Alarms Management in Grocery Retail – The Future Is Now

Published at: 12/21/2016
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Alarms Management in Grocery Retail – The Future Is Now 

Implementing building controls is a vital piece of managing any retail organization. But, knowing how much energy is used and where each kilowatt hour goes is only the beginning to unlocking the power of data analytics.

For example, knowing that lighting and refrigeration consume the majority of your facility’s energy costs does nothing to lower your bottom line if you don’t have the proper resources to make the adjustments. With the investment already made in energy management tools, what can be done to capitalize on the data that’s being gathered?

Data streams can be analyzed further to show how high-risk (and high-cost) events can be avoided – moving from simply maintaining costs to actually reducing them.

The next step in energy management is consolidating and correlating data from all existing sources to identify and mitigate avoidable energy and cost issues.

Many problematic events can be avoided and retailers can be enabled to stay ahead of emergencies by correlating energy data with alarms, maintenance, refrigerant management, and weather data in a single system workflow.

Correlating energy, telemetry data, weather, alarms data, and maintenance service events (even if pulled from various sources already in place at each facility) can be used to trigger corrective and preventative actions. These correlation points can become “flagged conditions” which alert the appropriate people to the cause and impact of an event.


Best-in-class functionality allows you to define rules that create flagged condition alerts, such as refrigeration leaks, and set up automated responses with asset level control.

Based on the severity of the alarm, automated workflows can call or email a store, create a work order or even change a setpoint in a store.

Flagged conditions and remote monitoring can reduce work orders, energy use, refrigerant leaks and other unwanted events through both reactive and preventative rules. For example, avoiding energy use issues is achieved through preventative actions, and reducing work order costs is typically achieved by responding to alerts.

Creating an effective flagged condition requires having a reliable alarm monitoring system. Using web services or a direct connection, the Verisae system can receive alarms from various controls systems at each site. Based on your processes and requirements, Verisae configures rules that categorize and filter alarms and ultimately routes the information to the proper business unit, such as:

  • work orders to vendors
  • calls to the store
  • email notifications

Reactive condition triggers are caused by activities such as a temperature variance being maintained for a certain amount of time, monitoring a particular asset and notifying a store manager if that asset ever crosses a temperature threshold or even whether an asset is on or off.

Triggers can be combined with site-specific attributes, such as roof type, square footage or format of the building to provide further filtering and direction. Based on the condition(s) that occur, severity and actions that are configured, the right people then have the information needed to get involved and solve any issues more quickly than could ever be done without active monitoring.

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