IT/OT Convergence in Energy Management

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Aug 24, 2017 1:42:00 PM
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At Blue Pillar, we’ve found that creating a close partnership between IT managers and the energy/facility department is key to creating a successful Energy IoT program. These two groups form a team that works to connect every energy asset the business, hospital, or data center may have into a singular, centralized platform.

We’ve found there are five main steps that are imperative to successfully seek, find and implement Energy IoT at any business:

  1. Identify the business drivers: stronger business continuity and energy self-sufficiency. Power outages can have devastating consequences, but today’s technology allows many facilities to counter act power outages and even go “off the grid” by generating and managing their own power devices. An intelligent Energy IoT platform of connected equipment can detect problems, issue early warnings, self-correct and engage backup power sources to minimize the risks and achieve greater energy reliability and resiliency.
  2. Simplicity of implementation. Like any new technology, the benefits are washed away if implementation involves hundreds of hours with complex custom programming to bring the dream to reality. This delay, while building the new system, could use up labor hours from your IT department that could be put to better use with other projects around your facility. Customers looking to develop an energy IoT infrastructure should search for a platform that proves to be “plug and play.”
  3. Open, vendor-agnostic connectivity. Energy management cannot be limited between opposing brands of computer hardware and software. The problems our customers are trying to solve require the ability for hardware and software of differing makes, models, vintages and types to all work together peacefully. The goal of Energy IoT is to enable harmony between pre-existing hardware and new software to allow the collection and analyzation of data (from all sites) in one centralized platform.
  4. Centralized Management. One of the key pain points most energy managers face is a lack of complete, consistent information about energy needs and usage from ALL their facilities throughout the organization. As a result, one of the best benefits of an Energy IoT platform is the power to acquire and share energy information across all sites, even if these buildings are in different locations, across one city, or a few hundred sites all around the world.
  5. Robust built-in security. Cybersecurity is top of mind in every industry today, and the concerns increase as organizations pursue digital transformation. The leading Energy IoT platforms know taking information to an online world involves an endless amount of scrutiny to reduce risks. The best platforms have built-in cybersecurity control to neutralize intrusion attempts and protect sensitive data. And, those that have had their platform tested and third party validated are the only ones you should consider installing between your firewall and your business.

Learn more about how to broach the subject of Energy IT/OT convergence by sharing our eBook with your IT teams. And, don’t forget to follow us on LinkedIn for more educational Blue Pillar updates.

Topics: Centralized Facility Management, Behind-the-meter connectivity, Cybersecurity, Energy IoT, IT Infrastructure