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Powerhouse Dynamics Granted Patent for Advanced Equipment Diagnostics

Powerhouse Dynamics has been awarded a U.S. Patent, #US 8,649,987 B2, for remote equipment analytics and diagnostics: A System and Method to Monitor and Manage Performance of Appliances. The patented functionality is a core component of the award-winning SiteSageTM enterprise energy and asset management system, designed for multi-site operators of small commercial facilities, such as restaurant, convenience store, and specialty retail chains.

The patent recognizes the system’s unique combination of equipment power monitoring at the circuit level with proprietary statistical algorithms and third-party data (such as weather data) to monitor equipment performance and identify inefficiencies and other issues. For example, the system can pinpoint compressors that are short-cycling, economizers that are not functioning properly, or any piece of equipment that is no longer following standard operating profiles, and provides alerts and details to the appropriate company and vendor personnel so that corrective action can be taken.

“We designed the SiteSage platform to be a next-generation energy management system, combining controls and analytics to maximize operational efficiencies,” said Martin Flusberg, Powerhouse Dynamics CEO. “This patent reinforces the value of SiteSage, going beyond the delivery of improved energy management to include the delivery of enhanced equipment performance management.”

SiteSage, formerly known as the eMonitor, is an enterprise-level energy and asset management system that allows customers to centrally control HVAC and other electrical loads with a highly intuitive web interface and mobile apps. It remotely monitors equipment to diagnose performance issues and identify savings opportunities. SiteSage makes it simple to benchmark energy usage and equipment performance across facilities, allowing multi-location companies to identify and share best practices, optimizing performance across the chain. The system was designed specifically for smaller facilities, so, despite its sophistication, it features low cost, easy installation, simple operation, and minimum imposition on staff time.

About Powerhouse Dynamics

Powerhouse Dynamics is a privately held technology firm focused on using cloud-based controls and analytics to deliver energy and operational efficiencies to its customers. Thousands of locations, including restaurants, convenience stores, retailers, and others, use the SiteSage platform (formerly known as the eMonitor) to save money by centralizing control, analysis, and management of energy-consuming equipment. Engineered specifically for smaller facilities, SiteSage features powerful analytics delivered via simple online and mobile interfaces. The system continuously improves efficiency by controlling major loads, monitoring power consumption and performance of individual pieces of equipment, and tracking gas and water usage. Advanced analytics deliver actionable intelligence via diagnostics and alerts, and SiteSage’s enterprise-wide benchmarking helps identify stars and underperforming assets. To learn more about how Powerhouse Dynamics’ customers maximize energy and equipment maintenance savings with minimal staff effort, visit www.powerhousedynamics.com.

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