Optimal’s EMMA AI wins the prestigious Wright Commission Award

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Winner
the Wright Commission
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Optimal Monitoring, a thought-leader in energy management software, has won the prestigious Wright Commission award as voted by the Retail Energy Forum members, for its pioneering EMMA AI (Artificial Intelligence) solution.

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Optimal Monitoring, a thought-leader in energy management software, has won the Retail Energy Forum Commission Award with its pioneering EMMA AI (Artificial Intelligence) solution.

EMMA AI was one of three Wright Commission Award finalists as nominated by the Retail Energy Forum (REF) for outstanding innovation in the energy management space. The REF encompasses major retail organisations that have pledged to ensure the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy. Optimal presented their winning pitch to the REF panel of judges at Energy Live Expo, which was held at the QE11 Building, Westminster, London.
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EMMA AI.

EMMA is a true artificial intelligence powered energy management platform. There are lots of myths and misunderstandings about AI kicking around.  Quite simply, it is a technology that replaces rules with logic.
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So the system learns what is normal from observing lots of data very quickly and then recognises patterns in data to which it can then apply a likely reason and solution from the knowledge bank it has created. For example: ‘It looks like you have a stuck toilet flush, you should get a plumber in’, or ‘the Air conditioning seems to be running overnight when the building was unoccupied, check your heating/cooling controls and timers’.  EMMA is a collaboration between Optimal Monitoring Ltd and The University of Reading under the auspices of Innovate UK.
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Nobody wants data.

What energy managers need to know is what to do with the data.  Historically that has taken lots of time and people to pore over it and analyse what it means.  This is the big leap forward with EMMA. She performs that analysis and sends recommendations straight to the on or offsite person or contractor responsible for fixing energy anomalies.  The data isn’t lost or ignored; it goes to the energy management team responsible for overseeing the estate so that long term opportunities to replicate best practice can be rolled out and league tables of best, worst, slowest and fastest response times can be captured and harvested.
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So What? Who Cares?

Well, all of us really. Think outsource operations in distant countries with a technology that cuts to the heart of sending simple-to-implement instructions straight to those tasked to manage the efficiency of the buildings in their estate means that one energy manager can now easily oversee many multi-building sites compared to probably only a handful in the past.

In the retail sector, this is particularly important where a typical estate may have hundreds of sites many of which are small energy users but when combined, add up to a large bill. EMMA allows these sites to managed cost effectively whereas in the past the cost of controlling their energy consumption was greater than the potential savings that good practical energy management could bring.  In a world where hyperbole is the norm, this really is a game changer.
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with EMMA AI an energy manager can now easily oversee many buildings with ease. In the retail sector, this is particularly important where a typical estate may have hundreds of sites many of which are small energy users but when combined, add up to a large bill. EMMA allows these sites to managed cost effectively whereas in the past the cost of controlling their energy consumption was greater than the potential savings that good practical energy management could bring. In a world where hyperbole is the norm, this really is a game changer.
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For landlords managing remote buildings with empty periods; either just over night or between lettings has always been a problem. Simple mistakes, like not turning of the lights after a viewing can cost £,000 before they are noticed.
EMMA is the unseen policeman for energy monitoring. She operates 24/7/365 and can let you know as soon as an issue is detected. So no more embarrassing service bills because the heating controls went wrong, or someone simply forgot to switch the lights off.
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Skill sets are clearly going to need to evolve if the energy remit becomes the broader smart building remit. And not just technical competences. Energy Managers have not had a fair crack of the whip in executive focus in recent years. Systems don’t provide the right reporting data, boards don’t really take energy as seriously as they do other functions and energy managers have not had access to their boards in the same way that finance, operations and marketing management have. All that will change as AI systems become embedded in businesses and managers get to manage outputs rather than just inputs.
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