From 2015, we have been offering Emanage as an energy management solution for smaller-sized offices and stores. The service leads to reducing power consumption by identifying issues using ASP data*2 through visualization and energy conservation diagnoses of power usage at the office or the store, and by continually proposing improving or renewing facility equipment.
*2 ASP: Application service provider, which is a service that allows using the features of Panasonic servers available online.
Meanwhile, for food retailers, energy conservation and speedy maintenance have become serious issues for equipment such as display freezer cases, air conditioners, lighting and other equipment. To address these problems, Panasonic offers S-cubo, a remote data service for stores.To date, the service has been used by more than 15,000 stores and consists of the following three cloud services: (1) ERMOS Remote Management Service, a tool to visualize temperature and electric power data; (2) Equipment Ledger System, a remote management service that enables online centralized management of data for a wide range of equipment and devices, as well as quick and easy access to the data; and (3) Pro Maintenance Tool, a remote maintenance service for analyzing operation data of equipment in the event of bugs or malfunctions to enable early detection of problems.
By combining these services, remotely providing integrated data for energy management, temperature quality control, equipment management, and maintenance was made possible. Big data gathered in the cloud is analyzed to provide services including early detection of equipment problems, analysis of issues in energy use, and energy conservation and efficient maintenance through coordinated operation of equipment.
In April 2017, we introduced S-cubo+Cs, a refrigerator/freezer management service for food retail businesses. This is a service package providing a range of services from installation of refrigerators/freezers to energy-saving management and maintenance for a monthly fee for clients in the food retail industry. The service aims to reduce initial investment costs and the workload involved in management, focusing chiefly on the value of refrigerating foods.
Specifically, the service provides analysis of the status of operation of a store’s equipment and supports choosing which stores to invest in. Remote monitoring based on IoT is conducted to forecast malfunction, improve maintenance efficiency, as well as to analyze the operation data using AI. Energy-efficient operation adapted to the store’s environment is enabled through these remote-control features. By offering a total service covering from the selection of investment targets to higher efficiency in maintenance and energy-efficient management through remote monitoring and control, the service aims to minimize maintenance and energy costs as well as enable the renovation of more stores within limited investment budgets, thus supporting efficient business management. A refurbishing service will also start, where refrigerators/freezers in existing stores will be inspected and repaired or painted as necessary to be reused in other stores in the chain.