In the first and second posts in this series, we reviewed how disruptive technologies are making it possible for facility and energy managers to connect to, and collect and control data from, energy assets. In this third installment of the five-part series, we take a step back and examine another disruptive trend that allows facility and energy managers to take a new level of energy control to their organization.
Disruptive Trend #3 – Affordable, Local Ubiquitous Connectivity Will Unlock the Promise of Centralized Facility Management (CFM)
Centralized Facility and Energy Management enables facility and energy managers to increase efficiency, resiliency and self-sufficiency across a network of buildings, through the power of local connectivity.
Companies with multisite and geographically dispersed locations have benefitted for years from the increased efficiencies that come from centralizing operations. For many businesses, centralization benefits began with budgeting and purchasing decisions. In the healthcare sector, operations are improved through the centralization of patient information.
Centralization has now evolved to energy efficiency programs, allowing businesses to monitor and manage all facility operations from one central location. Imagine a facility one thousand miles away continuing to operate under outage conditions. With Aurora®’s Energy Network of Things™ platform, this now becomes a reality. Blue Pillar has implemented numerous customer deployments that have connected more than 70 disparate sites with as many as 50 assets per site connected into a centralized platform.
Once localized energy assets are connected through a ubiquitous platform like Aurora, CFM becomes possible. Because Aurora has out-of-the-box CFM capabilities, next generation analytics and reporting can be coupled with unparalleled control and visibility into the most complex facility networks. CFM provides energy efficiency program validation, energy and operational site comparisons and scorecards, emergency event management and capital allocation support.
Centralization improves energy efficiency programs. It allows you to compare and rank each of your facilities with real-time information from all buildings, as well as compare and rank them using a set of regularly measured metrics and trends. You can implement energy and operational site comparisons and scorecards, emergency event management and capital allocation support. You can improve Return On Investment (ROI) by bringing all information up into a centralized platform, allowing you to strategically implement the changes that will have the biggest impact on savings.
The technology is here and the benefits are overwhelming. Building on simplified, cost-effective local connectivity platforms, Centralized Facility and Energy Management will provide a paradigm shift into how facilities are managed starting in 2016 and over the next five years.
Download our eBook on the five trends predicted to disrupt the energy management industry in 2016.