Our client is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Their 150,000+ employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings.
Energy usage is exploding all over the world. Companies need visibility to their energy usage in order to make business decisions every day. Small tweaks and the optimization of a building's energy usage can add up to big savings. Today, energy usage inside of most of the world's buildings is not top of mind until the building is too hot or cold. The data that comes out of most energy systems is at the meter level. This is just data. Turning this data into information that people can understand and make decisions with is the challenge that our client was resolute to solve.
We initially developed a framework of adapters that could integrate with popular energy systems and then designed a cloud base system that could store the metering data from adapters installed at the client. We then helped our client implement these adapters in their client's facilities.
Once the cloud based system was in place we developed an API against this database that we used to design a dashboard system that clients could login to and view their data as information in the form of graphs, maps and visualizations. The dashboard was designed as a subscription based service that had security provisioning for people at different levels within a corporation.
By leveraging this API we designed a kiosk system that would allowed a broader population of people to see how the building was consuming energy and how that related to everyday items like how many pieces of bread could have been toasted with energy the building used in the previous month.
We then used this API to build iPhone and iPad applications that leveraged augmented reality techniques so the facility managers could use their devices to look at a building and understand the energy usage in near real-time.
Our client now has the foundation of systems and techniques to build a global energy management product portfolio. They are growing their customer base, their revenue and helping to improve the energy usage of companies around the world.