SUNNYVALE, Calif. — REGEN Energy Inc., supplier of Swarm Energy Management® for demand response (DR) and demand management, and Ayla Networks, provider of its Agile Internet of Things (IoT) platform, unveiled a strategic partnership to expand the market for products and services to help commercial and industrial customers reduce energy consumption and costs.
REGEN’s Swarm Logic™ solution is a wireless energy management platform for dynamically controlling devices and electrical loads in commercial and light industrial facilities that have Ayla’s communication agents running inside. Ayla specializes in cloud-based services and technology that allow equipment manufacturers and OEMs to create and support Internet-enabled devices. Through the partnership, REGEN and Ayla will create a thriving ecosystem of intelligent equipment designed to curb energy without impacting critical operations or comfort, accelerate adoption of demand response, and provide mechanisms for gathering and analyzing performance data and customer feedback so these new products and services will improve over time. REGEN and Ayla will collaborate on both product development and go-to market strategies.
“Commercial and industrial customers want more control over power, especially peak power. What they haven’t had is a broad spectrum of products and services that let them manage it effectively or participate in demand response programs. They’ve been stuck,” said Pete Malcolm, CEO and president of REGEN Energy. “Through this alliance, REGEN and Ayla will remove the roadblocks in a way that will benefit end-users, manufacturers, communities, and even utilities.”
Commercial and industrial customers account for 46.4 percent of all energy consumption in the U.S. By 2018, industrial customers will consume more energy than any other sector, including transportation. Peak power is a particularly urgent problem: over 20 percent to 50 percent of an industrial customer’s utility bill can come from peak power use.
Electrical loads inaccessible today to remote control and monitoring will become increasingly accessible over the next five years. Navigant Research estimates that the number of commercial and industrial sites capable of linking to demand response programs worldwide will grow from 92,000 to more than one million by 2023 while available capacity will grow from 26.8 GW to 132.3 GW.
The heart of the Swarm Logic platform is a self-configuring environment that links to building systems, thermostats, or equipment. Swarm Logic-enabled devices work together, intelligently communicating with each other to manage duty cycles and electrical loads inside of a facility. Swarm Logic can be employed to curb peak power in conjunction with third-party or utility-sponsored DR programs or to fine-tune overnight and weekend loads. A cloud-based web portal allows building managers to analyze building performance, verify savings goals, manage electric loads and schedules, and reconfigure the system and other tasks.
Ayla has created a suite of services and technology that effectively provide companies everything they need to design and manage Internet-enabled products over their lifetime, including embedded software agents, data analysis, connectivity, security, product monitoring, and cloud support.
By leveraging Ayla’s capabilities, the company said manufacturers can reduce product development costs, increase security, and accelerate time-to-market by several months. Ayla also partners with leading contract manufacturers and electronics manufacturers like NXP Semiconductors, Broadcom, STMicroelectronics, and Murata Manufacturing to streamline product development.
Manufacturers of thermostats, fire safety equipment, boilers, pumps, and other equipment use Ayla’s technology for their IoT products. REGEN Energy’s Swarm Logic is enabled for these connected IoT products.
For more information about Ayla Networks, visit www.aylanetworks.com.
For more information about REGEN Energy Inc., visit www.regenenergy.com.
Publication date: 2/9/2015