How Future Energy’s Connected Solutions Bring Value to Your Business

July 7, 2023

How Future Energy’s Connected Solutions Bring Value to Your Business

When the first Internet of Things (IoT) device was born in the early 1980s, no one could have imagined the connected world of today. That first device, a modified Coca-Cola vending machine, was a precursor to connected buildings, chargers for electric vehicles (EVs), and billions of other devices. In fact, the number of IoT devices globally could reach nearly 31 billion by 2025, a 124% increase since 2021. Learn more about Future Energy’s EV Charging Solutions and how they help remove friction with the EV revolution.

Connecting your electrical systems is more than a futuristic fad. Your business can save costs, work toward sustainability goals, and identify opportunities for growth through the use of data. Future Energy offers a portfolio of solutions that help you operationalize the data your IoT devices collect. We show you how proper use of this data informs smart decision-making now and innovative planning for the future of your business.

Gaining Insights into Operations Using Future Energy’s Software Solution

The first step in using data to extract business insights is to collect data from your IoT systems. This data collection involves the use of sensors attached to the device. These sensors track the performance of the device and send the information over the internet.

As we say at Future Energy: manage what you measure.

Centralizing Data from IoT Devices

Future Energy provides a revolutionary software platform called Interface. Using Interface, your company monitors and controls your lighting, EV charging stations, video surveillance, and all other intelligent systems on your property. 

Interface features an easy-to-use dashboard that you can use to access visualizations of your data from any screen on any device from anywhere in real-time. These visualizations include graphs, charts, and other types of diagrams.

Future Energy Interface dashboard

Analyzing Data in Real-Time

Interface collects and monitors data in real-time so you can act quickly or set up the system to act automatically for you. For example, if your power use approaches peak load, Interface automatically adjusts other electrical systems to avoid unexpected charges. The software sends alerts about any items that require immediate attention.

Furthermore, Interface uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to make recommendations proactively.

Working with a Dedicated Team to Drive Value

As a Future Energy client, you are never alone as you try to navigate the complex world of data collection and analysis. In fact, Future Energy assigns a Client Success Team to any client with an Interface subscription. Our representatives are dedicated to reviewing and analyzing your data so we can explain how best to integrate the information into your roadmap.

Driving Business Value through Future Energy’s EV Charging Solution

To measure and monitor power use from your EV chargers, it’s vital that they connect to the internet. Connected EV chargers are also known as networked chargers.

Networked chargers are an important part of Future Energy’s complete, turnkey EV charging environment called Chargeparc. Future Energy manages the entire EV charger installation project, from identifying your use case to design and construction to data management. 

Controlling EV Charging in Real-Time

After the construction of your EV charging environment, Future Energy connects all of your EV chargers to Interface. You can monitor and control your EV charging stations in real-time.

Interface’s dashboard makes it easy to visualize driver and usage data along with all the intelligent devices on your property. 

image of EV and EV Charger with blue tint applied

Networking EV Chargers

Future Energy estimates that the installation of a direct-current fast charger (DCFC, or level 3 charger) adds between 200 and 400 kilowatts of electrical load per device. Connection to Interface provides a way to manage power use and avoid bottlenecks in electricity delivery.

Additionally, networked EV chargers communicate with the local utility. Future Energy serves as a conduit between your business and the power company to ensure that you have the best possible electricity rates for your use. 

Networked EV chargers even help your company boost revenue. Public-facing EV chargers draw customers by attracting EV drivers who need a charge. In fact, a study by Future Energy partner ChargePoint found that EV charging increases customer dwell time by an average of 50 minutes. Drivers use EV charging apps to see availability at your site. 

Offsetting Costs through Future Energy’s Digital Tool

Any government entity offering financial incentives toward the installation of EV chargers requires that they be networked using software like Interface. Future Energy helps our clients identify and procure all available grants and other financial incentives. 

Our Financial Incentive National Database (FIND) tool is an extremely accurate database that lists financial incentive programs in every state and Puerto Rico. Available funds include tax credits, grants and rebates, and utility rate reductions. In many cases, companies can cover close to 100% of their installation costs.

Future Energy also assists in the application process. Our partnerships with local utilities help push your company to the front of the line when any electrical infrastructure upgrades are required.

Prioritizing Sustainability Goals

Government programs and private investors are increasingly focusing on companies’ attempts to reduce their carbon footprint and are supporting businesses willing to innovate through sustainable solutions. Future Energy helps our clients prioritize environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices, and our solutions align with global targets for emissions reductions. 

Connecting Electrical Systems with Future Energy’s Smart Building Solutions

An intelligent building uses technology to run efficiently. The electrical systems—heating and cooling, video surveillance, lighting, and more—talk to each other. Interface collects the data they send and uses the data to help control costs and reduce overall energy consumption.

Infographic illustration showing Future Energy's solutions to EV charging installation, security, and management

Smart Lighting 

Future Energy builds multiple IoT sensors into new lighting fixtures, creating the ultimate lighting management tool. Our lighting solutions include:

  • LED lighting
  • Automation
  • Real-time data collection
  • In-depth reporting
  • Visualization screen
  • Secured controls

Safety and Security

Smart security systems connect to the internet and you can monitor them through live footage. You can also receive notifications for immediate needs. Interface’s dashboard houses these smart security systems for easy access and control.

The integration of these smart security systems benefits EV charging solutions. Observe the traffic surrounding your EV charger use from the same centralized location to enhance security and monitor unauthorized use.

Additional On-Site Technology

By integrating all of your electrical systems, Interface optimizes energy use. Using built-in artificial intelligence and machine learning, Interface can balance the needs of all of your systems. These systems include:

  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Asset and personnel tracking
  • AV and audio systems
  • Many more

For example, Interface recommends the best time to charge your EV fleet so that it doesn’t adversely affect climate control systems. Interface can automatically shift energy load from one smart system to another to avoid excess energy charges, all in real-time.

Futureproofing Your Business in a Connected World with Future Energy

The number of connected devices is increasing at an astonishing rate. Don’t let your business fall behind. Contact Future Energy today for more information on working with our experts to unlock value from your systems’ data.

Posted By Sam DiNello

Sam DiNello is Chief Executive Officer at Future Energy. He is an expert in the EV infrastructure space and passionate about innovative data-driven solutions that help companies access real-time intelligence for real-time action.