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  • 1. Flexible foundations lorem ipsum dolor sit amet Anatomy of an EcoSteer based solution Keeping options open There has been much talk and excitement about connecting small smart devices (Machine to Machine or M2M) together into an ‘Internet of Things’. This open and extensible model might be a worthy and futuristic ideal, but business benefit comes from tackling very specific day-to- day challenges. The EcoSteer software platform is designed to meet the needs businesses face today, with a future proof architecture to encompass the uncertain needs of tomorrow. The software architecture is based on several key principles: - Open. To interface directly with any kind of sensor or meter, wired or wireless, from any hardware vendor, and to expose public APIs for straightforward third party software integration. - Flexible. To be readily extended to meet specific user needs. - Scalable. To extend to any number of sensors and actuators, across any number of sites. - Affordable. To deliver these attributes of an enterprise platform at the price of a consumer product, to scale down to permit experimentation and development of facilities management monitoring and automation. EcoSteer features While the architecture is highly flexible and extendable by partners, the core functionality of the basic platform is ready to use for any commercial energy or environmental monitoring requirement. It comprises: - Multi-site, multi-domain, multi-user, multi-language - Sensor and actuator management - Multi-platform user interface – PC, tablet, smartphone, web browser - Fault management, remote control, administration and configuration - Hierarchic data aggregation – from a single measurement up to enterprise, with hourly to yearly aggregation - Data correlation analysis from multiple sources - Tariff analysis Planned extensions for 2014 include support for: - Multi-tenancy for a hosted service - Model based alerts and timers - Excel data analysis extension With EcoSteer at the centre, not only can end users focus on the things that matter to them – the business of managing energy or monitoring the working environment – they can also be safe in the knowledge that specialists and experts can be part of a partner driven solution rather than a proprietary one from a single vendor. + + Measure, monitor, maintain
  • 2. 2 EcoSteer architecture - components Manufactures of devices already supported include: • Electrex • Schneider • Circutor • 4-noks • MeshNet • Esam • Elkor Recommended technical skills for deployment partners include: • SQL server • MySql • ODBC • Apache Web Server • Modbus
  • 3. 3 More than just energy Opportunities to add value to monitoring and management Sensors The EcoSteer platform removes the issue of propriety sensors by abstracting away from hardware specifics. This means many more types of sensors can be immediately incorporated, including software agents as well as all types of sensor hardware and data loggers. This opens up opportunities for partners to offer any type of sensor, as well as being able to integrate ‘legacy’ sensors that may already have been deployed. Installation, configuration and calibration of sensors are other areas where partners can generate revenues and build customer relationships. The EcoSteer platform makes it easy to extend installations with more sensors and sites over time, creating further revenue opportunities. + Software EcoSteer software runs on Windows, taking advantage of freely available packages such as Microsoft SQL Server Express and Apache web server. This, coupled with simple licensing, keeps software item costs down, while allowing partners to add value through installation, configuration, support and management. With its webservices front end, information gathered by the EcoSteer platform can be viewed on any browser on any device, including tablets. All gathered data is stored openly allowing extension to be easily developed for access by business intelligence systems or dedicated smart mobile apps. Services While the choice of sensors, networking hardware and software platform are all important, effective solutions depend on critical services delivered by installation partners. Initially, involvement with the customer to understand what it would be valuable to monitor and manage. Then, how best to achieve the desired results with sensor, network and IT hardware decisions. Pre-configuration of the chosen devices ensures that things will go smoothly on site. Next, and often most importantly, there is the final installation, testing and deployment on customer premises. After this there are many opportunities to deliver support, analysis and evaluation services over the lifetime of the system as well as upgrades and maintenance.
  • 4. 4 Example installation Installation The installation of the energy meters on the main distribution point (total energy usage and offices subtotals) needed about six hours of a certified installer. The installation of all the remaining wireless sensors required about six hours time. The configuration of the EcoSteer platform, the RS485/Ethernet and wireless gateways, and the initial certification test required in total about eight hours. Which sensors were used The selected sensors were from several manufacturers and expose quite different properties. The energy meters used for the main distribution point and offices (electric energy) have a rs485 (modbus) interface. These meters have been connected to the EcoSteer platform via a RS485/Ethernet gateway. All other sensors (both outdoor and indoor) have a wireless interface and are powered by internal batteries. This type of sensor was selected to reduce the overall installation costs. + + Mauro Dugheri, CEO, Pianvallico SpA “Thanks to the EcoSteer system we can verify that everything is working optimally and we have the chance to identify opportunities both in energy saving and in overall improvements. The visibility that we are achieving on our environment is as detailed as it needs be to be easily understood by the management. This kind of system is giving us a set of insights that will allow us to provide new services in the near future, even outside the boundaries of the incubator.” + EcoSteer Limited @ecosteer