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Identify Key Building Issues

Identify Key Building Issues

Our IoT devices can be used to assist to identify key building issues or reduce maintenance processes and operational costs. Gain better visibility of critical asset health, reduce the frequency of planned maintenance tasks and optimise utility consumption or space usage.

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Heating & Cooling

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Heating & Cooling

Vibration

Temperature

How IoT sensors detect failure in FAHUs, AHUs and FCUs.

  1. Bearings within Fan Motors wear over time and will cause different vibration patterns.
  2. Belt wear (or complete failure) will cause additional changes to vibration patterns.
  3. Increased friction from worn bearings and belts will cause excessive heat exhaust from the motor.


Benefits for Building Owners and Operators

  • Ensure stable internal building temperatures
  • Respond to (or predict and prevent) emergency failures at critical sites
  • Lower costs associated with routine inspections and maintenance visits onsite
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Pump Motors

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Pump Motors

Vibration

Temperature

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How IoT sensors detect failure in Pumps

  1. Bearings within Pump Motors wear over time and will cause different vibration patterns.
  2. Belt wear (or complete failure) will cause additional changes to vibration patterns.
  3. Increased friction from worn bearings and belts will cause excessive heat exhaust from the motor.
  4. Many pump stations have controllers with emergency failure relays that can be monitored with a sensor.


Benefits for Building Owners and and Operators

  • Ensure cooling, potable water, sewerage, dewatering, and other water based systems function continuously
  • Respond to (or predict and prevent) emergency failures at critical sites
  • Lower costs associated with routine inspections and maintenance visits onsite
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Lifts and Moving Walkways

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Lifts and Moving Walkways

On / Off

How IoT sensors detect failure in Lifts & Walkways

  1. Vertical Transportation Systems are absolutely critical for the smooth transport of people around a building.
  2. In many cases if one or more system becomes inactive the building may cease to be usable.
  3. All systems have motor controllers which will provide a local alarm in the event of failure – however more than 90% of systems are not connected to a BMS or a central monitoring system.
  4. It is impossible to predict when a motor unit will fail and these systems require specialist technicians (often from the manufacturer) to be called to visit site to fix, which may take several days of elapsed time – after someone has reported the fault and the “work-order” creation and scheduling process takes place.


Benefits for Building Owners and and Operators

  • Immediate notification of System Failure to specialist technicians
  • Respond and rectify failures onsite within hours rather than days
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Cold Storage Assets

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Cold Storage Assets

Temperature (with external probe)

How IoT sensors detect failure in Cool Rooms & Freezers

  1. Temperature controlled rooms or equipment all house valuable contents that will perish if not kept cold or in certain cases frozen.
  2. Service Providers can also be held liable for the resultant damage caused by perished food and medicine.
  3. Many temperature controlled areas are not connected to Building Management systems so require manual inspections up to 3 times daily.
  4. This costly exercise still only provides a high level audit of internal temperatures and does not capture events that occur after hours or on weekends.


Benefits for Building Owners and and Operators

  • Immediate notification of Refrigeration Failure to specialist technicians
  • Respond and rectify failures onsite within hours rather than days
  • Reduce loss of perishable goods and lower chances of flow on consumer health effects from consuming spoilt or contaminated goods
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Switchboards

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Switchboards

Temperature

Vibration

Humidity

How IoT sensors detect failure in active Electrical Equipment

  1. Electrical Switchboards (especially primary boards) house many elements that in the event of a physical displacement, age or even just vibration of equipment can short – which can lead to an electrical fire.
  2. These events are rare but are catastrophic to a building, which will have to be evacuated and refurbished.
  3. Maintenance personnel traditionally implement an annual planned maintenance inspection, requiring qualified electrical technicians with specialised equipment to shut down and inspect each element which is expensive and time consuming.
  4. Electrical shorts can still occur in-between these inspections.


Benefits for Building Owners and and Operators

  • Early warning notification of potential electrical fires to specialist technicians
  • Respond onsite to rectify component failures before fires can occur
  • Undertake electrical shut-downs for repairs in planned windows for minimal business impact
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Communication Rooms

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Communication Rooms

Temperature

Flood

Humidity

How IoT sensors detect failure in Communications Cupboards

  1. Computer servers, network routers and telephony systems are critical to the function of a business.
  2. If a Comm’s Room fails then this will inevitably have a significant financial business impact.
  3. Many Comms Rooms are no larger than a cupboard, are not managed by permanent onsite IT staff; especially in smaller sites.
  4. These “forgotten” rooms can suffer from poor air ventilation, generally have retrofit low cost (domestic) air conditioning systems which will fail under continuous load and can overflow water in the event of failure.


Benefits for Building Owners and and Operators

  • Early warning notification of potential overheating/humidity or detection of AC drip tray flooding
  • Respond onsite to rectify failures before IT failures can occur
  • Prevent downstream business impact from unplanned IT system shutdowns
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Auto-doors and Roller-doors

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Auto-doors and Roller-doors

On/Off

How IoT sensors detect failure in Auto-doors

  1. Auto-doors and Roller-doors are often the only entry into the front or the delivery point of a building.
  2. In many cases if one of these doors becomes inactive the building may cease to be usable.
  3. All automatic doors have motor controllers which will provide a local alarm in the event of failure – however more than 90% of systems are not connected to a BMS or a central monitoring system.
  4. It is impossible to predict when a motor unit will fail and these systems require specialist technicians (often from the manufacturer) to be called to visit site to fix, which may take several days of elapsed time.

Benefits for Building Owners and and Operators

  • Immediate notification of System Failure to specialist technicians
  • Respond and rectify failures onsite within hours rather than days
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Electrical Signage

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Electrical Signage

Current Sensor

How IoT sensors detect failure in Lighting circuits

  1. Most corporate buildings will present the brand of their owners or anchor tenants using Electrical signage.
  2. If a lighting circuit fails within a sign it reflects poorly on the the company’s brand image.
  3. Traditional methods of detection involve manual inspections using mobile teams visiting each site nightly to ensure all circuits are active.
  4. It is impossible to be at each location at exactly the time that failure occurs and therefore in most cases the client is the person reporting the failure.
  5. A current sensor clipped around the lighting driver circuit can detect the failure of a single LED and provide immediate notification of a lighting failure.


Benefits for Building Owners and and Operators

  • Immediate notification of System Failure to specialist technicians
  • Respond and rectify failures before they are noticed by building owners and occupants
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ATMs

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ATMs

Temperature

How IoT sensors detect failure in Automated Teller Machines

  1. IT network equipment to connect the ATM to the banking network is only rated to 60oC.
  2. In warmer climate conditions it is possible that outdoor facing ATM cabinets can exceed these temperature conditions.
  3. This can be due to exhaust fan issues or simply that the temperature cannot be maintained without a cooling source available.
  4. A temperature sensor placed inside the ATM enclosure can provide pre-warnings and alerts if internal temperatures move to 55oC and above to enable maintenance teams to prevent an ATM outage.


Benefits for Building Owners and and Operators

  • Pre-emptive notification of imminent System Failure to specialist technicians
  • Attend onsite to address cooling issues and prevent ATM shutdowns and resulting loss of transactions.
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Utility Monitoring

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Utility Monitoring

Meter Count

How IoT sensors automate utility meter reading

  1. Most Electricity, Water and Gas meters are not connected to a building management system or central monitoring system.
  2. This results in costly manual meter inspections at each location to record readings along with a time consuming task to aggregate data into central systems for reporting.
  3. Meter Count sensors can be retrofit onto existing meters (or along with new meters) to provide a low cost Automated Meter Reading solution.
  4. This removes the requirement for manual meter reads and provides near real time reporting of utility consumption.


Benefits for Building Owners and and Operators

  • Reduction in manual labour costs associated with meter reading
  • More accurate and immediate visibility into utility usage at remote locations.
  • Gain the ability to collate data from all locations to create benchmarks and identify problem sites or systems with excessive usage.
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Space Utilisation

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Space Utilisation

Motion Sensor

How IoT sensors provide insight into workspace utilisation

  1. Billions of dollars a year is paid by commercial building tenants to rent office space.
  2. Significant savings can be made by optimising the mixture of permanent workspaces, hot desks and meeting rooms.
  3. Headcount, attendance and workspace activity analysis is almost impossible to achieve via manual inspections.
  4. IoT sensors placed at permanent workspaces and in shared or semi-permanent workspaces can report the relative activity at each point on a floorspace in real time and provide highly accurate data of workspace utilisation.


Benefits for Building Owners and and Operators

  • Reduction in manual labour costs associated with manual inspections and report generation
  • Identify underutilised areas that can be repurposed for other activities or consolidated or sublet
  • Significantly reduce rental costs across a corporate portfolio.
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Occupant Comfort

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Occupant Comfort

Light

Temperature

Humidity

How IoT sensors provide insight into IEQ reporting

  1. Many commercial office buildings have mandatory Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) audits to ensure spaces are comfortable for tenants.
  2. Existing temperature, humidity and lighting data may not be available from BMS equipment.
  3. This results in costly manual floor inspections required at each location to record readings along with a time consuming task to aggregate data into central systems for reporting.
  4. IoT sensors can be retrofit into floor spaces to provide a low cost automated reporting solution.
  5. This removes the requirement for manual inspections and provides near real time reporting of key indicators for IEQ.


Benefits for Building Owners and and Operators

  • Reduction in manual labour costs associated with inspections
  • More accurate and immediate visibility into occupant comfort across a commercial office portfolio.
  • Gain the ability to collate data from all locations to create benchmarks and identify problem sites which require intervention to improve comfort levels.