Stand-alone energy monitoring systems can identify spikes in energy or general energy waste. But what’s the next step? What caused the spike? How do you reduce consumption?
This is where stand-alone energy monitoring applications always let you down. They can identify problems, but they have no knowledge of what caused the problem, under what circumstances and what this information really means. Moreover, most of Energy Management Software (EMS) solutions provide their functionality following the ASP or SaaS model while only a few offer APIs. Even when APIs are available, they are usually limited or application-specific, requiring a lot of effort to customize and integrate with other applications.
We have identified our biggest competitors and we are in the position to go one step beyond them by introducing the new Watchtower Cloud (WTC). Existing solutions in the energy management market are either based on old-fashioned architectural models (e.g. ASP model) or their offerings are limited to serve only dedicated needs. In order to increase efficiency and intelligence, software engineers have made progress towards the direction of seamless integration with 3rd party applications and platforms during the last years. However, what is still missing is the ability not only to customize such solutions, but to also create new ones according to user’s needs. This is where WTC comes to fill the gap by offering the ability to build custom analytics and combine standalone ready-made software modules in order to compose complex, algorithmic services.
WTC is not another traditional, customer-driven software for energy management. Its innovation is based on the following set of characteristics which also become our success factors:
Built on top of the SaaS model, it simplifies deployment, reduces customer acquisition costs and enables seamless integration with external systems. It exposes its core features, functionalities and ready-made analytics as standalone service modules which can be directly consumed by end-users or 3rd party applications. It offers the ability to compose custom analytics services.
It is hardware-agnostic, meaning that it can be adopted by different hardware providers.
Developed exploiting the S-CASE platform and following its modular logic, it becomes fully scalable. Its functionality can be expanded to support more features and fit even more business needs without the need of major re-engineering.
So, this is why WTC is a powerful platform addressing the needs of both end-users who need easy-to-use and customizable interfaces and developers who need portable and well-defined services to integrate with their applications. And this is how S-CASE will become the infrastructure foundation for making WTC a scalable and interoperable framework in the energy management domain.