For the first time the Wattwatchers team has taken on the challenge of exhibiting at Australia’s leading event for progressive energy technologies, services and ideas, All-Energy Australia, held annually in Melbourne. We chose to exhibit in the inaugural Energy Efficiency Expo section. This provided a great opportunity to showcase our mature solution suite, our growing focus on commercial and industrial use cases, and our partner-friendly Energy Data Hub business model.
Anyone walking the length and breadth of the vast exhibition space that drives the annual All-Energy Australia event in Melbourne – the 2019 version ran for two days last week, October 23 and 24 – would have been hard-pressed to find any stand that showcased its business partners as enthusiastically as Wattwatchers did at Stand F135, in the Energy Efficiency Expo area.
It’s a readily observable feature of the Wattwatchers Energy Data Hub model that as well as promoting our own wares, we also take extreme pride in our partner ecosystem of dozens of software-as-a-service and energy service enterprises, that use Wattwatchers as their device-and-data-to-the-cloud layer, then pull real-time, highly-granular energy data from our API (Application Programming Interface) into their own solutions and services.
That’s what the Energy Data Hub model is all about. Most comparable energy technology companies that we see concentrate on building a ‘vertical’ model, with the device layer, cloud layer and user-interface layer all wrapped up together in a proprietary offering; and while APIs may be offered, they tend to be delivered very much on the vendor’s terms and don’t always extend the flexibility required to support third-party providers to deliver their contemporary IT and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and services.
By contrast the Wattwatchers Energy Data Hub model, built on our third-generation cloud infrastructure that went live earlier this year (March 2019), is a ‘horizontal’ model. Flexibility and versatility are core to what we do. We already have 40-plus Australian and international integrations with our API, most of them for software-based solutions; but also some either in place or pending hardware use cases in areas such as billing metering, HVAC, refrigeration, distributed energy resources (DER) and weather stations.
A selection of the partnerships that Wattwatchers has announced publicly in the past 18 months, with some also dating back several years, helps to reinforce the breadth and depth of our partner-boosted solution ecosystem.
The slide below shows the ‘C&I customer journey’ that starts with choosing the software they want, with the power of choice extending to bring-your-own software by integrating directly with the Wattwatchers API.
Here is a quick, randomly-ordered guide to a selection of our Energy Data Hub partners that we highlighted and/or hosted at our stand in the Energy Efficiency Expo at All-Energy Australia, with relevant links:
Alchimie Electrical – our go-to electrical contractor in Melbourne
Unicorn / Wired Hands – energy nous combined with IoT integrator skills to customise software solutions