Electrical Wholesaling’s editors are hearing lots of industry chatter about electrical manufacturers investing in software that collects information from floor-level electrical devices like lighting fixtures and wiring devices, analyzes it, and provides energy managers, property owners, C-Suite execs and anyone else who has to sign off on a facility’s electrical bill with information on energy usage, maintenance issues, and potential for future energy savings. The software slices and dices the information and presents it in customized dashboards where users can see real-time data on their energy usage via their desktop computers and often mobile devices.
This year’s Lightfair was loaded with new lighting products and systems with these capabilities (LED street/roadway lighting in particular), and at a recent event at Schneider Electric’s new North American headquarters in Andover, Mass., company execs told 80-plus business editors and analyst about how the billions they have invested in software for commercial, industrial and utility applications will offer end users all sorts of customized analysis of their energy usage. One guy tapping into some of Schneider’s new software is Todd Isherwood, the energy efficiency and alternative energy project manager for the City of Boston. Isherwood told attendees at the event how he uses some of the company’s software to manage the energy use in the city’s 321 municipal buildings.
With lighting accounting for about 25% to 30% of the energy load in a typical C/I facility, the lighting industry will hear much more about this type of software and the “Internet of Things.” http://ewweb.com