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Access key energy data without leaving desk

17 September 2010

With the new SPC DTM data transfer module from Elcomponent, users of its SPC range of portable energy data loggers can now access information from instruments installed anywhere in the world, without leaving their desk

The SPC DTM module uses GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) to upload logger surveys to the web. As such the data is available at any location with a PC and an Internet connection and, with the software supplied, the information collected from remote instruments can be reviewed and analysed just as easily and in exactly the same way as it would be if the logger were physically present.

For users with data loggers on one or more remote sites, this means huge savings in time, money and carbon emissions as it is no longer necessary to visit those sites regularly to collect energy data. And, even for users who have instruments only on their local site, the ability to acquire data without leaving their desks is still a big time saver and a major aid to convenience.

The new SPC DTM module, which communicates via the same GPRS wireless network that is used to provide data services on mobile phones, upholds Elcomponent’s strong tradition of producing devices that are dependable and easy to use, even for those with no specialist knowhow.

Working with the company’s PowerPackPro software, which is supplied with every SPC DTM module, the user simply programs the device with a secure web address and details of the required download schedule, a process that takes only a few moments. The module is then plugged into the USB port of the data logger, when it automatically configures itself and connects to the Internet via the GRPS network. The success of these operations is confirmed by LED indicators. Once these are lit, installation is complete and the module can be left to do its job.

At the data monitoring location, be that in an office or any where in the world with web access, an internet connection is established using a PC running the same PowerPackPro software that was used to configure the module, and the data access facility is set up automatically. It’s not even necessary to enter the web address, as the software remembers this from the programming of the module.

Unlike general-purpose data logger packages, the PowerPackPro software has been specifically designed to provide energy managers and engineers with the key information they need in the form that they need it. It allows, for example, almost instant creation of graphs and reports, so that energy cost savings and reductions in carbon footprint can start from day one, and it automatically converts volume data for gas or oil to energy and carbon values.

Among the many other invaluable features that this versatile software package offers are support for multi-rate tariffs, automatic costing, automatic carbon footprint calculation for all utilities and seamless integration with Microsoft Office.

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