How Embedded Computers Can Assist in Energy Management

Monitoring energy usage is integral to any company, but it can prove daunting. Energy management for businesses, large and small, involves constant monitoring, data collection, and storage to know how much energy is being used and how best to optimize it. In today’s world of increased oil and gas prices, it’s never been more critical. 

The Internet of Things (IoT) and embedded computers enable better planning and managing your energy consumption in industrial sectors. Rising energy costs, increased demand, an unstable energy market, and government regulations have inspired many companies to find smarter, more efficient ways to monitor and control their energy usage. An energy-efficient enterprise will be vital moving forward in this economy. Intelligent systems that can contribute to cost-cutting energy usage, avoid creating data silos, and deliver real-time, actionable information will be the only way forward.

Energy Management and Monitoring 

Embedded systems can deliver transformative results for your business, and one of the main ways they can do this is through management and monitoring of resources.

Monitoring and analyzing a company’s energy consumption supports processes, prediction of future usage, and long-term growth, while insufficient monitoring allows for gaps in productivity and profitability. 

With the DataCast, part of our Interceptor product line, you can monitor from anywhere that is land-based. So it's no problem if you need to oversee well sites in another town or check a pump jack that is states away. The DataCast was created expressly to extend the reach of standard monitoring to provide constant oversight and real-time data on remote field equipment. 

The DataCast uses cellular or radio communication to transmit information about the status of the equipment back to the base. Because it uses cellular data, it is not limited by distance, so you can have peace of mind monitoring your equipment virtually anywhere in the world. The DataCast is a customizable solution that consists of the Interceptor, QuarterMaster, and a communication module of your choosing (Spearlink or Horizon). It is the optimal solution for wireless communications and monitoring. For example, it can monitor well pads, control equipment in refineries, and monitor and report on storage facilities. In addition, a Spearlink-enabled DataCast can be linked to different rigs and set to send information back to a single base using point-to-point or point-to-multipoint communication. 

Energy Tracking and Storage

Monitoring energy efficiency and benchmarking appropriately are both vital to energy management. If you don’t know how much of something you’re using, you won’t be able to achieve actual energy efficiency. Monitoring enables decision-makers to keep track of all of their energy usage over time and identify opportunities for improvement. 

Additionally, effective data storage makes a big difference for energy companies. Effective data storage aids in collecting energy consumption data, gathering statistical data, energy audits, balance sheets, and more. Data collection shows where there are any breakdowns in usage across the company and helps you know how you’re using energy resources.

The Chronicle provides significant storage and can also be used as an emergency backup for multiple computers or systems. If power or internet connection is interrupted or lost, this historian module can ensure that your data is protected. Its small size gives it significant versatility, as does its ability to store data in remote and industrial locations. In addition, our products offer direct, real-time reports on your warehouses, equipment, and more through constant oversight. This lets you know the status of all your equipment and devices, no matter their location, saving you time and money.  

The Interceptor suite of products improves efficiency by automating tedious manual processes; providing more transparent and faster communication through point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, and cellular communication options; and identifying concerns and addressing them before they become problems. All of these things are imperative for the future of the energy industry. 

Contact us today to find out how we can help your business. 

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