Archive for February, 2020

Multisite energy management made easy

Posted on: February 13th, 2020 by Tom No Comments

In an age where we have become accustomed to speedy delivery, whether it’s instant messaging, Internet connection, TV on demand or even next-day postal deliveries, effective management of property cannot afford to fall behind. Any delay in solving a problem with a property you manage is likely to lead to tenant dissatisfaction. A property that is poorly managed in the long term also runs a high risk of being inefficient when it comes to saving energy and therefore more money being wasted.

With new buildings springing up all around us, and with the latest innovations in building services, controls and plant being retrofitted in our existing structures, managing all of this effectively presents a challenge in the 21st century. In times past, if a maintenance issue was reported by one of your tenants then you would most probably need to send somebody out to identify the problem and resolve it. This might be straightforward if you’re only responsible for managing one or two properties, but if you are managing 20 then it becomes much more complicated, especially if you have a limited number of staff you are able to call upon. Visiting a property in your portfolio to sort out a minor issue could be at the expense of a much greater issue in another property. However, if the first issue can be identified and fixed remotely then more time and effort can be dedicated to dealing with the second.

A multisite energy management system enables a building’s services to be managed remotely through sensors that can show the building manager live data relating to energy consumption. This means that areas of the property network that require attention can be spotted quickly and acted upon, without anybody necessarily having to visit the building itself.

Energy Building Information Software (EBIS), such as SIPinsight EBIS from Synapsys Solutions, is a cloud based solution allowing users to access the portal as and when they require from wherever they want. The system can be quickly and easily scaled up or down as required and it is this flexibility which allows users to monitor one part of a building, a whole building, an entire campus or multiple sites across a country for example. The cost of the software is based upon the number of points users want to pull into the system. An added benefit of the cloud based system means these points could be from different buildings or sites which could be in different locations in the country, users are not tied to one building or specific location to monitor and access the data.

Discovered more about how SIPinsight EBIS offers a simple solution to multisite energy management.

SIP2 the low cost metering and plant interface

Posted on: February 4th, 2020 by Tom No Comments

SIP2 from Synapsys Solutions is a new Hardware platform designed to provide an easy-to-use, low cost metering, field-bus, plant interface and or data capture solution.

The SIP2 hardware platform come as standard with built in M-Bus, ModBus, Power over Ethernet (PoE) and a digital input. The small footprint of the hardware makes it perfect for residential applications with the inclusion of PoE for when a standard power source is not an option.

The multi-protocol hardware supports a maximum of four drivers per device, those drivers can include MQTT, REST, Synapsys ViQ, BIC and many more. This built in flexibility makes it ideal for metering and plant interfacing as well as capturing data from connected devices, meters and sensors.

SIP2 is available in 100, 300 and 600 point variants ensuring users don’t have to pay for more points than they require.

The hardware is easy to install and commission, with a small footprint and access to Synapsys Solutions’ library of SIPeasy files, which can be easily converted using the company’s free to download SIPeasy conversion tool from the SIPintegrator support website.

Learn more about SIP2 or call us on 01444 246 128 to find our more.

Take the pain out of building performance reporting

Posted on: February 3rd, 2020 by Tom No Comments

Data, as we are constantly being reminded now, is everywhere. Some may argue we have more data than we know what to do with. But ALL data is valuable, and knowing how to understand it will have a positive impact on your building’s energy performance.

Whether it’s on your laptop, tablet or smartphone, or through social media or online shopping, data is being generated every second, and as we have mentioned in previous blogs, buildings create a lot of data from various sources. It is only when we can interpret and use this data accurately that can we start to realise and enjoy the benefits truly ‘smart’ buildings can offer.

The quantity of data that can be gathered from buildings gives plenty of scope for meaningful analysis, allowing the smallest fluctuations in building efficiency to be monitored. However, reporting on a building’s data can be problematic, time consuming and expensive. A system that can offer simple, fast data reporting to improve building performance will thus enable the building manager to identify patterns and trends in energy consumption and unlock potential savings.

SIPinsight Energy Building Information Software (EBIS) from Synapsys Solutions removes the complications in reporting building performance data, making it easier to understand, correlate and analyse. EBIS’s ability to generate in-depth reports about how a building is operating allows the building owner or manager to make recommendations for improvements and meaningful changes which will have a positive impact on the bottom line.

Producing building performance reports with EBIS is simple, enabling recommendations to be made for improvements and changes to the building systems. Its tools and built-in features include a Data Point linking tool to create ‘Spaces’ and ‘Virtual Meters’, a dashboard builder and a saved dashboard view for each user upon log-in. Energy profiles can be created by meter or meter group with the time period defined by user, reports on historical data is aided by a PDF Builder and exported via PDF or CSV.

Perhaps it’s time you made data reporting easier with SIPinsight EBIS.