Hands-Off is the New Hands-On

Some of our customers who manage multi-dwelling units, aka high-density residential properties, recently mentioned how glad they are that they can perform some of their functions remotely, thanks to their energy management systems. Energy management systems usually feature remote “dashboards”. Think of an Energy Management System as a control panel, with your building equipment and …

EMS Platforms Help Shoulder the Burden in Senior Housing

Occupancy Data Vacant spaces mean wasted energy. This spells real trouble in the current senior living market. Heating and cooling unoccupied living quarters is colossally inefficient. Nationwide, senior living occupancy stood at 88% in the 4th quarter of 2019, according to data from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC). Unfortunately, we …

Bluetooth, BLE Technology Crowding Out Zigbee Channels

      In hospitality, the use of Bluetooth and BLE in panic system deployments and mobile key-enabled locks is growing. Because of this, we are seeing increased traffic on Zigbee channels 15 and 26 in some hotels. (We typically recommend using Zigbee channels 15, 20, 25, and 26 for ZigBee-enabled devices.) Our electrical engineers recommend …

Student Housing: Managing Extended Breaks

Student housing properties are largely uninhabited for now. For those properties with energy management systems, much of what had been a manual process is now automated. Automation includes adjusting thermostats, shutting windows room-by-room, turning off outlets. With an EMS this can all be done remotely using “profiles”, which are pre-defined thermostat settings that are applied …

Senior Living and Energy Management in the Era of COVID-19

The value of energy management systems is again becoming apparent, this time under the shadow of COVID-19. The CDC is constantly reminding us that nursing home populations are at the highest risk of being affected by the COVID-19 virus. This a good time to remind facilities engineers that they’ve got control: remote control, that is. …

Lighting Automation and Control: a Surge of Creative Solutions

California’s Title 24 has launched a trend of lighting automation and control. It extends well beyond California’s borders. Its momentum continues in states across the country. Title 24 concepts are a regular part of energy efficiency conversations in other states, where it is used as a barometer. They look to California’s program, examining the results …