Utilitywise plc (AIM:UTW), the leading independent utility cost management consultancy, announces that it has been named an OEM partner by Dell as part of a joint strategy to introduce Internet of Things (IoT) Building Automation solutions to customers.
IoT connects internet-enabled devices with powerful software to provide users with a more granular level of control over energy-consuming assets. Devices include heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), security, refrigeration and lighting, which have traditionally operated as standalone entities. Connecting disparate devices together in a single, intelligent system can provide significant cost and performance advantages over traditional Building Energy Management Systems (BeMS) solutions.
Andy Rhodes, executive director, commercial IoT solutions, Dell said:
“IoT technology is changing the way we live, work and do business. We know the IoT can provide a number of advantages to the energy management industry such as reducing waste, identifying efficiencies and cost savings.
“Dell is excited to be working with Utilitywise, and we believe they have the infrastructure, industry knowledge and market reach to introduce innovative IoT solutions.”
Brin Sheridan, Utilitywise COO, commented:
“IoT technology enhances our existing t-mac BeMS capability. When we acquired t-mac, we recognised that the emerging IoT landscape would complement their cloud-based analytics and controls solution. Now, in addition to providing traditional BeMS users with enhanced solutions, IoT technologies will enable Utilitywise to offer affordable solutions to SMEs who are usually priced out of this market.
“These are exciting times and we are also exploring a number of new services that could be facilitated by IoT, for example opening up demand-side reduction capability to more businesses.
“Our strategic relationship with Dell puts us at the centre of emerging IoT developments, which will ensure that our customers are amongst the first to benefit from enhanced energy management solutions that save them money and reduce their carbon footprint.”
NOTES FOR READERS
The Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects - devices, vehicles, buildings and other items - embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data. Gartner expect the number of connected devices to be 6.4 billion devices by the end of 2016 and to increase to 20.8 billion devices by 2020.
Dell OEM Partner Programme
The Dell Partner program is a multi-tier program that includes ISVs, IHVs, System Integrators and Solution Providers globally. The program helps partners use Dell platforms to build innovative and highly competitive business solutions that lowers customer costs and sustains competitive advantage.
The Partner Program instils confidence in customers because it enables them to deploy solutions that are fully tested, validated and supported by Dell across many industries and verticals. The program enables customers to choose Certified solutions from leading certified/verified technology partners in various industries, with solutions comprised of everything from tablets to sophisticated enterprise solutions.
The program has structured and streamlined processes that works in conjunction with multi-discipline business functions and Dell Solution Centres to on-board and test the partner’s products on Dell platforms.
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Utilitywise is a leading independent utility cost management consultancy based in North Tyneside. The Group has established trading relationships with a number of major UK energy suppliers and provides services to its customers designed to assist them in achieving better value out of their energy contracts, reduced energy consumption and lower carbon footprint.
Businesses large and small rely on Utilitywise for their energy management needs. Clients range in size from single site SME’s to multinationals with thousands of sites and cover the whole of the UK. In total, Utilitywise has c.29,000 UK & I customers.