The company IC-Meter, who is a partner in the SURE! project, has introduced a free control-service called ‘Control by Cloud’, where owners of IC-Meters can define and process their own criteria based on indoor climate measurement and local weather data. The aim is to improve and visualize control of heating and ventilation systems (BMS). This is great news for the SURE! project, as this IC-Meter service will be used for controlling the heating system in the project’s two Danish housing associations – Beringsgaard and Odinsgaard.
Here is what IC-Meter writes about the system:
There are three arguments for moving the control software from the technical devices to a Cloud-service.
First – IC-Meter’s Cloud-services has ’extra’ relevant information that BMS systems usually don’t have:
- Indoor Climate data and user’s behavior documentations (‘Activity Index’ etc.)
- Local weather forecast 48 hours ahead, and
- Key Figures for the buildings characteristics regarding indoor climate, user behavior and energy
Second – IC-Meter and the buildings ‘Black Box’ introduce a concept where data is stored to improve control functions by learning from a buildings actual performance.
Third – Cloud services are more flexible and cheaper to run. CPU’s in technic boxes are expensive to install, maintain and upgrade and smart setup’s from day one are hard to change when the needs and possibilities for new control strategies appear. By moving the control-functions to a Cloud-solution, simple algorithms can be upgraded to advanced solutions without new hardware investments.
With the new concept ‘Control by Cloud’ IC-Meter invites their users – and vendors of control software – to process their own code in the IC-Meter Cloud (with full respect for privacy regarding algorithms and data management).
Use your IC-Meter to control ventilation and heating systems
IC-Meters first launch is an ON/OFF control where the heating or ventilation system can be turned ON and OFF by Cloud – either via a Public API or a cable connected to the IC-Meter box. The IC-Meter user controls this manually or automatically by setting their own criteria for indoor and outdoor conditions in Box Settings.