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How McCool Controls is Making Buildings Safe & Comfortable in Ireland with LoRaWAN®

McCool Controls, an innovative master systems integrator, specialising in Smart Buildings, Real-Time Locating Systems and Building Management Systems and one of  Actility Channel Partners, has recently commenced a pioneering Smart Building project for a confidential client in Ireland. This project aims to reduce the client’s Real Estate ecological footprint by 40%, whilst maintaining an even growing staff numbers for a successful enterprise, reflecting the changed flexible work practices of the company.

It was critical that the remaining real estate was very different from the traditional building. The client required their new 6 storey, 8000 sq. metre building to be a dynamic, responsive and intelligent building, whilst simultaneously delivering a safe and comfortable space for employees that enhanced their well-being and productivity, without the reduction in floor space compromising the overall occupant experience.

McCool Controls has been chosen to deliver the “Turnkey” Smart Building platform, incorporating Indoor Mapping, Wayfinding, Room/Desk Booking, Geolocation Services, HVAC Controls, Lighting Controls, Room Control Apps, Real Estate Occupancy Data and Heat Mapping, Smart Metering and Predictive Plant Maintenance Sensors amongst other things, for which Actility’s LoRaWAN® network infrastructure was used: ThingPark, already operating over 35 000 network base stations worldwide.

LoRaWAN® is a low power wireless protocol for wide area networks. With LoRaWAN®, devices can communicate with IoT applications over long-range wireless connections. It also allows for devices’ batteries to last longer, therefore significantly lowering the Total Cost of Ownership.

Moreover, input to the site Virus Mitigation regime was vital. For this, IoT tags were deployed to precisely monitor the premises and automatically notify individuals on close proximity (2m or less) to others, and identify potential contamination hot spots via occupancy data received from the geolocation sensors and tags, based on the Proximity Detection and Contact Tracing for COVID-19 solution developed by Actility.

The complete geolocation solution offered by combining Actility’s network infrastructure and Abeeway’s, Actility’s subsidiary company specialized in tracking solutions, tags/sensors, feeds critical data quickly and effectively to the McCool Smart Building Platform, allowing to ensure secure social distancing and contact tracing to allow their people to feel more confident about working in co-located physical workplace, when in the new working areas.

This is how McCool has been able, not only to gather and share precision data in a cost effective and reliable manner, analyzing and transforming raw data into IoT insights, but to also protect its client against virus contamination between workers, avoiding temporary shutdowns.

About McCool Controls & Engineers

McCool Controls & Engineering (MC3E), established in 1991, is an innovative Master Systems Integrator with over 30 years of industry experience. As Smart Building Systems Integrators (SI), McCools offer their customers in Ireland and across Europe “turnkey” Smart Buildings Solutions including:

Geolocation Services


Building Management Systems

HVAC Controls

Smart Lighting

Energy Management Systems

Smart Building Apps

Occupant Room Apps

Indoor Mapping

Room/Desk booking

Cloud Based AI & Data analytics

Systems integration

The company’s success is based on innovation and has led to significant growth in Ireland and Germany. They have successfully delivered many prestigious and large-scale projects in commercial real estate, medical, education, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, data centers and many other industries.

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About Actility   

Actility is a world leader in Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things. Actility provides its ThingPark™ platform and network technology to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks within a unified, scalable and versatile network infrastructure. The vast majority of nationwide LoRaWAN® network service providers (over 50) and hundreds of companies trust ThingPark™ all over the world. Through its subsidiary Abeeway, Actility also provides patented ultra-low power tracking solutions. ThingPark Market offers the largest selection of interoperable IoT gateways, devices and applications to simplify and accelerate deployment of use cases.  

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About Abeeway   

Abeeway is the market leader in low-power indoor & outdoor fused geolocation and a provider of disruptive IoT tracking solutions worldwide. Abeeway offers the most energy-efficient, reliable and flexible geolocation solutions using unique tracking devices and a smart Multi-technology location system optimized for long-range and low-power-consumption leveraging LoRaWAN™ connectivity. Abeeway devices are available on ThingPark Market . Abeeway is a member of the LoRa Alliance™

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What is LoRa and LoRaWAN white paper techniical overview, benfits and use cases

Learn more about the LoRaWAN technology by downloading the Actility “What is LoRaWAN” white paper