A famous man was known to say that "if it's worth doing at all, it's worth doing right." He certainly wasn't alone.
In the realm of metering, different circumstances might dictate differing levels of "doing it right", but they all require a level of accuracy that warrants our trust. Why would you pay for something you cannot trust?
Whether you are using metering to give you the general pulse of your plant or to allow you to bill departments or tenants for their energy consumption, you want to know that the information is accurate and reliable.
Commissioning is the process of bringing the system up properly after installation. Meters, communications and software are all tested and verified to be functioning correctly. Proper system commissioning is essential to the reliability and accuracy of the metering system.
For proper operation, meters need to be programmed for the environment where they are installed. The Vitality team will make sure that all programmable parameters are correct and verified.
As a new system begins operation, the Vitality team will check readings against known quantities to verify proper operation. After initial operation is verified, Vitality internal systems take over to continuously verify operational integrity.
The Vitality system is designed to operate in a variety of environments. If we are designing a system "from scratch," the recommended meters would communicate directly to a Data Acquisition Server ("DAS"). The function of the DAS is to accept the data readings from one or more meters, format it and pass it along to the Vitality database - in near real-time.
Existing systems might already be collecting meter data through a building automation system which can also be programmed to pass readings to the Vitality database. We recommend, however, that a DAS be deployed to handle data collection and transport functions since building automation systems are not generally designed to accommodate the data volume generated by real-time metering.
When the data arrives in the database, Vitality software identifies it as part of your system and immediately formats it for display in your Vitality dashboards. These displays are "IP-enabled" meaning that you can access them from your computers or from your smart phones or tablets as long as they have internet access.