SUMS Portal Education

SUMS Portal

Customisable alerts sent via email or SMS – Be alerted to problems large and small quickly, before the utilities budget is blown —whether it is a toilet left running, a storage heater on the wrong timer schedule, or a major underground leak resulting from a recent construction project or tree root damage.

Unlimited user access – The SUMS portal is so simple and intuitive, it can be used as a teaching tool in the classroom. Students can see the direct impact of their behaviours on water and energy with this authentic learning experience. Ask about our curriculum for stage 2-3 learning.

Near real time interval data, visualised – By learning to understand unique baseline usage patterns and identify unusual events, schools improve sustainability practices and reduce costs without having to wait 3 months for the utility bill to arrive.

Data Logging Education

Data Logging

Main and sub meter monitoring – Monitoring main and sub meters around campus gives schools the ability to understand their unique normal usage footprint, identify usage patterns and better pinpoint specific inefficiencies or leaks.

SUMS Data loggers and daily data feeds – For a comprehensive and holistic view of all utilities, a combination of battery, solar and mains powered data loggers, together with direct data feeds from the energy provider, is used to ensure all data streams are captured.

Ultrasonic loggers for water tanks – For schools and universities with rain water tanks for irrigation or toilet flushing, it is important to know how much is available and when it is being used. The C-Tank Ultrasonic logger makes it is possible to know exactly how much is on hand and to identify potential problems.

Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence

Performance Benchmarking – Whether K-12, TAFE, or Uni, it is important for schools strive for continuous improvement, just like the students. By comparing usage per student against established KPIs, it is easier for to remain within budget and on target to meet sustainability goals.

Monthly Reports – Monthly reports are an excellent tool to identify trends, track progress against historical use, and monitor performance benchmark standings. They also make it easier to keep records on hand for future reference or for preparing internal reports for the board.

Strategic planning and budgeting – School leadership can use utility usage information to set internal goals, plan for the future and make more informed strategic leadership decisions. When there is a culture of using less and with more eyes on infrastructure, it is easier to reduce costs and stay on target.

icoEvery day…Over 140,000 students have access to SUMS in daily learning.

It all adds up

  • 100% accurate

    Flexible and simple

    We know you have plenty of jobs to do without adding more to your plate. To help you meet your goals, we’ll make sure you have the technology solutions you need to gain clear and effective insights.

  • Integrated platform

    Keep your water, gas, electricity and rain tank data in one place, either on our SUMS Portal or on your existing building management system.  Real-time uploads to the web and customised alerts mean you are in control of your resource use.

  • Secure and reliable

    We want to be your utilities super hero, with a system that’s available and responsive when you need it. Working for you day and night in a secure, online-hosting environment, your data is safe no matter how big your endeavours.

  • Innovative solutions

    We are constantly seeking feedback, innovating and improving to come up with the solutions you need for the future. From our hardware and software offerings to robust analytics reporting, ask us about our development roadmap to see how it fits with your business drivers.

Client stories

With SUMS, Principals and GA’s stay ahead of the class. Monitor the watering of the school oval, the fans in the school hall, the light in the office and everything in between.

Catholic Diocese of Maitland Newcastle

The installation of smart water meters across our 56 schools has provided us with valuable data which has allowed us to identify and rectify some significant and long term water leaks. … Keep on reading

North Coast TAFE

North Coast TAFE with some 30,000 students and 2,400 part time and full time staff operating over 17 campuses consume 44,000 Kilolitres of water costing over $200K per annum. Water is a big expense and will continue to rise.… Keep on reading

Primary School Students saving water for Nepal

The Hilltop Road Public School’s website states that the school is “committed to providing quality teaching and learning programs that enable students to maximise their learning potential and be the best they can possibly be”.… Keep on reading

St Luke’s Grammar School – Making a Difference in the World – One Drop at a time!

St Luke's Grammar School is an independent school situated on Sydney's Northern Beaches. The School has approximately 900 students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 and approximately 120 staff members. An aim of the School is to educate, develop and inspire students to make a difference in the world.… Keep on reading

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FAQs

  • I’ve inherited SUMS from my predecessor—what is SUMS, why is it useful and why should I keep paying for it?

    We work with over 350 different schools across Australia and we are often asked this question. SUMS help you to manage water and energy use so you can achieve both resource saving and a reduction in costs. This frees up money you can spend in more important areas of school life! We’ll take the time to retrain you and your team on how to use the portal, walk you through why you may be getting alerts, help you to use the SUMS portal to set an environmental example to your students and answer any other questions you might have.

  • Why should I keep using SUMS when we’re only in school for 8 or 9 months out of the year?

    A toilet left leaking over summer holidays, an A/C unit on the wrong timer settings through winter, or a crack in an underground pipe can cost schools thousands of dollars, completely blowing the annual budget. Your school is occupied about 200 days a year. Why pay for water and electricity when the school is unoccupied? SUMS is an invaluable tool for schools because it lets you keep an eye on the school, even when there’s no one there. Check out some case studies here.

  • How many people can log in to SUMS? Can kids log in without effecting administration settings?

    Every SUMS account can create and manage unlimited users with 3 different tiers of access. This means your Principal can log in to see how the school is tracking against budget, your General Assistant can log in to monitor and fix leaks or inefficiencies, your Administration Manager can check usage against the bill, and students can sign in from the classroom as part of a lesson.

  • I don’t have time to log in every day—is SUMS still for me?

    Yes. We recommend setting alerts that will notify you via SMS or email to anything unusual going on with the school, allowing your GA or cleaning staff to investigate and rectify issues within just a few hours.
    We also offer monthly and quarterly reports that give you a snapshot of usage and trends so you can quickly see the big picture. Find out more about our report offerings here.

  • Can you tell me where my leaks are?

    No, unfortunately we can’t tell you exactly where your leaks are, but we have lots of ways to help. If you are on a large campus, sub metering will help to isolate leaks to specific locations. Similarly, we can provide a few tips on what to look for. For instance, a base flow of 6 to 8 litres per minute often means that a dual flush toilet is running continuously. If there’s no obvious reasons for the excess usage you could have an underground leak, in which case we offer a sonar leak detection service that hasn’t failed to find a leak yet!

testimonal philip attard
Managing stock water was a major challenge at Gostwyck until Paul Marsh and his team came along. Not wasting water and getting on top of any leaks quickly was a difficult job that needed a lot of chasing around and guess work. – Philip Attard,
Gostwyck Farm, NSW
Posted on the April 29th, 2017
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In striving for sustainability across our campuses we have found that to manage our resources and utilities we require effective monitoring systems that allow us to respond quickly to changed conditions. – Sustainability,
North Coast TAFE
Posted on the April 29th, 2017
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I have 93 data loggers and 5 roving units to monitor water usage and asset performance across the council and I am a team of just one! – Sustainability Manager,
Local Council
Posted on the April 29th, 2017
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