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Tuples

Tuples

Basically, a tuple (Tuple in C#) is an ordered sequence, immutable, fixed-size and of heterogeneous objects, ie, each object being of a specific type.

The tuples are not new in programming. They are already used in F#, Python and databases. However they are new to C#. The tuples were introduced in C# 4.0 with dynamic programming.

To learn more, visit: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.tuple.aspx

Definitions of Tuples

“Each line that consists of an ordered list of columns is a record or tuple. The records may not contain information on all columns, and may take null values when this becomes necessary.”
http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banco_de_dados_relacional#Registros_.28ou_tuples.29
Example:

Insert Into Tb_clients values (1,’Frederico’, ‘1975-03-24’)

In this example,

(1,’Frederico’, ‘1975-03-24’) 

is a tuple.

“A tuple, in mathematic, is a fixed-size ordered sequence of objects” http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuple
Example: In the equation 2×2 – 4x – 3, the sequence (2, -4, -3) is a tuple.

“An enupla (also known as n-tuple) is an ordered sequence of n elements, which can be defined by the ordered pair of recursion.
The main properties that distinguish an enupla are:
– An enupla can contain an object more than once.
– Objects are necessarily represented in the given order. ”
http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuple

Tuples in .Net 4.0

While anonymous types have similar functionality in C#, they can not be used as return of methods, as can the type Tuple.

The KeyValuePair<TKey, TValue> can be compared to a tuple<T1, T2>, a significant difference is that KeyValuePair is a struct and a Tuple is a class.

A tuple is an ordered sequence, immutable, fixed size of heterogeneous objects.

Ordered sequence:

The order of items in a tuple follows the order used at the time of its creation.

Immutable:

All properties are read-only tuple, ie, once created, it can not be changed.

Fixed Size:

The size is set at the time of its creation. If it was created with three items, you can not add new items.

Of heterogeneous objects:

Each item has a specific and independent of the type of the other item.

Disadvantages:

As Tuples don’t have an explicit semantic meaning, your code becomes unreadable.

Creating Tuples:

In C#, Tuple is a static class that implements the “Factory” Pattern to create instances of Tuples. We can create an instance of a Tuple using the constructor or the static method “Create”.

The static method “Create” that returns an instance of type Tuple has eight overloads:

Example:

Tuples have a limit of 8 items. If you want to create a tuple with more items, we have to create nested Tuples.

The eighth item of the tuple has necessarily to be another Tuple. The example below will generate an exception.

To create a tuple with 8 items, we must do the following:

To create a tuple with more than 8 items, we do as follows:

What is a Tuple?

Tuples do not have names that may have some significance. The attributes of a tuple are called “Item1”, “Item2” and so on.

Two Tuples can be equal, but that doesn’t mean they are the same. Its meaning is not explicit, which can make your code less readable. For example, the following two tuples are equal, but represent different things:

(3, 9): Product Code 3 and Quantity 9
(3, 9): 3 and 9 are the codes of clients returned by a query.

As seen above, the fact that a tuple doesn’t carry information about its meaning, its use is generic and the developer decides what it will mean at the time of its creation and use.

So, why to use them?

A) Return of methods

Tuples provide a quick way to group multiple values into a single result, which can be very useful when used as a return of function, without the need to create parameters “ref” and / or “out “.

Example:

Another example of methods return is when we must return a list of an anonymous type. In this case we can easily replace this type by tuples.

Example:

C) Replace classes or structs that are created just to carry a return or to fill a list

Due to the interface IEquatable defines GetHashCode(), the implementation of the interface IStructuralEquatable creates a Hash code combining the members Hash codes, allowing the use of tuples as a composite key for a collection of type Dictionary.

Example:

B) Composite key in a Dictionary

Using the Tuple, we don’t need to create classes or structures to store only temporary values, such as creating a struct or class to add values to a combobox or listbox. With the tuples, it will no longer be necessary to create them.

Example:

Comparing and ordering

The interfaces IStructuralComparable and IStructuralEquatable were introduced in .Net 4.0 to assist in supporting Tuples.

A tuple is equal to another if and only if all items are equal, ie, t1.Item1 ==t2.Item1 and t1.Item2 == t2.Item2, and so on.

To sort, a comparison is made on individual items, ie, the comparison is made in the first Item1 if t1.Item1> t2.Item1 then Tuple t2 is the smallest, if t1.Item1 == t2.Item1 then the comparison is made in item2 and so on.

To use the interfaces IComparable, IEquatable, IStructuralComparable and IStructuralEquatable we must make the cast to the desired interface explicitly .

Conclusion

While the indiscriminate use of Tuples affect the readability of the code, its use at the appropriate time can be very handy for developers, allowing them to return multiple values from a function without the need to create parameters “ref” and / or “out “, allowing the creation of composite keys to collections of type Dictionary and eliminates the need to create structs or classes or just to fill combobox or lists.

Are Energy Credits Good for Business?

Are Energy Credits Good for Business?

Since the first issue of Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency directive, there has always been a carrot for the utilities to get involved and reduce the energy consumption of their customers. There was also a good lead time before the stick of fines are to be applied. The grace period has come to an end. The first set of fines will be issued at the end of this year for failure to meet 2020 targets. The utilities, including Electricity, Gas and Oil will continue to feel the pressure of the fines and the drive to obtain energy credits right up to the target review date. This is good news for business for many reasons.

The success of energy reduction programmes for business has a direct benefit to the company in energy spend, but the additional benefits of making companies much more competitive, with lower production and operating costs compared to competition who have not attempted to reduce energy waste, is by far the biggest advantage of article 8. In comparison studies of companies, we have seen many product facilities with the same matrix of production with a 13% reduction in production costs and similarly across a chain of hotels we have seen a savings of 21% from one hotel to another.

The other good news for business from energy reduction programmes is one of company ethos and staff involvement. A common goal across all levels of the company, immediate results and rewards of actions taken by people, giving the company a long-lasting reoccurring benefit for everyone involved.

Ring fencing savings is an excellent method of encouraging re-investment for continual savings and energy waste reduction programmes. The ultimate goal for continued success is ISO 50001. This is by far the easiest international standard to obtain and continue year on year. Delivering benefits and maintaining the standard by continual observation. Obtaining the energy credits from your utility will often cover the cost of implementing ISO 50001. Our recommendation would be to go straight to the ISO standard with the assistance of SEAI and obtaining the credit form to fund the process. Everyone wins.

For some quick wins have a look at the SEAI website. http://www.seai.ie/Your_Business/Resources/Resources.html

Energy Efficiency Tips for Facility Managers

Energy Efficiency Tips for Facility Managers

Many companies spend more than necessary on energy. This is often a result of inefficient equipment or improper operations. Facility managers have a big challenge and responsibility when managing and organising energy usage, reducing waste and cutting costs, while at the same time keeping employees comfortable and safe.

If a facility manager knows what to do, he can help his organisation save up to 30% on its energy costs. These achievements can also have an impact on the overall image of the business, as energy efficiency can be a large factor of its corporate responsibility.

Here are a few suggestions that will help facility managers reduce energy consumption and gradually understand the potential of developing a proper energy management plan:

  • Gain a good understanding of how the building utilizes energy while meeting its current operational needs.
  • Measure its current energy spend and evaluate how efficiently needs are met.
  • Examine utility bills and their rate structure. Compare tariffs and choose those more suitable to the company’s operational requirements.
  • Where possible replace outdated equipment for more energy-efficient models.
  • Switch to LED lights and install dimming and occupancy sensors.
  • Adjust thermostats to find the right balance to meet comfort levels. Check that each HVAC zone is set properly for the season and has temperature setbacks during periods of no occupancy.
  • Monitor, track and analyse the results of energy efficiency measures.
  • Educate employees about energy use and costs. Encourage them to engage in energy-efficiency practice and provide them with regular feedback on the results of their efforts.

Using electricity, water and gas more efficiently is vital for a company and many facility managers are aware of this. Though, sometimes the path to achieving these goals may not be clear. An energy monitoring system can offer a well-structured framework to help take back control of your energy usage. It can measure and track energy performance, analyse data and help make informed decisions that will result in savings.

Messing About with LoRa

Messing About with LoRa

In RK, we count ourselves among the pioneers in the use of low power radio for AM+T so we continue to keep an eye on the emerging technologies. One of these technologies is LoRa which is being aimed at a bunch of different IoT applications. LoRa can operate in two modes: peer-to-peer and LoRaWAN. LoRaWAN is ultimately the way to scale this technology and we will have a future blog entry on what we are doing to deploy a LoRaWAN basestation at our offices. In the meantime, lets have a look at what it takes to do some peer-to-peer testing.

First of all let me give credit to Paul who wrote this article. I’m going to refine it a little to make use of the equipment that we had at our disposal.

What we want to do in this post is to show how easy it is to do some very basic range testing with two LoRa devices, one operating as a transmitter and the other as a receiver.

The Motes

First of all we ordered two Microchip LoRa motes here. These operate on 868MHz (the legal frequency in Ireland and many other parts of the world). These are nice little gadgets with an OLED screen for reporting status. Also, there is an onboard PIC MCU. This means that you can write little programs that will allow the gadget to act in an untethered way.

Communicating with the Motes

The motes are based on the Microchip RN2483 LoRa modem. The RN2483, like a lot of devices these days, can be configured and operated with simple console commands. The list of available command can be found in this PDF. There are 3 levels of commands:

  • sys for system command
  • mac for LoRaWan protocol related command
  • radio for low level radio transmission

The command sys get ver returns the firmware version, it is a good way to ensure the mote works.

sys get ver
 RN2483 1.0.1 Dec 15 2015 09:38:09

Plugging in the Transmitter

I plugged one of the motes into a SolidRun CuBox-i that we had lying about. This uses the standard Debian distro that can be downloaded off SolidRuns website. I cannot see why you could not use Beaglebone Black, RPi or any other Linux/ARM setup for this.

Plugging in the Receiver

I plugged the other mote into my mac. This will be the receiver.

Transmitter Software

On the SolidRun, you need to take Paul’s script and run it. You may find that the serial port needs to be changed from /dev/ttyUSB0. The mote pretends to be a modem so it calls itself /dev/ttyACM0 in my case. This meant that i called Paul’s script as follows:

bash loratx.sh /dev/ttyACM0

Here is Pauls script:

#!/bin/bash
# LoRa loop send a message in loop over LoRa medium at default frequency
# module is connected to /dev/ttyUSB0 device
dev=$1

startRet() {
   (if read -t 3 ret < $dev; then echo $ret ; return 0 ; else return 1 ; fi) &
   wf=$!
}
checkRet() {
   wait $wf
   return $?
}


stty -F ${dev} 57600 cs8 -cstopb -parenb -echo

startRet ; echo "sys get ver" > $dev
if checkRet ; then
  startRet ; echo "mac pause" > $dev
  if checkRet ; then
     startRet; echo "radio set pwr 14" > $dev
     if checkRet ; then
        i=0
        while true ; do
           echo emiting $i
           startRet ; echo "radio tx 123456789AB" > $dev
           sleep 100
           i=$(( $i + 1 ))
        done
     else echo "error setting power"
     fi
  else echo "error setting mac in pause"
  fi

else echo "cant establish communication"
fi

Setting up the Receiver Side

On my mac, I coded up the following dirty little thing in python:

import serial
import time
import datetime
import sys

echo=False

def readlineCR(port):
    rv = ""
    while True:
        ch = port.read()
        rv += ch
        if ch=='r' or ch=='':
            return rv

def sendcmd(cmd):
    if echo:
        print (">>"+cmd)
    port.write(cmd+"rn")

def sendcmdprintresp(cmd):
    sendcmd(cmd)
    rcv = readlineCR(port)
    print "<<"+rcv

port = serial.Serial("/dev/tty.usbmodem1421", baudrate=57600, timeout=3.0)

sendcmdprintresp("sys get ver")

sendcmdprintresp("mac pause")


while True:
    sendcmd("radio rx 0")
    resp=readlineCR(port).strip()
    #print "<<"+resp
    if (resp == "ok"):
        while True:
           resp=readlineCR(port).strip()
           if (resp.startswith("radio_rx")):
               print "aRECEIVED at "+str(datetime.datetime.now().time())+": "+resp.split("  ")[1]
               break
           elif (resp.startswith("radio_err")):
               print "RECEIVED error"
               break;

           time.sleep(1)
    else:
        print "ERROR: "+resp
        print "WAITING TO CLEAR"
        time.sleep(10)

This assumes that the port is at /dev/tty.usbmodem1421. In my case it was but you will probably need to change it for your system. You will note that this prints an ASCII BELL character so you can hear each ping as it arrives.

Running the Tests

So anyhow I set everything up in the lab such that the mac was pinging nicely. To increase the frequency of the pings from every 100 seconds, you might want to change the "sleep 100” to something like “sleep 30”.

I left the transmitter in our lab. This lab is on the top floor of a four story building in Limerick city centre - a town that is mostly low-rise. This means that we are relatively high up with respect to much of the the local building stock. However, our building has a lot of metal along with a metal roof so I expect attenuation to be significant. To put it another way, my transmitter was placed in a rather sub-optimal location.

I then took the receiver to the basement car park of our building and I received every ping. This is impressive - you would certainly not see this with something like Zigbee unless you installed a bunch of repeaters.

Then I went driving to see where the range faltered. This map shows where I began receiving either 1) mostly errors or 2) nothing. The performance to the West was very good and this is not wholly surprising as there are far fewer buildings in this direction. Also the transmitter is situated above this low-lying region.

The performance to the East was less impressive. Right now I associate that with the extra building density and the urban canyon effect along with the rise and fall of the terrain - Limerick is built on some gentle rolling hills.

Overall, this technology looks very promising even when deployed in absolutely lousy conditions, like I just did. Very shortly we will be deploying a LoRaWAN base station for Limerick on The Things Network and we will be doing this in a much more professional way.

Brexit and the UK energy market

Brexit and the UK energy market

After a couple of days of reflection on the first consequences of the Brexit vote have materialised.

How is this likely to affect the UK energy market?

The immediate impact will be the weakness of the pound against the US$. The 14% drop to date has now been reflected directly in the gas price. This steep drop is projected to continue with financial industry predictions of it levelling out at 20% below the pre referendum US$ rate. Electricity prices will rise correspondingly into a double digit percentage.

What is of more long term concern is the impact on the generation investments planned over the next 10 years. Uncertainty requires greater return as compensation for the increased risk. This has already been reflected in the loss of UK’s AAA rating. The UK generation network requires over £14Billion investment of which over 50% will be from European suppliers. The scale of this means a significant increase in the cost of finance, which will add significantly to the long-term fixed costs of energy in the UK.

A study commissioned of Vivid economics by National Grid in March flagged the energy sector market forces. Their assessment was that higher costs of investment in energy infrastructure is the most significant Brexit risk.

So in short:

Electricity costs will likely increase significantly in 2016 and rise further in the following 2 years leading up to Brexit. The only option to maintain energy costs will be to invest heavily in the managed reduction of energy use.

High risk of rising energy costs for Northern Irish companies

High risk of rising energy costs for Northern Irish companies

On 17th May, the UK’s Department for the Economy (DfE) was looking at a few plans and schemes offering grant funding to help cover the cost of installing domestic energy efficiency measures. The DfE is proposing a new scheme called EnergyWise to replace the current scheme, which is due to close in March 2017. But how is the £8 million scheme going to be funded? This has triggered a lot of questions and concerns amongst the Northern Irish’s biggest energy users, as this could mean that NI companies might end up with larger energy bills by becoming ‘the unofficial scheme sponsors’! The DfE also stated that the very large energy users may be faced with a much greater increase than the average.

Manufacturing companies in Northern Ireland are not ‘impressed’ by these repercussions. It seems that the DfE has failed to look at the impact that this new scheme would have on NI businesses. Despite the fact that a Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) has been carried out by the DfE, it hasn’t been published and NI manufacturers fear that it is not realistic and that the scheme would eventually diminish their economy and business growth. They also claim that the energy costs between NI and the ROI will be greater.

Is the DfE playing a fair game towards NI businesses? Is it wise to impose a ‘tax on energy’ to businesses in order to pay for domestic energy efficiency schemes? Should this not be coming from the government instead? One would believe so but the DfE might have other plans instead.

Let’s say that the NI businesses are eager to find out more about the consultation responses, which should be published sooner rather than later!

You can read more by clicking on this link: http://fuelpovertyni.org/?p=1035

Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat

How Predictive Maintenance and Thermal Imaging can ensure system efficiencies and minimise plant downtime.

Heat is a form of energy, so where heat is lost, energy is lost. With 2020 energy targets looming, energy efficient grants are becoming more prevalent and companies are becoming more and more focused on green and sustainability initiatives.

Unfortunately, a lot of companies are overlooking one of the most lucrative opportunities for energy savings – predictive maintenance in the form of infrared thermography.

Infrared thermography is a non-destructive, predictive maintenance technique that can be used to monitor the thermal signatures of plant machinery, electrical apparatus and building systems without disrupting normal operations.

Regular thermographic inspections can be an extremely effective tool to optimise equipment and system efficiencies. They help diagnose existing or potential failures of electrical, mechanical, refractory and building envelope related systems, saving your facility from the expense and inconvenience of significant or catastrophic equipment failure.

Studies have shown that companies can cut energy consumption at a plant by 10%, while also preventing possible health and safety issues like fire hazard. Many industrial, high-rise and commercial fires are caused by faulty electrical components, which result in costly downtime, lost production, equipment replacement costs, injury or, at worst, loss of human life.

Infrared thermography provides non-destructive detection of potential “hot spots” and allows for planned monitoring of electrical apparatus and scheduling for preventive maintenance repairs before catastrophic failure occurs. The old saying illustrates a “picture paints a thousand words”. King & Moffatt Building Services comprehensive thermal imaging surveys will aid you to identify potential and existing problems and hazards before they become visible to the human eye.

Water, water everywhere! – Part 3

Water, water everywhere! – Part 3

(New Meters Survey / Selection)

Following on from our feature on data acquisition technologies for water meters, in this episode I will discuss water meter selection and water surveying.
There are many different types of water metering technologies available as discussed in “Part 1” of this series. However, the jet (impeller) type meter is the most common type utilised for energy sub-metering applications up to a pipe diameter of 2”, and then usually turbine type for pipe sizes greater than 2”. You will often find ultrasonic or magnetic flow meters used at a utility level. We will focus on the sub-metering solutions for the purpose of this article.

The following parameters should be considered when carrying out a survey of water meter selection:

• Expected Process Flow Rate (M3/Hr)
• Expected Operating Pressure
• Process Temperate (Hot or Cold Service)
• Required Turndown Ratio
• Accuracy and Resolution Required (Meter Class)
• Required Standards (MID)
• Required Outputs, and
• Local Displays

The size of the Water Meter

Water meters should be sized based on their nominal flow rate. This is called the Qn and is given in cubic meters per hour (one cubic meter is 1,000 litres of water). Generally, the water meters’ maximum flow rate is twice the Qn. If the required flow rate is known, then a water meter can be selected so that the required flow rate falls between the nominal and maximum flow rates. If the flow rate is not known, then it is generally safe to select a meter of the same nominal size (DN) as the pipework is to be connected too. Also where there are large swings in flow rates in the process, a Bypass Water Meter (as shown below in Figure 1 – Bypass Water Meter) can be fitted. This meter has two dials/outputs, one that is used for low flow rates and one that registers high flow rates.

Figure 1 – Bypass Water Meter

Under Pressure

The Maximum Operating Pressure is the maximum safe pressure the meter can continuously operate at. This is often described in the specification as DN, PN or ANSI and quoted in PSI or Bar. It is extremely important for safety that a meter is not installed in a system with higher than rated operating pressure.

Hot or Cold Service

Broadly, water meters fall into two main categories (Hot <90°C and Cold <30°C) depending on the service conditions they are operating in. To ensure correct operation and safety, always use a suitably specified meter for the process. In processes with temperature >90°C, metering solutions like turbine or magnetic flow may be necessary.

How low can you go?

Water meters are often described with their maximum flow capacity and a Turndown Ratio for the given meter, usually expressed as 10:1 or similar. This figure for the Turndown ratio is defined as the ratio of the maximum capacity to the minimum capacity, so a meter with a maximum capacity of 1m3/hr with a turndown ratio of say 10:1 can measure a flow with confidence of 0.1m3/hr.

Classy Meter

The class does not indicate the accuracy of the water meter per say but at what flow rates the meter maintains its accuracy figures. Usually, these are ± 5% at the meter’s minimum flow rate and ± 2% in the meter’s normal range for cold water meters. The figures for hot water meters are ± 6% and ± 3% respectively. The higher the class of water meter the higher the accuracy at very low flow rates. Water meters generally fall into Class A, B, C or D, the higher the letter the better the class of meter it is. For the most part Class A or B are sufficient for sub-metering solutions.

Required Standards (MID)

Water meters are generally certified to ISO 4064 or similar and have well defined standards in relation to accuracy (Class) and other specifications. Water meters can also be approved to MID (Measuring Instruments Directive), meters with MID approvals are often used for billing purposes.

Outputs

A variety of outputs are available from your water meter to suit the needs of your data acquisition systems. These range from a local dial that is read periodically, to meters with communication buses (e.g. M-Bus) that can provide metering data updates every few seconds. By far the most common output requited is the pulse output. The pulse outputs generally provide a volt-free contact that is pulsed (switched) each time a known volume passes through the meter (common outputs are 100L/Pulse or 1m3/pulse).

Displays

Both single-jet and multi-jet water meters are suitable for sub metering applications. Single-jet water meters are a low cost option, where there is a direct impact to the impeller from the flow of water. Multi-jet water meters have several points at which the water rotates the impeller. This gives the meter a much longer service life and retains meter accuracy as the load is evenly placed across the impeller.

Multi-jet water meters are generally very accurate at low flow rates. They tend not to be used for larger diameter pipes, since they don’t have the straight-through flow path needed for the high flow rates found in large pipe diameters. Multi-jet meters usually have an internal strainer element that protects the jet ports from getting clogged due to debris in the process.

What is the difference between single jet and multi jet?

Both single-jet and multi-jet water meters are suitable for sub metering applications. Single jet water meters are a low cost option where there is a direct impact to the impeller from the flow of water. Multi jet water meters have several points at which the water rotates the impeller. This gives the meter a much longer service life and retains meter accuracy as the load is evenly placed across the impeller.

Multi-jet water meters are generally very accurate at low flow rates. They tend not to be used for larger diameter pipes, since they don’t have the straight-through flow path needed for the high flow rates found in large pipe diameters. Multi-jet meters usually have an internal strainer element that protects the jet ports from getting clogged due to debris in the process.

Some Definitions

  • Nominal Flow Rate Qn – The designation flow rate of the meter.
  • Maximum Flow Rate Qmax – The highest flow rate at which the meter accuracy will be within the maximum permitted error.
  • Minimum Flow Rate Qmin – The lowest flow rate at which the meter accuracy will be within the maximum permitted error.
  • Transitional Flow Rate Qt – The flow rate at which the maximum permitted error of the meter changes.

Thanks for taking the time to read this article. You are hopefully in a better position to select the correct meter for your application.

The Green Business Fund for SMEs in the UK

The Green Business Fund for SMEs in the UK

The Carbon Trust launched the new Green Business Fund for SMEs in England, Scotland and Wales, providing £7 Million of capital contribution for replacement of the old with new more efficient equipment. The goal of the Green Business Fund is to cut energy costs and boost energy efficiency for those SMEs. The fund is limited to just 15% of a project value up to £10,000, so you will need a plan to find the rest.

What’s of more benefit is the offering of expert advice for the energy opportunity assessments and equipment procurement support. The Carbon Trust will also be running workshops to SMEs from June up until November 2016 to learn how to make the most of the programme. SMEs will be able to learn how to identify opportunities to reduce energy costs. You can register your interest in the workshops by sending an email to greenbusiness@carbontrust.com.

The expectation of the Green Business Fund is to reach over 1000 businesses. The reality is that few SMEs have the attention span or skillset to build equipment upgrade programmes in a piecemeal manner, so it’s going to be very much about if the shoe fits for their existing projects.

Were you to motivate new adoption by SMEs a 100% funding at a project value up to £10,000 would have been a much better proposition.

Carbon Trust advises that an energy management system can typically save an organisation between 5% – 20% in energy costs and significantly reduce energy use by providing real-time and accurate information to those who ultimately control their use.

ResourceKraft Advisor energy management software will help you to achieve your energy goals & targets through a host of tools and features including:

  • Manage energy & water usage across single or multiple sites
  • Set, track and report on energy reduction targets
  • Schedule automatic reports (detailing utilities usage & costs)
  • Measurement and Verification for energy efficiency savings
  • KPIs created to allow performance comparisons relating energy usage & costs Production / Site Area / Occupancy etc.
  • Tariff analysis tool to select the best value utility suppliers and validate bills

It is an enterprise-grade software platform that supports storage and analysis of large amounts of energy data, safely and securely. The system is completely scalable, capable of handling multiple inputs of meters and sensors across multiple sites as required.

Advisor 10

Advisor 10

After in-depth research with our customers, ResourceKraft developed a stronger, better and faster platform for its energy management software. So it is with great excitement that they are launching a new release of their software (Advisor 10), which will be fully available in May 2016.

Advisor 10 has a new user-focused interface, which gives engineers, finance and operations teams what they need, at the touch of a button. This makes it our fastest and most intuitive platform yet!

The main advantages of Advisor 10 over Advisor 9 is the power of responsive design, giving wider access and availability of information in a format to suit individual users and their role within the organisation.

Organisational Function Perspective – Your data, your way

Organisational Function Perspective (OFP) is the ability for users to obtain and interrogate information which pertains to their role. Advisor 10 gives improved access to meaningful data which is tailored to various stakeholders’ requirements i.e. Finance and Engineering, Facility Management, etc. Users will also have the ability to create their own unique view of their world.

User access and device display

To meet the demands of ever changing technology in the area of mobile devices, ResourceKraft has created Advisor 10 to scale on any device while maintaining its functional usage. This is achieved through the implementation of responsive design.

Faster & better

Advisor 10 introduces a new Application Programming Interface (API) platform allowing a faster and responsive application, which is over eight times faster than current Advisor 9 for page loading, data querying and display.

Road map

  • Project management tool
  • Track projects and record ROI / payback
  • What if Analysis
  • Fuel Equivalencies
  • Improved EmPIs (Energy Management Performance Indicators) and KPIs

Enjoy your new experience!

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