The WattIQ solution collects information concerning the electrical consumption of customer equipment (hereafter, “assets”), and sensor readings (e.g., temperature). In order to interpret those electrical and sensor readings, we store information provided by the customer about:
- The class of equipment to which the asset belongs. An example might be “Bioanalyzer”
- The assigned location for the asset in terms that the customer chooses. An example might be: “Building A > Floor 1 > Cytology Room 105”
- The name of the manufacturer for an asset. Example: “Eppendorf”
- Model and type information for the asset as appropriate. Example: “5804 Benchtop”
The above constitutes the core information we store about every asset. This information can be provided by the customer at installation or derived after installation by providing a database export or potentially even an API to an asset management database.
The core fields are thus:
- Asset ID
- Equipment Type
In addition to core data fields for each asset, we allow customers to store additional name/value labels which can be used in reporting and to provide meaningful breakdowns of utilization or sensor data. Examples of such data might include information about the department or group which owns and uses an asset, the name of the person responsible for an asset (e.g., "owner"), the types of samples that an asset is restricted to, and so on.
None of these optional data fields are used in our analytics, but instead are simply available to use in creating summary reporting and graphs, so they are chosen by the customer to meet customer needs, and can be as minimal or detailed as needed to meet requirements.
For individual users in our system, at a minimum we store an email address and an encrypted password for the user. Users can optionally add a phone number to receive SMS notifications for key alerts, depending upon personal preference and/or company policy.
Except to the extent that sensor data (such as temperature) may come from sensing the condition of a specific piece of experimental equipment, we store no “intellectual property” from the customer (as would an electronic lab notebook or other system).