In behalf of Castellum, consultancy firm FrontEdge IT built a system that enables property managers to monitor energy consumption compared to the previous year using Metry’s open API. “It’s super simple,” says Tomas Lenander at Castellum. “You just configure a web address, paste in a browser and bingo, the property’s energy profile is presented.”
The digital energy display will be shown on screens and in entrances to Castellum’s offices, and aims at increasing the awareness of managers regarding their property holding’s energy use and environmental impact. A beta version of the application will be tested during the autumn.
The energy display is the result of a strategic collaboration between Metry and FrontEdge IT in which the latter specialises in Metry’s data storage to help property companies tailor solutions for their customers.
“Castellum is just one of several examples that show demand is great,” says Fredrik Lunde, CEO at FrontEdge IT.
Reuse Energy Data in an Open Platform
The collaboration between Metry and FrontEdge IT shows how Metry’s open data storage helps property companies reuse their energy statistics in several different systems.
“It’s rare to have only one system for analysing and presenting energy data,” says Magnus Hornef. Metry makes it easy to add several operators like FrontEdge IT to its energy data.
In addition to gathering energy data from energy companies and sub-meters, Metry also takes care of structuring addresses, geotags, energy performance, guest nights and opening hours depending on the company’s business operations. – “It means we can begin developing directly and skip the data inventory, import scripts and stitching together data from different systems,” says Fredrik Lunde.
Further information on how to use the API is available at https://metry.docs.apiary.io/
FrontEdge IT is a new company started by key individuals from ÅF, Sigma and Aareon (previously Incit). They have a great deal of experience from both energy and IT development.
“We see a clear trend in which digitalisation is picking up speed in all industries and the real estate industry is no exception,” says Mattias Carlsson, member of the FrontEdge IT board and former regional manager at ÅF.
FrontEdge IT plays an important part for Metry in ensuring that the collection of energy data has a positive impact on energy and climate. According to the UN, 40% of the world’s energy is used in properties, and 30–80% could be saved by using technology already on the market.
“But it will take visualisation and analysis tools to reach that potential,” says Magnus Hornef. “This is why Castellum’s energy display and our collaboration with FrontEdge IT is important for us,” says Magnus Hornef.