Thanks to high-speed computer processing and ever-smarter algorithms, the art and science of data visualization have progressed mightily since the days of hand-crafted pie charts and Venn diagrams drawn with compasses and protractors. The ability to show historical and real-time information in easy-to-read formats on multiple devices has revolutionized the business world as well as the consumer realm. With the right tools, skills and imagination (check out Our World In Data for a prime example), even the most complex and granular data harnessed in a visual format can help us see previously hidden relationships, patterns and trends.
Although data visualization has helped stretch our understanding of the world around us, it can also serve a very practical purpose on a daily basis. At Smappee, the monitoring, collection and analysis of energy production and consumption data and the ability to share and visualize that data are pillars of our business. Gathering as many energy insights as possible and displaying them in more traditional spreadsheets or graphically via easy-to-understand tables, charts and graphs provides energy service companies and their business and residential customers with the tools to become more efficient in their energy use, save money on their utility bills, and reduce their environmental impact.
Two pillars of Smappee’s data visualization offering are the Smappee Energy Monitor 2.0 app and the recently updated Smappee Dashboard. While the app is more targeted toward homeowners, so they can check their data on the go, it can certainly be used by companies to engage their employees in overarching company energy efficiency efforts. The real-time data and user-friendly graphics will help them get the necessary insights that lead to better energy usage practices.
The Dashboard provides a flexible visualization platform that allows service providers to tailor the data representation the way they want to see and process it. The Dashboard is the perfect tool for in-depth data analysis, offering detailed historical energy data and comparisons between different sites. This enables ESCOs to compile their findings and provide well-founded advice that empowers their customers to get the most out of their energy and achieve greater savings. The Dashboard also helps ESCOs offer their customers first-line support and optimize their Smappee experience. In addition, it has benefits on the reporting side, simplifying the visualization of the data in concise graphic representations instead of long-winded narrative analyses.
The third pillar of Smappee’s data sharing offering is our API, which opens the door to integrating our energy data with a host of compatible platforms, now and in the future. A growing number of companies use our API to incorporate Smappee energy monitoring and historical data into their own smart energy management or building management software, often converting the raw data for use in their existing visualization tools.
Opinum, Energyrite, eSightMonitoring and other energy efficiency software and service companies with Smappee API integrations have been able to use our steady stream of data and insights in a number of ways. The API has helped them help their customers normalize the kilowatt-hours used on an area basis (energy consumed per square meter) across enterprises, benchmark and compare energy usage at multiple sites, track the benefits of energy-savings measures (including cost savings), gain insights into electrical, water and other energy consumption. They can also compare their findings to other time periods, and offer predictive operations and maintenance advice on possible servicing or replacement of building HVAC and other systems.
Smappee has devoted and will continue to devote a large amount of our resources toward improving and expanding our data sharing and visualization capabilities as we evolve and enhance our energy management system platform.