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Monitoring technology turns data into decisions

Smartmanager technology helps buildings like E-Commerce Place in Montreal operate efficiently and comfortably.

Smartmanager technology helps buildings like E-Commerce Place in Montreal operate efficiently and comfortably.

Technology developed by an energy management company that is part of the Centre of Excellence in Energy Efficiency’s (C3E) investment portfolio is helping building managers make decisions that lower costs and keep their buildings more comfortable.

The Smartmanager technology is the latest offering from Quebec startup Inovae, formed in 2008 by four friends who wanted to launch a company that would benefit the environment. After checking into solar energy, wind energy, biofuels and other options, the entrepreneurs settled on the business opportunity offered by the lack of good tools to manage energy, environmental and operational performance in buildings. With investments from the C3E CECR and the Montreal economic development organization Regroupement économique et social du Sud-Ouest, the company now includes 12 staff and annual sales of $700,000.

Smartmanager goes beyond amalgamating and organizing the constant stream of data coming from various sensors. It analyzes the information, taking into account factors such as building occupancy, the automatic systems that adjust lighting or heating levels at certain times of the day, and the outside temperature. The system also alerts managers when it notices abnormal patterns in energy or water use. The result: clear recommendations to keep the building comfortable for the lowest possible cost.

Inovae’s technology currently appears in hospitals, schools and office towers in Quebec, with the company’s sights set on expanding to markets in the rest of Canada, the United States and internationally. Read the article in La Presse (French only).

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