GCC energy plans require better tech integration

fmME, with Knowledge Partner Imdaad, explores the prospects of energy management service provision in the GCC, and the challenges faced by the growing regional sector

COMMENT, SPECIAL REPORTS, Facilities Management, Sectors

Last month, Enova, a provider of facility and energy management services, announced it has entered an agreement with French big data start-up, Metron. It is expected that the collaboration will boost the energy savings – worth $6.5m (AED24m) – already guaranteed by Enova through existing contracts.

Technology is rapidly becoming the medium of choice for companies looking to cut energy consumption and boost efficiencies. In the UAE, this is evidenced by the uptake of energy efficient systems.

In May, Honeywell presented its building management system (BMS) and energy dashboard portfolio, as well as the Honeywell VisionPRO 8000 thermostat, at the Mosque Design and Development Summit in Dubai. The VisionPRO 8000 thermostat uses GPS location coordinates to calculate prayer times and adjust temperatures.

Within the country’s FM sector, the energy efficiency effort is being driven by Imdaad, through its network operations centre, Imtedaad. Launched at FM Expo 2016, Imtedaad’s features include cognitive computing, predictive maintenance, machine-to-machine communication, automatic correction, real-time monitoring, and asset tracking.

“The system can also show a 360° view of the building and allow us to remotely manage client assets through internet connectivity, thus ensuring comfort and giving building owners a sense of control,” Arif Al Yedaiwi, director of IT and procurement at Imdaad, says.

fmME’s Special Report on energy management, produced with Knowledge Partner Imdaad, reviews the GCC’s technology-driven energy efficiency effort.

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