This project will demonstrate the Cognitive Energy Management System (CEMS), which optimizes building energy usage based on intelligent occupancy-based building automation strategies. By coupling occupancy and building control strategies with lighting, ventilation, and environmental conditioning systems, it is possible to optimize usage for additional gains. At Naval District Washington, the project will demonstrate CEMS' decision support and command control capability; determine energy savings compared to standard building automation techniques; determine the maintenance and reliability of the sensing and control devices; and quantify the return on investment measures associated with the system to enable decisions on transition of the technology.

Technology Description

This CEMS effort leverages significant Navy technology investments in harnessing industrial controls and advanced metering capabilities. CEMS will extend the intelligent control of building automation through localized sensors and by a person's planned destination based on tenant occupancy usage through advanced decision-based rules, parameters, and metrics. At the core of the CEMS technology is a decision support tool, including a Web-enabled enterprise building and energy monitoring, control, and management system of smart building information through the networking and integration of dissimilar distributed building systems and devices accessible through a common control engine.


CEMS is expected to result in energy savings approaching 35% in locations where it is deployed with a return on investment within 5 years. Additionally, the integrated sensor systems will enable anti-terrorism/force protection capabilities. By adding additional intelligence to the enterprise as well as components used to secure the critical infrastructure, CEMS will evolve in such a way to provide the visibility of real-time building occupancy and the analytics to manage the associated energy. (Anticipated Project Completion - 2014)