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FEATURE MONITORING & METERING MAKING SENSORS EASIER


TO INTEGRATE Pressac’s sensors will soon be compatible with more systems, following the introduction of some important new developments


and Microsoft Azure. The developments we plan to roll out over the coming months will widen this even further – giving people the ability to connect the sensors to Amazon Web Services, their own software systems, or to access data and dashboards without having to be connected to a cloud platform.” New developments coming soon are:


he company’s product development team is constantly working hard to ensure that its sensors are as accessible and easy-to-use as possible. Upgrades are being launched and will


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mean they can be used with even more IoT cloud platforms, or integrate easily with existing software. Robert Smith, Pressac’s technical


director, says: “The launch of our Gateway device earlier this year means the sensors are now compatible with popular IoT cloud platforms IBM Watson


• Starter kits: Designed for those that would like to test how Pressac’s sensors work with their existing systems, the starter kits contain everything needed to trial the sensors and see the data they provide. They contain a range of sensors and a gateway which converts their data into industry-standard MQTT protocol – which enables users to send data to the compatible platform of their choice. There are three different types of starter kit: energy monitoring, occupancy monitoring and environmental monitoring.


• Node Red added to Gateway: By adding Node Red to the Gateway device, Pressac is removing the need for customers to use one of the cloud-based platforms. The Node Red application enables data to be pulled from the sensors. This functionality is important for those who do not subscribe to a cloud-based platform as it provides the ability to see and analyse data locally. • Amazon Web Services connectivity added to Gateway: The Gateway device, which takes the data collected by Pressac’s sensors and sends it to where it is needed, is currently compatible with two of the most popular cloud-based platforms IBM Watson and Microsoft Azure. This update will mean it can also link the sensors with Amazon Web Services, which is increasingly being used by many customers.


Work will also be continuing throughout the year to look at widening the range of different protocols that the company’s sensors use. Smith adds: “Our ultimate aim is to ensure Pressac’s technology is accessible to as many people as possible, providing sensor solutions that are energy-efficient, reliable and easy-to-integrate into a wide range of existing systems.”


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Smart meter installation programme


for small businesses Energy Assets is bringing the benefits of latest generation smart metering (SMETS2) to micro businesses up and down the country


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he company, which specialises in advanced industrial and commercial


metering, is now accredited by the Data and Communications Company (DCC) to help energy suppliers target non-domestic sites still eligible for smart meters. The move coincides with a government


impetus to promote the benefits of the technology to this business group, following the launch of the new SMETS2 meters, which benefit from improved data and communication systems. “A survey undertaken last year by


Smart Energy GB indicated that seven in ten of all eligible micro businesses were unaware that smart meters could be deployed for business use – and as a result they hadn’t even considered the potential benefits the technology might


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bring,” says Stewart Love, group commercial director at Energy Assets. “Our strong track record in industrial


and commercial metering means our engineers are used to working with businesses to minimise disruption and tackle any technical complexity, so we have invested in a specialist team to work with energy suppliers to increase commercial smart metering awareness and uptake in micro-businesses.” Smart meters enable businesses to


benefit from accurate half hourly consumption data, making it easier for them to access the best tariffs, new services and switch more easily to a different energy supplier. Companies no longer need to send manual meter reads – data is communicated


automatically to the energy supplier, ending the era of estimated bills. Smart meters also make it easier to review energy consumption and to spot potentially costly spikes in usage. Although similar, Automated Meter Reading (AMR) devices and smart meters perform slightly differently and utilise different communications means to deliver data. Like AMR meters, smart meters enable businesses to improve efficiencies. Non-domestic smart meters are


available to businesses with an annual electricity consumption up to 100,000KWh and/or an annual gas consumption of up to 293,000KWh.


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