Aquatics centres, skating rinks and conference centres are all facilities with high operating expenses, meaning that they frequently run at a loss, much to the dismay of the local authorities that own them.
Based in MESSEIN (Meurthe-et-Moselle), ELISATH offers a software tool that manages heating and electricity consumption according to the number of users, in real time.
“And so, during peak hours, the system, which takes account of the heat generated by the visitors and the different equipment in operation, reduces the heating output while, depending on the item of equipment concerned, turning up the pool water treatment or the ventilation,” explains Elisabeth Ferlet, founding director of the Lorraine-based firm. The firm employs 30 people and has a turnover of €5m. With this software, named “EliGreen”, site operators have their operating costs at their fingertips, immediately and accurately. They can also adapt the activity to obtain a desired result.
If, for the moment, local authorities and their partners make up the bulk of Elisath’s customers, its products are also of interest to the occupants of tertiary and commercial buildings. The company uses its software itself and states that it makes a saving of approximately 30% on its energy consumption. Originally, Elisath specialised in ticketing and access control for public facilities. This side of the business is still in operation.
“It was thanks to a chance encounter, after starting my first job, that I had the idea of setting up this company in 1995. The first facility I equipped was the Colmar skating rink in Alsace” recalls Elisabeth Ferlet, a business school graduate.
Today, almost 80% of public aquatics centres in France use her software. As well as equipping facilities in France, Elisath is also present in Belgium, Ivory Coast, Benin, Switzerland. And in 2017 the Lorraine firm installed a ticketing and access control system for the Abidjan lagoon shuttle system. It plans to continue developing such projects in other African capitals.