted energy can potentially be reallocated to compensate for or expand the needs of other systems. If the energy is truly unnecessary, cutting back on use lowers the carbon footprint and improves the overall sustainability image of your operation. 

An EMS helps companies organize the overwhelming amount of data from their daily operations and uses KPIs to monitor assets for any irregularities or possible optimizations. Over time, this information can lead to further improvements and insights that create opportunities for greater energy efficiency.  

8 of the Best Commercial Energy Monitoring Systems

1. EnergyIP by Siemens

EnergyIP Energy Monitoring by Siemens

Siemens’ Energy IP is a utilities-focused energy monitoring solution that aims to keep customers ahead of an increasingly self-conscious energy market. They offer monitoring solutions for various targets, including devices, energy expenses, and overall power usage. 

EnergyIP provides a secure, scalable, and automated energy monitoring platform.

One customer specifically noted that “the program is easy to use and has been helpful” in their energy monitoring.

Pros

  •     Customer energy usage analytics
  •     Data management for error-free billing
  •     Easy to navigate platform

Cons

  •     Focuses on only the cost aspect of energy monitoring
  •     Sporadic loading issues with the software platform 

Price: Upon request

2. Galooli​

Galooli energy monitoring and management platform both on web and mobile platforms

Galooli is a leading innovator in remote energy monitoring and management. We provide a comprehensive, agnostic remote energy asset monitoring platform for ICT entities, industrial facilities, commercial buildings, and more.

Galooli provides live monitoring of energy assets and KPIs, discovering actionable insights to help stakeholders optimize their remote site operations. Our RMM platform provides a complete view of your entire site network and alerts you to the most costly and inefficient sites and assets.

Map overlay displaying number of assets with energy analytics visuals in the foreground

Our solution improves visibility across a broad array of assets, from generators and batteries to door alarms and aviation lights. This improved awareness shortens response times and enables predictive maintenance, reducing operational costs and speeding up remediation from weeks to days or even hours.

Pros

  •     The agnostic platform integrates with existing hardware or directly through the cloud
  •     Detailed visual dashboards focused on singular assets and performance overviews
  •     Self-optimized and automated with actionable insights based on machine learning AI
  •     Monitors assets remotely, providing live alerts to glitches or events outside thresholds
  •     Periodic customized reports and historical and live data-based actionable insights

Price: Upon Request

3. Kaizen Energy

Kaizen energy monitoring interface visualizations

Kaizen Energy is a SaaS energy solution that helps monitor and manage energy use for networks of buildings and facilities. They provide a platform to track energy use compared to established thresholds and help identify problematic sites within your network. They are focused on minimizing wasted energy and turning meter data into valuable insights.

One Kaizen customer appreciated the ability of their solution to “[Provide] us a deep process knowledge and helps to grow our carrier in [a] better way.”

Pros

  •     Performance data centralized on one platform
  •     Kaizen Fault Detection and Diagnostics

Cons

  •     Generic interface and reports
  •     Lack of ability to highlight specific sites and machinery onsite

Price: Upon request

4. Conservice ESG (formerly Goby)​

Goby Conservice ESG monitoring interface

Conservice ESG supports companies pursuing ethical investment standards with their cloud-based data aggregating service. 

They focus on sustainability reporting and standard compliance, using data to inform companies on their progress towards important ESG goals. 

The solution features an intuitive platform designed to streamline organization efforts in terms of ESG targets and provide an accurate metric measure of their performance.

Pros

  •     The recent acquisition of Goby combines utility monitoring with ESG monitoring and management
  •     Automates many traditionally manual processes
  •     Data-based insights provide OpEx savings

Cons

  •     Software limits some availability of data clients found necessary for their work
  •     Upfront implementation costs can be high 

Price: Upon Request

5. Energyly

Energyly commercial energy monitoring platform

Energyly is a web and mobile-based energy monitoring platform that provides real-time data and analytics focused on commercial energy usage to reduce costs. 

They are focused on the commercial, healthcare, and retail sector.

Energyly excels at helping customers identify energy wastage and become more aware of how they are using and purchasing it.

Pros

  •     Alerts the system when there are energy spikes
  •     IoT-based real-time energy use monitoring
  •     Simple installation can be completed in under 30 minutes

Cons

  •     Limited by design to monitor four or twelve machines
  •     Proprietary hardware required
  •     No KPI tracking beyond basic energy usage

Price: Upon request

6. RETScreen​

RETScreen Governmental energy monitoring interface

RETScreen is a bit of an outlier in this list due to its origins. It is a clean energy-focused monitoring tool sponsored by the Canadian government. 

They used advanced algorithms to collect data and assess energy projects for their potential to succeed and monitor their ongoing progress. 

One user, in particular, highlighted the “user interface and flow of information and its organization.” 

Pros

  •     In-depth insights KPIs like cost, usage, and emissions
  •     Simple and easy to use
  •     Detailed reports, including summaries

Cons

  •     Lacks advanced analytics for more technical reports
  •     Some users found the wealth of information overwhelming

Price: Upon Request

7. Autodesk Insights​

Autodesk Insights Project management platform

Autodesk Insights tackles inefficiency in building design from a completely different angle. 

The software provides architects with comprehensive simulations of their projects and pinpoints potential issues the analytics algorithm can detect. 

This ensures buildings by design are as efficient as possible from the ground up.

Pros

  •     Track building progress against established KPIs
  •     Discover insights into your building process and streamline it
  •     Revit integration to introduce energy models at every stage of the project

Cons

  •     Not a traditional energy monitoring solution
  •     Lacks any live monitoring or management capabilities beyond modeling
  •     Expensive 

Price: Upon Request

8. Pressac

Pressac SensorFact Energy monitoring platform

Sensorfact by Pressac provides smart energy monitoring solutions for modern buildings with easy to install sensors that operate battery-free. 

They monitor energy and utility use for commercial buildings in real-time, with wireless connectivity and easy scalability.

Pros

  •     Simple, battery-free installation
  •     Measures energy use on a facility, circuit, or by-machinery basis
  •     Supports Modbus and BACnet systems, among others

Cons

  •     Lacks a visual platform for energy monitoring
  •     Data inputted into a live-updated Google Sheet
  •     Sensors are pricey, especially if a building needs to install more than several

Price: Upon Request

Make energy use effective again

Though managing an organization’s energy consumption effectively is a multi-faceted, complex task, it is critical. One thing is for sure – energy monitoring systems are an integral part of that process.

Trying to pick and choose between different options is not easy. The most important thing is to find a tool that can address your needs, especially in terms of the size and complexity of your facilities.

Galooli’s agnostic energy monitoring and management platform can provide live remote monitoring and management of your sites and energy assets and sensors. This gives you complete visibility and control over your infrastructure – at all times.

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