Continuous Development in October: EnerKey Product Manager Blog Series

Autumn has gone by fast and it’s time to take a look what new we have developed at EnerKey. In-between September and October, further development included things such as smart features, EnerKey SaaS performance, energy management tools, and functionality related to property grouping.

Ines is evolving

We have continued to develop the smart features of EnerKey SaaS. During this year, we will release three new functionalities into the toolkit of Ines. The functionality to be released next is an improved version of the existing ventilation time program analysis.

Current functionality is looking for sites where ventilation rotates around the clock without any time schedules. If the ventilation is reduced at night, Ines will calculate the savings produced. The improved functionality includes properties with a ventilation time program. Although the time programming features are not yet optimal.

The operation of the ventilation time program is determined by comparing the automatic water consumption monitoring data with the heating energy consumption. The comparison shows do the the building’s active operating time and ventilation time settings match.

For example, if the active operating time ends at 5 pm, but ventilation is on until 10 pm. In such a case the ventilation could be switched off as early as 6 pm, which would save 4 hours every day from ventilation and heating.

Optimizing ventilation will save up to thousands of euros on an annual level. Often, the time settings of a normal weekday are forgotten on public holidays. Situations such as these will not go unnoticed for the tirelessly analyzing Ines who locates these occasions and lets you know how much you can save by optimizing your programs.

What comes to traditional energy management practices, smart Ines utilizes water consumption data in a way that has never been seen before. It has been thought before that water is just water, and it is not worth spending too much time or resources to monitor it. This assumption was due to water being a low-cost factor compared to electricity or heat.

However, when developing Ines, we noticed that hourly water monitoring can be used to determine very accurately when a building is in active use. Not to mention the data regarding the occupancy rate of the building at any given time.

Improved performance

We have received feedback on the performance and speed of EnerKey’s SaaS from time to time and improvements have now been made accordingly. We have improved the download speed of the front-page desktop view by approximately 30-50%. Also, the front-page windows for large profiles now load 30% faster than before.

Easier energy management

The energy management tools have now improved. New functions are added to the action search function. This allows actions to be organized according to the start time and date.

This will make it easier carry out annual reports, as the search of the previous actions from the last or the ongoing year will be easier. The handling of automatic alarms has also been improved. Now it is possible to translate an alarm into a consumption comment.

Tags

Tags can be used to add optional ratings to items. The added tags are presented in the building’s property data as a separate group. They can be used to filter and group properties into different table views. To access the tags from the spreadsheet report: press the “Tag” button on the item row. The tags used for the object are then defined in the opening dialog.

Adding tags requires that the user has the editing rights to the targeted data. If you want to take advantage of this feature, but don’t have the necessary rights to do so, please contact the EnerKey Helpdesk.

I am happy to discuss the further development of EnerKey SaaS with you, feel free to contact juho.linsuri@enerkey.com!