With a dedicated Sense on a single device you can accurately track that device’s usage and use Goals to set certain alerts. Detection is still relevant in so far as Sense is capable of identifying all the components of the device.
So if Sense knows, say, “I am only monitoring a Ground Source Heat Pump” one can assume that could lead to more fine-grained component detection and, more importantly, reliable usage alerts and failure detection. This is much the same as the potential for failure detection with smart plugs but with the dedicated Sense the analysis is founded in higher sample-rate ground truth data and so one would expect better confidence.
I have been using a dedicated Sense monitor on a hot water heater in this way.
Is there an adequate and willing user base to make this something that could be usefully employed?
If a monitor is physically configured as “device-dedicated”, could Sense benefit from adding the option to designate the monitor as such and treat the data accordingly? (If only for the Data Team to then know what they are looking at)
Can the Solar inputs be exploited in a similar way? e.g. If a second Sense monitor’s main CTs are dedicated to EV charging/chargers and the Solar CTs are dedicated to a PowerWall(s).
Note: Posting this in Data Analysis because this is more of a preliminary call driven by the need for certain data vs a feature request … but increased confidence for alerts and load shifting recommendations would be the obvious outcome of improved device recognition.