The project is designed to comply with AMP’s portfolio environmental monitoring and reporting requirements. The solution is delivered through the Switch Smart Hub, a cloud-based software solution which is fed data from the electricity wholesaler who captures 15 or 30-minute interval data for large market sites (over 160 MWh/pa), or sites that opt to pay a service fee for a smart meter. Typically, the wholesaler is also the Meter Data Agent (MDA), and this is sent to the retailer for invoice generation. The data feed that goes to the retailer can also be simultaneously sent to the Smart Hub for visualization – with data typically no older than 24 hours. As the data is the same as the retailer receives, it gives the user or a billing agent the ability to scrutinize invoices from the same dataset.
The utility data also provides kWh and kVARh information that is processed to produce kVA and Power Factor (PF) data for visualization, analysis and reporting in the Smart Hub. The use of automated data feeds such as this eliminates the possibility of human error in the datasets.
The solution is entirely web-based and can be accessed independently of any in-house network infrastructure. Data is collected and stored in a secure cloud-based SQL Database ensuring that all data is available for comparative analysis. The overarching infrastructure design ensures that stakeholders have access to metrics for analysis underpinning efficiency moderation and development programs. The customisable visualisations allow for sophisticated data aggregation by building, floor, tenancy amongst other user defined determinants. The cloud-based platform also feeds tenant touch screens and apps to display energy and water consumption data directly to building occupants, tenants and residents.