Are you prepared for the digital revolution in facility management?
While not exactly a “Brave New World,” the new paradigm for critical power management specifically, and facilities management in general, is cluster management (see Figure 2). Related equipment and systems will be monitored and controlled as a cluster. Critical power certainly will be one cluster. Others will be HVAC, and safety and security. Each will have detailed monitoring, measurement, and control within itself. And each will stream data to an overarching system, such as a building management system. The overarching system will orchestrate facility managers’ policy decisions using the aggregated data.
To be truly useful and valuable, however, data need to be fingertip available. The time required to access it is crucial. For example, Boston Consulting Group reported that the website Shopzilla experienced a 7% to 12% sales increase and a 25% page view increase when it reduced the speed of loading website pages from 7 sec to 2.
Bhavesh Patel is director of marketing and customer support at ASCO Power Technologies, a business unit of Emerson Network Power. He is an accomplished public speaker with expertise in power system markets and has delivered presentations at NFMT, PowerGen, and ASHE. He has written many articles about power reliability and quality, and has hosted roundtable discussions of industry stakeholders to continue surfacing issues that help to improve power reliability.