Robust power monitoring systems determine the health and resiliency of most modern facilities. Energy supply and power management tools significantly influence multiple aspects of one’s infrastructure, and, consequently, the operations conducted. Critical and non-critical facilities alike can benefit from using well-designed power monitoring systems, those that are digitized, and leverage IoT-enabled technology. As for your own facility’s solution, what should your power monitoring systems look like? Here, we outline some key characteristics.
Specialized Devices, Sensors, and Equipment
As advanced and comprehensive many building management and automation systems are nowadays, many do not come with the ability to track and process electrical data. Therefore, power monitoring systems usually consist of highly-specialized devices and equipment. A separate, dedicated system for power management can better handle the nuanced task of collecting data from electrical distribution systems, energy sources, energy storage, power quality mitigation equipment, and more. However, it’s not enough to measure and meter data. Power monitoring systems should also conduct diagnostic functions and produce analytical reports from the captured raw data.
User Goal-Oriented System Functions
User goal-oriented design stems from the idea that there should be outlined, tangible goals one aims to accomplish, then build out the tools and systems to meet those identifiable goals. The analytical software and central interface for power monitoring systems should demonstrate this user goal-oriented usability. For many facilities, it means that the system delivers insightful analytic reports that support data-driven decision-making, including detecting data anomalies and recommending preventative measures. Your system comes with the tools, but the smart software should make it easy for your facility managers to execute several tasks, like troubleshooting, power quality testing, and thermal monitoring.
Adaptable and Scalable
As your facility and operation capacity grows, so will your power consumption and monitoring needs. That’s why you need power monitoring systems that are adaptable and scalable with your enterprise. Look for a system that will integrate with new devices and systems over time to make your investment future-proof.
By now, you know that power monitoring systems can produce critical insights that better inform your ability to optimize your facility. Further, other software systems within your facility or others in your organization access these findings across interfaces. That way, others within your enterprise can put your gathered data to use to increase power efficiencies. Connectivity should be leverage, not a company’s liability. Each component of power monitoring systems should support secure communication across your organization without leaving vulnerabilities for outsiders to infiltrate.
Learn More About EcoStruxure Power
Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Power platform could be the power monitoring and management system for your facility. Your business depends on a steady supply of electrical power. See how small businesses, data centers, commercial campuses, and others use EcoStruxure Power to enable their operations.
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