Making Offices and Office Appliances Security Smart
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The HEMS Technology security network is a combination of energy sensing and security monitoring to effectively track all personnel and equipment in an office environment.
The use of the HEMS 220 to track equipment usage creates an environment for mining information about the workers and the way they interact with their appliances. The ramifications associated with this type information encompass security and possible ethical issues never before encountered. Building networks that include smart meters and smart AC sockets together produce a picture of the workers' lifestyle and habits within an office environment. The information garnered from the monitoring devices are sensitive in that they can be easily misused for other purposes then those they were originally intended.
For the office manager, the ability to monitor when and where an equipment uses electricity is a big plus.
A manager at work (or at home) can know when there is activity in the office due to a worker turning on certain equipment. If the manager decided that the equipment needed to stay OFF, he can tell the system to do so remotely.
A manager can tell (or be notified by mobile text message or email) when access to a certain computer occurred or when certain equipment started using power. If either were unauthorized, that manager would be able to take necessary security actions as appropriate either by cutting off power through the ON/OFF capability within each HEMS 220 device or by implementing established security protocols as needed.
Building managers can use the system to determine which appliances uses the most power (and cost), when and where, and take necessary steps to curtail that appliance usage by either scheduling, instant remote ON/OFF, of through priority presets which turns the equipment OFF when a usage threshold is reached.
Managers can also use an energy credit approach to allocating electricity per cubical, per office, per room where a certain amount of assigned credit (in dollars) is used and which, when exceeded, causes certain or all available AC outlets to turn off.