SAI's CONTROLIQ Managing Energy, Monitoring Equipment in the Cloud
Systems Associates Inc. is equipping hoteliers with 'cloud vision' to troubleshoot performance failures and schedule equipment maintenance remotely across the hotel enterprise; Data is backed-up, updated and protected off site
Systems Associates Inc. is taking the process of monitoring building equipment away from the four walls of the hotel and placing it in the cloud to give engineers and managers more real time control over energy consumption and associated costs. Combining the power of the Internet with the mastery of industry standard protocols, SAI's CONTROLIQ solution is giving hoteliers true freedom in controlling the building environment from virtually anywhere. Since CONTROLIQ runs on a web browser, staff can react to a situation in seconds, even though the issue may be in a completely different building or on a different continent.
"Many hotels still have legacy energy-management systems with equipment coming from nine different vendors and, short of replacing their entire system, they have no way to get all of their relative data to the cloud," Clark said. "Because we can connect to virtually all vendor systems, we can tie disparate products into CONTROLIQ and transport their entire EMS processes to the cloud. With CONTROLIQ, even legacy systems can be accessed and managed from virtually anywhere."
Managing 'Energy' by Walking Around
A key benefit of managing energy and building controls in a cloud environment with CONTROLIQ is the ability for staff to make equipment adjustments while walking around the property. This is extremely helpful in troubleshooting equipment failures. For example, an engineer can walk up to a piece of equipment, and using a tablet computer, change its settings to 50 percent. He can then visually verify if the unit is responding to the setting change.
In the same way, CONTROLIQ is equipping hotel staff to be in "live contact" with on-premise systems even when they are off site. This means a huge reduction in labor costs, since a dedicated staff member does not need to be physically on premises to monitor equipment; rather, back-ups and adjustments are manipulated in the cloud.
"CONTROLIQ provides real building intelligence to help equipment perform at its utmost efficiency based on pre-set conditions," Clark said. "As a hotel's watchdog in the cloud, SAI monitors down systems and sends email notifications when alarms are triggered. All data is backed-up and protected off premises, and automatic software updates are performed remotely. By managing and monitoring a hotel's EMS in the cloud SAI, through CONTROLIQ, is truly making smart building decisions."
For more information on CONTROLIQ and managing your hotel's energy in the cloud, visit www.controliq.com.
About Systems Associates Inc.
Systems Associates Inc. is a developer of software and hardware solutions for Maintenance and Energy Management in the hospitality, education, government, commercial real estate and retail markets. Operating in the cloud, our enterprise solutions give our customers global access to our technologies. CONTROLIQ is an enterprise solution for Heating, Ventilating and Cooling (HVAC), lighting, irrigation and other building systems. SynergyMMS improves the condition of a property by creating "synergy" between the various departments involved in the maintenance process thereby increasing the productivity of staff and the longevity of assets. For more information on SAI and/or its CONTROLIQ and SynergyMMS solutions, visit www.saicorporate.com, www.controliq.com, and www.synergymms.com respectively, or call 1-800-433-9855.