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.
Blue Pillar connects the Energy Things that power our world. When power goes out in critical buildings like hospitals, people’s lives are at risk. While the dire consequences of power outages are well understood, solutions have been hard to come by. America’s aging electrical grid is increasingly under pressure from a rising population and more frequent severe weather events. As a result, grid failures are rising faster than utilities can make much-needed upgrades to their infrastructure. From 2000 to 2013, the monthly average grid outages across the country increased six-fold.
To counteract the threat of grid failures, most major organizations employ some form of backup power, whether through industrial generators, battery systems or fuel cells. Unfortunately, even these systems aren’t foolproof. It is time-consuming and costly to consistently monitor and maintain individual backup power systems. And after months or years of inactivity or inattention, these systems may also fail in critical moments, leaving businesses stranded and their customers waiting for a resolution.
Every organization needs – and deserves – a way to ensure near-100% energy reliability. And today, new technology companies like Blue Pillar are emerging to make it possible. By harnessing the power of the Internet of Things, Blue Pillar and Dell are working together to allow companies to gain unprecedented visibility of their energy needs and backup capabilities, and achieving peace of mind that when the grid goes down, their business will carry on.
Through the power of Blue Pillar’s Aurora® Energy Network of Things™ platform, the challenges of connecting disparate energy equipment across multiple facilities have been solved. Every energy asset from any vendor can be networked and operate in an open framework, where ubiquitous connectivity is simplified, and apps can be interchangeable. Security is built-in. Data can be fed from every connected device to smart dashboards that provide incredible granularity as well as “big picture” insights. The once-arduous process of site visits and readiness testing becomes centralized, simplified and clarified.
Put it all together, the result is a more streamlined, more informed, better prepared organization that is “always on” when its customers call or click. This is the future of energy management, and is a meaningful contributor to the evolution of technology itself.
Blue Pillar’s Energy Network of Things approach presents a huge opportunity for major organizations to mitigate the serious risks of power outages and gain control over their energy consumption.
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