Winter slows, can’t stop EC/Jasmine expansion

They grow so fast: With his EC Infosystems chugging along, CEO Mohan Wanchoo is hoping a new "collaborative space" will help rocket energy-efficiency startup Jasmine Universe to new heights.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

Even winter’s worst could only delay this energy-efficiency milestone.

Weeks after a snowy forecast cut short a planned ribbon-cutting ceremony, energy-efficiency upstart Jasmine Universe and its big sister, longtime international e-commerce services provider EC Infosystems, will once again roll out a red carpet to mark the opening of EC Infosystems’ new Uniondale headquarters – a 20,000-square-foot space “custom designed for the two companies,” according to Jasmine Universe Associate Director Vikram Dhar.

The new space on Earle Ovington Boulevard doubles the 10,000 square feet EC Infosystems, a premier electronic data interchange software provider for the deregulated energy industry, formerly occupied on Uniondale’s Charles Lindbergh Boulevard.

And that extra room means plenty of “collaborative space” for EC Infosystems engineers to buddy up with Jasmine Universe technicians, noted Dhar, who confirmed Jasmine Universe will still be headquartered at Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center – and said EC Infosystems’ new HQ would double as a “satellite office” for Jasmine.

“Employees will rotate back and forth,” the associate director added. “Jasmine’s creative, technical people will still be at the AERTC, and the software people will kind of go in and out.”

Mohan Wanchoo, founder and CEO of both companies, and Bruce Germano, the former LIPA vice president now serving as Jasmine Universe’s enterprise development and operations VP, will continue to work primarily out of the AERTC, “but it really all depends on the day of the week,” Dhar noted.

However the employee shuffle plays out, the new facility will provide much-needed elbow room for both of Wanchoo’s innovative firms. Launched in 1995, EC Infosystems boasts more than 150 employees in three New York locations (two in NYC) and one Pennsylvania office, while the CEO’s 2014 startup is busily distributing proprietary technologies – including control consoles, wall plugs, “smart thermostats” and mobile apps – designed to maximize energy efficiency in residential and commercial spaces.

In addition to promoting teamwork between the two companies – Dhar noted six “collaborative rooms for ad-hoc discussions,” in addition to a combination pantry/playroom – the new office boasts a “fully functional network operations center” outfitted with seven large viewing screens that “allow us to monitor various aspects of the operations here,” the associate director said.

There’s also the Jasmine Experience Room, a “demo showcase,” according to Dhar, that allows visitors to download Jasmine Universe apps onto their mobile devices and give the proprietary tech a whirl – and also invites collaborations with outside engineers who want to see how their prototype smart thermostat, for instance, synchs with the Jasmine system.

But primarily, the new facility will service the needs of EC Infosystems and its clients, according to Wanchoo, who referenced considerable growth since the 22-year-old company refurbished its now former Charles Lindbergh Boulevard digs at the beginning of this decade.

“Since the last office expansion in 2011, the company has grown at an unparalleled pace,” Wanchoo told Innovate LI. “We look forward to utilizing the additional space to add to our seasoned team and continuing to support our best-in-class EDI and UtiliBil clients.”


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