carbonTRACK’s technology provides businesses with the insights and tools they need to maximise not only their energy effectiveness, but also their overall performance and profitability.
In recent years, carbonTRACK has gained a strong reputation as Australia’s home energy management system of choice. Our robust hardware and sophisticated software allow homeowners to take control of energy usage in ways hitherto impossible.
While there is certainly ample opportunity to ‘tighten up’ the energy usage of the typical home, there is an even greater number of ways in which carbonTRACK can help to improve and streamline operations for businesses. Our successes accordingly extend beyond homes and into the commercial sphere as well.
There are three facets to carbonTRACK’s technology that make it an ideal solution for virtually all commercial and industrial premises: Measurement, monitoring and control.
As the saying goes, you can’t manage what you can’t measure. carbonTRACK’s hardware provides measurements across a range of parameters through a variety of sensor types. These include:
Monitoring is the interface through which the user can gain a more holistic understanding of measurements which – on their own – may not be as useful. With all of the measurements accessible via a single interface (app or web portal), managers are able to see the ‘big picture’, knowing at a glance whether their business is running as well as it should be – or as it could be – at any given moment or historically, over a given period of time (such as financial year or quarter).
Sophisticated monitoring software will deliver not only a variety of measurements at a single access point (e.g. an app or web portal), but may also provide proactive notifications, alerts or suggestions about opportunities to make improvements. Furthermore, detailed analytics functionality will also allow a business to meaningfully investigate conjectures and assumptions across multiple measurement parameters – such as the potential impact of opening a freezer door multiple times per day on electricity bill costs.
Examples of the types of insights that can be gleaned through comprehensive monitoring include:
Control is the third aspect of carbonTRACK’s technological approach to operations management for businesses. On the hardware side, carbonTRACK’s hubs and smart meters can be set up to control almost as many devices as they can monitor, providing the means for business managers to act directly on insights gained through their portal.
Control may take the form of ‘light touch’ performance adjustments (e.g. raising or lowering a thermostat), or the ability to switch devices on and off (such as lights or televisions) remotely or automatically. In terms of influencing employee or management team behaviour, ‘control’ may involve the delivery of a notification when certain parameters have been met (e.g. when daily electricity consumption looks to go above an average or above a predetermined level).
carbonTRACK’s versatile and sophisticated approach means that our technology can assist businesses of all sizes across virtually every industry. For smaller businesses, carbonTRACK delivers valuable insights as well as the means to act on them, while for larger commercial entities our technology enables collection of fleet-wide ‘big data’ to integrate into building management systems – for better, more granular and more consistent understanding and control across multiple premises.
For owners and managers of businesses with locations at a small number of sites (such as cafes, corner shops or automotive garages), carbonTRACK is an extremely cost-effective monitoring and management solution for a wide range of everyday operations – especially (but not limited to) electricity and energy efficiency.
For an SME, installation of a single carbonTRACK unit plus associated measurement and control equipment (e.g. temperature monitors and smart plugs) is fast and easy.
Once carbonTRACK is installed and commissioned, it is immediately possible to access consumption data and implement controls digitally from anywhere with an internet connection via carbonTRACK’s own web portal and software.
For larger organisations with multiple locations (such as restaurant chains or clothing stores), carbonTRACK’s hardware integrates with existing building management systems to provide fleet-wide measurement and control functionality.
carbonTRACK works closely with large corporate clients and their energy management consultants to deliver custom-built solutions across a range of industries. Check out some case studies below.