Welcome to the inaugural issue of Intelligent Power Today Magazine, a new publication that explores and explains the who, what, where, when, why and how of intelligent electrical devices, a collection of complex mechanical devices and sophisticated control systems used in industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities—also known as intelligent buildings.
According to the Institute for Building Efficiency, intelligent buildings use smart technologies to improve system functionality, control operating costs, and to keep building occupants safe, secure, comfortable, and, of course, productive.
Canada’s industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors, according to Natural Resources Canada, consume the greatest amount of power. The industrial sector alone is responsible for 39 percent of the country’s total electricity consumption. It follows that building owners and operators must continuously monitor and manage their energy usage in order to control costs.
Smart technology has become the preferred method to accomplish this goal. Building owners and operators can manage energy usage more effectively using integrated systems for many different functions (for example, opening and closing doors, notification of intrusions). Read more