Entering the Clouds – A Guide to Cloud-Based Energy Monitoring

Cloud computing symbol overlaying interconnected nodes
Cloud computing symbol overlaying interconnected nodes

Cloud-based applications and services are being adopted at a breakneck pace.

As of 2022, half of the world’s corporate data is already stored in the cloud, and by 2025, over 200ZB of data will be stored virtually globally. Cloud technology is being integrated across practically every sector and vertical, bringing with it more streamlined operations and efficiency-focused automation.

These digital solutions are providing solutions to age-old problems with remaining connected to remote assets and sites. Before diving into that, let’s first address how cloud computing differs exactly from traditional server-based data storage and localized infrastructure.

Cloud computing vs. local servers – taking operations digital

Diagram depicting the differences between cloud-based computing and traditional servers
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As cloud technology becomes increasingly prevalent in every level of society, its use has become more commonplace in monitoring and managing remote assets and facilities.

Traditionally, connectivity had to be provided by some arrangement of servers located relatively close to the relevant assets or facilities. When those number in the thousands, or tens of thousands, that becomes a massive investment in infrastructure.

Moreover, gathering and organizing all that data requires some form of a centralized hub that can handle that volume of data and process it promptly, which is not always available.

For stakeholders, this means a need to physically reach each site and asset to glean any insight into their operations. This adds up to an untenable system for organizations with wide or even simple networks of facilities and assets.

Cloud-based applications and services have filled that gap, providing high-level remote data collection and processing capabilities without the need for excessive localized hardware and connected infrastructure.

Regarding energy-focused cloud solutions, there are a variety of unique advantages to transferring your remote monitoring and management to the cloud.

Making the most out of cloud-based energy monitoring

Cloud-based energy monitoring and management solutions provide a wealth of benefits over their statically placed predecessors.

Let’s dive into some of the more prominent examples.

Reduced development and operational costs

One of the most significant advantages of cloud-based energy monitoring is the cost reduction both from development and operations that stems from traditional energy monitoring. Without the necessity for servers in relative proximity to your sites and assets, costs are immediately reduced.

These cost reductions also extend to maximizing uptime and reducing maintenance by eliminating the need for technicians to be onsite to access or diagnose any issues that arise. Cloud-based systems can help you remotely prioritize the most worthwhile sites to focus on and ensure stakeholders are aware of those issues in real-time.

Turn dumb machinery smart

One of the greatest challenges to gaining valuable performance insights into your remote assets and sites is the simple fact that most of the machinery is dumb. That is, assets like generators and batteries have no built-in way to connect directly to any remote monitoring and management platform.

Cloud-based energy monitoring solutions use IoT-enabled sensors and simple mobile connectivity to bridge that gap and provide real-time access to performance data. Moreover, introducing a single sensor to an energy asset like a rectifier can provide all the necessary information without requiring extensive installation and hardware costs.

Flexible scalability

A primary advantage of cloud-based energy monitoring is the fact that you can freely expand your network or coverage of existing assets and facilities as needed. Due to the lack of local, physical infrastructure needed, no matter how remote or disconnected a site may be, cloud-based energy monitoring is possible.

Universal data access

As we mentioned before, a primary benefit of adopting cloud-based solutions is the removal of localized infrastructure. However, this goes far beyond cost saving. These solutions provide remote access to your remote facilities and assets’ performance data at any time, anywhere.

Cloud-based energy monitoring is accessible on practically any platform, whether a computer, tablet, or mobile device. This further reduces the need for onsite visits, streamlines operations, and ensures different individuals within an organization can collaborate and have immediate access to the same information.

Digital Contingency Plan

It’s great to have on-demand universal access to your remote performance data, but what if the worst were to occur, and there was a service outage? Cloud-based monitoring platforms also have contingency plans built in to protect your data and have ready backups with all your critical information to avoid an extended shutdown. If the same thing were to happen to a local server, there could be significant data loss, especially if backups are only done on a scheduled basis.

Bonus: keep personnel safe

Depending on the area in question, responding to a service outage at a remote site can go beyond inconvenience and enter the realm of personal safety. Due to the location of many of these sites, the areas surrounding them are less traveled and subsequently have less visibility. Certain groups take advantage of these challenges to steal assets like batteries, vandalize sites, and other acts of mischief and crime.

By using a cloud-based energy monitoring platform, these events can be discovered in real-time, not after the fact. In addition, many malfunctions can be diagnosed or further damage mitigated from the comfort of an office without needing a technician to arrive onsite. This can also give technicians more time to arrive on site safely and reduce the need for an immediate response.

Facing the challenges of cloud data security

One of the most daunting tasks facing any cloud-based application or service is the security and continuity of your organization’s internal and collected data. In theory, one of the distinct advantages of localized infrastructure is the ability to apply comprehensive security controls to those devices.

With virtualized cloud applications, the security controls reside with the cloud service provider. However, that doesn’t mean organizations are stuck relying on 3rd-party providers to secure their and their client’s data.

This is where ISO 27001 comes in.

It is the only internationally recognized information security management standard. Any ISO 27001-compliant organization will reduce the frequency of security audits, streamline information security guidelines and controls, and ensure your staff remains focused on keeping data secure.

The most significant benefit of ISO 27001 is that it provides a direct solution to clients’ and internal concerns about maintaining data security. This standard demonstrates your commitment and expertise in protecting that data and provides a significant competitive advantage.

This standard also provides a recognized framework to protect your organization’s reputation and remain compliant with data security requirements such as GPDR. The last thing you want is to be on the wrong side of data protection policies.

It’s time to turn your energy monitoring virtual

Galooli prides itself on holding ISO 27001 certification and full GPDR compliance in our effort to provide our clients with a secure, effective, and cloud-based energy monitoring solution. Our energy monitoring platform offers a flexible, scalable solution for real-time tracking of remote sites’ and energy assets’ performance.

With custom thresholds tied to live alerts sent to stakeholders, organizations can ensure their remote infrastructure is performing as expected and optimized where needed. We track KPIs that provide actionable insights organizations can use to maximize their energy efficiency, reduce operational costs, and improve their overall carbon footprint.

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Energy Asset Management: What is it, and what tools do I need?

The world is waking up to the importance of managing its energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Over $750 billion was committed to global decarbonization efforts in 2021 alone; over half of that was put aside for renewable energy projects. And in the last year, nearly $1 trillion has been invested in energy transition and climate-tech enterprises.

As the level of investment in climate-conscious operations and energy use grows, organizations must manage their energy assets to maximize their potential.

Before we dive into the tools that will provide that return on investment, let’s first briefly discuss what energy asset management is.

What is Energy Asset Management?

Diagram of the steps of energy management and the various assets that can be communicated with and optimized

Energy asset management is the process of monitoring and managing an organization’s facilities, sites, and, more specifically, the energy assets they rely upon.

This ensures these sites and assets operate as expected, focusing mainly on performance and energy costs.

You can also establish performance thresholds and alerts to activities beyond them to ensure these sites and assets remain within the desired parameters.

What are the benefits of Energy Asset Management?

Energy asset management has a wealth of benefits for organizations to take seriously.

Beyond conservation and efficiency, energy asset management is critical to detect areas for optimization, detect potential malfunctions, and prioritize the most problematic sites instead of a site-by-site audit.

Investing in a good energy asset management solution can:

  • Help track and reduce carbon emissions
  • Reduce fuel reliance and waste
  •  Identify fuel theft
  • Provide data organization, visualization, and insights
  • Dashboards for monitoring assets, sites, and energy KPIs

Organizations and nations have become increasingly conscious of and worried over their carbon footprint and have begun significant commitments to reduce them.

A major step in doing so is becoming aware of how they are using GHG-producing energy resources and where that can change and, in its stead, energy storage or renewable energy assets. An organized climate action plan can help ensure your organization remains focused as you work towards energy and climate-efficient operations.

Energy asset management solutions are integral to that transition and attempt to achieve “climate neutral” operations. So what are some of the tools needed to take charge of your energy assets and operations properly, and how do they contribute to a successful energy management system?

What tools do I need to manage my Energy Assets effectively?

Visibility over assets

One of the most frequent problems plaguing facility managers, especially those managing networks of sites, is visibility. Without a clear way to track the performance of all the sites and assets in your portfolio, the only way to detect a problem is if something stops working completely.

In addition, if you have a widespread network of sites, reaching these problematic sites promptly is often next to impossible, so prioritization is key.

Energy asset management solutions provide overarching visibility over your physical infrastructure, with an interface and even map overlay displaying your assets in real-time.

You can also identify trends and potential issues by examining the live and historical data stream for outlying events or usage.

Alerts

Visibility alone is insufficient to ensure your facilities and assets are operating as expected. The next step is to have a tool to create performance thresholds catered to your assets and usage.

These thresholds can then be tied to alerts that allow managers to act immediately in the case of a malfunction or event like theft. Without these threshold-tied alerts, detecting and mitigating anomalies will be significantly more difficult.

Alerts will save organizations operating costs by eliminating the need for periodic on-site visits, including travel and technician costs. This way, you can stave off potential malfunctions, breakdowns, or full-blown outages and save on potential replacement and maintenance costs.

Performance insights

Now that you have a wary eye on your assets and can be alerted to any issues in real time, it’s time to take a look at that data and what insights you can gain from it.

As we mentioned, some energy asset management solutions provide data organization, visualization, and insights into how assets and sites perform.

These data-oriented insights are critical to understanding where it is most worthwhile to invest in optimizing and which assets need replacing/maintenance most. These insights also dive into sustainability practices, tracking carbon emissions, their source, and how much is being saved from assets like renewables.

These insights will also help mitigate and minimize downtime, reduce wasted energy and operational costs, and ensure your organization’s goals are achieved.

Site and Asset Security

Another issue beyond performance woes is site security. No matter where you are in the world, some people will break into sites to steal devices like lead-acid and other backup batteries.

Sites need more than just optimization and visibility; organizations must be aware and react when something untoward happens. Sensors on-site can be connected to energy asset management solutions, and alerts catered to those assets created.

Certain energy assets like batteries can also have trackers integrated into their manufacture that can be used to provide organizations and authorities a clear location of the asset(s) for successful retrieval.

Fuel sensors can also be installed to ensure fuel stores are not depleted (stolen) faster than expected.

Real-time battery status

When it comes to batteries, the information we can glean from their operation can be very telling as to how efficient your facilities are running. Frequently, generators are the primary backup for any facility or remote site, relying on fuel to keep the lights on when the grid or other energy assets are unavailable.

Batteries need more than just security, however. A range of parameters can be tracked to understand how assets beyond just your energy storage are interacting.

For example, backup batteries may be installed on-site, but when an outage occurs, they are not drawn from, instead relying on a generator. Batteries can remain uncharged, discharge faster than expected, or even be fully charged but underused due to configuration issues.

Energy management solutions help you identify these issues while tracking metrics like state of health and state of charge, voltage, and availability, to maximize durability and warranty.

How to manage your energy assets

Managing energy assets and remote facilities when you only have a few is challenging. A centralized energy asset management platform becomes mission-critical when that becomes hundreds, thousands, or more.

Galooli provides a comprehensive remote monitoring and management platform to track and optimize energy use and carbon emissions for your assets, sites, and facilities.

Our platform provides actionable insights into your network’s operations, helping to identify spots for optimization and prioritize the worst offending sites and assets.

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Carbon Neutral vs. Climate Neutral – Clearing the Air

Did you know that 80% of humankind’s yearly emissions are attributed to carbon dioxide? This is a staggering figure.

Worse still, these greenhouse gasses (GHG) can stay in the atmosphere for up to 1000 years! 

Though governments and organizations have made lofty commitments and international treaties, progress has been painfully slow. While these are scary statistics, the future is not necessarily bleak.

So with the world paying more attention to companies’ carbon neutrality, what about the rest of the greenhouse gasses? And how are these affecting the planet?

First, let’s clear up the confusion around the terms “carbon” and “climate” neutral.

Separating carbon and climate neutral

The terms carbon and climate neutral are often thrown around interchangeably, but there is a clear distinction between them. 

Carbon neutral is a state wherein an organization’s carbon dioxide emissions are balanced with the amount they remove from society. However, carbon neutrality stops at this point, and climate neutrality takes these sustainable efforts one step further.

Climate neutrality aims to eliminate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions entirely from an organization’s operations. Greenhouse gases are numerous and varied, but the major players include:

  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
  • Methane (CH4)
  • Nitrous Oxide (N2O)
  • Fluorinated gasses (F-gases)
    • Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)
    • Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) 
    • Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6
    • Nitrogen trifluoride (NF3)

According to UN research, methane gas is over 80 times more damaging than similar carbon emissions but still pales in comparison to nitrous oxide, which is over 280 times stronger

So if these gasses have a more significant warming potential than carbon dioxide, why isn’t more being done to reach climate neutrality? In one word – Food.

32% of the world’s methane production comes from the cows used to feed humankind’s growing love of red meat, and fertilizer production is the driving cause of nitrous oxide emissions. 

In addition, these gasses cycle through the atmosphere much more quickly than CO2 and comprise only 20% of the total impact of global warming. As a result, the onus and the focus of climate-saving efforts will almost always begin with the much “simpler” carbon emissions.

So who should be paying attention to climate and carbon neutrality, and can every entity be climate neutral?

Can everyone be climate neutral?

In theory, every organization, regardless of the sector they operate in or the product they offer, can endeavor toward climate neutrality. This extends to municipalities, states, and countries as well. 

Many countries are parties to various international treaties, agreements, and commitments to actively reduce their carbon emissions by 2030 and 2050. 

The US, UK, EU, South Korea, and many other countries have already made commitments to achieve net-zero carbon neutrality by the year 2050. However, practically no country that has made these various commitments is on track to meet those targets.

Certain countries carry a greater burden than others, especially those that rely almost completely on fossil fuels for their energy needs. Such reliance can lead to energy shortages when energy prices and source availability become scarce.

There are also specific industries that are much more difficult to turn carbon, let alone climate neutral. Innovations in technology are indeed the solution, but in the short-term, these areas will be challenging to create significant change in, several of which we mentioned earlier.

The necessity of these sectors means that seeing a significant reduction here in the short term will be very unlikely. However, in sectors like ICT and manufacturing, there are ample opportunities to optimize processes and reduce reliance on GHG-producing energy sources and assets.

Now, let’s dive into how you can achieve carbon and climate neutrality with a few direct steps.

How to achieve climate or carbon neutrality

To achieve climate neutrality, your GHG emissions must equal the amount of these gasses absorbed by natural sinks or offset by actions like buying carbon credits.

Natural sinks are areas like trees, vegetation, oceans, soil, and other resources capable of absorbing GHG emissions. The problem has become that humankind has far exceeded the capacity of the natural world to clean up after us, so we need to start picking up the slack. 

We’ve broken it down into a few steps for simplicity’s sake, but the process takes a conscious and consistent level of commitment and time investment to succeed.

1. Analyze current strategy and learn from it

The first part of any effort towards becoming climate or carbon-neutral is taking stock of your organization’s current emissions and efforts to reduce them. 

This is the core of any successful climate action plan, which will provide a structured platform to base your renewed efforts to reach carbon and climate neutrality.

Each organization has its pain points in terms of emissions and energy use, so these plans are not a premade template but a catered plan for your operations to ensure success. 

The goals you set need to be achievable and fit your sector and the limitations of what you can optimize and shift to “greener” options. 

2. Measure current energy efficiency and consumption

Now that you have a better grasp of your efforts thus far, it’s time to start optimizing the present. 

One of the most significant contributors to GHG emissions is energy sources, especially those sourced from fossil fuels (i.e., oil, gas, coal). Each organization must actively monitor its energy consumption and the assets providing that energy to detect any potential inefficiencies or waste.

Unfortunately, periodic site and asset checks are woefully insufficient to actively improve your energy consumption and overall efficiency. 

Remote monitoring tools are critical to effectively track your sites’ and assets’ performance and detect potential issues. These tools can also help organize the performance data you collect, analyze, and provide insights and prioritization to eliminate wasteful onsite visits.

4. Get your organization certified in green

One major step in keeping your organization consistent in reducing carbon emissions is getting carbon neutral certified. A carbon neutral certification entails that said organization:

  1. Implements strict and meticulous measures and initiatives to reduce carbon footprint
  2. Made and maintained a commitment to cut GHG year-over-year
  3. Offset any of its remaining carbon footprint with approved carbon sinks or buy recognized carbon credits.

Organizations like The Carbon Trust and Carbon Neutral offer certifications with varying degrees of stringency in terms of compliance. 

In addition, there’s an internationally recognized carbon neutrality standard dubbed PAS 2060 that sets out the qualifications in terms of GHG reduction and offsets. 

How to get started on your own climate-neutral journey

The journey towards carbon and especially climate neutrality is not a short nor simple one. 

But, as the world starts to feel the effects of warming temperatures more and more, significant changes need to be made.

Digital solutions like Galooli have developed in recent years to help organizations track and manage their emissions, successfully reduce them, and find areas for optimization. 

Though this is only one aspect of the process, it’s crucial to ensure you can keep track of your organization’s progress and identify the most significant contributors to your climate footprint.

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Galooli’s Brief Guide to Achieving ISO 50001

By the end of 2022, the energy management sector will exceed a whopping $10 billion.

The energy management industry is booming as organizations worldwide turn to an efficient energy management system to lower costs, reduce output, and think more sustainably.

As energy costs continue to rise globally, organizations must ensure their energy use is optimal across all facilities and assets. Though global energy demand has slowed in its growth, price instability has caused wholesale energy costs to triple in some areas.

An effective energy management system is one of the most direct ways organizations can combat these rising costs and increased energy instability.

But this goes beyond just saving on operational and energy costs and cutting down on inefficient equipment and sites. Working within a framework as your organization works to maximize energy efficiency is paramount, and ISO 50001 Energy Management is the internationally recognized standard.

So let’s start by breaking down precisely what ISO 50001 Energy Management is and why a framework is needed.

What is ISO 50001 Energy Management?

ISO 50001  Energy Management is a compliance framework standard focusing on efficient energy management for ESG-minded organizations.

This is for those looking to manage their footprint and improve energy costs and operations – a necessity in 2022.

It’s intended to be used in tandem with other standards focused on environmental impact and achieving ESG targets and is perfect to base an Energy Management System (EnMS) on.

First released in 2011, it has quickly become the internationally-recognized standard for compliance in regards to energy management. It requires a marked improvement in energy performance and efficiency and a reduction in energy waste and overall usage.

Who does ISO 50001 Energy Management apply to?

Does your organization try to manage your energy use and save on operational costs?

If the answer is yes, ISO 50001 Energy Management is relevant for you and your organization. Properly managing energy use is critical to reducing operational expenditures.

ISO 50001 is relevant for organizations of all types and sizes, from building and industrial facility managers to banks, smart buildings, SMBs, and others.

How does having ISO 50001 Energy Management help my organization?

chart describing benefits of achieving and maintaining ISO 50001

Carrying any sort of internationally recognized compliance is a badge of honor any brand or organization can proudly wear and consumers can trust.

That being said, how does carrying ISO 50001 actually help improve your organization

Beyond the obvious reduced energy use, costs, and improved carbon footprint , there are many benefits to achieving and maintaining compliance.

These include:

  • Improved resilience to fluctuating energy prices
  • Proving your organization’s commitment to efficient operations
  • Certifying reputation for clients, suppliers, partners, and investors
  • Differentiate organization from competitors
  • Minimize risk of regulatory fines and streamlined compliance reporting
  • Set an example for other entities in your sector(s)

Any organization that uses energy, no matter the type, no matter their location, size, or sector, can benefit from achieving and maintaining compliance with ISO 50001. By its very nature, this compliance standard is focused on continual effort and improvement regarding energy use and management.

Steps to implementing the key elements of ISO 50001 Energy Management

There are many methods of achieving and maintaining ISO 50001 compliance, but for simplicity’s sake, we have boiled it down into six easy steps.

Planning phase

1. Develop a policy for more efficient use of energy

The first step to establishing your organization’s compliance with ISO 50001 is creating a concrete plan for improving your energy use, efficiency, and carbon footprint.

A climate action plan will provide the basic framework and strategy you need to achieve these energy standards.

Without this, it is very easy for these efforts to achieve compliance to become chaotic and much longer than necessary. Not to mention confusing and convoluted for all involved!

Doing phase

2. Fix targets and objectives to meet the policy

As part of your climate action plan, having specific targets and trackable objectives is critical to keeping track of your progress and ensuring all employees are onboard.

This includes the actions you intend to take to introduce more efficient, climate-conscious equipment like renewable, clean energy solutions and technologies.

These targets also include performance metrics for your remote assets and sites to help your efforts have the intended effect.

Check phase

3. Use data to better understand and make decisions about energy use

Setting targets and thresholds goes beyond keeping your efforts to achieve compliance organized; they provide a wealth of data on how your facilities and assets perform.

This makes it very clear when and how your remote sites and assets are operating and any instances where potential malfunctions or outages are imminent.

Comprehensive energy management systems are also integral to keeping this data organized, verified, and accurate.

4. Measure the results

After setting thresholds and targets, you need to measure and analyze the organized data to discover actionable insights you can use to make changes to your operations.

By understanding where outliers exist and the greatest potential or need for optimization, you can focus your efforts and avoid relying on periodic onsite checks.

This can range from generators operating under load, batteries charging improperly, or even fuel theft. Sometimes single sites can be massive drains on energy, or certain assets perform very inefficiently.

An effective remote monitoring and management solution is important for detecting and mitigating these anomalies as soon as possible.

5. Review how well the policy works

Once you’ve established your policy, outlined your objectives and thresholds, monitored, analyzed, and made necessary changes, you must ensure it’s working as intended!

Beyond maintaining compliance goals, you need to look at how the government behaves and how its plans align with yours. This also extends to your customers, understanding the return on investment they have received from your changes.

After establishing how well your organization met its objectives, you can better understand where it is most worthwhile to invest your time going forward and which initiatives can be shelved for the time being.

Act phase

6. Improve energy management

Becoming more aware of and actively tracking your energy use and performance is no longer an optional part of managing operations.

As investors and customers pay closer attention to how their trusted brands operate, organizations must start paying attention to and actively working on improving their energy efficiency.

ESG objectives and actions are becoming a critical consideration for the next generation of investors and decision-makers.

From free-falling costs of renewable energy to decentralized grids and billions in government energy projects, recent energy trends are favorable for investing in energy management compliance.

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Keeping your organization compliant with international standards can be daunting, but the value is undeniable.

Achieving an international standard like ISO 50001 can be a key factor in separating yourself from competitors while providing tangible added value and improved ESG metrics.

Remote monitoring and management solutions can provide an all-encompassing solution to track and optimize your energy assets and facilities.

Keep your organization on track to achieve and maintain ISO 50001 compliance and future-proof your organization for global energy shifts with Galooli. Request a free demo here.

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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 diagram displaying the different elements of smart building integration
Source: TIA

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 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 

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Rayleigh

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

Price: Upon request

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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