Market: Power & Energy
Technology Partner: Opit Solutions
Energy demands are increasing and the environment is under constant pressure. As nations
look for alternative energy sources, the implementation of energy-saving strategies has become
more important than ever. Notably, almost 40% of total energy production is used for
buildings. Of this energy, over one-third is consumed for space and water heating and the remainder
is used for ventilation, air conditioning and artificial lighting.
A customer in Europe aiming to analyze and optimize their energy consumption and efficiency
across several buildings wanted to build an energy management system that was capable of
gathering energy data from different suppliers. With these targets in mind, they contacted OPIT
Solutions to help them develop their system and provide them with the means to save energy.
The goal was to create an active energy management system to monitor and improve power
distribution management across a large number of buildings to guarantee efficient energy
usage. The solution needed the ability to monitor power consumption and the behavior of the
controlling devices at each building in real-time, adjust power consumption according to each
device's needs, and improve efficiency. In addition, the customer required a benchmark system
to compare the specific energy consumption for similar buildings.
Hans Burkard from OPIT Solutions said, "Due to the variety of technologies in the building, we
needed to collect data from different suppliers, therefore we chose an Advantech UNO-series
hardware platform which offers a variety of interfaces like RS-232/485, USB and TCP/IP, to collect
data to a central database."
An UNO-2174A embedded automation computer from Advantech was chosen for its multiple
communication ports and its fanless rugged low maintenance design with IP40 anti-dust ingress
protection and wide operating temperature range. The UNO-2174 also supports 1 x PC/104+
and 1 x PCI-104 plug-in cards for further expansion.
The system's Intel® Atom® N450 processor delivers significant power savings itself, as well as
performance improvements over previous generation processors. It includes Enhanced Intel®
Deeper Sleep for reduced power consumption and Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology for
high performance-per-watt efficiency and increased system reponsiveness.
According to Hans, "During the migration phase we had one or two issues to solve and it was
good to know that there was always somebody on the other end of the phone with technical
or sales knowledge. We considered several products during our evaluation phase, and our
R&D department tested them all down
to the board level. We saw the
real quality behind Advantech
products, and with this
kind of support it
was really a simple