Siemens’ Site Controls EMS has been installed at nearly 1,500 ALDI retail locations throughout the United States. The majority of the installations were retrofits at existing stores, while the remaining systems were installed in newly built stores.
Complementing the huge amount of information now being generated by EMS systems in ALDI’s stores is the Site Controls Enterprise Portal, a cloud-based data analytics platform that provides the grocer with enterprise-level dashboards, KPIs and outlier reporting to quickly pinpoint and resolve issues that would otherwise drive excessive energy consumption or negatively impact customer comfort. The system is also set to help ALDI lower maintenance costs by streamlining identification of problems and by intelligently dispatching and remotely validating work performed by HVAC service technicians.
Thanks to cloud-based data management and continuous data harvesting, EMS software is now helping ALDI to, for instance, identify which cooling systems work best in which climates, and which ones have the best service and efficiency records. “All of this information helps to optimize functions in existing facilities, and supports the planning of new facilities,” says Boerkei. “It also allows ALDI to look at a store’s portfolio, compare it year over year, and even compare how its portfolio is doing compared to the industry average in real time.”