What are Energy Management and Information Systems?

Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) are broadly defined as software, data acquisition hardware, and communication systems used to manage building energy use. Comprised of devices, hardware, software, services, and analysis tools, EMIS are helping enterprises reduce building energy costs. More importantly, to significantly lower their carbon footprint.

Energy Management Information Systems Terminology and Acronyms

An energy management information system uses a network of tools that provide analysis, diagnostics, automated monitoring, benchmarking, and utility tracking. Understanding each component of energy management information overall involves an alphabet soup of terminology. Here are the basic EMIS terms and acronyms:

Energy Information Systems (EIS) –  The nutshell of information, EIS refers to systems used for analysis. Analysis information includes baselining, benchmarking, utility and carbon tracking, load profiling, and energy anomaly detection.

Building Automation Systems (BAS) – Building automation is the automatic centralized control of a building’s environmental, power and security equipment through a central control center. Examples include heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, and video security systems.

Automated Equipment-specific Fault Detection and Fault Diagnosis (AFDD) – There are numerous real-time energy management devices that connect to monitor various building power equipment. Commonly used devices automatically adjust temperatures, limit power consumption, and re-direct energy resources. AFDD tools allow close monitoring of systems in real time. They issue an alert when, for example, HVAC systems are using too much power. System data shows managers which equipment is not functioning up to par, and provides recommendations to optimize performance.

RF Network Connectivity for EMIS

Regardless of the definition, term, or acronym, the challenge for energy managers is securely connecting all monitoring and control devices to a reliable network. An EMIS network must be capable of reporting energy management device and system data to a central control center. The network must be able to send control instructions back to those devices.

RF network connectivity for energy management systems is the ideal solution for multi-building environments. Resolute Partners designs custom RF networks that connect a full range of IoT devices with a centralized management database and various control applications. Contact Us to learn more.

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