devices to edge control software, you can analyse data to gain a better understanding of your power network. For medium to large facilities these solutions are ideal, collecting and organising all the data gathered from your facility’s network and allowing managers to maximise uptime, reduce costs and increase profitability. In smaller buildings, user-friendly and cost-effective mobile apps can be equally effective. Finally, it is imperative to have more accurate insights. By using analytics, apps, software, and services that are available today, you can find ways to increase efficiency, improve safety, and cut costs. For example, with Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Facility Advisor, businesses of all sizes can improve the performance of their buildings, ensuring business continuity while optimising operations and limiting downtime. Clearly, the more digitised a building and

can become. Beyond this, by adopting autonomous building and industrial systems, facilities can maximise efficiency without the need for human intervention. This of course limits the chance of human error slowing the system down. The convergence of technical systems is

also important to consider. As stand-alone building management systems (BMSs) begin to phase out, power and energy management will merge with other systems for simplified and streamlined reporting and maintenance; everything centres around integrated systems. This is made possible by today’s IoT-enabled smart building platforms which integrate and monitor systems through connected sensors. All data is then stored to a central hub for use by the building’s managers. At the same time, the widespread decentralisation of energy sources reduces reliance on any one energy source. This way, facilities can increase flexibility and productivity, while reducing supply-chain risks. This is further aided by the pervasive

growth of mesh networking in buildings and infrastructure. Supported by high-efficiency and reliable wireless communications, with nodes that communicate dynamically with each other, buildings can host a fast and effective communications network. With mesh networking, this will remain true even as the number of data points grows. Ultimately, the more digitised a building

and its systems becomes, the better it can handle the demands brought by the evolution of power. As an added bonus, buildings will become more efficient and comfortable for occupants as well.

Facilitating the evolution As digitisation represents the future of power fmuk 37

distribution, it is essential that building and facility managers start to lay the groundwork. Yet what practical steps can they take to keep up with this evolving landscape? First of all, installing connected products is

a vital step. Only install devices that can be connected to the power management system for comprehensive, real-time updates. As an example, Schneider Electric’s Smart Panels provide electrical equipment the ability to present data on your computer or smart device in real-time, allowing you to pinpoint overloads and inefficiencies proactively, stop chasing vague alarms, and reduce costs. This can be as simple as adding a IoT-connected sensor into a single circuit breaker that will constantly monitor energy consumption, device condition and circuit health. The next move should be to run power management software. By connecting

its systems become, the better able it will be to adapt to the evolution of power, helping it become more efficient and comfortable. With IoT-connected equipment and the use of analytics and power management software to optimise distribution can cause a sea-change in a building’s makeup. Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Power is one part of this solution. It is IoT enabled and provides safer, more reliable and more efficient power distribution. Ultimately smart buildings make more efficient and profitable buildings, today and in the future. Power distribution must also evolve and

where there is connectivity, there is also great opportunity to monitor and improve energy efficiency. If they are able to properly capitalise, building owners and managers will be able to track, optimise and master energy usage, even in today’s ever-shifting landscape.

Sources [i] Source: World Energy Outlook 2012 [ii] Source: IEA WEO 2014

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