IBM India to offer efficient energy solutions

March 12th, 2012 - 8:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, March 12 (IANS) IBM India, the Indian subsidiary of the global IT major, Monday entered into a partnership with the leading diversified firm Ingersoll Rand to provide efficient energy solutions for reducing operating costs and increase productivity of enterprises.

“Our remote energy and asset management solutions will help enterprises engaged in infrastructure creation or maintenance for growth sectors such as commercial, hospitality, health and pharma reduce their operating costs and increase productivity,” IBM India vice-president Nipun Mehrotra told reporters here.

Noting that buildings account for 30 percent of energy consumption due to use of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC), Mehrotra said in a developing economy, it was imperative to improve energy efficiency and sustainability by creating smarter buildings.

“With rising energy costs, enterprises face capital and operating budget challenges. Maximising capital productivity requires increasing asset utilisation, efficiency and uptime. Similarly, operating costs of energy and maintenance need to be optimised,” he said.

Leveraging IBM’s intelligent building management system with Ingersoll’s energy optimisation technologies, the partners will offer technology convergence solutions to enable systems in a facility to communicate with each other for coordinated action in different situations.

“IBM’s data analytic tools will enable end-users to remotely monitor, analyse and record energy and performance related parameters. With remote management solutions, a network operations nerve centre will monitor distributed assets, analyse huge data for actionable information and optimisation, and orchestrate operational processes,” Mehrotra observed.

According Ingersoll India chairman Venkatesh Valluri, the strategic initiative will combine both the partners’ strengths in operations and management systems to provide end-to-end managed services to customers.

“Technology can make it possible to ‘listen’ to information emitting from buildings. We are working towards building a smarter planet. By using intelligent data, buildings can be made accountable for energy and carbon resource use,” Mehrotra added.

If worldwide energy use trends continue, buildings will become the largest consumer of global energy by 2025, more than the transportation and industrial sectors combined.

“Smarter buildings are instrumented and interconnected systems of water, power and transportation. There’s a confluence of forces-technology, a cultural will and economic pressures — to help make the way we live more energy efficient,” Valluri noted.

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