Project Description

Over the years, we’ve seen companies develop from pilots to full-blown implementation; from one project to many; from standalone to fully integrated with core business systems.

100%

of the most sophisticated agree that data from connected assets will be key to decision-making.

72%

of adopters say digital transformation is impossible without IoT.

73%

of adopters say IoT is too important to be left to IT alone.

95%

of adopters are achieving tangible benefits from their use of IoT.

Legacy building management systems (BMS) fail to deliver the level of interconnectivity that building tenants demand today. IoT advancements and a multitude of sensor technologies becoming available fundamentally shifted the market. As the gap between the edge and the core of the building closes, intelligence heightens processes, further streamlining the relevance of interpreted data with impactful cost savings.

Correctly implemented, our solutions can increase building efficiency, productivity and reduce costs. We offer building managers the ability to create interconnected and interoperable rule-based operations which benefit landlords and tenants alike.

Our solution enhances existing ecosystems and enables new or old buildings to experience powerful resurgence with compelling benefits:

  • Sensors to measure and control air quality, vibrations, temperature and humidity, parking spaces, room occupancy, water usage, energy usage and HVAC allow building managers to get accurate data from the building, using which decisions and processes can be efficiently improved upon.
  • Modern technologies integrated into the IoT platform allow for enhancement of legacy and dated systems. Raptor allows for the connection of any sensor or data point – wired or wireless, analogue or digital.
  • Being able to create rules against which an interconnected building can operate drives greater efficiency and more streamlined operations for landlords and tenants alike.

We work with Dell technologies in combination to create an IoT solution that transforms buildings, creating horizontal interconnectivity using the IoT.nxt Raptor intelligent edge gateway, Commander platform visualisation dashboard, and Dell gateway hardware. This solution has the ability to integrate into all existing BMS systems, sensors and PLC’s. This technology-agnostic solution can be further enhanced by adding any new sensor technologies available.

Our technology makes buildings smarter by creating real-time interconnectivity. The ability to harvest data offers unprecedented views into the actual workings of buildings with a view to accentuate and improve operations and efficiency from automated parking to multi-modal visitor experiences to energy versus occupancy savings and lighting comfort levels. We give occupants peace of mind knowing they work in a first-class environment that actively works to lower its carbon footprint and offer relevant cost savings.

When combined with a well-designed and executed solution, these technologies can address the following industry challenges:

  • Disparate building management systems make it impossible to fully and efficiently utilise existing infrastructure.
  • Modern methods and tools seem out of reach because legacy systems are entrenched and often proprietary.
  • Difficult to streamline processes to boost visitor management experiences and tenant comfort levels.

Increased Utility Efficiencies

Tracking of water, air-conditioning and electricity usage and the ability to action real-time changes for cost saving and improved efficiency.

Facilities Maintenance

Expedited response times, particularly during emergencies, coupled with more accurate location mapping and utility planning lead to improved tenant or occupier satisfaction.

Enhanced Security

Ability to consolidate all security systems and features into a single view incorporating CCTV, access control, smoke detection and number plate recognition.

Waste Management

Tracking the number of people in an office that need to be catered for cuts down on food wastage, and cleaning can automatically be scheduled based on office usage.

Space Optimisation

Tracking available parking bays, boardroom usage and employees present on any given day all ensure that buildings are used optimally. In a retail environment, foot traffic into and movement around malls can be analysed alongside heatmaps, noise and temperature levels and parking usage.

Predictive Maintenance

Automatically trigger smart actions like work orders, service alerts and the technical fine-tuning of equipment in real-time.

Solution Diagram

Offering a solution that has the flexibility to work with existing devices and services, means the customer will derive immediate value. Our core digitisation technologies lay the foundation required for true transformation.

The following diagram illustrates how, correctly implemented, components of this solution can be used to unify an entire building, creating a smart building.

Open IoT and Digital Experience Platform Components

The Path To Success

 

Reimagining Business Processes

When applying business analytical best practice, consider current SOPs, process and workflows that are performed across your building to identify areas where standards and processes have not been optimised or where they can be enhanced.

  • Take existing technologies off the table and focus on developing strategic intent.
  • Identify key areas of data collection.
  • Leverage automation and integration to create a fully interconnected and interoperable environment that supports precision practices.
  • Revisit existing technologies with a view to retrofit rather than rip and replace.
  • Ensure you are creating an environment that is agnostic to any new technologies that may be created in the future.

 

Ready, Set, Configure

Ruggedized to suit an industrial environment, designed to endure even the harshest conditions and proven effective in the fields, the technology stack is the answer to ensuring competitiveness, and relevance, in the years to come. Quick to install and easily customisable in any industry, an entire business ecosystem is connected into a centralised Commander dashboard and accessible remotely enabling real-time visibility and in-shift optimisation without disruption.

 

Avoiding An Information Overload

IoT should make it easier to operate based on data and rules. Having insight into down-the-line effects of activity may boost efficiency and the business bottom line. To ensure effectiveness, work to provide the right information to the right people to drive better decision making and improve employee accountability.

IoT Operational Transactional
Example Parking solution, visitor
management, humidity/temperature
sensors, HVAC controls, BMS
visualisation and control, generator
and data centre batteries
monitoring, asset management, desk
optimisation, area occupancy
utilisation management, people
tracking, CCTV.
Visitor experience, occupancy vs.
energy controls, desk occupancy
optimisation, building usage data,
asset monitoring and optimisation,
theft control.
Visitors online registration, parking
system allocation, energy
management system, utilities
management systems, asset real
time location and condition.
Sources Temperature sensors, Parking sensors,
biometrics, gate, boom, door relays,
flowmeters, energy metres, asset tags,
biometrics or Bluetooth, desk
occupancy sensors, room occupancy
sensors, Modbus controller for
generators, Bacnet controllers for BMS.
IoT.nxt Commander visualisation,
ERP integration, Analytics.
Rules engine.
Destinations HR apps, BMS system, FM, ERP,
asset optimisation systems,
maintenance apps, HVAC,
occupancy.
End to end Facility Management. Interoperability, interconnectedness,
rules based, threshold event driven,
actuation on events.

 

Connected Your Way, From Edge To Cloud

This flexible end-to-end solution connects non-IP based devices (2-wire and similar) through RaptorTM, our intelligent edge gateway, and connecting IP-enabled devices directly to our IoT platform, Commander. Once connected, data is consolidated from all devices and systems to provide a single horizontal view of your systems and devices’ entire business ecosystem.

Raptor technology creates a normalised, edge layer of physical and virtual intelligence that can be retrofitted, deployed and connected seamlessly into an ecosystem of existing technologies and things, radically reducing the cost of having to develop multiple edge integrations into disparate cloud applications.

Being able to retrofit onto all deployed devices, whether analogue-, or IP-based reduces

  • disruption to business processes,
  • cost of implementation,
  • cost of training,
  • cost and impact of enterprise-wide change management,
  • vulnerability at the edge,
  • technology disparity at the edge,
  • data strain on – and therefore costs of – networks,
  • processing required at the cloud platform level,
  • cost of edge integrated gateway maintenance.

Real-time subsystem integration allows cloud platforms to be leveraged as the up-, and down-stream effects of an event-triggered occurrence are recalibrated throughout all edge-connected devices. The pieces of any business puzzle are in the box, and ready to be pieced together to create a big picture.

 

Operationalise And Reap The Benefits

Switching IoT on in your building should not be daunting. Looking at the most obvious problems first and tackling them one at a time gives you financial and operational control, driving your own objectives and allowing you to harvest the benefits of your digitalisation decisions. Involving staff and tenants in the process and using a series of dashboards to show progress in what is iteratively improved based on real data, creates a sense of pride in efforts being made to lower carbon footprint and improve staff and visitor experiences.

An entire ecosystem, in your hands

Implemented anywhere, this solution becomes an enabler for optimal results across the rest of your business. Operational requirements tied in with big data and market shifts unlocks the opportunities for organisations to move into the future – and beyond – with agility, dynamically shifting with supply and demand, resource availability and, ultimately, growth. Watch it all from the palm of your hand.

Demystifying IoT

Our Iot solution is a unique rapid digitisation technology enabler that future-proofs enterprises, helping them leverage existing infrastructure investment and integrate into new technologies. The resulting interoperability and interconnectivity break down data silos and cuts out vendor lock-in.

Our IoT solution allows our clients to rapidly transform their businesses and move into the digital age quickly, and without disruption to operations.

Together with our solution partners, we work with businesses to design digitalisation strategies that are deployed in line with business goals, harnessing the magic that makes each organisation unique.

“It’s still your business. Only better.”