As IoT devices continue to play a dominant role in delivering energy savings in the smart building sector, AT&T has announced plans to partner with Synchronoss to introduce a building energy management platform for buildings operators.
The cloud-based solution will enable business owners to manage and analyze energy use across building systems such as HVAC, lighting, security and maintenance under a unified energy platform.
“With the influx of technology, businesses need a simple, easy-to-use solution to manage disparate systems,” saidChris Penrose, president of Internet of Things Solutions at AT&T Business, in a press release.
Through a unified dashboard, facility managers can review a building’s energy consumption and use the data to make near real-time changes optimized for energy efficiencies to drive cost savings.
The offering which is a part of AT&T’s smart cities and professional services portfolio will use near real-time data, powered by Synchronoss’ diagnostic and analytics capabilities to seamlessly link and analyze data in single or multiple buildings within the same company or a city to create an intelligent network of buildings.
Synchronoss’ partnership with AT&T emerged from a long-standing relationship of more than 15 years but was primarily driven by the company’s commitment to building a comprehensive energy management platform that offered a “complete product” said Glenn Lurie, president and CEO of Synchronoss, in an interview with In-Building Tech.
“The concept of a smart city is the catalyst that is driving IoT the next level,” said Lurie, who expects the platform to play a key role in connecting the smart cities ecosystem by enabling city managers to solve critical problems through the deployment of IoT solutions in the future.
The digital platform packaged as a total energy monitoring solution for business owners will feature automatic fault detection, real-time alerts and benchmark reporting of energy use patterns and performance.
“With AT&T, companies can now easily transition from scheduled and reactive maintenance to a proactive response with predictive maintenance and alerts. This doesn’t just save them money, but can also help alleviate stress by reducing their workload,” stated Penrose.
Costs to the customer will range depending on building or campus size and generally include an installation cost per building, a monthly platform fee and an allotment of megawatt hours per month based on the size of the building Lurie said.