Shaspa http://www.shaspa.com Enabling the Internet of Things Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:45:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Shaspa joins the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance http://www.shaspa.com/shaspa-joins-intel-internet-solutions-alliance/Smart-Building/2014/08/shaspa-joins-intel-internet-solutions-alliance/ http://www.shaspa.com/shaspa-joins-intel-internet-solutions-alliance/Smart-Building/2014/08/shaspa-joins-intel-internet-solutions-alliance/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:43:58 +0000 http://www.shaspa.com/?p=3946 http://www.shaspa.com/shaspa-joins-intel-internet-solutions-alliance/Smart-Building/2014/08/shaspa-joins-intel-internet-solutions-alliance/feed/ 0 IBM, STMicroelectronics and Shaspa Advance Smarter Home Initiative http://www.shaspa.com/ibm-stmicroelectronics-shaspa-advance-smarter-home-initiative/Smart-Building/2013/01/ibm-stmicroelectronics-shaspa-advance-smarter-home-initiative/ http://www.shaspa.com/ibm-stmicroelectronics-shaspa-advance-smarter-home-initiative/Smart-Building/2013/01/ibm-stmicroelectronics-shaspa-advance-smarter-home-initiative/#comments Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:56:00 +0000 http://www.shaspa.com/?p=3651 LAS VEGAS, CES – 08 Jan 2013: IBM (NYSE:IBM), STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) and Shaspa today announced a collaboration to tap cloud and mobile computing for manufacturers and service providers to provide innovative ways for consumers to manage and interact with their homes’ functions and entertainment systems using multiple user interfaces such as voice recognition and physical gestures for a smarter home.

A “smart home” brings networking functions together, creating a gateway that connects a television, computer or mobile device with smart meters, lights, appliances, plugs and sensors within the home as well as services from outside. Parks Associates forecasts that more than 8 billion devices will be connected on the home network by year-end 2015.[1]

In Las Vegas this week during the world’s largest consumer electronics exhibition, the three companies will demonstrate a TV linked to ST’s Home Gateway, running software from business partner Shaspa, and connected to the IBM cloud. Through sensors, the system can monitor home parameters such as temperature, carbon dioxide[2] level through a wireless or batteryless IPv6 network, or human motion within the home. The data can be communicated to a smartphone or tablet via a wireless router. In this way, the homeowner can offload much of the home management to the cloud and interact with the system using event and time-based preset scenarios.

The companies anticipate that this initiative could allow consumers to use any device capable of running apps to manage a variety of personal activities such as viewing their home’s energy consumption; controlling security, heating and lighting systems; activating home appliances such as washing machines; monitoring health and assisted living conditions; or engaging in e-commerce. For example, a person with limited mobility could gesture to the TV to unlock the front door, turn up the heat or check vital signs. This project represents the future of electronics technology as sensing devices and equipment seamlessly respond to user needs and requests, emulating the way humans sense their environment.

“Thanks to emerging cloud services we are entering a new era in which the role of the personal cloud is expanding into daily life and the smart home to improve energy efficiency, health and wellness and home entertainment,” said Bruce Anderson, General Manager Global Electronics Industry, IBM. “This collaboration is a great example of how cloud computing can be used for business and industry innovation versus solely for IT efficiency purposes. In the future, cloud-enabled electronics will sense what people want, evolving from seeing-to-noticing-to-remembering personal needs and histories.”

In this project, ST’s Home Gateway and Shaspa’s embedded software acts as a bridge between the home and cloud services provided by the IBM SmartCloud Service Delivery Platform, which gives electronics manufacturers a cloud platform to manage smart devices and rapidly introduce new consumer services. The gateway, based on a STiH416, provides the physical connectivity, provisioning and management middleware, application protocols, and interfaces for connecting and controlling the “Internet of Things.” The connected-home System-on-Chip runs software including Linux and a service management system compliant with the OSGi industry standard.

The infrastructure for the gateway-cloud service operation is provided by Shaspa’s GUI and application software. IBM Worklight in combination with the Mobile Interface of the Shaspa embedded software is the mobile application platform that enables end users to control and manage their homes from their personal devices. The mobile platform is used to build the application, connect the app to all the sensors within the home, and manage all events that take place. IBM software such as MQ Series and Worklight helps transmit the data to mobile devices. Data captured in the cloud supports the discovery of new insights through advanced analytics.

“Smarter buildings are an essential part of the journey towards a sustainable world, and this building-to-cloud system shows that connected living is becoming possible today,” said Oliver Goh, Founder & CEO of Shaspa. “This secure, scalable offering with be the enabler for ecosystems, enabling the fast creation and deployment of value-add services.”

The idea of an intelligent home that uses technology to enhance the lives of its occupants is far from new; in fact, it was a major theme in the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. We are now in a position to realize the intelligent-home dream with systems that feature scalability, interoperability and security built-in from the start. This requires collaborations among leading players across the ecosystem.

“The smart home is a key part of the smarter world we need to address important global challenges, including energy saving and more affordable and accessible healthcare, and many different technologies and skills must be brought together to accelerate its development,” said Alessandro Cremonesi, Group Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Systems Technology, STMicroelectronics. “This demonstration confirms that ST’s solutions, from sensors, low-power microcontrollers and communications devices to home gateways, combined with our unrivalled track record in successful partnering, can contribute significantly to making smart homes a reality.”

The demo will be shown at two venues near the Las Vegas Convention Center: A private, invitation-only suite at The Encore Hotel (ST) and The Venetian, exhibit meeting room 2405 (IBM).

About IBM Cloud and Mobile Computing
Mobility is fundamentally transforming the way people live, work, play and make decisions. As the first new technology platform for business to emerge since the advent of the World Wide Web, mobile computing represents one of the greatest opportunities facing organizations. With an array of solutions that connect, secure, manage and develop the networks, infrastructure and applications that run the growing number of devices. IBM is enabling governments and industries to reinvent their business and reach customers, employees, partners and other constituents in completely new ways. IBM has helped thousands of clients adopt cloud models and manages millions of cloud based transactions every day. IBM assists clients in areas as diverse as banking, communications, healthcare and government to build their own clouds or securely tap into IBM cloud-based business and infrastructure services. IBM is unique in bringing together key cloud technologies, deep process knowledge, a broad portfolio of cloud solutions, and a network of global delivery centers. For more information about IBM cloud solutions, visit www.ibm.com/smartcloud. Follow us on Twitter @cloudchat and on our blog at www.thoughtsoncloud.com.

About Shaspa
Shaspa, is a leading provider of a service delivery framework for smart building projects. An end-to-end framework allowing personalized automation and control solutions for residential, commercial and specialized properties. Founded in 2007 we have built an innovative platform and set of services that blends emerging services and technologies to manage environments. Using wireless sensors, it brings together multiple medias to integrate and manage physical and virtual environments from the palm of your hand in an intelligent way.

Shaspa users can improve energy efficiency, manage their home when away from home and support independent living in an unobtrusive way. The Shaspa platform provides creative developers with a space develop applications which foster better energy management, greater understanding of physical processes and the creation of intelligent shared spaces.

Shaspa is using a rich ecosystem of technologies – web based, mobile, and 3D.

Further Information can be found at www.shaspa.com

 About STMicroelectronics

ST is a global leader in the semiconductor market serving customers across the spectrum of sense and power and automotive products and embedded processing solutions. From energy management and savings to trust and data security, from healthcare and wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and office, at work and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a positive and innovative contribution to people’s life. By getting more from technology to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented. In 2011, the Company’s net revenues were $9.73 billion. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.

[1] Parks Associates study: Service Providers and the Connected Home,2011, http://www.parksassociates.com/whitepapers/parks-serviceproviders-wp2011

[2] While carbon dioxide isn’t generally dangerous, monitoring CO2 levels is useful so that environmental systems can adjust ventilation to suit the number of occupants in a room. Knowing how many people are in a room can save energy; fewer occupants produce lower levels of CO2 and therefore ventilations levels can be set lower.

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Shaspa 3D Operations Centers http://www.shaspa.com/shaspa-3d-operations-centers/Smart-Building/2012/12/shaspa-3d-operations-centers/ http://www.shaspa.com/shaspa-3d-operations-centers/Smart-Building/2012/12/shaspa-3d-operations-centers/#comments Wed, 19 Dec 2012 20:57:52 +0000 http://www2.shaspa.comnextgen/?p=3391 The Shaspa 3D Virtual Operations Centers represent the next level of innovation and green technology offered by the Shaspa solution. The Virtual Operations Center renders the many dimensions of the facilities and operations management into an immersive 3D virtual world. The 3D environment is customized according to unique requirements, and can be delivered as classic command centers, control rooms, datacenters, or hybrid custom solutions. The versatile virtual world environment ensures a platform for innovation, scalability, performance, and growth as the business value it brings is expanded to other areas.

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Enables more efficient control and representation of complex environments

The Shaspa 3D Virtual Operations Center, a class of applications that fuse together data from enterprise business systems, renders the many dimensions of the facilities and operations management into an immersive 3D virtual world. The integrated and consolidated view of the facilities, operations, and datacenter provides enhanced situational awareness of multiple facets of the enterprise, leading to improved operational efficiencies and new insights into the business. This includes rendering information about building automation and energy management systems with data from the Shaspa Virtual World Communications Interface as well as datacenter IT systems.

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The Shaspa 3D Virtual Operations Center is customizable and versatile, both in the data it receives and the layout and function of the datacenter. This customization is useful when managing live systems, and can also be used to perform simulations for planning such as space, thermal, power, or other planning needs. The Shaspa 3D Virtual Operations Center also extends the business value of previous investments, by leveraging and extending existing systems management and monitoring infrastructure. This includes facilities automation and information systems, datacenters, command center information systems, and many other systems that provide industry standard programming interfaces.

  • Control of Facilities and Assets in an intuitive 3D environment

  • enhanced situational awareness of multiple facets of the enterprise

  • improved operational efficiencies and new insights into the business

  • extends the business value of previous investments

Shaspa 3D Virtual Operations Centers organize and present information from these systems in familiar and easy to understand ways. For example, the Shaspa 3D Virtual Operations Center application can show the consolidated view of 2 or more datacenters and their assets, in a single composite 3D view. Additionally, the 3D environment can render information from the facilities such as HVAC and power. Combining this capability with the Green Technology in the IT equipment, this powerful new tool shows an at a glance state of the carbon and physical footprint. This allows managers to see and understand the collective set of enterprise resources and their individual states, for multiple distributed operations locations and types.

Since the Shaspa 3D Virtual Operations Centers are multi-user virtual world applications, complete with in-world 3D messaging, multiple users can have a shared 3D experience and carry on active discussions in-world. This shared experience allows technical, business, and even partner personnel, to collaborate on elements of the enterprise in real-time. These expert collaborators can be located across the world, yet still meet ‘locally’ in the virtual world to collaborate, decreasing time to resolution, increasing planning effectiveness, and reduced travel costs. The key benefit of the virtual world collaborative capability and shared immersive experience is providing enhanced overall communications methods and cycle time for any business scenario.

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The Shaspa 3D Virtual Operations Centers leverages a state of the art 3D virtual world infrastructure to create the virtual world environment. The server component manages the virtual world, and users log in with clients and are brought into the virtual world. Once logged onto the Shaspa 3D Virtual Operations Centers server, they can interact with other users, gadgets, and the machinery in the command center. The Shaspa 3D Virtual Operations Centers is driven by the data from a virtual world integration middleware component that is part of the overall solution.

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Social Networks http://www.shaspa.com/social-networks/Smart-Building/2012/12/social-networks/ http://www.shaspa.com/social-networks/Smart-Building/2012/12/social-networks/#comments Sun, 16 Dec 2012 21:36:08 +0000 http://www2.shaspa.comnextgen/?p=3389 shaspa socialnetworks2 Social NetworksFacebook, MySpace, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr and Google Latitude are examples of modern communication channels that create collective power for change. Shaspa social networks create opportunities for collective creativity in the development and visualisation of next generation Shaspa applications, which bring societal benefits through collective action and responsibility.

These consumer technologies are having an impact on our social and commercial relationships in virtual environments, often in opposition to how we operate in the physical world. These virtual shared spaces deliver an increasingly personalised and persistent experience by successfully encouraging the sharing of personal and day-to-day activities with a growing network of other people who then are able to share other personal information.

This offers a personalised and persistent experience which ‘rewards’ users for sharing information by delivering added value and enabling the individual user to better manage their network of relationships. This sharing of information and the value it brings to support social and commercial relationships is largely absent in physical spaces, although it does exist in places like clubs, societies and churches. Shaspa brings these attributes to physical spaces. Share information from your home or office energy use (and savings!) out to your social networks. See how your energy consumption compares with others. Challenge your friends, family and classmates to make their physical spaces more efficient.

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Connected Community http://www.shaspa.com/connected-community/Smart-Building/2012/12/connected-community/ http://www.shaspa.com/connected-community/Smart-Building/2012/12/connected-community/#comments Sun, 16 Dec 2012 21:33:13 +0000 http://www2.shaspa.comnextgen/?p=3387 shaspa map2 Connected Community

Homes with oil central heating systems often have a tank outside in the garden, with a simple, mechanical level gauge attached to the side, or a wireless meter, inside the house. Sometimes whole communities – isolated from a main gas supply – run off oil. Each household monitors its own level, and calls the oil tanker when it’s time to fill up.

But there’s a better way. With a Shaspa, neighbours can see when other households’ tanks need filling up, and can co-ordinate visits from the oil tanker. This means fewer trips to service a neighbourhood, and savings which can be passed on to users as a discount. A Smart Shared Space for a connected community.

It doesn’t stop there. As soon as neighbours start buying their oil collectively, they can negotiate bulk discount pricing.

Shaspa is a social enabler, too. Neighbours can care for the less able and needy in their community. With permission, volunteers can monitor oil levels for anyone unable organise deliveries themselves, so they’ll never run the risk of running out.

Shaspa: Cheaper. Greener. Making better communities.

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A Simpler, greener, more connected life

Do you ever feel like you’re losing control? Do you get utility bills with seemingly random numbers – or maybe an-ever upward trend. And when you go to bed, do you have a long list of things to switch off (lights, TVs and heating) or switch on (burgler alarms, CCTV)? It’s as if you’re working for your house, not the other way round.

So, how does Shaspa help?

Imagine that you’ve got a domestic robot.
You want to give it instructions to make it wash the dishes, mow the lawn and to the ironing – but it doesn’t understand you. You don’t understand it either – all you see are flashing lights, and gestures that don’t make any sense. All you hear are bleeps, bloops and strange warbling noises. If you could make noises like that, you might be able to make the robot do something useful, but you never will. And you’ll never understand what it’s telling you.

What’s the answer? Make the robot speak and understand your language. English, Spanish, Mandarin or Russian – it doesn’t matter.

But if it won’t do that, then you need a translator, taking in all the robot’s strange attempts to communicate, and making them understandable, at the same time as taking your spoken commands and turning them into something the robot can make sense of.

This is even more important when you have several robots, all doing specialised things. You need one translator that works for all of them, because it understands all of their “native” machine languages.

Then, and only then, can you issue a command that they will ALL understand, giving them a chance to work cooperatively. Even better – they can talk to each other, through the translator, so they can work out the best way to collectively accomplish the tasks you’ve given them!

And then, when there are hundreds of highly specialised robots in a community, all doing the things they were designed to do best, you’ll be able to look at the combined efforts of all of them. And you can decide, with your neighbours, or colleagues, if you’re at work, how to optimise their work. Maybe you can use someone else’s robots while they’re not busy. Perhaps there’s one task that needs the strength of all of them; something you wouldn’t have thought about if it was just you, watching your robots.

Most of this sounds like science fiction. But with Shaspa playing the part of the translator, most of it isn’t. What we don’t have now is general purpose robots doing the housework and gardening. But what we do have is highly-specialised, interconnected “Robots” – smart meters, sensors and devices – that all speak different languages, and which could be so much more effective if we could instruct them in simple ways, and make them work together.

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Smart Home http://www.shaspa.com/smart-home/Smart-Building/2012/12/smart-home/ http://www.shaspa.com/smart-home/Smart-Building/2012/12/smart-home/#comments Sun, 16 Dec 2012 21:26:14 +0000 http://www2.shaspa.comnextgen/?p=3383 A smart home is a home that is equipped with technology to enable occupants to remotely control or program an array of automated home electronic devices by entering a single command, manage their energy usage intelligently and interconnect with the different technologies in the home.

smarthome Smart Home

Smart Home technology is expanding rapidly as new electronic technologies converge. A Smart Home should now encompass communications, entertainment, security, convenience, energy management, networking and information systems.

Shaspa Smart Home

The Shaspa Smart Home Kit is an open platform that utilises a network of intelligent sensors which serve to provide information about the state of the home. Through the Shaspa Bridge, this information is processed and made available through a number of access methods like touch screens, Mobile phones and 3D Browsers.

smarthome diag Smart Home

Automated or user guided action is then initiated through the intelligent actuators connected to common household appliances. For example, a homeowner with RFID access cards can designate non essential household appliances such as equipment on standby, lighting or air-conditioning as appliances that will automatically be shut down by the Smart Home once the homeowner leaves the home. Likewise, such services can be restarted when the homeowner returns. If the user owns a mobile phone that has an embedded GPS system he could simply tie the phone to the Shaspa Bridge, that way a number of actions could be executed once the phone (you) leaves the vicinity of the property.

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Other examples include the use of a mobile phone or internet to arm the home security system, control temperature gauges, switch appliances on or off, control lighting, program a home theater or entertainment system, and perform many other tasks while away on holiday, giving an appearance as if they were home. The Shaspa Smart home can even send you a text message to alert you that you’ve left lights on or that the water pipe to the washing machine is leaking!

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But how do you know if your home’s energy usage is normal? Shaspa offers users a unique opportunity to compare your home’s efficiency with that of other Shaspa users. Shaspa has the ability to automatically update your energy statistics onto your twitter account or into a facebook group, these stats can then be compared with those from other houses in your street, town, city or country. With everyone competing to get their energy usage low, the benefits to the environment are truly staggering.

Tomorrow’s Technology Available Today

Unlike traditional home automation products, the Shaspa Smart Home Kit uses extensive wireless technology and allows the monitoring of energy usage, environmental data, security systems and provides control of lighting, appliances, media, air- conditioning, home entertainment and any other household appliances from the comfort of a mobile phone, web page, 3D user interface or handheld screen.

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The Shaspa Smart Home Kit can be easily installed in any home without the need for any additional major wiring or renovation which means no unsightly wires that might affect the aesthetics of the home. Installation is simple and can be completed quickly. The Shaspa Smart Home is also modular and flexible. You can start with electricity monitoring, then add gas and water monitoring and then onto a full Smart Home.

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Those using Shaspa in the home will find the easy-to-install unit is an invaluable resource, showing them exactly how much energy they use on a regular basis and which appliances guzzle the most power. With the Shaspa display showing exactly how much power and money their appliances use, users are able to make smart decisions about power usage. The simple act of turning appliances off makes a visual, real time difference in the amount of energy being used and a noticeable impact on the next electricity bill! Users can also set standby procedures so that if a light or appliance is left on during the day, it can be switched off remotely from anywhere in the world.

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Business users will find Shaspa will save thousands or even millions of dollors every single year. Carbon emissions from buildings, such as those from air conditioning, heating and lighting, account for approximately 40% of the carbon footprint in most industrial countries. With Shaspa making everyone more conscious of the energy they’re using, this 40% could be drastically reduced. With sensors detecting the ambient temperature and air quality as well as the power usage of appliances and lighting, businesses are able to clearly see where cutbacks can be made to increase the energy efficiency of their business.

BRD R 200 Smart Home

Shaspa DataLogger

Part No.: DAL-100
Data aquisistion system with embedded Web-
interface and multi-protocol support.

BRD R 200 Smart Home

Shaspa Bridge Residential

Part No.: BRD-R-200
Shaspa Smart Home Controller

So take a look at what Shaspa can do for you and get started on the road to energy efficiency. Contact us at info@shaspa.com or via contact form.

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Smart Workplace http://www.shaspa.com/smart-workplace/Smart-Building/2012/12/smart-workplace/ http://www.shaspa.com/smart-workplace/Smart-Building/2012/12/smart-workplace/#comments Sun, 16 Dec 2012 21:24:02 +0000 http://www2.shaspa.comnextgen/?p=3382 smartwork1 Smart Workplace

Changing Landscape

Of late, environmental sustainability has emerged as an important goal for many businesses. Some businesses have realized that their day to day operations result in a negative environmental impact while some view increased efficiency in energy and resource use as a way to reduce costs and thus increase profits. One emerging driving factor is the public image of a company and consumers perception of businesses that make a real effort to reduce their corporate carbon footprint, a common measure of the impact of their operations on the environment. More and more companies are coming forward with Corporate Social Responsibility plans that include the reduction of their carbon footprint. Still, others see going green as a means of staying ahead of regulatory pressures and avoiding legal hassles as new legislation takes shape in countries all over the world. 

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Increased Energy Consumption

With the advent of Office Automation, businesses today consume a huge amount of energy. Almost everything that we use in the office consumes energy, from the air-conditioning systems, lighting, PCs, printers, photocopiers, scanners, networks, business applications running on powerful energy hungry servers, projectors in meeting rooms to the coffee machine in the pantry. Contrast this with the office of yesterday where there were only desks and typewriters, fans and lights and we quickly realise how much energy a business consumes today.

What is more alarming is that much of this energy is wasted by office equipment sitting idle while employees are engaged in meetings, sometimes for as much as 4-6 hours each working day. With a highly mobile and global workforce, offices are sometimes half empty as employees commute for meetings and other business activities. Yet, lighting and air-conditioning continue to operate at full capacity.

For all the advances in office automation technology, the buildings that house offices have largely remain the same. In fact, as more and more skyscrapers are built and with demand for offices with a view, more glass is being used and more heat is being transmitted into such buildings requiring more energy to power the air-conditioning systems. This translates into a higher energy bill for businesses today especially those with a large number of employees spread out in many geographical regions.

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Shaspa Smart Workplace

The Shaspa Smart Workplace is a scalable and modular open platform that utilises a network of intelligent sensors connected to the Shaspa Bridge and the Shaspa Service Framework to help visualise, measure and systematically collect data from office environments to provide powerful analytical visualisations that in turn enable smart decisions to be made, ultimately leading to a reduction in energy usage.

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The intelligent sensor network includes temperature, relative humidity, energy, water, gas, cameras, light intensity, occupancy and many other environmental sensors connected to the Shaspa Bridge through wireless or wired technology. Actuators such as relays, smart plugs, flow and pressure control valves are used to optimise air-conditioning for comfort and energy, to turn off offie equipment that is not in use and to optimise the office environment for comfort, convenience while at the same time reducing the energy usage.

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Wireless sensors attached to a seat can sense if someone has left their desk ,PCs and other desktop equipment can then be put into ‘sleep’ mode to reduce the power used. HVAC systems can be optimised to cater for lower heat load when employees are away or commuting between offices or when the external weather is cool. Printers, photocopiers and other office equipment can be shut down or put into ‘sleep’ mode after office hours or during low usage periods.

To balance the demand for a comfortable productive office equipped with all the latest technology while keeping the overall corporate carbon footprint to a minimum, offices and businesses need to first have the ability to measure their carbon impact of their business operations. The Shaspa Energy and Carbon Dashboards allow offices in different locations and geographies to compare themselves against each other and for best practices to be shared amongst the different offices. Over time, an energy smart workforce emerges.

Studies have shown that an optimised office can use up to 33% less energy than one that does not have the capability to quantify or measure their energy usage. Progressive companies may also want to engage their customers by making such energy data or their carbon footprint available at customer service lobbies, or on their corporate websites or even on social media such as such as Twitter and Facebook.

So take a look at what Shaspa can do for you and get started on the road to energy efficiency. Contact us at info@shaspa.com or via contact form.

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Social Energy Meter http://www.shaspa.com/social-energy-meter/Smart-Building/2012/12/social-energy-meter/ http://www.shaspa.com/social-energy-meter/Smart-Building/2012/12/social-energy-meter/#comments Sun, 16 Dec 2012 21:21:35 +0000 http://www2.shaspa.comnextgen/?p=3379 sem Social Energy MeterCreating a shared space might be as simple as giving a management team a better perspective on their energy use, or empowering employees to contribute to savings by giving them information that lets them see the consequences of their behaviour.

And as more elements within our physical spaces become network-connected, the Shaspa Social Energy Meter can build feedback-loops, so that mass behaviour create a beneficial effect.

For example, real-time data can influence adverts and information presented on a digital signage network within a workspace. This immediately creates the potential for a shared space. Digital Signage can show instantaneous energy consumption, with targets and potential rewards: “If you can keep consumption below a six hour average 50KWph, you can all go home ten minutes early”, or “If you switch off enough lights, someone, selected from a draw, gets a weekend in Paris”.

In shopping malls, thisSocial Energy Meter can influence the behaviour of shoppers. Shoppers would be given the chance to vote by text how many degrees they are willing to have the temperature raised in the summer or lowered in the winter. This would be democratic because the temperature can be voted up or down – within limits that would not be hazardous or uncomfortable to frail shoppers. The savings would be significant, and could be used to fund a prize that would act as an incentive to the shoppers to take part by accepting a small decline in their comfort. It could even lead to a direct, proportional lowering of prices, facilitated by lower of rent and energy costs to the retail outlets within the mall.

As a side benefit, the Shaspa Social Energy Meter can supply real-time information to indoor and outdoor digital advertising campaigns, so that adverts can be selected on the basis of a relevant criterion, like precipitation, temperature, humidity and sunshine.

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Shaspa Home Energy Monitor

Part No.: HEM-0140
Home Energy Monitor allowing you to monitor
the overall Energy consumtion in your home.


Shaspa Social Energy Meter: empowering people to act together for the good of everyone

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Smart Building http://www.shaspa.com/smart-building/Smart-Building/2012/12/smart-building/ http://www.shaspa.com/smart-building/Smart-Building/2012/12/smart-building/#comments Sun, 16 Dec 2012 21:12:53 +0000 http://www2.shaspa.comnextgen/?p=3376 <p style=”font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px;”><span style=”color: #000000;”><img title=”Shaspa – Shared Spaces” src=”http://www2.shaspa.comwp-content/uploads/2009/07/shaspa-sketches2.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”Shaspa – Shared Spaces, Carbon Dashboard,Smart Building, Smart Home, Smart Instrumentation” hspace=”5″ vspace=”5″ width=”249″ height=”144″ align=”left” /><span style=”color: #888888;”>Carbon emissions from buildings, such as those from air conditioning, heating and lighting, account for approximately 40% of the carbon footprint in most industrial countries.</span></span></p>
<p style=”font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px;”><span style=”color: #888888;”>Legislation will increasingly oblige organisations to reduce the carbon footprint of their property portfolio(s). Local renewable energy sources, which may include micro-generation, combined heat and power and waste to- energy schemes, are within the scope of property management, as is the use of sustainable material in refurbishments and capital projects.</span></p>
<p style=”font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px;”><span style=”color: #888888;”>Many organisations have outsourced their day-to-day building management, leaving them with limited opportunities to exercise direct control over emissions. The companies managing buildings often have to deal with a variety of installations. Some installations will belong to the property, while other installations serve the specific needs of one or more tenants. The installations affect one another but are often configured in isolation and have dedicated systems to manage them.</span></p>
<p style=”font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px;”><span style=”color: #888888;”>Many ways of cutting CO2 emissions pay for themselves, so money saved can be re-invested in other carbon reduction activities. But to determine what initiatives makes best business sense and how to prioritise these initiatives is complex without a converged view of energy demand and supply and the associated carbon emissions across a portfolio of properties.</span></p>
<p style=”font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px;”><span style=”color: #888888;”>Organisations which proactively address the issue today will avoid decisions that could prove costly to rectify in the future. They will also better position themselves for future opportunities around the phenomena of carbon trading and they can demonstrate social responsibility. What is the solution? For buildings to get greener, they must become smarter.</span></p>
<p style=”font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px;”><span style=”color: #888888;”>The focus of Shaspa is to deliver a transparent, holistic way to configure facility service processes and report on energy and emissions. Managers will have a converged view across buildings, functional units and assets for every role throughout the facility. The owner, facilities manager, tenant, regulator and potentially even the utility company all have different information requirements that must be met.</span></p>

<h2><span style=”color: #59854c;”>The lifetime of a building: from drawing-board to demolition</span></h2>
<p style=”font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px;”><span style=”color: #888888;”>Over the lifetime of a building, property developers, facilities managers, tenants and investors are held accountable for many things: public safety, environmental impact, building efficiency and return on investment. The seed planted by the creative mind of the architect and fostered by the knowledge of the builder, facilities manager and investor grows into a vast and complex entity. The facility goes on to provide many things to many people and to the community at large. Ensuring that the facility provides a constant level of service whilst delivering optimal financial results right up to the day it is dismantled is the challenge. Add to that the widespread legislation set to reform and tax carbon emissions, and we face a difficult task indeed.</span></p>

<h2><span style=”color: #59854c;”>Shaspa improves property performance</span></h2>
<p style=”font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px;”><span style=”color: #888888;”>Working closely with a company’s staff, Shaspa consultants help optimize the technical and structural performance of a property. Shaspa does this from an energy perspective within the scope and concept of the individual facility, and follows an out-tasking model.</span></p>
<p style=”font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px;”><span style=”color: #888888;”>To get the correct level of information required for detailed optimization recommendations and automated control, Shaspa captures data directly from the building or group of buildings in near real time. These live data feeds provide a unified view across the technical silos in the building and across the real estate property portfolio. It also provides a means of control based on the energy and carbon policies an organisation defines.</span></p>

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