Monitoring, a legal constraint
As a retirement home, Chantevent has refrigerators and freezers to store food but also medication. they have a legal obligation to monitor and report temperature daily and therefore asked us to install a similar solution as (see business case: XAMAX FCS: Cinq Sens’). They wanted us to install something similar. Satisfied with this first installation, we decided to go one step further.
We can’t manage what we can’t monitor
What if instead of just monitoring a few units we could monitor the entire building? With a team of engineers, we analyzed the building and where savings could be made. We then designed a solution and the sensors that would monitor them. The first goal was to monitor the energy consumption and production and track the influence of various changes that were made. Secondly, by having an overview of various units, we could monitor the “hardware” and anticipate failure. For example, instead of complaining at 11 am that it is cold, you get an alarm at 6 am that the heater is down, and you should send a technician.
Anticipation and prediction
While those two first steps have had direct consequences, we now plan on using weather forecasting to anticipate the energy needed (and the location in case of wind) and start heating (or cooling) sooner to keep a constant temperature and therefore save energy.
It is a “Place of life”, a retirement home. Its vocation is to welcome people who are forced to leave their homes, temporarily or permanently, whatever their age, their life history, their difficulties, and their pathology.