For all you "superhero" folks, the Web-Mon is not the Jamaican version of Spiderman. It is, however, somewhat of a superhero in this age of "green" awareness and widespread availability of web access.
Wouldn't it be really neat to simply open your web browser and be able to read your meters from anywhere you want - the office, home, the beach? Well, the beach may not be the best location-you may get your laptop wet-but it is certainly possible. Anyhow, Web-Mon now makes all of this possible.
E-Mon's Web-Mon is a cool little gadget that allows you to tie a building's submetering info into the web and check out meters online. The great thing about it is that you don't need specialized software; you can use the web browser that comes with your computer. Yep, you heard me right-your computer is already set up to read your meters.
The Web-Mon comes with the web pages-meter dashboard, carbon footprint dashboard and usage/demand comparison charts-already in place so you're ready to go when you connect the meters to it and enter the meter information. The best thing is that you can either use smart meters or dumb meters with it.
Ah, you say, what's the difference between a smart meter and a dumb meter? Glad you asked, I will now attempt a brief explanation.
A dumb meter (Class 1000 & Class 2000) is a device that simply outputs a pulse when given a value in watts per pulse. A good thing for adding up a total value, bit it needs more brains to really be of value for graphing and data gathering. This is where the Web-Mon makes it a bit smarter by using the pulse to come up with demand values and create charts and graphs for web access. This connection also works with gas, water, steam and BTU meters with a pulse output. And, if you want to interface with older E-Mon kWh and Demand meters, we have a nifty new interface called a PIM (Pulse Interface Module) that will allow you to connect to meters that go back to 1997. So if you have some existing E-Mon meters in place, we can get them plugged in and working with the Web-Mon as well!
The smart meter is the guy that goes further up the brain chain and adds all kinds of stuff to the meter mix. Using E-Mon's Class 3000 or 5000 meters will add amps, volts, kW, kVAR, phase angles, frequency and power factor to the Web-Mon's capabilities. All this information, now playing on a computer near you-yeah, even on the beach if you want to upset your spouse while on vacation.
The smart meters tie into the Web-Mon through its serial RS-485 port and the dumb meters connect via available pulse I/O modules. The I/O modules can handle up to eight inputs and each Web-Mon can have three I/O modules for a total of 24 pulse inputs. Hmmm, that works with an E-Mon MMU-24-what great planning! Okay bunky, now that the meters have found their way to the Web-Mon, now what can you expect?
Once you open your web browser and enter the Web-Mon's IP address, access is granted via password that lets only you-and those you authorize-open up the pages for setup or viewing of the connected meters.
Navigating through the dashboard & chart pages will show you lotsa good stuff from your meters, especially the smart ones. The smart guys will show you all the things we discussed earlier and the dumb meters have gained somewhat in knowledge too. They can now show you load information and give you a whole bunch of "green" information such as carbon footprint and data on nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide-all the nasty stuff creating global warming. Maybe that's why the beach feels hotter today. It also makes some cool comparisons such as how many trees are needed to off-set the carbon footprint or how many miles a car is driven for the equivalent emissions. This dashboard breaks down into the most recent day, week, month and year's worth of info.
Another page lets you look at charts and load profiles with a wide variety of pre-defined time periods or user-defined date ranges. Another page will give you interval data in a tabular format if you want.
If you want to save the profile data on your own computer, the Web-Mon will export via CSV file or can be set up to send it to you via email. This will now let you put it into your own spreadsheet and make it available for further analysis or customized applications. For those of you with E-Mon Energy software, load in the export data so you can take advantage of the software's excellent billing potential to emulate practically any utility tariff.
I'm closing in on my page limit, so I will have to stop typing for now. Besides, the wind has picked up and is blowing sand in my laptop.
But you don't have to stop here, check out Web-Mon here on the E-Mon website. For me, I'm done now-darn seagull, now I have to go into the water to wash this off.
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