Eglin Air Force Base Deploys Sensors to Save Energy
Facing several legislative mandates to reduce energy consumption, Eglin Air Force Base near Valparaiso, Fla., launched a strategic energy master plan, which includes McKenney’s bdoc Building Intelligence energy management system integrated with Splunk Enterprise software.
When it is fully deployed, bdoc will use machine data from more than 20,000 sensors deployed in more than 100 buildings to analyze energy usage and costs.
For example, by correlating both historical and real-time energy utilization and pricing data with occupancy and environmental data from heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, the Air Force base might identify times it can shut off select HVAC systems during high energy cost periods.
Through an agreement, McKenney’s will integrate Splunk Enterprise software to analyze sensor data from elevators, security doors, light switches, wall mounted thermostats, air conditioners – essentially all the machine data generated by buildings. In addition, Splunk Enterprise software harnesses data from networks, applications, mobile devices and website clickstreams.
Sensors are playing an increasingly important role in energy management. The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International recently issued a list of top-10 ways commercial real estate professionals can make energy efficiency and sustainability a priority, including the advice: Install occupancy sensors and photo sensors that monitor daylight and HVAC controls.
According to a feature in Time magazine, the abundance of data available in the digital era is the driving force behind a whole raft of energy efficiency technologies. Thanks to the growth of tools and know-how combining the Internet and energy technology, also known as the Enernet, energy users can track and reduce energy waste in ways that weren’t previously possible.
In a 2012 report, GE said the Industrial Internet, which links networks, data and machines through intelligent sensors, software analytics and cloud computing could boost energy efficiency and account for more than $82 trillion in economic activity by 2025.
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