Power and the Cloud


Energy costs can make up a significant portion of the budget for a small business. For organizations looking to cut back on energy use, M2M technology offers solutions that put data to work monitoring and controlling power. 

With the right technology installed, a business can gain a deeper insight into how energy is used and where it can conserve. That’s the goal of a solution from EnTouch Controls, www.entouchcontrols.com, and RacoWireless, www.racowireless.com. The companies have partnered to provide a connected facility-management solution for small businesses, such as retail and restaurants.

EnTouch Controls offers the EnTouch EMS (energy management system), and RacoWireless is providing wireless connectivity solutions for the product. The system’s platform integrates wireless thermostats and monitoring controllers with a cloud-based facility management dashboard. With information stored in the cloud, users can access the data from anywhere, and the data is transmitted by the minute.

The system analyzes the facility’s data to determine trends in use, which could indicate a maintenance issue. By understanding patterns in energy consumption, a business can make decisions that could curb use and save money.

In addition to the EMS, EnTouch offers the EnTouch 360 managed service. This option enhances the system with additional support, including 24/7 managed service. Data is analyzed around the clock and facilities staff will be altered of any abnormalities in energy use. EnTouch Controls also provides installation, technical support, and monitoring of energy usage, system performance, and maintenance issues.

Energy management systems are gaining in popularity thanks to their ability of cut costs. According to Navigant Research, www.navigantresearch.com, annual revenue from building energy-management system software will grow from $1.1 billion in 2013 to more than $2.8 billion by 2020. Navigant says additional drivers for these systems include an increased knowledge of the building stock within the industry, a push for energy efficiency among corporations and governments, and the rise of cloud-computing and Big Data.

For small businesses, an M2M-enabled energy management system can help the bottomline by using data to shave energy costs. Wireless connectivity provides convenience for installation and monitoring for a variety of business types.

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