Configure Locations and Hierarchy of locations


In this article, we will explain how to configure locations and Hierarchy of locations:

  1. Configure Locations
  2. Hierarchy of locations


1. Configure Locations

Once you have all meters up and running in your DEXCell Energy Manager account it's time to set up the locations. 

Note 1: A location is the DEXCell Energy Manager logical unit. Depending on your deployment, a location can be a single office, a building, a factory, an airport, etc.
Example: If we are deploying DEXCell Energy Manager in a restaurant, we can synchronise a real gateway with many electrical meters and an internet weather station. Then we will need to configure the real location called, for example, “Restaurant Núria” (restaurant’s name). 

1.1 Configure a Location

1. Access to the "Settings" menu of the DEXCell Energy Manager and then Click on “Locations

2. In your Professional account, you can create 3 different kinds of elements: zone, location and sublocation. For more information click on the following link. By default, it's just created the "root", which is the name of the account.  ​

3. We recommend spending a couple of minutes thinking about the final hierarchy of the location before start creating all the elements. 

Let's put an example in order to better understand the procedure. Imagine we have different buildings in 2 countries: Italy and France. 

3. First of all, we will create 2 Zones: Italy and France. In order to do that, we click under "New Zone". We indicate the names and assign the devices there are devices to assign (for example a weather station for each country)

4. Then we can create all the locations representing each building. We have to select the parent for each location (if it's located in Italy or in France). We click on "New Location"

5. Finally, it's time to create the sublocations. That is a single part of the location, and are optional. We have to click on "New sublocation" 

You should have something like that: 

1.2 Edit a Location

When you are under the "Elements list" menu, you will be able to click on each name of the hierarchy tree and edit all the basic configuration of the element. Depending on the element, some of them won't be available: 
  • Information: basic information such as the name, the surface, winter and summer temperatures, address, tags, etc.
  • Devices: assign devices to that element. Remember that one device can only be assigned to one element (root, zone, location or sublocation)
  • Groups: create groups using single devices assigned to the location or by hierarchy
  • Reference Meters: configure the reference devices to use in the Reports or the Dashboards
  • Assign Supplies and prices: assign a supply to a device to visualise its Cost. Remember that a device can only be assigned to one supply.
  • Ratios: configure and create ratios to normalise your consumption

1.3 Inventory

In order to check that you have configured all the basic information in all your accounts and you didn't miss something, DEXCell EM provides a third view in the Location menu called "inventory". Here you can check quickly all the reference meters, the surface, the path, etc.

2. Hierarchy of locations


DEXCell Energy Manager provides a powerful tool for multi-location projects in which you want to keep a logical structure and have indicators by area quickly and efficiently.

DEXCell EM allows organizing locations by hierarchical or geographical criteria. Therefore, this allows analyzing your locations in a more detailed manner, for instance adding the energy consumption of electricity, gas, water ...

2.1 Elements of the hierarchy


The schema of the hierarchy in DEXCell Energy Manager is the following. We have 4 different elements explained below. 



  • Global: the root of the project
  • Zone: sublevel
  • Location: the DEXCell Energy Manager logical unit. Depending on your account, a location can be a single office, a building, a factory, an airport, etc.
  • Sublocation: one step further the location. It represents one region of the location, for example: a  floor, a room, a zone of a building, etc

Depending on the element you create, it will allow you to configure different things. The following table indicates the different possibilities that the elements can have:



2.2 To keep in mind 

  • Devices can only be associated with one element (root or zone or location or sublocation). 
  • Heritage concept. If you assign a device to a zone, the locations and sublocations below it will inherit the device assigned to that zone. Or if you assign a device to a location, it will appear also in the sublocations below. That will help to configure the projects quicker. For example, if some of your buildings are located in the same city, you can assign the "Outdoor weather station" to the "Zone" (which represents the city), so all the locations below will inherit the corresponding weather device. So you just need to assign it once instead of configuring it in each location.
  • The heritage concept will be applied in all the configuration and visualization menus. For example, if you are configuring the reference meters of a Sublocation, you will be able to select the devices which are in the location above. 




2.3 Configuration

In order to create the hierarchy tree, you should go to Settings > Locations > and click on the "Hierarchy tree" button. Here you can drag and drop the zones, locations and sublocations to the desired path. Just select the element and move it to the final element. 


2.4 View

You can visualize your account from a desired point of the tree. Thus, you can select each location quickly with the tool located on the top of the screen:





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