Encycle Introduces Swarm Service™ for Cloud-Based Control of HVAC Rooftop Units
August 7, 2018
August 3, 2018
First of its kind service helps building managers achieve sustainability goals while saving up to 20% on electric costs.
Encycle Corporation, a technology company focused on helping commercial and industrial customers dramatically improve the efficiency of their HVAC systems using IoT-enabled services, is pleased to introduce Swarm Service™ as part of its Energy-as-a-Service by Encycle™ (EASE™) program. Swarm Service is a cloud-based, enterprise-level solution that delivers the benefits of Encycle’s Swarm Logic® technology across hundreds of facilities without the need for additional hardware.
Swarm Logic’s multi-patented, cloud-based software integrates with existing building automation systems (BAS), programmable thermostats, or IoT-enabled equipment to dynamically synchronize power-hungry HVAC rooftop units (RTUs). Swarm Logic enables RTUs to operate most efficiently in response to changing conditions such as outdoor temperature, building occupancy levels, and RTU performance. Instead of operating in isolation, the RTUs become part of an IoT-based closed-loop system that coordinates RTU activity, thereby apportioning energy consumption more logically among the individual RTUs. This approach maximizes efficiency while maintaining desired building comfort levels.
The combination of Swarm Service and the EASE business model has proven to reduce HVAC electricity costs and consumption for typical Encycle customers by 10% to 20%. Swarm Service is almost instantaneously cash-flow positive for commercial and industrial customers since little or no capital expenditure is required. All that is required is the establishment of connectivity between the building’s BAS, thermostats, or IoT system and Swarm Logic’s software, which is developed via a cloud-based application program interface (API). Swarm Service can be quickly deployed, is simple to operate, and is virtually invisible regarding building comfort. Encycle’s patented algorithms and advanced methodologies mean customers enrolled in Swarm Service always have next-generation control and reporting capabilities that include predictive maintenance recommendations to preserve their RTU equipment investments.
“Encycle’s Swarm Logic technology is transforming the HVAC industry, providing building owners with solutions to help them meet their energy-based sustainability goals,” said Robert Chiste, Encycle Chairman, President and CEO. Many companies have already substantially reduced their energy costs by embracing the emergence of LED lighting technology over the past 5 to 10 years. These companies are now looking for the “next big thing” in energy efficiency, with HVAC being a natural target given that it makes up as much as 40% of a building’s overall energy consumption and spend.
“Traditional approaches to HVAC energy efficiency have had limited success as they required significant capital expenditures, increased complexity in operating and maintaining HVAC systems, and inadequate returns on investment. Our EASE model is truly unlike any other service on the market today, delivering up to 20% reductions in HVAC-related kW, kWh, and CO2,” explained Chiste.
With the increasing use of cloud deployment, Encycle allows building managers to coordinate their automation strategies with integrated IoT solutions that are swift and scalable. “Because every building is unique, we work closely with our customers to reduce peak demand and consumption while ensuring their critical requirements are met,” stated Chris Hensley, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Encycle. “Our solutions allow our customer to achieve significant energy efficiency gains while still creating the desired environment for customers and employees.” Encycle conducts a thorough preliminary assessment to understand each client’s specific operating requirements and to calculate expected savings, according to Hensley.
Encycle serves a broad range of industries including retail stores, grocery stores, shopping centers, restaurants, entertainment venues, offices, schools, distribution centers, and light/medium manufacturing. Customer buildings ranging from 7,500 square ft to 2 million square feet or more realize the greatest benefit from Encycle’s Swarm Service.
For more information regarding Encycle’s cloud-based Swarm Service offering, please visit www.encycle.com or call 1-855-875-4031 in the U.S. or 1-877-634-0081 in Canada.
Encycle is a technology-driven company that is transforming energy management for multi-site commercial and industrial companies. The company leverages its patented cloud-based technology to lower its clients’ electric costs, maximize energy efficiency, and reduce environmental impact. Companies using Swarm Logic® routinely reduce HVAC electric costs and consumption by 10%-20% with little or no capital investment. For more information about Encycle, visit www.encycle.com.