Leading innovators AND Technology Research are rolling-out their latest innovation AEMS with businesses across the UK after successfully completing feasibility testing earlier this year.
AEMS is a brand new energy management system for SMEs that helps them to track and monitor their energy usage and business operations. Consisting of an intuitive dashboard and mobile app, AEMS visualises energy usage and provides automatic hints and tips to highlight the role energy plays within the business.
AEMS: The roll out
In partnership with the UK government department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and The Carbon Trust, AND are putting AEMS into the hands of real users to trial and test the tool. Lasting for a year, AND are recruiting participants from the retail and hospitality sector to find out how best AEMS can help them engage with their energy data and improve business performance.
Completely free to join, the trial will give users the chance to access the AEMS system and data analytics service. By taking part in the trial, business owners will receive a whole host of benefits, including:
- Access to the AEMS dashboard and mobile app
- Free tracking and monitoring of their business
- Personalised business insights
- Tailored energy saving hints and tips
AEMS uses novel machine learning techniques to help discover energy consumption patterns for businesses trialling the tool. Through analysis of energy usage data collected from the site, AEMS can produce individual energy profiles to help users make informed decisions about what energy is used and when.
AND have already received extremely positive feedback from users following their success of pilot testing, which was completed at the beginning of this year. Initial testing was undertaken with businesses such as a butcher, barber, and chemist to evaluate the AEMS system and service. The findings from this testing were very positive and showed that users found the tool to be easy to understand, could support increased staff engagement, and could help to improve their operational understanding.
One trial participant, a butcher in Essex, said “The tool gives me a better understanding of my business. I like to think I know all the ins and outs of my business but this just gives me another level of understanding”.
Joining the trial and partnerships
AND are actively looking to recruit trial sites and to establish collaborative partnerships throughout 2019. To find out more about AEMS or if you would like to register your interest to join the trial then please visit www.myaems.com.
The pilot trial already underway is being carried out as part of the call for the Non-Domestic Smart Energy Management Innovation Competition (NDSEMIC) funded by BEIS. We would like to thank BEIS, and all the partner firms, including The Carbon Trust and Ipsos MORI for their continued support.