Smart Energy: IoT for better energy management
In the context of global warming and the strong desire to reduce the ecological footprint and to fight against the waste of resources, the implementation of intelligent solutions for the remote management of water and electricity networks, for example, allow for the evolution towards more responsible and economical uses. Launching a Smart Energy project offers many advantages provided that the right questions are asked from the outset, both in terms of the choice of sensors, network connectivity and the secure restitution of data through business interfaces.
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Your questions about Smart Energy
What is Smart Energy?
Some will tell you that this is a modern view of resource consumption. We define it as an intelligent and responsible way of consuming energy.
It is in fact a set of concepts ranging from consumption management applications, storage to intelligent systems of recovery and reuse of renewable energies that can be implemented for example in Smart Cities and their entire ecosystem.
Smart Energy allows for the optimization of energy efficiency, resulting in economic gains and control of energy production.
How does Smart Energy work?
Smart Energy includes two fundamental aspects of the energy and ecological transition: renewable energies and better management of energy consumption. Here are the details of how Smart Energy works.
1. Renewable energies :
They are sources of energy whose natural renewal is fast enough that they can be considered inexhaustible on a human time scale. As time goes by, they continue to multiply and grow. In terms of Smart Energy, we automatically speak of Smart Grids. By adjusting the flow of electricity in real time, they allow for more efficient management of consumption. This is made possible in particular by the collection and processing of information between energy suppliers and consumers.
2. Better management of energy consumption :
Smart Energy proposes solutions to manage consumption in a more intelligent and responsible way, by suggesting changes in energy habits, modifications that can allow to consume less. In Smart Energy, Smart Grids allow for more accurate monitoring of needs through the exchange of past, present and future data between energy consumers and suppliers.
What are the benefits of Smart Energy?
Processing data quickly makes it much easier to make decisions thanks to a better understanding of the issues. This digitalization helps to better understand the behaviors of actors involved in Smart Energy and in the preservation of resources.
Using the Internet of Things (IoT) allows us to better understand each situation and to capitalize on actual usage.
The real-time monitoring that IoT solutions in particular allow to provide essential information for :
- Optimize and adjust consumption
- To gain in competitiveness
- Identify energy consuming systems
- Adapt the installation of much more eco-friendly systems
- Rethink the way data is processed and stored
- To better adapt supply to demand
Smart Energy: where does it go from here?
Eventually, the integration of decision-making systems with embedded artificial intelligence algorithms will enable faster and in some cases predictive analysis. As a result, consumers, suppliers and manufacturers will have more and more real-time information at their disposal, as well as predictions to help them in their decision-making.
A historical use in Smart Energy is the remote reading of water, gas and electricity meters. This is an IoT provision allowing to read remotely, we also talk about remote reading, the different information of the meters thanks to sensors and systems.
We also speak of Energy Management System as a management system that brings together the various tools that can be implemented by a company or a community to improve energy performance, reduce the carbon footprint or have a more responsible consumption of energy.
What are the challenges of Smart Energy?
The issues of smart energy are essential to understand. It is mainly about exploiting alternative energies, but also about reducing the energy bill and the ecological footprint:
- Exploiting alternative energies: The Internet of Things enables dynamic management of each connected piece of equipment according to its energy needs and type of use
Reduce energy bills: The feedback of useful information via sensors allows to optimize considerably the energy consumption of buildings or homes for example. It is possible, for example, to control heating in real time according to the weather or to monitor the behavior of building equipment in order to carry out informed maintenance and ensure optimal energy performance to guarantee better operation.
- Reducing the ecological footprint involves environmental regulations, but also intelligent networks that provide the keys to ensuring the best maintenance of building equipment.
How to succeed in a Smart Energy project?
It is advisable to have a transversal approach, an expert accompaniment with the appropriate connected objects and connectivity. It is important not to remain focused only on the technology. Because if it is true that data is a real gold mine that creates value, we must not neglect the human value that cannot be replaced by machines.
Smart energy helps to preserve the environment and optimize the energy efficiency of infrastructures. And it is through the collection and analysis of data that all this is made possible.
This is why all the systems set up must be able to communicate with each other, be remotely controllable and centralised. As with all the data captured, centralizing it for the best analysis is undoubtedly the best thing to do. This is made possible by the SoM2M#IoT and SoDATA#Viz data management and visualization platforms.
How to use the IoT to implement a solution of
Smart Energy ?
Launching a large-scale IoT project is never easy, you need to be accompanied by experts with proven know-how in the deployment of an end-to-end IoT project.
You are not alone. Indeed, Synox is recognized for its expertise on the entire IoT value chain: from data capture to its restitution on web and mobile interfaces, including storage.
Synox supports you every step of the way to ensure the success of your IoT project.
Choose your objects
Speed, temperature, force, location, power, volume… According to your needs, Synox advises you in the choice of the sensor and facilitates its installation on site.
Connect your objects
In order to transport and secure the data, Synox recommends the networks and transmitters most suited to your project.
Securing your data
We provide you with an open and interoperable data collection and analysis platform that securely aggregates all your data with third-party data.
Host your data
A TIER IV type hosting and storage solution, based in France, which combines density, respect for the planet, availability and security.
Leverage your data
We offer an open data visualization platform that aggregates all of your third-party flows and allows you to manage them in a simplified, secure and customizable turnkey interface.
Is Synox the right choice for you?
Through our positioning on the IoT value chain and our expertise in Smart Energy use cases, we are convinced that the technological answer is not the only element to bring to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s IoT projects. The success of a Smart Energy project also lies in the fact that the proposed solutions must be equal to the business, ethical and environmental challenges they address.
From POC to large-scale deployment, Synox supports you throughout your Smart Energy project in accordance with our values: fun, agility and humanism.
They trust us
"In our industry, smooth communication is a critical point since our service is tied to people. So we chose Synox because when we need technical support, we get a diagnosis and a solution very quickly."
Computer & telecom engineer
"We were looking for a mature solution for rapid deployment, which is what Synox offered us. From decision making, to hardware purchase and deployment (connectivity, dashboards...) thanks to Synox's end-to-end support, the 1st Proof of Concept was completed in less than a month!"
"We wanted to give ourselves the means to avoid breakdowns and reduce our customers' stress regarding production downtime. After some research, IoT quickly appeared to be the answer to this need. Synox's collaborative approach seemed to me to be the right one and convinced me. The ability to listen to the teams and the hyper responsiveness of the support department allowed us to successfully move this project forward."
"What is interesting about the Synox solution is that it can be adapted independently to the needs of our customers, and perhaps even later to other sectors of activity. With a very simple implementation and a modest cost, we were able to deploy the solution to about 20 customers within 6 months."
Technical Project Manager
"Before the installation of connected objects, sometimes it was our customers who informed us of a malfunction in the heating system... Now we can be proactive about this type of incident. We had already carried out several unsuccessful - and expensive - POCs before testing SoDATA#Viz but when we saw the real-time curves of our 50 objects, only a week after signing the POC, it quickly convinced us!"
"With SYNOX, we work well together, we are on a long-term partnership. They are there for us, adapt to our needs and are a force of proposal, which is rare for a service provider. Pragmatic and efficient, they make sure that our project ends up with the best. We have therefore created a real relationship of trust."