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EnOcean reaches for the Cloud

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cloud? energy management? IP? smartphone?

There is no doubt that technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, constantly changing the way in which we live and work. Energy management technologies that make buildings more energy efficient and smarter are no exception.

Companies utilising EnOcean's open, interoperable radio standard have long adhered to the principles of energy harvesting to power energy management devices, instead of relying on batteries.

In 2011, the introduction of EnOcean over IP capabilities from BSC Software and SCL Elements gave end users the ability to manage and monitor building automation controls over an IP network. Building owners and facility managers soon realised the benefits of being able to monitor, manage and control their energy consumption onsite or from any web enabled device, anywhere in the world.

Today, Magnum Energy Solutions (MES), an Ohio based manufacturer, in partnership with BSC Software, both members of EnOcean Alliance, continue to push the limits of wireless energy management. In addition to their software-enabled, IP based energy management solution, they have now introduced a cloud based offering. With the advent of energy management-as-a-service, facility managers, building owners and businesses can monitor important inventory, equipment, assets and energy related information from anywhere at any time, via the cloud. Critical building related data is automatically pushed to the cloud, freeing owners and managers from the often-challenging coordination and expense of hosting onsite servers.

Hosting energy management data in the cloud clearly has its benefits, including 99.8% uptime, unlimited client access, automatic backups of the database and enhanced security since onsite servers can be hacked and can be vulnerable to natural disasters and other unexpected events.

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