• Reduction of property administration and running costs
• System monitoring facilitates investment decision-making and allows faults to be identified and managed at an early stage
• Solution with own adaptors for gas and heat output meters implemented successfully
Dortmund, 14 November 2017. Lemonbeat GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of innogy SE, is expanding its product portfolio to include an adaptor for diaphragm gas meters and heat output meters. This solution – based on state-of-the-art Internet of Things (IoT) technologies – provides customers with a cost-effective option for monitoring systems and components in boiler rooms. The solution has already been implemented successfully in partnership with a leading German housing company.
Owners of small and medium-sized properties can make significant savings using the latest monitoring solutions. By transferring data collected on site to a cloud-based management platform, property owners can analyse energy use and consumer behaviours, and even create energy statements, with very little effort. These kinds of systems also enable faults to be identified at an early stage – in some cases, before the customer has even realised there is a problem. The owner can also arrange remote maintenance and assume control of the system to rectify faults. Precise data management makes it easier for property owners to make investment decisions, such as whether or not to install a new boiler, and the data also serves as the basis for the development of new business models.
Lemonbeat technology at the heart of a cost-effective remote monitoring solution
Although these benefits are significant, the installation of IoT technologies in boiler rooms, and the subsequent connection of these technologies to a management platform, is often a difficult process that requires a high level of capital investment. Due to these financial implications, the housing sector is only now starting to catch up and implement the latest technology.
With Lemonbeat Internet of Things technology, the solution is smarter and more streamlined. There is no need to install expensive gateways to provide access to the internet: The solutions rely on IP protocols – already an established internet standard – to transfer data to the internet via normal routers. Lemonbeat’s robust sub-1 GHz wireless solution transfers data between the sensors and the router. This technology boasts a long range and high penetration, and is ideal for use throughout the building.
Lemonbeat uses an adaptor developed by its own engineers for heat output and diaphragm gas meters. The heat output meter communicates through a serial interface (RS232), via an optocoupler interface that is connected to the heat output meter. The new adapter for diaphragm gas meters receives data from an impulse sensor fitted to the meter. The data from the sensors is transmitted via Lemonbeat Radio (868 MHz) to an Ethernet adapter which is connected to a standard router; this router then sends the data on to an internet-based management platform The company is planning to announce further adaptors for boilers and pumps in December.
SPS IPC Drives – the leading exhibition for electric automation – will open on 28 November 2017 in Nuremberg. This year’s event will focus on Industry 4.0. Lemonbeat is hosting a stand (102/10.1) in the control technology/industrial communication zone.
Lemonbeat GmbH, based in Dortmund, Germany, was founded in October 2015 as a wholly owned subsidiary of innogy SE (part of the RWE Group) – one of Europe’s largest utility companies with many years of experience in smart home applications. Key to our cross-industry IoT offering is Lemonbeat OS, an IoT-tailored operating system for any kind of device. Lemonbeat OS can be deployed in any imaginable IoT use case. Our solutions are characterised by their slimline architecture, robust performance and high level of adaptability. With Lemonbeat OS at the core of its offering, the company offers a universal solution for IoT innovators – a solution that is compatible with any system, from the smallest of devices up to full cloud solutions. Further information is available at www.lemonbeat.de
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