SensorSuite Inc. Hires Former Ameresco President Mario Iusi as EVP

Smart building innovator hires industry veteran to help power growth

SensorSuite® Inc., a breakthrough Internet of Things (IoT) company that provides innovative wireless monitoring and energy saving solutions for multi-residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, has hired Mario Iusi as Executive Vice President. Mario brings in-depth knowledge of the energy services industry through initiatives and strategic thinking to further accelerate SensorSuite’s adoption within the market.

Mario joins SensorSuite following his tenure as the President of Ameresco Canada and has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry and is an experienced leader who has kept pace with all key developments in the marketplace since the late 1980’s.

“Our technology is all about IOT and how it relates to energy, water, and operational efficiencies within buildings”, said Robert Platek, SensorSuite’s CEO. “We are thrilled to have Mario join our team and bring his incredible experience to SensorSuite.”

Mario began his career in the energy efficiency business in the late 1980’s as Partner-owner / shareholder / COO of one of the most success energy performance contacting company in Canada . In the 1990’s he became President for Duke Energy’s energy efficiency business in Canada and in 2002 continued as President for Ameresco Inc for 13 years during which time he helped grow and expand the company across Canada. He has been instrumental in the creation of the energy performance contracting business in Canada.

He led a senior business development & management team in developing client focused solutions and creating new service innovations.

Mario Iusi commented, “As an industry we are at a key moment of our market’s development and evolution for HVAC innovation. IOT will be a disruptive, but positive force for the HVAC industry to provide clients with better tools to improve tenant comfort , maintain and operate building assets more efficiently and reduce building operating costs. I’m excited to come on board and help support the company in its future ambitions and show even more clients how the platform will help them reduce operating costs and improve building performance .”

 

 

Find out more at: http://www.sensorsuite.com

 

About SensorSuite®

SensorSuite®, an innovator in smart building technology, has created the first affordable enterprise-level smart building solution.

SensorSuite develops real-time building intelligence cloud platforms for reducing operational risks and improving the efficiency of buildings. The company creates solutions using leading-edge sensors, cloud analytics, building controls, and software interfaces to reduce energy costs, increase occupant comfort, and allow owners and occupants to extract more value out of their respective space(s).

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Cutting the Cord with IOT and SensorSuite

Today, wireless remote monitoring and control systems are doing far more than simulating the architecture of the wired systems of old.

Transmitting data without a wire is not new the marketplace.  With the emergence of smartphones and other wireless data transmitting technologies, the world as we know it is due for a big upgrade.

Offering substantial operating and cost advantages over wired systems, wireless systems are becoming more prevalent in a variety of applications.

SensorSuite® (www.sensorsuite.com) is an Internet of Things (IoT) company involved in the capture, processing, and delivery of real-time building information to stakeholders in the multi-residential, commercial, and industrial markets.

As an organization, SensorSuite solutions support a wireless architectural with sensors that draw wired power from a local source.

In the early days, it wasn’t easy for SensorSuite to be wireless in a wired world- but as people and businesses continue to cut cords, the promises of our new IoT world become more real and

As with any change to the status quo, there is generally a level of uneasiness as it relates to technology.

Should you wait?

Should you defer this decision to your successor?

What if it fails?

Let’s face it.  Doing nothing is not a viable option.

Your business cannot close the door on new opportunities to cut costs and improve on productivity.  Unless you operate in a high-volume market with few players, watching your competitors adapt and exploit its advantages over you will simply leave your business in the dust.

As the existing market workforce passes the torch to a next generation of Managers that are far more technically literate than their predecessors, the time for change is now.

Wired infrastructure is old technology.  Wireless is the new way of doing things- and the market is ready for it now.

Here’s why:

1)    No Wiring Required

Obviously, a system supported by a wired infrastructure may require thousands of meter of cable to connect to different endpoints.  The cost of large quantities of wire can be expensive.  The cost to install and maintain these wires can be even greater.

Powered by battery, solar, or local power, wireless systems have no conduit requirements, eliminating the need for hardwiring instrumentation.  The decision on how to power wireless sensors should be heavily reliant on how many sensor nodes have been deployed.

If the number of deployed nodes is high and they have access to local power, I would recommend tapping into these power sources.

Who would want to change hundreds of batteries over time- especially if these nodes are not conveniently accessible.

2)    Lower Retrofit and Installation Costs

Wireless system can cost a few hundred dollars per measured point, depending on vendor and application specs. If repaired or reconfigured, a wired system can require new cables, involving trenching, hardware and more labour. A wireless system is scalable and may not require the addition new hardware. After its initial set-up, wireless systems can easily add new wireless components to meet changing and expanded requirements of your business.

Last, a wireless system can be configured off-site, reducing on-site labour by as much as 75%.

3)    Operate in Different Terrains

In some cases, wires can’t run on property not owned by the company (ie: roads, streams or other structures).

One of the best and most cost-effective ways to spread a digital coverage footprint over an area is with a 900 MHz wireless mesh network.

Wireless mesh networks have a topology whereby all devices can communicate with all other devices in the network- either directly (if in range), or indirectly via one or more intermediate “nodes”.

Mesh networks have no central hub and offer multiple ways of transmitting data from one device to another.

Compared to Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, this makes for an inherently more reliable network design.

SensorSuite had tried utilizing wireless mesh networks supported at a higher frequency-  but concluded that at 900 MHz, the reliability, reach, and in-building coverage of its network makes for the best fit for its solutions.

Reliable Connectivity and Signal Strength: The primary advantage of 900 MHz range is the reliability of connection and signal penetration- especially for in-building applications.

Further Reach: 900 MHz frequency fixed radio link can be almost 2.67 times farther in distance than a typical 2.4 GHz connection.

Better Penetration: A longer wavelength of 900 MHz transmission allows the connection to easily penetrate amongst dense materials such as tree-lines or buildings between sites. This property helps in linking multiple sites where dense vegetation or structures would otherwise cause hindrance.

4)    No Loss of Data

Should a wired system fail due to cut wires, corrosion, dirt or another adverse condition, stakeholders are not notified of the problem, resulting in sub-par operations or failures until the system is back online. Programmed with a event-based, a wireless system provides an alert when data is not in transmission. Most problems can be avoided through preventative maintenance linked to wireless diagnostics.

5)    Sensor Integration

Once a wireless mesh network is implemented over a given campus or geography, other equipment and lighting can also be remotely monitored- and in some cases, remotely controlled.

An open wireless system allows users to integrate an array of sensors to monitor and/or control assets.

 

As a result, a variety of sensors can be added or removed as needed to measure parameters such as pressure, run-time, power, temperature, and flow. Users can choose the best sensor for each application and bring all that data from these different sensors to a single point with a single data interface- and present this content on one graphic user interface.

SensorSuite is excited about what’s possible in our new connected world and accepts the responsibility of educating the masses and leading the case for change in the markets that we serve.

Many will continue to debate over wired vs. wireless architectures- but as this debate continues, more and more wireless installations are happening.

The SensorSuite Team

The success is of SensorSuite is due in no small part to the strength of our team.  As an organization, SensorSuite is recognized as an innovator.

Our team has over 40 years of industry experience coupled with a team that has an array of complementary skills and knowledge.

By design, with solutions that are easy to use and understand, our team’s focus is on supporting a product suite that addresses the present and future needs of our clients.

By putting trust in us, we accept the responsibility of assisting organizations with sound advice and feedback- so that more informed decisions on how to move forward can be made.

Visit: www.sensorsuite.com for more info.

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Your building is ready to talk. Are you ready to listen?

From the earliest pyramids to the tallest skyscrapers of today, the world’s buildings are symbols of progress for our civilization.

In this spirit, humanity continues to evolve when it is tested.

With growing demand for resources like electricity- coupled with the side-effects of climate change, “listening” to our buildings has never been more important.

Today, our buildings have been challenged with finding economical ways to look after the people inside them while acting as a responsible steward to the world outside its doors.

In the case of multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs), the stats are alarming.

Key Findings

·        24% of Ontario’s multi-unit residential building (MURB) stock is electrically-heated.

·        Our initial market study has found evidence that electricity consumption for heating MURBs that are electrically heated is huge. 13% of annual electricity consumption for all multi-unit residential properties in Ontario is just for electric space heating.

·        1921 GWh/year is the total electricity consumed for space heating in the MURB sector.

·        Electric resistance baseboards are the most common heating equipment found in electrically heated MURBs.

·        On average, 42% of electricity use in electrically heated MURBs is for space heating; and as much as 65%.

Are you still there?

Are you listening?

SensorSuite (www.sensorsuite.com) is in a unique position to unlock the promise of the internet of things by making it possible to communicate with keys building components all at once.

Connecting traditionally unconnected equipment and machines- monitoring, analyzing and controlling processes without much human intervention, will lead to:

·        The improved management of buildings.

·        Happier occupants.

·        Improved profitability.

·        Increased building valuation.

Our solutions make it easy to retrofit existing building equipment and assets- giving them a voice.

Imagine the possibilities if your building could tell you:

–      That your boiler is leaking water.

–      That your air conditioning unit has stopped working.

–      That your electric baseboard heaters are all online being monitored and temperature controlled with your smartphone, tablet or PC?

Find out more about how your building could benefit from our unique internet of things initiatives by contacting us at sales@sensorsuite.com.

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How Well Does Your Company Run Without Power?

If I had to guess, not well.

Losing power for even a few hours can mean thousands of dollars in lost revenue and productivity.

Power and the increases in its demand, has led to significant growth in the backup generator market.

Think about the mission critical components of your business: security systems go down, refrigerated

goods spoil, customers are turned away, computer systems go down, and production lines stop.

If your company is like many others, you have purchased or rented a backup generator to mitigate this risk.

Despite this investment, do you believe that your emergency generator will run when you need it the most?

By design, backup generators are very much anonymous heavy metal boxes- sitting isolated on a roof or nearby loading dock.

They are meant to be neither seen nor heard.

It is for this very reason that these machines are so easily neglected and/or maintained.

Today, many organizations are unable to generally hold anyone accountable for backup generator mishaps or failures because:

1)  There is typically a high turnover of Maintenance Contractors in the market.

2)  It can be difficult to pinpoint the source of a backup generator problem until it’s too late.

 

In recent years, the Internet of Things has driven a game-changing technical revolution that has started to disrupt traditional industries in more ways than previously imagined.

With sensor technology, Cloud and Big Data analytics, empowered backup generators are “smarter”- offering businesses an array of information and more importantly, notifications when this machine is operating outside of its specs.

Therefore, regardless of staff turnover or changes to maintenance contractor relationships, organizations can have a pulse on this critical piece of their business.

 

Solution Description

MachineLink by SensorSuite is a solution that connects to most backup generators.

When MachineLink is installed to interface with the backup generator, you can view its key sensory data 24/7/365.

In addition, SensorSuite's cloud-based dashboard allows users to see when their generator is operating and how much power output is realized.

Notifications of events, faults and status are all communicated instantly via SMS or email.

With a dedicated LTE Wireless Connection to an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), users can view real-time information from the generator using their smartphone, tablet or PC- even if there isn’t access to primary or secondary power sources.

Once installed, the backbone of this solution can also support the monitoring of other building equipment- capturing this data on the same unified platform.

By empowering legacy products with a dose of today’s technologies, SensorSuite solutions are easy to use and understand.

Our products not only address the present needs of our clients; they are also future friendly- for the road that we have yet to travel.

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Boiling Over Cap and Trade?

How BoilerLink Will Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Cut Costs in Apartment Buildings

On January 1 st , 2017, the Ontario Government introduced a Cap and Trade program.

The Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act (Bill 172) is a central part of Ontario’s solution to fight climate change.

 

FACT: The Province of Ontario is responsible for less than one percent of world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but is one of the largest per capita emitters in the world. 1

THE GOAL: Decrease Ontario’s emissions by eight to ten megatonnes by 2020. 2

 

According to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, a Cap and Trade program is a proven way to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fight climate change by giving polluters an incentive to cut emissions. 3

It creates a price on carbon emissions by limiting the amount of GHG pollution that can come from the economy and then allowing those covered by the cap to trade among themselves in a flexible and cost-effective way.

Cap and Trade

What exactly does this mean?

The plan is to cap the amount of GHG emissions that Ontario homes and businesses are allowed to emit, intending to lower the limit over time.

Funds generated by this program will be used to promote low-carbon energy solutions throughout the Province as we move towards a greener and more accountable economy.

Pricing carbon emissions in this manner is arguably one of the most powerful tools that governments have to encourage companies and households to change course; polluting less by investing in cleaner technologies and adopting greener practices.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise.

As it relates to Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs), conservation incentive programs have existed for quite some time.

In addition, other provinces (British Columbia and Quebec) and the State of California, have already implemented Cap and Trade initiatives of their own.

Each year, the Cap is lowered-leaving stakeholders in the MURB sector with few options:

a) Invest in green technologies.

b)  Incur additional costs to buy emission credits (depending on emission benchmarks).

c)  Pay added fees to fuel distributors (for those that emit below 10,000 tonnes of pollutants).

Under this system, the price to pollute sets the strength of the economic signal and determines the extent to which green choices are encouraged.

 

In Toronto, MURBs represent the most significant component in the Toronto residential building inventory.

 

56% of the dwellings in the City of Toronto consist of apartment buildings. 39% of all Toronto dwellings are either mid-rise or high-rise apartment building of five or more storeys.

The combined electricity and natural gas consumption of Toronto MURBs is responsible for 2.5M tonnes eCO2 emissions annually.

An estimated 17% of the total GHG emissions in Toronto are associated with natural gas and electricity consumption of apartment buildings. 4

This is why MURB Property Managers and Owners need to shift from their “out of sight, out of mind” attitudes when it comes to the use and maintenance of their boilers.

Boiler issues related to efficiency, breakdowns, and premature failures, are central to why the monitoring and optimizing of these machines are more important than ever.

Commercial boiler life expectancy is also falling.

Surprisingly, many of those that should care simply accept this reality as a cost of doing business- until now.

Having the real-time ability to monitor and control the performance of a MURB’s boiler(s) has become vital towards curbing the added costs of this new government initiative.

 

Until recently, the remote monitoring and control a boiler’s performance was easier said than done- especially in smaller buildings that aren’t supported by a Building Automation System (BAS).

But thanks to BoilerLink by SensorSuite (www.sensorsuite.com), all building stakeholders – especially down-market where technology adoption is limited or absent, can now reap the benefits reserved for those that have historically had the money and resources to evolve.

Utilizing SensorSuite’s easy-to- use cloud dashboard and an internet connection, BoilerLink is able to detect small variations in boiler performance and allows users to act on them in real-time using a smartphone, tablet or PC.

 

After receiving these alerts, BoilerLink not only helps stakeholders maintain peak operational efficiency, but also helps in minimizing the cost of repairs- arguably extending a boiler’s life.

From a cost savings perspective, BoilerLink can clearly cut spending in a variety of ways:

Boiler Optimization – Charts and historical data logs give stakeholders the ability to optimize their boiler’s performance. These optimizations allow for energy savings and as a result, reduce expenses for a given building.

Alarm Notification – Custom alarms provide immediate notifications- so that problems can be addressed immediately.

Reduced Maintenance Time – Boilers can be remotely monitored and controlled 24/7, eliminating the need for many maintenance check-ups. Furthermore, multiple boilers in a portfolio of buildings can be monitored and controlled at the same time on one cloud dashboard.

Maintains Warranty – Eliminate the risk of a warranty being voided due to boiler misuse or neglect.

Avoid Costly Upgrades – Extend the life of a given boiler by installing BoilerLink at a fraction of the cost.

 

Today, as it relates to accountability, many property stakeholders are unable to generally hold anyone accountable for boiler mishaps or damage because:

 

1)  There’s typically a high turnover of Property Managers and Maintenance Contractors in the space.

2)  It’s difficult to pinpoint the source of a boiler problem until it’s too late.

 

A building’s boiler is like the human heart. It provides heat and circulation. Its works is unseen. And when it fails, the rest of the system will follow shortly thereafter.

Commercial boiler maintenance and responsible boiler use are essential in Ontario’s new Cap and Trade era.

Clearly, with the emergence of Cap and Trade in Ontario, GHG emissions will increasingly impact a given building’s operational expenditures.

 

Let SensorSuite help you keep your boiler healthy and building stock profitable.

BoilerLink is coming in 2017.

 

Learn more about how our Smart Building Initiatives make sense.

Visit:  www.sensorsuite.com or email:  sales@sensorsuite.com.

By Johnny Ramoutar- January 10, 2017

 

 

References

1 Cap and trade in Ontario. (2016). [online]. Last modified 19 December 2016. https://www.ontario.ca/page/cap-and-trade-ontario

2 Cap and trade in Ontario. (2016). [online]. Last modified 19 December 2016. https://www.ontario.ca/page/cap-and-trade-ontario

3 Ontario Posts Final Cap and Trade Regulation. (2016). [online]. Last modified 19 May 2016.

https://news.ontario.ca/ene/en/2016/05/ontario-posts- final-cap- and-trade- regulation.html

4 Clarissa Binkley, Marianne Touchie, and Kim Pressnail, Energy Consumption Trends of Multi-Unit Residential

Buildings in the City of Toronto (Report submitted to Toronto Atmospheric Fund, 2012).

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SuiteHeat by SensorSuite: Your Smart Space Retrofit.

Baseboard heating, PTAC energy controls
Baseboard heating, PTAC energy controls

The cost of electricity is increasing at an alarming rate with no end in sight.

For many multi-residential facilities and social housing complexes, mitigating the risk of this threat is a top priority.

Certainly, building stakeholders have begun to take steps towards making their portfolios more “green”.

As hydro prices increase and Ontario’s socio-political culture shifts towards an urgency to address climate change, SensorSuite will continue to be a valuable resource as a leading retrofitter in this space.

Key Findings

  • 24% of Ontario’s multi-unit residential building (MURB) stock is electrically-heated.
  • Our initial market study has found evidence that electricity consumption for heating MURBs that are electrically heated is huge. 13% of annual electricity consumption for all multi-unit residential properties in Ontario is just for electric space heating.
  • 1921 GWh/year is the total electricity consumed for space heating in the MURB sector.
  • Electric resistance baseboards are the most common heating equipment found in electrically heated MURBs.
  • On average, 42% of hydro use in electrically heated MURBs is for space heating; and as much as 65%.

Nationally, the main reason that it is important to transform our existing building stock to these smart buildings standards is quite simple:

We want to operate buildings in the most cost-effective manner.

We want them to save on energy, be responsible with resources- making sure that its occupants are safe, happy, and comfortable.

Today, buildings have been challenged with finding economical ways to look after the people inside them while acting as a responsible steward to the world outside its doors.  SuiteHeat empowers electrically heated buildings to help them better manage heating costs.

Connecting traditionally unconnected equipment and machines- monitoring, analyzing and controlling business processes without much human intervention, will lead to the improved management of assets and translate into happier occupants and improved profitability.

In Ontario’s social housing space, staggering shortages of affordable housing exposes thousands of people and families across the Province.  Huge affordable housing waiting lists are direct evidence of the market’s inability to address this issue. Furthermore, increases in utility spending are making it more difficult to maintain the affordability and expansion of its programs.

Through the utilization of SuiteHeat, buildings that support social housing can take matters into their own hands by curbing the high costs of electric heat by re-purposing these saved funds to advance their agenda in the communities that they serve.

Previously, building control systems have not been viable in some locations because of cost or the inability to run wires for communication.

SuiteHeat creates new possibilities through:

  • Low-impact installations without running wires throughout the building for communication: keeping heritage buildings intact and dramatically saving costs on the initial installation.
  • A cost-effective electric heat monitoring and control system that has a four-year or less payback.
  • The Save on Energy conservation incentive programs offered through Ontario’s local hydro company and powered by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

How Does SuiteHeat Work?

SuiteHeat offers unprecedented control over how buildings manage electric heat use.  The solution is wireless- utilizing real-time data from electric baseboard heaters and Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (PTAC) units.

In the case of PTAC-based systems, SuiteHeat will wirelessly monitor and control electric cooling as well.

The solution interfaces into the suites’ circuit panels that support the existing electrical heating equipment.  By utilizing in-suite sensors and controls devices, SuiteHeat communicates data over a wireless network through a local on-site SensorSuite Matrix™ Gateway to a secured cloud-based dashboard.

The SuiteHeat dashboard is easily expandable to support, visualize, and control one to hundreds of buildings and suites with a smartphone, tablet, or PC.

By viewing a building portfolio as a single system of interconnected parts as oppose to separate, independently heated units, big reductions in overall hydro consumption can be achieved. SuiteHeat allows stakeholders to adopt system-wide heating strategies- where individual suites work together in support of a portfolio master plan.

SensorSuite’s Mesh Network

Rather than relying on WiFi, SensorSuite relies on a proprietary 900 megahertz mesh network to achieve its wireless capabilities.  Mesh networks offer far greater range, particularly when delving into basements and other concrete-encased spaces that may impact connectivity.

This sophisticated wireless mesh forms a network of nodes where each node can pass information on to the next node.  Devices can communicate over long distances and disruptions to the network are self-healing – capable of re-configuring itself when issues arise.

By utilizing a mesh network, SuiteHeat is a stable, reliable, and easily reconfigurable system that meets any smart building’s connectivity needs.

The SuiteHeat Cloud Dashboard

The SuiteHeat Cloud Dashboard is essentially a single-screen view of the solution’s critical sensory data monitored in real-time.  This information is presented in an easy-to-read format that makes it possible to understand large amounts of complex information at a glance.

This tool presents an opportunity to track, contextualize, and leverage data in a way that can dramatically enhance the operational efficiency of electric heating systems in buildings.

Both flexible and powerful, the SuiteHeat Cloud Dashboard makes it easy to identify inefficiencies and optimize processes- allowing decision-makers to drill down into the data to gain a more detailed understanding of their heating landscape.

More than just a simple digital readout—this dashboard is designed to provide a visually appealing interface with an extraordinary level of accessibility and transparency.  This real-time window into complex operations engages viewers to more closely examine data and act upon the insights revealed.

As a result, information is transformed into meaning.

SuiteHeat’s sensory data is gathered in high volumes over time and is represented on the dashboard in a meaningful way.

Here are brief highlights of key functions offered by the dashboard:

  • Capture real-time and historical comparisons of hydro consumption for heating purposes.
  • Limit maximum temperature in winter and reduce cooling during summer (PTACs only) from your connected smartphone, tablet, or PC.
  • Present data in a meaningful to all stakeholders.
  • Have summary views of all facilities under monitoring and control, providing real-time consumption comparisons; in an effort to promote more efficient behaviour between facilities.
  • Access to historical portfolio charts, tables, and metrics.

Market Fit

SuiteHeat offer substantial value to its target markets (especially when tenants/guests do not pay extra for electric heat over-and-above the cost of rent).

Markets that can benefit:

  • Non-Profit Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs) that have electric baseboard heaters or Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (PTAC) units. In many instances, rent is geared to a tenant’s income or subsidized fully- offering no incentive for tenants to act more responsibly with their utility consumption.
  • For-Profit Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs) that have electric baseboard heaters or Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (PTAC) units. In many instances, heating is included in a given tenant’s rent- offering no incentive for tenants to act more responsibly with their utility consumption.
  • Retirement Homes that have electric baseboard heaters or Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (PTAC) units.
  • Hotels/Motels that have electric baseboard heaters or Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (PTAC) units. Heating and cooling are included amenities- offering no incentive for guests to act more responsibly with their utility consumption.  Furthermore, rooms that are unoccupied can be setback to curb unnecessary heating and cooling.

Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan (Source: Ministry of Municipal Affairs Newsroom Release- May 25, 2016)

Ontario is leading the fight against climate change by investing up to $900 million over four years from cap and trade proceeds to support people who rent by retrofitting social housing apartments and providing grants and rebates for residential multi-tenant buildings.

As part of the Climate Change Action Plan, the province will invest up to $500 million to retrofit social housing apartments with energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. In addition to reducing emissions, this would improve comfort for residents and save money for social housing providers to make other capital improvements. Indigenous social housing would also be eligible for retrofits under this program.

Ontario will also help improve energy efficiency in private residential apartment buildings by investing up to $400 million in an incentive program that will offer rebates or grants toward the purchase and installation of energy efficient technologies.

The SensorSuite Team

The success is of SensorSuite is due in no small part to the strength of our team.  As an organization, SensorSuite is recognized as an innovator in our industry.  Our organization has over 40 years of industry experience coupled with a team that has an array of complementary skills and knowledge.

By design, with solutions that are easy to use and understand, our team’s focus is on supporting a product suite that addresses the present and future needs of our clients.  By putting your trust in us, we accept the responsibility of assisting your organization with sound advice and feedback so that you can make more informed decisions on how to move forward.

At SensorSuite, we’re excited about what’s possible in our new connected world and we accept the responsibility of educating the masses and leading the case for change in the markets that we serve.

With SuiteHeat, this can now be achieved.

For more info, visit:  www.sensorsuite.com

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SensorSuite Launches $1.2 Million Project with Support from the IESO to Develop Next Generation Energy Demand Response Technology

Demand Response technology

SensorSuite® Launches Cutting-Edge Energy Pilot Project Supported Through Grant Received From IESO’s Conservation Fund

TORONTO, ON–(PRWEB – May 19, 2016) – SensorSuite®, a leading innovator in cloud-based wireless control systems for electrically heated and cooled buildings, is pleased to announce it is launching a $1.2 Million project to develop next generation demand response algorithms, wireless hardware control, and Smart Grid technology.  

SensorSuite powered Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs) and Commercial facilities save money by being able to wirelessly control, monitor, and track suite temperatures in real-time through the utilization of its cloud-based dashboard.   

“The IESO is pleased to welcome SensorSuite to the list of more than 200+ projects that have received innovation funding from the IESO to advance conservation and demand management in Ontario,” says Terry Young, the IESO’s Vice-President of Conservation and Corporate Relations. “SensorSuite’s project will help enable property managers to better manage their electricity costs while maintaining tenant comfort and reducing demand placed on the grid.”

This $1.2 Million dollar Internet of Things (IoT) project will be deployed in partnership with a consortium of large asset managers across Ontario.

The reality is that electricity is much more expensive in the hours when grid consumption is at its highest. The key to the efficiency-enhancing power of IoT lies in peak usage optimization.

SensorSuite technology manages energy distribution in real-time based on immediate data rather than historic patterns of power usage. Together with smart building metrics, stakeholders could significantly reduce a building’s energy costs and improve their sustainability credentials.

“As asset managers face rising energy prices and challenges associated with older buildings, the need for systems that are smart enough to save money without human intervention and reduce operational risks have become an important part of their strategy,” said SensorSuite CEO, Robert Platek.  “SensorSuite empowers property owners with a scalable digital building assistant to address their sustainability needs now and in the future.”

SensorSuite’s SuiteHeat™ solution takes control of electrically heated and cooled buildings and shifts the power back into the hands of Property or Asset Managers.   SuiteHeat reduces energy waste and overheating/cooling by controlling temperature; capturing consumption and costs within every suite in a respective building or portfolio.

 

In addition, market adoption of SuiteHeat can significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on a local, national, and global scale.  Buildings are responsible for more than 40% of global energy use and one third of GHG emissions, both in developed and developing countries.  

SuiteHeat™ Benefits:

–       20-30% measurable energy savings in buildings.

–       Better control of building GHG emissions.

–       Increases in property valuation.

–       Supports “in-suite” maintenance reporting.

–       Promotes a mindset of preserving and improving quality of life with less energy consumption.

Find out more at: www.sensorsuite.com/product/suiteheat/

 

ABOUT SENSORSUITE®

SensorSuite (www.sensorsuite.com) develops real-time building intelligence cloud platforms for reducing operational risks and improving the efficiency of buildings. The company creates solutions using leading-edge sensors, cloud analytics, building controls, and software interfaces to reduce energy costs, increase occupant comfort, and allow owners and occupants to extract more value out of their respective space(s).

 

 

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SensorSuite and Novotech Partner to Deliver Monitoring Services

Ottawa, ON, May 12, 2016 – Novotech Technologies, a distributor of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) / Internet of Things (IoT) products, services and solutions, and SensorSuite, an IoT company that provides innovative wireless monitoring and energy saving solutions, today announced a partnership that combines award-winning monitoring capabilities and best-in-class distribution expertise to deliver Monitoring Services for property managers and business owners alike.

For property managers concerned about Energy efficiencies, SensorSuite’s real-time sensor intelligence platform connects managers to their buildings and the machines within. Novotech’s bundled Energy Monitoring Service, powered by SensorSuite, goes a step further by putting all the pieces together to help reduce operational risks while also optimizing the key assets consuming energy which range from HVAC and elevators, to air handlers, lighting, servers and security systems.
For businesses that rely on accurate temperatures in freezers and fridges, Novotech’s Refrigeration Monitoring Service, powered by SensorSuite’s newest wireless monitoring device called FridgeLink, will save energy costs and reduce the risk of inventory loss. Considering that hardware failure or inaccurate temperature readings account for the majority of losses related to spoilage, Novotech’s new Refrigeration Monitoring Service can help owners plan for preventative maintenance and predict problems in advance of them happening.

“We are an energy management and cloud analytics platform that lets executives and managers to get more value out of their assets, space and equipment,” says Robert Platek, CEO of SensorSuite. “We believe our partnership with Novotech will expand our sales channel and reach more customers who are looking to optimize business performance.”

“These Energy and Refrigeration Monitoring Services, powered by SensorSuite, are the beginning of our new Service offerings which are being designed to meet the needs of many markets and verticals,” says Richard Hobbs, President at Novotech. “This partnership with SensorSuite speaks to the growing demand for sensor-driven solutions that deliver almost immediate business advantages.”

Key Features of SensorSuite Wireless Sensors:
• Intuitive cloud sensor monitoring and alerting software (accessible from anywhere)
• Military grade, encrypted wireless mesh protocol
• Cellular and Ethernet gateways available
• Wireless hardware optimized for reliable, low power and long range operation

Key Features of Novotech’s Monitoring Services:
• Build your own bundle according to your specific needs
• Flexible Monitoring Packages – 3 Months, 6 Months, 12 Months
• Access to expertise and technical support from an industry leader in M2M/IoT

About Novotech Technologies:
Through strategic partnerships with many of the world’s most advanced Machine-to-Machine (M2M) / Internet of Things (IoT) manufacturers, Novotech Technologies is a leading distributor of M2M/IoT products, services and solutions. To produce tangible outcomes that include reduced costs, optimized fleets/workforces, improved productivity and enhanced customer service, Novotech’s comprehensive portfolio of M2M/IoT solutions – cellular, GPS and satellite – enable immediate communication, tracking and reporting in a wide range of applications. Established in 2001, Novotech is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, with offices throughout Canada and the United States. www.novotech.com | @NovotechM2M

About SensorSuite Inc.
SensorSuite is an Internet of Things infrastructure company involved in the design and manufacturing of turnkey, self-installing, low cost wireless sensor solutions targeted at the commercial, industrial and consumer markets. SensorSuite’s sensing solutions are designed to be easily installed and used by anyone wanting to remotely monitor information and activities, including: temperature, access, presence of water, light, humidity, and vibration in or around structures, machinery, and various environments.

Novotech Media Contact
Carolyn Gardner – Director of Marketing & Communications
Mobile: 613.878.9294
Email: News@Novotech.com

SensorSuite Media Contact
Robert Platek – CEO
Mobile: 647-284-6656
Email: news@sensorsuite.com

Press release: http://www.openpr.com/news/341050/SensorSuite-and-Novotech-Partner-to-Deliver-Monitoring-Services.html

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The Benefits of Remote Boiler Monitoring

Many commercial property managers and owners operate with an “out of sight, out of mind” attitude when it comes to the maintenance of their commercial boiler.

In the short-run, this might help in curbing costs, but what could happen down the road? Issues such as decreased boiler efficiency, costly breakdowns, and premature failure are on the rise.

Commercial boiler life expectancy is also falling- and many of those that should care simply accept this reality as a cost of doing business.

Perhaps it makes sense to let your old boiler die so that you can roll-out a new high-efficiency one.

Certainly, there are several business and social benefits for doing so such as:

  •  Reduced heating costs.
  •  Reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Increased profitability and competitiveness.

But as enticing as this may sound, high-efficiency commercial boilers have created a new challenge for the market.

Higher efficiency units have more fans, sensors, switches, relays, and electronics. With the increase in parts and components, the points of failure are significantly higher.

In addition, the computers/circuit boards in higher efficient units are far more prone to failure than older electrical/relay controls- and they cost a LOT more to fix when they do fail.

You can expect to pay twice as much for a contractor visit to address issues with a high-efficiency boiler.

Furthermore, you can also expect several more visits during its life-span.

Let’s also not forget the increased risk of contractor error. The prospect that you will pay for needless repairs or for things a contractor broke or fried due to lack of knowledge or training is very real.

Until recently, monitoring a boiler’s performance was easier said than done. But thanks to BoilerLink by SensorSuite (www.sensorsuite.com), all building stakeholders- especially down-market where technology adoption is limited or absent, can now reap the benefits reserved for those that have the money and resources to do so.

Utilizing SensorSuite’s easy-to- use cloud dashboard and an internet connection, BoilerLink is able to detect small variations in boiler performance and report them in real-time to a smartphone, tablet or PC.

After receiving these alerts, not only would they help key stakeholders maintain peak operational efficiency, but also minimize costly repairs and arguably extend a boiler’s life.

From a cost savings perspective, BoilerLink can clearly cut spending in a variety of ways:

 

Boiler Optimization – Charts and historical data logs give stakeholders the ability to optimize their boiler’s performance. These optimizations allow for energy savings and as a result, reduce expenses for a given building.

Alarm Notification – Custom alarms provide immediate notification, so that problem can be addressed immediately.

Reduced Maintenance Time – Boilers can monitored 24/7/365- eliminating the need for many maintenance check-ups. Furthermore, multiple boilers in a portfolio of multiple building can be monitored at the same time all on one cloud dashboard.

Maintain Warranty – Eliminate the risk of a warranty being voided due to boiler misuse or neglect.

Avoid Costly Upgrades – Extend the life of a given boiler by installing BoilerLink at a fraction of the cost.

 

Today, as it relates to accountability, many property stakeholders are unable to generally hold anyone accountable for boiler mishaps or damage because:

1)  There’s typically a high turnover of Property Managers and Maintenance Contractors in the space.

2)  It’s difficult to pinpoint the source of a boiler problem until it’s too late.

A building’s boiler is like the human heart. It provides heat and circulation. Its works is unseen. And when it fails, the rest of the system will follow shortly thereafter.

Maintaining a commercial boiler for the sake of those who rely on it to perform as intended is as essential as it is for a person with a heart problem to avoid the conditions that lead to a heart attack.

Let SensorSuite help you keep your boiler “healthy”.

Learn more about how our Smart Building Initiatives make sense, visit www.sensorsuite.com or email: sales@sensorsuite.com.

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RESELLERS WANTED: Ontario Commercial HVAC Companies

Forward-thinking businesses are now discovering the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT).

At SensorSuite, we’re looking for Commercial HVAC companies that are looking for a competitive advantage for their business to help lead the charge.

By joining SensorSuite’s reseller program, you will earn commissions, recurring revenue, and stay on the leading edge of technology solutions for your customers.

 

With BoilerLink, SensorSuite is looking to disrupt the property management space from the boiler room up.

SensorSuite (www.sensorsuite.com) uses low-cost sensors and cloud-based web and smartphone apps to shake up a market currently owned by the big guys.

 

Why BoilerLink?

BoilerLink’s cloud-based dashboard empowers stakeholders with boiler analytics on a smartphone, tablet, or PC- allowing them to identify any deficiencies and take corrective action as needed.

From a cost savings perspective, BoilerLink can cut spending in a variety of ways:

Boiler Optimization- Charts and historical data logs give stakeholders the ability to optimize their boiler’s performance. These optimizations allow for energy savings and as a result, reduce expenses for a given building.

Alarm Notification- Custom alarms provide immediate notification, so that problem can be addressed immediately.

Reduced Maintenance Time- Boilers can monitored 24/7/365- eliminating the need for many maintenance check-ups. Furthermore, multiple boilers in a portfolio of multiple building can be monitored at the same time all on one cloud dashboard.

Maintain Warranty- Eliminate the risk of a warranty being voided due to boiler misuse or neglect.

Avoid Costly Upgrades- Extend the life of a given boiler by installing BoilerLink at a fraction of the cost.

 

With BoilerLink, it collects, retains, and logs all the data readings from a given boiler- empowering stakeholders with real-time and historical information.

To get started, please email us at:  sales@sensorsuite.com.

Before you know it, you’ll be adding value to your customers by providing them with an innovative solution that is easy to understand, sell, and implement.

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