Hey! Matt and Pat here.
Automation is more than cool. It can prevent problems and save you heaps of money. In this month’s newsletter, we talk about easy to retrofit automation solutions for work and home. Read on to learn more.
Matt Cox & Pat Dobbs
Business automation for essential operations
For some businesses, equipment breakdown or a power outage can cause significant financial and operational problems. Examples include:
- Cool rooms filled with stock
- Data centres that must keep their systems operational
- Medical centres – especially those delivering life support, dialysis and other essential health services
- Electric fences to keep animals secure
In these situations, organisations need to be proactive about the condition of their strategic assets. Now, there’s an easy to retrofit solution that monitors energy and power in real time.
PowerTag® from Schneider Electric is a compact and easy-to-install energy sensor. While it’s suitable for residential use, we currently believe it’s most effective for commercial applications. (For home automation solutions, read the next article.)
How it works
PowerTag® is compact and plugs into your circuit breaker or other protection device. It’s completely wireless so there’s no need for additional communications cabling to make it work.
Once installed, PowerTag® will send real time alarms direct to your smartphone or by email if it senses:
- Voltage loss
- Switchboard trips
- Electrical overloads
- Electrical anomalies or equipment failure
It also assists in monitoring energy usage.
Home automation made simple and cost effective
At this stage, a fully automated home is still a luxury for many, but locally designed Powermesh is providing cost effective solutions that you can scale to your own requirements. Best of all, it works off your smart phone.
The Powermesh system allows you to determine which powerpoints and/or light fittings you’d like to automate – just one, several or your entire home.
It could be your fridge and freezer powerpoints if you travel a lot or have a holiday home. Afterall, for food safety reasons, it’s important to know if there’s been a power outage while you’ve been away.
Some families have curious toddlers they want to keep safe. The Powermesh system can ‘lock’ easy to access powerpoints to prevent nasty shocks. Then, when you wish to use the powerpoint, you simply ‘unlock’ it and plug in your appliance.
Powermesh also allows you to monitor each powerpoint so you can identify your biggest energy guzzlers.
The Powermesh range currently includes a double powerpoint and a single light switch. Additional products are in the pipeline.
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