Telecommunications providers – cable operators and wired and wireless companies – generally run a great number of small and often unmanned facilities. Cable headends, cell towers and other facilities collectively use tremendous amounts of power. Equipment needs electricity to run, of course. The gear also must be kept at recommended temperatures.
Managing these assets can result in greater efficiency and more stable performance. Against that backdrop, Ericsson and Panasonic have announced an energy-as-a-service (EaaS) offering. The companies say the service will “intelligently measure, monitor and maintain energy infrastructure for mobile operators and tower companies.” It will do this, the release says, through big data analytics, energy management software and lithium-ion batteries.
The companies say that the platform will reduce total cost of ownership by 20 percent. The gains will be from longer battery life and reduced maintenance calls. It also will result in more up time for carriers. The platform will be extended to serve the utility and transport and public safety sectors, the companies say.
At DistribuTECH 20017 last month in San Diego, Blue Pillar introduced the Aurora Energy Network-as-a-Service offering. The goal, the company said, is to simplify access to behind-the-meter data and control from distributed energy resources. These can be those that generate, store, switch, consume or measure energy.