Nick Ismael London, 13 November 2017 – The manufacturing sector is seeing significant benefit from IoT – better machine performance, saving millions on energy and improving staff efficiency From Henry Ford’s automotive assembly line to the production of the iPhone, embracing and driving innovation has been at the forefront of manufacturing. That is because the sector […]
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Virgin Media get smart about energy consumption
Date posted: 5 March 2018
enModus, the smart building solutions company, has successfully implemented a project with Virgin Media to radically reduce energy consumption at one of the telecom giant’s major UK technical facilities. The undisclosed site supports more than 250,000 homes.
The project has seen a proportion of the existing fluorescent lighting switched to the enModus Smart Connected Lighting solution. Using real-time measurement, Virgin Media has validated a total energy saving of 99% against the replaced light fittings. The energy reductions have been achieved by intelligently controlling the lighting levels.
In addition, less heat released from the lighting means the cooling systems can be run more efficiently to keep the required temperature at the site. Carbon emissions have dropped by 2,445kg per year, meaning both substantial cost savings and a significant improvement in the environmental impact of the facility.
Before the installation of enModus’ smart light solution, the existing fluorescent lighting was turned on at the beginning of each shift even though these spaces were only infrequently used by maintenance staff.
enModus replaced the lights with Thorn Aquaforce II LED units installed with an enModus Node. The Node communicates across the existing power cables to the enModus Hub, connected via the internet to the enModus Cloud Platform. The Hub sends control commands, and in return, the nodes communicate measured and sensed information in real-time to create highly accurate real-time energy measurement and allow light activation only when occupancy is detected. This system also provides much-needed insights into how different spaces are used.
As well as Virgin Media, enModus is working with major UK customers including retail supply-chain business Catalyst and Volvo-owned Scottish manufacturer Terex Trucks.
Andy Heaton, CEO and co-founder of enModus, said: “It’s a coup for a start-up to be chosen as a partner of a leading UK business like Virgin Media on such an important project. Energy efficiency improvements are at the top of the agenda for companies as they strive to not only reduce costs but improve their environmental impact and meet increasingly strict regulations on building efficiencies.
“The project with Virgin Media is an example of how our powerline-based control solution – Wattwave – is gaining traction. As well as saving money and reducing CO2, companies can deploy our solution without the need for expensive refits as it uses existing cabling infrastructure. Smart lighting is just one application. Once installed, we enable a building-wide communications network that can deliver other benefits including detailed intelligence on building occupancy and ultimately control over other electrically-connected assets and electrical circuits.”
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Smarter and faster – why manufacturers must embrace the Internet of Things
Date posted: 4 December 2017
Nick Ismael London, 13 November 2017 –
The manufacturing sector is seeing significant benefit from IoT – better machine performance, saving millions on energy and improving staff efficiency
From Henry Ford’s automotive assembly line to the production of the iPhone, embracing and driving innovation has been at the forefront of manufacturing. That is because the sector always needs to boost productivity and efficiency. Manufacturers arguably missed out on the last big technological revolution – mobile technology – and its spoils. But today the Internet of Things (IoT), a key part of the so called “fourth industrial revolution”, is helping manufacturing become smarter, faster and more efficient.
The UK is well placed to benefit but more companies need to embrace the opportunity. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) found in 2016 that more than half (54%) of UK businesses are investing in the technology, with 73% saying that the IoT will be critical to their future success.
However, that also means 46% of British companies are not getting involved with IoT. They are missing out, not only, on the benefits of real-time intelligence to make their businesses more efficient and productive but most importantly the possibility to develop new business models to compete more effectively.
In an ultra-competitive economic environment, manufacturers cannot afford to ignore the IoT shake-up. The McKinsey Global Institute has predicted that between $3.9 trillion and $11.1 trillion-a-year in economic value could be created by 2025 by linking the physical and digital worlds. The UK Government-commissioned Industrial Digitalisation Review found the manufacturing sector could unlock £455 billion over the next decade by, among other things, adopting IoT technologies.
“Government and industry must work together to seize the opportunities that exist in this sector and promote the benefits of adopting emerging digital technologies, as well as cutting edge business models,” Business Secretary Greg Clark said in reaction to the October report.
What are the opportunities? The key to IoT is data. In any manufacturing facility there are a huge number of things that can be measured. Correctly analysed, this data can provide an incredible amount of information to better inform key business and investment decisions.
The first step for any business is having the right tools to understand the data. For example, Welsh start-up WePredict is using sophisticated analytics to help the automotive industry reduce failure rates of individual components used in a vehicle.
Often a year or more before the manufacturer would identify the same issues. Car companies have to set aside large sums of capital on their balance sheets in case they need to pay out on warranties. This is currently based on generic information. More accurate data means more realistic warranty prices and the freeing up of cash for investment elsewhere.
Investment is one of the ingredients needed for a successful manufacturing enterprise. The other is the ability to manage costs to help maximise margin. Manufacturers need to ensure that machines can produce as much of a particular product as efficiently as possible.
Successful factories are automated to reduce labour costs and where machines run for as long as possible without maintenance to maximise time in use and reduce material waste.
IoT start-up Senseye offers a cloud-based solution that helps manufacturers reduce maintenance costs. By automatically identifying and predicting machine failure through machine learning algorithms, businesses can avoid uncertainty and profit-hitting downtime.
However, it is also about reducing other costs of production. Factories use a huge amount of energy The disruptive technology of enModus allows companies to monitor and automatically control all of their mains-powered devices such as lighting without the need to put in new cables or wires. Not the sexiest bit of kit, but think how much companies can save on their monthly bills by ensuring lights are only ever on when they are needed?
Added together all these IoT technologies can fundamentally change the economics of manufacturing in the UK. Combined with other innovations such as robotics, the days of outsourcing to lower cost territories in the far-east could be over. And Governments understand how critical manufacturing is for economies.
In the UK Brexit has created the demand for the UK to be a more productive, export-led economy as part of the recipe for survival outside the EU. That means UK manufacturing needs to be lean, fit and competitive which means technology will be critical. Helpfully, the UK government launched a £10 million fund in 2015 to help British businesses develop the new generation of hardware that takes advantage of the IoT.
Large companies are also taking notice of this great shift, with the likes of US machinery giant Caterpillar and German technology firm Siemens adopting IoT solutions. The former has teamed-up with an industrial analytics company, while the latter has embraced Germany’s “smart factories” initiative.
Consultants Capgemini said in a 2017 report that using digital technologies, including the IoT, in these type of factories could add up to $1.5 trillion in value to the global economy in five years.
However, take up remains slow. A survey of businesses in North America, Western Europe, India and China between February and March, also worryingly found that only 6% of manufacturers were “digital masters”. “Those firms that score high on both dimensions of digital and transformation management intensity,” according to Capgemini.
Elsewhere, the research revealed that 43% of respondents had an operational smart factory initiative, with just 14% of manufacturers describing themselves as “satisfied” with their level of smart factory success. This means there is an opportunity for the UK to take a lead.
Findings from the CBI demonstrate that manufacturers – both in the UK and abroad – realise that there are large financial prizes to won by embracing the IoT. However, it is obvious that much more needs to be done to adopt the technologies, train employees and executives, and start fully reaping the benefits from the IoT.
Manufacturers must act now or risk falling further and further behind the IoT revolution and allowing their competitors to overtake them as the sector moves into a new, better connected and data-driven future. Profits, revenues and ultimately livelihoods are on the line as digitalisation becomes the norm.
Emanuele Angelidis, CEO, Breed Reply, a leading operational investor in IoT
Fluxus ventures announces investment into disruptive smart building technology company
Date posted: 5 October 2017
(October 4, 2017) – Fluxus Ventures has made an investment into enModus, a UK-based smart building technology company. enModus will use this investment, along with its recently raised £3m Series A, to fuel deployment of its innovative powerline communication technology. Fluxus is excited to support enModus going forward and will work alongside the enModus team as it develops its initial customer base. enModus has been backed by intu, a British REIT that owns some of the most popular shopping centers in the UK and Spain.
Over the past 7 years, enModus has developed Wattwave, a proprietary technology that enables device-to-cloud communication and automated device control in buildings. The Wattwave system utilizes the existing powerlines in a building for communication, and thus enables buildings to be quickly and inexpensively retrofitted into fully connected smart buildings. In a Wattwave-enabled building, any device that is connected to building mains power can be monitored and controlled from a central cloud-based platform. Initial use cases include smart lighting control and building energy management, and pilot customers have seen significant energy savings.
“We’re delighted to welcome Fluxus as an investor in enModus. It’s an extremely exciting time for the Company,” said Andy Heaton, CEO and cofounder of enModus. “Our powerline based controls solution is really gaining traction across several regions. We are proving that retrofitting controls for LED lighting and other assets can be extremely attractive – not only from an ROI perspective, but also because of the building intelligence that is gained from a rich stream of real-time and historical data. Fluxus are real experts in their field, and will offer an insight into Global Real Estate that is second to none. We really look forward to working with them closely as we move forward”
Jon Bartelt, a Partner at Fluxus Ventures, added, “The enModus team has developed a truly innovative smart building solution that is inexpensive and easy to install. We believe the Wattwave technology is the best in class smart lighting control system for large industrial and commercial buildings and look forward to assisting enModus as it brings this great product to market.”
For more information, please visit http://www.enmodus.com/.
Shopping mall chain invests in powerline communications for IoT lighting
Date posted: 24 July 2017
July 21st – Britain’s Intu joins £3 million Series A round in enModus, starts small pilots.
Amid all the recent talk about Bluetooth, ZigBee, visible light communications, and Power over Ethernet as communication channels for Internet of Things (IoT) lighting, it’s easy to forget there’s a ubiquitous infrastructure already in place that can also connect lighting to the Internet: electricity cabling.
Emanuele Angelidis, CEO at Breed Reply speaks about Smart Legislation & enModus
Date posted: 18 July 2017
Smart legislation – a vital stepping stone towards an energy efficient UK
A smart building is one which uses communication technology and the Internet of Things (‘IoT’) to control all elements within a building and particularly to flexibly produce, store and use energy efficiently. Currently in the UK, the excessive use of energy by commercial buildings and households has become a focal point. Almost 40% of the UK’s total consumption can be attributed to the electricity and gas used in buildings.
Tech City News article on enModus £ 3M Series A completion
Date posted: 12 July 2017
Chepstow, 12 July 2017 – Completion of £ 3M Series A with intu, Breed Reply and Finance Wales triggers article from the IoT community.
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enModus lands £3m in Series A funding
Date posted: 12 July 2017
Chepstow, 11 July 2017 – Smart building technology company enModus raises £3m from three investors including shopping centre giant intu. Total funding to date amounts to £9m – £6m in seed investment since launch in 2010. Ambition to grow customer base worldwide with ground-breaking powerline communications technology
enModus strengthens Management team
Date posted: 30 June 2015
Chepstow: 30th June 2015. enModus Ltd, a leading provider of Smart Building Solutions, has today announced two new additions to the Senior Management team; Andy Bell joins as VP Engineering and Andrew Maynard takes up the position of CFO.
enModus appoints Peter Harverson as Non Executive Chairman
Date posted: 26 May 2015
Chepstow: 26th May 2015. enModus Ltd, a leading provider of Smart Building Solutions, has today announced the appointment of respected industry veteran Peter Harverson as Non Executive Chairman.
Former Nest Labs Executive John Gilmore Joins enModus Advisory Board
Date posted: 30 April 2014
Chepstow, UK, 30 April 2014 – enModus, a developer of Smart Home communications technology, today announced that John Gilmore, former Vice President of Operations at Nest Labs, has joined its Advisory Board.
enModus closes £1.5m in further funding
Date posted: 17 February 2014
Chepstow, UK, 17th February 2014 – enModus, a developer of Smart Home communications technology, today announced that it has closed £1.5m of seed investment from current investor Andromeda Capital Partners, and new investor Finance Wales. Following the investment round, enModus has relocated to larger premises in Chepstow, Wales, to accommodate planned growth of its engineering and commercial team.
enModus voted “Most Experienced Management Team”
Date posted: 12 February 2014
Chepstow, UK – 13th February 2014 – enModus, the Chepstow-based developer of Smart Home communications technology, today announced that it won the “Most Experienced Management Team” award at this year’s ISE Investor Showcase, held in Amsterdam by Go4Venture Advisers LLP.