Electric.ie September/October Edition

22 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • Energy Management Solution Energy Monitoring For businesses, manufacturers and operations teams it has never been more important to track energy use. With prices increasing and climate obligations coming into force, understanding and managing energy usage is paramount. What are IOT Energy Monitors? Energy monitors are simple devices that monitor electricity usage in real time to varying degrees of detail. Din-rail meters such as the Eastron SDM-230-LoRaWAN are installed into a distribution board and capture crucial performance data e.g. Active Energy (KwH), Voltage, Current, Active Power (W), Power Factor. This data is uploaded at regular intervals to enable real-time monitoring and tracking. AMR (automated meter reading) sensors don’t require electrical installation and pick up pulses emitted by main electricity meters. The sensors collect the pulse output from a meter and report this information. The pulses equate to consumption e.g. Kilowatt Hours of electricity or M of gas according to each meter. Sensors are able to communicate wirelessly with the nearest gateway or base station up to 5KM away. Once connected to a gateway or base station data is then pushed to the cloud where it is processed into meaningful information. The consumption information is tracked and reported via a software portal available on mobile, desktop or tablet. Critical Measurements Energy monitors track Kilowatt Hours i.e. they track your power usage in real time. The Safecility dashboard is packed with information that will help you manage your energy usage. View consumption graphs across your entire estate in realtime and export billing reports as needed. RFE ‒IoT Energy Usage Monitoring-Take Control of your Energy Data while Reducing your Energy Costs SDM230-LoRaWAN-MID