Challenges for broadband operators.
The US cable industry currently spends over $1 billion annually on electricity to power its networks. Rising global energy costs, more capacity demand being placed on infrastructure, and an uncertain regulatory environment means that energy is going to represent an increasingly significant portion of the cost base for cable operators in the future. However, few operators have accurate data on how electricity and other sources of energy are consumed in their businesses.
If you can't measure it, you can't manage it.
Without the ability to assess energy consumption across facilities and the network, the operator cannot set an energy baseline, track performance metrics or monitor increases in consumption and associated operational expenses. If operators could put the same level of visibility into power and energy consumption as they typically put into other aspects of their networks, then managing energy would become a much more feasible endeavor. Such visibility would help operators increase energy efficiency and reduce overall power consumption.
A new way forward.
Coppervale, together with Wipro’s EcoEnergy unit and Quest Controls, is working to bring a set of energy management tools to the cable industry. These solutions monitor and control mechanical and electrical equipment in each facility, then aggregate local energy data into an enterprise energy management platform that continuously measures usage at a granular level. Virtual metering technology allows expert analysts to pinpoint energy wastage (e.g. hot spots and cold spots in datacenters, excess lighting, heating and cooling in office buildings, etc.) and ensure that energy usage is compliant with policy and/or a carbon footprint reduction plan.
Operating in conjunction, these energy management tools provide the visibility operators need to measure their energy consumption data, monitor changes in real-time, manage costs and ensure long-term viability.
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