Product News September 21, 2021

We are now updating the Consumption Module in Edge!


About the consumption module

The consumption module shows consumption statistics for heat, electricity, and water collected for each building. By looking at trends as well as totals, it is possible for you as a user to identify changes in consumption, monitor the outcome of measures taken in a building, and follow up on long-term targets. Monthly, daily and hourly values for consumption of different media types are presented in both summary and detailed form, enabling analysis and data-driven conclusions regarding a building’s operation.

About the update

The development of the Consumption module has been ongoing for some time and the development is an effect of the market demand, what you as customers express for wishes and due to new technical requirements, both in terms of ensuring functionality, for example in the form of being able to collect data from different types of meters and pure improvements in user-friendliness in how the module is used by you as a user.

As a customer of Egain, all further development of Egain Edge is always included, and new features are released on an ongoing basis that are intended to facilitate and create value for you as a customer and user. The advantage of cloud-based services such as Edge is that it enables product updates such as this to be implemented directly into the system without you as a customer having to do anything.

 

Try the new Consumption Module in Edge (User Account needed)

In pure hours, the Egain development team has put approximately 1,500 hours of development time into this update of the Consumption module, and we are excited to release this new functionality to our users which will bring new features such as virtual meters, increased analysis capabilities and improved ease of use. Something that has been clearly requested by several of our customers, says Christofer Olsson Kedborn, Head of Development at Egain Group.

Take a tour of the new features of the Consumption module in this 4-minute explainer video!

 

What’s new?

1. Enhanced data quality

With this update, we bring increased possibilities to collect, structure, and present more high-resolution data from your buildings, giving you as a user an increased quality and possibilities for even better analysis. The database is restructured from the ground up with all calculations are now done in the back-end, in one place. This results in safer management and increased quality with minimal risk of problems and data mismatches.

2. Improved meter logic

We have made updates to our meter logic, which is the term for how we handle and present measurement data from different types of meters in a building. With this update, we now enable new functionality with the set of meters in order to reflect what it looks like in the building. Using virtual meters, it is now possible to sum selected meters, calculate sub-values and allocate shares of a meter to create further opportunities for insights about your buildings.

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Virtual meters
A virtual meter in Edge is a digitally created heat, electricity or water meter that can be added for the purpose of splitting, calculating, or filtering data for example in different parts of a building’s system. An example of when this is useful is if you have a property with three buildings where you have a water meter installed on two of the buildings, but not on the third one. Then, with a virtual meter in Edge, you can easily visualize the consumption of the third building without physically putting in a new meter.

Physical meters
These are heat, electricity, or water meters that are physically installed in the building and can be connected to Edge. This can be done in a number of ways (read more about this here) with the main advantage being that you can collect all your consumption data in the Consumption module inside Edge for ongoing analysis, monitoring, and reporting.

3. Higher resolution of consumption data

We are now moving from monthly to hourly consumption values. The trend in the market is that there is more and more metering, and that metering is also becoming more and more detailed. Previously we have presented consumption of heat, electricity, and water in monthly values, but with this update, we can now enable hourly values for all consumption data, provided you have connected equipment that can handle hourly values in your building. So, in the Consumption module, you can now choose whether you want to see your consumption data in monthly, daily, or hourly values depending on how deep into the detail you need to analyze.

Hourly consumption data for heat in the Consumption module.
Hourly consumption data for heat in the Consumption module. Click for a larger image

Analysis in the selected time period and resolution
Examples of anomalies you might find include increasing heat, electricity, or water use. You can go back retrospectively to identify the timing of a change (e.g. problems with heat regulation), or to monitor the impact on heat, electricity, or water in a building where you have implemented a measure, such as installing low-flow taps or occupancy lighting.

Support for direct connection of physical meters
It is now possible to use measurement data from directly connected physical meters, directly via the Sense infrastructure. This means that you as a customer do not have to read meters manually and it becomes easier to compile a lot of data to enable analysis and troubleshooting. This is usually done by connecting supported meters or via API.

-”With the ability to capture more detailed measurement data, we are introducing tools that enable our users to analyze data by media type, time period, and resolution. This makes it easier for our customers to identify anomalies and trends and to make data-driven decisions regarding their buildings,” says Stefan Berglund, Certified Energy Expert at Egain.

4. User-friendliness (UX)

By using the same interface for heating, electricity, and water, we are creating a more natural and easier-to-use workflow, and we are also adding more intuitive elements in the form of the drag function, which makes the platform more lively.

New Total Tab
In the Total tab, you can see an overall picture of a building’s total consumption for all media, where energy is shown in one chart, and water in another. The Total tab has been redesigned to be clearer and easier to work with, but also to provide a good overview of all consumption data, whatever the type.

New drag function
The trend charts have been given a feature that allows you to select and analyze different time periods through a drag function in the charts where you can easily drag the charts to look at different periods in a user-friendly way more intuitively.

Building measures
With Building Measures, you can now add notes and annotations directly to the consumption diagram in all energy types. This was previously only possible for heat. This improvement is to allow the monitoring of all types of building measures on all energy types heating, electricity, and water.

If you have any questions about the update or about the new features, do not hesitate to contact us via the button below and we will be happy to help.

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