Meazon DinRail Ultra
What the Judges Said…
“An innovative product that leverages technological advances such as the IoT and big data analytics. The Meazon product was also the only one of 30 candidates that met the DOE’s Wireless Meter Challenge.”
Meazon DinRail Ultra is a system for measuring various electric loads within a building and communicating the data wirelessly. Meazon says this system provides a better understanding of when and how energy is used, helping building owners reduce costs by taking actions based on data. Scalable, low-cost wireless metering systems allow small initial installations that can be expanded inexpensively to measure additional loads in the future, according to the company.
Wireless metering systems can be used independently or to complement a building automation system to assess energy use in specific areas and improve performance. Obtaining and evaluating metered data can support energy cost allocation among tenants, meet regulations, and achieve sustainability goals. Meazon adds that energy data can reveal operational opportunities such as occupancy levels and resource utilization. In addition, monitoring facilitates smart grid services such as demand flexibility and microgeneration that potentially affect multi-billion-dollar energy-related investments.
Meazon DinRail Ultra’s features include small wireless meters that can fit almost anywhere in large volumes. Installation, commissioning, over-the-air software upgrades are easy, the company says. The system operation and data collection are easy to learn as well, according to Meazon. Additional features include reliable wireless data transmission to an onsite collection point with a success rate greater than 99%, full compliance with NFPA 70 and UL 61010, and data encryption using a 128-bit or greater Advanced Encryption Standard.
The use of Meazon DinRail has enabled utilities in Europe and Asia to launch real-time home energy management value-added services. This was not possible before since utility smart meters don’t communicate real-time energy use data, but quarterly energy use data once per day, Meazon says.
Meazon DinRail technology enables system integrators and ESCOs to win B2B energy efficiency projects in organizations that simultaneously monitor loads on hundreds of geographically distributed sites, the company says. By using real-time consumption data, ESCOs can calculate the energy savings by comparing a business-as-usual model with real readings. If a building spends $100 a year on energy, by implementing specific energy interventions that cost $15, they could achieve savings of $10 per year. Under this financing model, the building owner then shares savings with ESCO, which repays the investor as well as itself for the energy efficiency services.