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IoT Solution Helps Supermarkets Reduce Energy Consumption
The system from Sensormatic Solutions, using Internet of Things sensors, can also reduce water consumption by up to 40 percent, the company reports.
May 22, 2019—
At the recent Apas Show 2019 event in São Paulo, from the Paulista Supermarkets Association (Apas), Sensormatic Solutions (owned by Johnson Controls) presented a solution that it says can reduce the consumption of electricity at supermarkets. According to the company, this is a customized and lower-cost version of its Metasys building-automation system, intended specifically for retailers.
The technology provider promises savings in energy consumption thanks to the system, which integrates heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); lighting; and security protection. "By centralizing this information and making it available for a fully shared management, one enters into the concept of the IoT and mass data that integrates with all other systems," says Sérgio Thomé, Sensormatic's commercial director.
"The solution is based on four layers: peripherals, controls, managers and server," Thomé explains. "Peripherals contain all sensors, thermostats, pressure switches, water flow or pressure control." The system collects all the information that the peripherals make available and transforms it into usable data, which is then provided to managers.
The technology has already been adopted by several large companies in the United States and Europe, according to Thomé. "In addition to reducing electricity consumption, it also decreases water consumption by up to 40 percent," he says. "The system improves the value of property in which it is installed, and offers financial benefits derived from green certifications."
In addition, Sensormatic outlined how the system can be integrated with refrigerators. The solution can interact with customers by, for example, providing the caloric value of particular products, as well as offering statistical data to retailers, including how many times a refrigerator door has been opened, how many items have been selected and if any item breakage has occurred. Metasys can also monitor a fridge's temperature. "A supermarket can complete the management of frozen products" by utilizing the technology, Thomé says.
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