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Facilities Management companies face growing pressure to improve their estate efficiency, ensure operational continuity, and integrate legacy buildings and their systems with new facilities expansions. Accessing useful evidence-based data to make informed decisions has become increasingly difficult and unreliable, based either on haphazard manual readings or patchy point-in-time information from traditional Building Management Systems (BMS).
IOT offers alternative mechanisms to make buildings more sustainable and productive.
Simple, low-cost sensor devices provide valuable real-time contextualized data; this is a connected building. The next step is to make automated decisions.
Leveraging a dedicated long range low power network for IoT, building management companies can connect countless battery powered « things » gathering data from sensors for temperature, humidity, CO2, motion, door/window opening, parking occupancy, smart plugs etc. The data is fed to centralized intelligent systems to which can suggest improved operational procedures or automated intelligent building management.
Actility enables building management companies to deliver various services using a common IoT enabler platform. Leveraging both public LoRaWAN networks supplied by mobile network operators and private networks which can be rapidly deployed on campus, Actility’s IoT network management platform breaks the silos between different proprietary systems, and facilitates the deployment, operation and maintenance of smart buildings and facility management services.
A private LPWA network is cost-effective and easy to deploy thanks to long-range communication which allows extensive coverage indoor and outdoor with relatively few gateways, and allows cities to have complete control of the network and data. For example, only 1 or 2 base stations are needed to provide a complete coverage for a connected building, thus reducing the need for local repeaters or relays.
Connected devices can monitor the energy consumption inside buildings, but can also be used to remotely control dedicated energy storage systems such as large capacity batteries, cold storage rooms or water heating systems. Through LoRaWAN bi-directional connectivity, an operator can aggregate flexible energy capacity to disconnect power consuming systems at a granular level on demand, and artificially decrease the load on the supplying energy utilities.
Building management companies can also benefit from a set of high performance Actility applications to help optimize operations, automate processes and manage the huge amount of data generated by a BMS IoT network. The fully integrated solution uses intelligent algorithms, advanced analytics and machine learning for process modelling, real-time control and predictive maintenance operations. For example, the applications can be used to monitor connected assets like HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) systems and predict failures or the need for replacement parts.