How Energy monitoring works

How Energy Monitoring works

Capturing the data at the source

To be able to generate a precise view of your energy consumption, we install our sensors at the most suitable measuring points. There are different ways to capture all kinds of energy consumptions and related data. Taking into account the specificities of your infrastructure, we’ll select the best cost-effective solution for you:

gas puls sensor

If possible we connect our sensors to existing meters. Existing meters are often equipped with a rotating mechanism that generates a pulse. This results in accurate measurements and avoids additional meters and costs. Typically, we measure gas and water consumption from the official meter like this. But we can also do this with the new smart electricity meters, solar inverters, existing building management systems, heating systems, etc.. For all these devices, accurate consumption data can be extracted by reading it directly from the meter.

If no existing meter is available, we install the necessary meters or sensors. Each building is unique, that’s why we select the most appropriate type of sensor for each specific situation. Typically, we install one or more devices to measure the electricity consumption of a building or just a section of a building. Where possible, we use non-invasive sensors. This allows us to install the sensors without, or with a very short, interruption of the energy supply.

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Finally, weather data is gathered from a weather server. This data is based on the location of the building.

From sensor to gateway

The data from all the sensors is continuously sent to a central unit (gateway) which is also physically installed in the building. If larger distances need to be bridged, communication can be done wirelessly, which avoids cabling work and simplifies the installation.

sensor-gateway

Sensors can be located in basements, separate buildings, outdoor, spread over multiple floors, etc.. We’ll always find the best option to ensure strong communication between the sensors and the central unit. There is a wide range of communication protocols available including ModBus, Mbus, SunSpec, BACNet, P1 (smart meters), pulses, etc. We are flexible and will select the best option for each specific case.

From gateway to the cloud

From gateway to the cloud

Once the sensor data arrives at the central unit (gateway), it is periodically processed and sent to the cloud (typically every 15 min.). If possible, the local WiFi network is used. This avoids additional monthly fees to an external operator. But if necessary, there is no problem to set up a separate connection to the cloud.

From the cloud to your preferred device

All the measurements are stored in the cloud. The raw data is processed and displayed on the dashboards via informative graphs. Either on a site level or on site portfolio level which allows benchmarking across sites. From any device, you can at any time, in real-time, filter on different criteria to get all the insights you are looking for. Specific information, such as the prediction of invoices, can also be summarised in automated periodic reports and sent to the desired readers.

From the cloud to your preferred device

We can also set up alarms which will send an alert upon the crossing of a previously set threshold or the occurrence of a suspicious trend.

Obviously, it’s also possible to download all the historical data in a raw format. This allows the user to create his own analysis in an Excel worksheet for example.

Capturing the data at the source

To be able to generate a precise view of your energy consumption, we install our sensors at the most suitable measuring points. There are different ways to capture all kinds of energy consumptions and related data. Taking into account the specificities of your infrastructure, we’ll select the best cost-effective solution for you:

gas puls sensor

If possible we connect our sensors to existing meters. Existing meters are often equipped with a rotating mechanism that generates a pulse. This results in accurate measurements and avoids additional meters and costs. Typically, we measure gas and water consumption from the official meter like this. But we can also do this with the new smart electricity meters, solar inverters, existing building management systems, heating systems, etc.. For all these devices, accurate consumption data can be extracted by reading it directly from the meter.

If no existing meter is available, we install the necessary meters or sensors. Each building is unique, that’s why we select the most appropriate type of sensor for each specific situation. Typically, we install one or more devices to measure the electricity consumption of a building or just a section of a building. Where possible, we use non-invasive sensors. This allows us to install the sensors without, or with a very short, interruption of the energy supply.

CT clamp

Finally, weather data is gathered from a weather server. This data is based on the location of the building.

From sensor to gateway

The data from all the sensors is continuously sent to a central unit (gateway) which is also physically installed in the building. If larger distances need to be bridged, communication can be done wirelessly, which avoids cabling work and simplifies the installation.

sensor-gateway

Sensors can be located in basements, separate buildings, outdoor, spread over multiple floors, etc.. We’ll always find the best option to ensure strong communication between the sensors and the central unit. There is a wide range of communication protocols available including ModBus, Mbus, SunSpec, BACNet, P1 (smart meters), pulses, etc. We are flexible and will select the best option for each specific case.

From gateway to the cloud

From gateway to the cloud

Once the sensor data arrives at the central unit (gateway), it is periodically processed and sent to the cloud (typically every 15 min.). If possible, the local WiFi network is used. This avoids additional monthly fees to an external operator. But if necessary, there is no problem to set up a separate connection to the cloud.

From the cloud to your preferred device

All the measurements are stored in the cloud. The raw data is processed and displayed on the dashboards via informative graphs. Either on a site level or on site portfolio level which allows benchmarking across sites. From any device, you can at any time, in real-time, filter on different criteria to get all the insights you are looking for. Specific information, such as the prediction of invoices, can also be summarised in automated periodic reports and sent to the desired readers.

From the cloud to your preferred device

We can also set up alarms which will send an alert upon the crossing of a previously set threshold or the occurrence of a suspicious trend.

Obviously, it’s also possible to download all the historical data in a raw format. This allows the user to create his own analysis in an Excel worksheet for example.

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