A key saver to a quick-service restaurant's operating strategy is energy conservation. Add seamless multi-protocol device integration and you have a recipe for tasty results.
Small Box Energy uses Echelon’s SmartServer and LonWorks technology to help quick-serve and family dining restaurants conserve energy and save money
Imagine being able to manage and monitor energy-hungry equipment so it’s being used only when it needs to be. Think about how much money you can save and what you might do with the extra cash.
One great place to start is with lighting, HVAC, and walk-in coolers/freezers. These restaurant mainstays are notorious for consuming more energy than they need to when left to operate without intervention.
Family dining, quick-serve restaurants, and convenient stores all have things in common, including long hours and high energy demand. Small Box Energy delivers an energy management experience to some of the largest chains in the country. Its combination of technology, equipment, education, and training not only improves energy efficiency and saves money, it allows operators to set it and forget it.
"The open-system network, built on the LonWorks™ protocol and Echelon SmartServer™ technology, enables devices to communicate data among themselves and with the Chameleon EMS. It provides operators with remote access so they can see what’s really going on, at any time."
Big Savings for Even Small Restaurants
Small Box Energy’s chameleon™ Energy Management System™ (EMS) is built on an open platform that uses an enterprise application spanning multiple areas and worldwide locations. The system automates, controls, and monitors the things consuming the most energy at a location: lighting, HVAC, and walk-in coolers/freezers.
Chameleon integrates its top-of-the-line hardware and software seamlessly behind the scenes of each building. The open-system network, built on the LonWorks™ protocol and Echelon SmartServer™ technology, enables devices to communicate data among themselves and with the Chameleon EMS. It provides operators with remote access so they can see what’s really going on, at any time.
Small Box Energy builds its systems to meet the needs of its customers. The open chameleon platform allows Small Box Energy to customize products and services that proprietary EMS’s cannot. Echelon’s SmartServer can support a variety of communications protocols, including but not limited to Ethernet, Modbus, LonWorks, BACNet, RS485, and RS232. Chameleon provides the ability to customize alarms and alerts using the SmartServer internal web server, which enhances the end-user experience and provides actionable information. It collects valuable data to assess the performance of a restaurant’s equipment to monitor and provide a clear view of energy consumption.
Small Box Energy believes that restaurants are an important part of our community and social networks. Small Box Energy wants to contribute to their success by providing the ultimate energy management experience. Not only does chameleon save energy, but it also improves equipment longevity and reduces monthly expenses—ultimately putting more money in owners’ pockets. In conclusion, chameleon is more than just hardware and software; it is an easy-to-use platform upon which owners and operators have the opportunity to conserve energy and achieve important sustainability goals.