EDI-Net provides tools for all user groups in a municipality, some of which open to the wider public, others requiring a login.
The EDI-Net analytics platform is a powerful analysis tool which enables the monitoring of an entire building portfolio via a single dashboard.
The EDI-Net dashboard is a user interface for the EDI-Net analytics platform. It has four main functions.
- It allows data flows to be configured and enabled so that high resolution data can be continuously imported into the system. This provides the raw material for analysis and visualisation. These raw data can also be reviewed via the dashboard.
- It provides an administrative interface which allows ‘virtual meters’ to be defined and configured for analysis. This step enables the server to conduct analysis automatically and continuously so that up-to-date results are available for all ‘virtual meters’, on demand.
- It provides a detailed report which enables users to navigate all configured ‘virtual meters’ with both summary and detailed information for each one. Detailed diagnostic reports show consumption compared to the expectation derived from analysis. This information is reduced to a very simple indicator which is used to highlight the best and worst performing ‘virtual meters’.
- It provides an interface for configuring and publishing simple reports which aggregate the various ‘virtual meters’ from individual buildings and group buildings into competitive league tables. These league tables are available to the public and provide a ‘drill down’ interface where more information is available easily, on demand.
Open to the public are league tables summarising the performance of buildings with smiley faces across buildings and over time for each resource within a building comparing past consumption. Changes in weather are being taken into account. The discourse forum provides an opportunity to point out possible reasons for wastage or ideas on how to improve efficiency directly to energy professionals. Furthermore, quizzes and a large range of awareness material are rolled out always linking directly to the actual and current performance of the building.
Restricted features include the backend of the dashboard providing a homogenous tool with numerous means to keep overview of the consumption within and across buildings. This overcomes one challenge in municipalities often running various energy management services in parallel. Analysis is performed using Big Data analytics. Furthermore, a benchmark tool provides anonymous insights across municipalities and empowers decision makers and energy professionals to assess measures to be taken using models based on actual and most up-to-date data from the buildings in question.
EDI-Net tools require short time series (typically half-hourly) meter data and compromises campaigns and networking to increase the capacity of public authorities to implement sustainable energy policy.