Data Tracker

Simple and Inexpensive Data Collection and Dashboard System (WES Data Tracker)

Packages can be as little as $1,500 for an installed Data Tracker that can meet your system’s data collection, storage, and display needs. 

The goal of this system is to be inexpensive, effective, and reliable for customers that want to be able to track, store, and display data for projects that don’t need a complex building management system (BMS) or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. 

Typical applications are renewable energy systems, energy efficiency projects, remote process operations, etc.  If you are putting in a system that is $200,000 – $1,000,000 you shouldn’t have to pay $20,000 – $50,000 to track the 10-100 data points you would like to see from it.  You don’t need to monitor thousands of points that don’t mean anything to you, and you don’t want a system that has that capability. 

Data Tracker is used at facilities that:

  • Don’t have an interest in a complex SCADA or BMS just to track one or two projects
  • Already have a complex BMS or SCADA system, but the facility doesn’t want the accessibility issues, data format problems, inflexibility, contracting hassle, and/or expense of dealing with their overarching controls system
  • Have a need for simple data logging for renewable energy credit, carbon offset, or Measurement & Verification (M&V) compliance and reporting

WES has worked with hundreds of clients on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and industrial process projects.  Over these many projects, clients have consistently identified a need for simple energy or process monitoring and data collection systems.  Many times these clients have integrated and dedicated BMS or SCADA systems.  These existing systems are often proprietary and/or carry a significant expense for modification to allow simple data acquisition and display to key stakeholders or the public.  Additionally, many of these BMS or SCADA systems have backend data collection systems that are cumbersome to deal with, contractors are unfamiliar with using, and/or that are not suited to allowing data export easily or in useful format.  Other facilities may have no control systems at all, and no desire to own and operate one.

Based on this work, WES has consistently seen a need for a simple data monitoring system that can provide and display logged data that is easy to access and in an easy format for facility staff to use to analyze key system performance metrics.  WES has developed a simple package that is easily customizable, and can provide the following features in an easily accessible format. 

  • Data collection in a simple package that can accept input from a wide variety of sources: Modbus, BACnet, analog, 4-20 MA, 0-10 V, etc.
  • Simple development of energy, water, or other data dashboards and system monitoring
  • Simple access to data through either a secure cloud server, public website, internal network, individual onsite HMI, onsite server, or even a thumb drive
    • Access to data can be provided onsite through methods as simple and inexpensive as a thumb drive, or an onsite HMI
    • Sites without internet access or complex IT systems that make connection challenging can access data through a cellular data plan
  • Collected data is available in simple and easy to manipulate formats (Excel files, text files, etc.)
    • Easy access to data in useful formats for:
      • System performance monitoring and tracking
      • Independent monitoring of renewable energy systems for REC production, carbon offset reporting, or M&V

What companies typically might want to use WES’s data collection system and dashboard:

  • Universities, hospitals, school districts, large industrial plants
    • This system can be external to complex and difficult to utilize BMS or SCADA systems, which allows ease of access to non-sensitive data for staff, students, the public, independent monitors for Renewable Energy Credit or Carbon Offset generation, or other key stakeholders.
  • Energy system providers
    • Installers or manufacturers of energy efficiency and renewable energy equipment that want to track system performance or monitor key operating parameters for installed systems.
      • Solar, geothermal, heat pump, anaerobic digesters, biomass boilers, gas engines, thermal chillers, CHP systems, etc.
  • Non Profits / NGOs
    • Entities that want to display data to the public for renewable energy projects, clean drinking water projects in remote areas, and other public good projects

The process:

WES’s solution is customizable to the owner’s needs.  WES’s engineers will partner with your facility’s staff to understand the project goals, and provide a simple customized package that will meet your project needs.  Please feel free to give us a call, or submit a request for information in the following form.