Real world convergence of ICT and Facilities
This is guest post by John Clifford of building automation solutions. John's bio is included below the article.
We all know the importance of taking a ‘holistic view’ of energy consumption within a building and it’s often said that the key to this is Facilities and ICT working in harmony. However, this can often be challenging as disparate budgets, siloed decision making and traditional hierarchies all go against this organisation-wide thinking. This is made even more challenging when you consider mixed-use, multi-tier estates that have significant amounts of legacy or even obsolete BEMS equipment.
The Energy Solutions Group has tackled this challenge head on, integrating their remote BEMS products with JouleX Energy Manager to provide true holistic energy solutions to their clients. The integration of JouleX with BEMS-focused remote products such as utility monitoring and continual diagnostics provides significantly more insight into energy consumption than when the facility and ICT are considered separately.
The value of this is demonstrated when analysing energy use within an office building. The BEMS or AM&T solution will usually provide data about small power (plug load) on a particular floor but it is impossible to determine whether this is related to ICT equipment or, for example, a portable heater. By bringing JouleX into the mix, the ICT power consumption can be subtracted, providing much improved visibility of what else is contributing to overall energy consumption.
Another example of this is within the data centre. Cooling, controlled via the BEMS, traditionally relies on a small number of environmental sensors (such as thermometers) within the data centre hall which often leads to inefficiencies. Our integrated approach uses the data collected by JouleX Energy Manager from sensors within the ICT equipment itself (such as air temperature) to determine the cooling requirements and BEMS control. With this granular detail about the environmental conditions within the data centre racks themselves, the optimal level of cooling can be delivered 100% of the time – eliminating energy wastage.
It is clear that there are significant advantages to bringing together the Facility and ICT, however it is impractical to expect existing BEMS systems to be upgraded to the latest and greatest model to allow this. The work undertaken by The Energy Solutions Group has enabled the benefits discussed to be realised with BEMS systems that are already in-situ – making the most of the functionality of both JouleX Energy Management and the BEMS.
Our holistic energy solution is called ecoICT. Please click here to see a Solution Overview
John has extensive experience of driving innovation into Energy Management and Sustainability, with a proven track record of developing new propositions that tackle the ever growing problem of managing energy costs and carbon emissions.
In his current role, he is responsible for the development and delivery of Energy Services within one of the UK’s largest Energy Management companies. This involves working in partnership with large blue chip organisations to drive down energy use, often in challenging environments such as data centres and prestigious office spaces.
John has held senior positions in a number of sectors including construction, IT and manufacturing – both in technical and business development roles. This range of experience allows him to take a holistic approach, staying focused on the business benefits of solutions rather than the technical details.
In addition to his industry experience, John holds a Masters’ Degree in Systems Engineering from Loughborough University.
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