How Houston Methodist Achieved Greater Resiliency and Compliance with an IoT Platform

Posted by Mark Williams, Vice President of Sales on Jun 28, 2016 10:06:17 AM


Houston Methodist is one of the largest hospital systems in the world. They employ leading specialists in a variety of medical fields and are considered one of the most successful teaching hospitals in the U.S. Additionally, Houston Methodist contains some of the newest technology for life-science research.

One of the critical aspects of Houston’s facility is its energy management and emergency power supply system. The two are part of a network of generators and automatic transfer switches that secure crucial and life-saving power that is provided to the hospital in any situation, whether it be a natural disaster or destroyed powerlines.

In order to maintain a cutting-edge facility, Houston Methodist turned to Blue Pillar’s Aurora ® Energy Network of Things platform. Aurora is the only IoT platform to connect all Energy Things that switch, generate, measure, consume or store energy.

With the addition of Aurora, Houston Methodist was able to connect their disparate mix of energy management systems consisting of generators, switches and meters to fully automate remote monitoring, management, testing, and compliance reporting. Not only did they get the greater visibility and control they needed, but they also discovered a variety of additional benefits by using Aurora, including the ability to review testing results at any time, which helped diminish the time and effort that was required to prepare for an accreditation audit. The new automated system also reduced the amount of people necessary to conduct a test from 5 or 6 to one. This reduction in man-hours saved anywhere between 6 to 9 man-hours per month, and 72 to 108 man-hours per year for each of Houston Methodist’s connected systems.

Houston Methodist’s access to real-time data through Aurora also allowed them to internally conduct load studies which revealed evidence of “load creep” in their systems, which usually occurs when new technology is added over time or while equipment ages and causes inefficiency problems. They were able to use this information to their advantage to “right-size” a new generator more accurately to their actual load and usage than what was originally anticipated.

Learn more about Houston Methodist’s success by downloading the full Blue Pillar Case Study here.

Topics: Energy Management, Resiliency, Internet of Things