Announced today, Blue Pillar’s Aurora Energy Network-as-a-Service (ENaaS) is now powered by Microsoft Azure.
Last week was an exciting one for Blue Pillar. It was our first year attending the Platts Global Energy Awards gala on Wall Street in New York City where we learned that we had won the coveted Grid Edge Award from a field of prestigious and innovative finalists. We are particularly excited about this award not just because of what it means for us as a company, but because of what it says about the current transformation happening within the energy industry at the edge of the grid.
Is the Internet of Things (IoT) just an overhyped technology vision or can it practically improve businesses today? Can bringing IoT into a facility help it run more efficiently and reliably? What other positive business outcomes can IoT enable? Is it cybersecure? And, who is needed to help successfully deploy a Facility IoT strategy within an organization?
As a leading provider in the Energy IoT space, we get these questions a lot. Last week, in collaboration with Dell and Facility Executive, we put together a webinar to answer those questions and paint a clear picture of what IoT can do within your facility today. The complete one-hour webinar “Can IoT Live Up to the Hype Within Your Facility?” is available for audio playback and the presentation slides are available for download. This blog covers some of the highlights.
Working with companies that have numerous facilities throughout the United States, we often get asked the question, “How can I get better, high-level visibility into all of our energy usage throughout our entire corporate footprint?” The answer is something we call “Centralized Facility Management.” Blue Pillar has become one of the leaders of Centralized Facility Management because we start with a template-driven approach that unlocks the power of local connectivity across multiple sites through our Aurora® Energy Network of Things™ platform. The platform has been used to connect and collect information from all of the energy assets at local facilities and bring them to a central, single corporate interface for real-time monitoring and control of Energy Things in every building connected. To get started, check out these simple assessment questions to see if a Centralized Facilities Management approach is right for your organization.
We are proud to announce Houston Methodist is in the running for the 2016 Facility Maintenance Decisions Achievement Award. Cast your vote today!
From October 2015 to March 2016, Dell and Intel created a contest challenging IoT companies to “Connect What Matters” using the Dell Edge Gateway. Today, on the one year anniversary of their IoT division and Edge Gateway Series, Dell announced the winners of the contest that encouraged businesses large and small to submit game-changing IoT ideas. Blue Pillar emerged to place Silver in the overall competition from a field of over 1,000 other companies competing for $600,000 in prizes.
Last week, Greentech Media announced that Blue Pillar was selected to receive a Grid Edge 2016 Award. This prestigious award is given to the top 20 companies and projects that have demonstrated potential to shape tomorrow’s distributed energy future and embody grid edge industry transformation.
Between 2010-2015, we witnessed a 400 percent increase in behind-the-meter distributed generation assets in the Consumer & Industrial sector. This exponential growth is radically changing the boundaries at the grid edge and we believe Blue Pillar’s ability to provide ubiquitous connectivity greatly simplifies the chaos behind-the-meter—essential to transforming the grid for the 21st century. As the grid evolves, it will require technologies and business models that can link utilities and customers to turn distributed energy resources into grid assets and help make facilities more resilient, efficient and self-sufficient.
During a natural disaster or extreme weather event, the public relies on hospitals, not only for the day-to-day business of keeping people healthy, but to act as first responders on the front lines of a disaster. During Hurricane Sandy, many New York City hospitals weren’t able to fill this crucial role. Mechanical systems failed because of flooding or storm related issues, and when it was time to rely on the backup generators, those failed too. Patients had to be moved, and the city was forced to face the disaster with dangerously reduced health care resources.