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Allstate needed a solution that could aggregate all of their energy usage information into a single central database.
eSight Energy, Inc.
Bringing in over $32 billion in revenue in 2011, Allstate is the
nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer and one of the
country’s leading insurers in urban areas. Allstate encompasses more
than 70,000 professionals made up of employees, agency owners, and
staff. They help nearly 16 million households insure what they
have today and prepare for tomorrow.
In order to monitor energy data from a range of buildings over their
extensive Northbrook, IL headquarters, Allstate needed a solution that
could aggregate all of their energy usage information into a single
central database. They required the ability to monitor and verify that
data, for a means of identifying anomalies, reducing overall energy
usage across their buildings, and driving down costs. This would only
be possible through transparency of the data captured from Tridium
Niagara building control systems and advanced energy analysis software.
Perhaps the main condition needed was to meet was their extremely rigorous security requirements. The system needed to be housed in their data center in a virtual ‘POD’ environment and could not interfere with their main network. Their security measures mandated the system to be self-hosted and accessible over the Internet, as well as avoiding any installed components on client machines.
In order to obtain the maximum benefits of an energy management system, the system was required to update in near real-time and to have instant alarm notifications for missing, or inaccurate data.
Allstate chose to install eSight to monitor data from 550 points across
their Headquarters. This was a perfect fit because of the
scalability, selection of advanced modules, and its compatibility
with their existing infrastructure.
Our seamless integration with Tridium products – running the Niagara framework – allows them to capture near real-time energy data for analyses. With our user-friendly interface, variety of user levels, and intuitive dashboards, energy data is accessible throughout the organization. System administrators have the ability to ration which areas of our product can be viewed based on relevancy to the individual user.
Our product provides the ability to analyze energy usage data
across their buildings, including the capability to drill-down to more
granular information at the click of a button. Using the Alarms
module, the client is able to receive alerts via email and distribute
associated reports automatically. We equips users with the
opportunity to create intuitive energy dashboards, but also an
extensive collection of techniques to target areas for savings, making
eSight an easy choice for Allstate.
exp US Services
exp US Services is a specialized, value-added integrated services
organization providing professional, technical and strategic services
to six key areas: buildings, earth & environment, energy,
industrial, infrastructure, and sustainability. exp US Services
partners with eSight Energy to provide energy management solutions in a
number of their building projects. eSight’s integration with Tridium
hardware via oBIX, meant that exp could flawlessly integrate in
any of their projects including this installation.
They found the Energy Analysis configuration screen to be highly
intuitive, allowing users to access advanced energy analyses with ease.
This option provides the ability to compare meters, date ranges and
analyze the cost of consumption as well as compare consumption against
a target or budget. Allstate users are able to select the preferred
analysis technique, the required meter for either consumption or cost
analysis, and the output format. Since the graphs are
interactive, even the most novice of users was able to manipulate the
graph into a higher frequency of data when available, by scrolling
along to view the next period or interval.
Security was one of their top priorities in installing an energy
management suite. Allstate chose to have eSight installed
locally, within their firewalls. With this installation and the
different subnets that were created, only faculties with permission
would be able to access the our system. This kept the clients network
protected and gave them full control of access levels. For further
security purposes, We were able to install the application
portion on one server and the database on another. In addition to
meeting all of Allstate’s protective needs, we were able to
aggregate utility data in a single system for analysis and provide them with the tools to save both energy and money.
About eSight Energy Inc.
Brought to you by eSight Energy Inc., eSight is the most sophisticated and comprehensive energy suite available. Built upon the very latest Microsoft technology, the eSight suite provides an extensive range of techniques for analyzing energy usage and targeting sites for savings.
eSight may be used to monitor data from virtually any energy related system, including meters and loggers, building management and control systems, production data, spreadsheets, supplier data, oBIX and OPC data.
Please contact us for more information on how eSight can help your organization reduce energy costs.
About the Author
graduated cum laude from Illinois State University with a Bachelors of
Science in Marketing and Minor in Economics. Upon joining the eSight
Energy Marketing team in the summer of 2011, she has obtained valuable
energy industry experience and knowledge. Alissa’s responsibilities
include Marketing campaign management, copy writing, event planning,
and social media management. Prior to working with eSight Energy,
Alissa worked as a Mathematics Tutor at the University’s Academic
Center on campus for three years.
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