The Internet of Things (IOT) is the potential to interconnect many of the gadgets, gizmos and equipment which surround us, connecting them together to enhance how we live.
IoT powers the ability to connect interrelated systems.
This can be as simple as your morning call from an alarm clock connecting to your toaster and kettle so that you have breakfast ready when you arrive in your kitchen.
Or where a fridge, dishwasher or air source heat pump is integrated to solar panels or other onsite generation. It can even be set up to use real time energy market price data to save you money and help balance the National Grid.
With the advent of ever-increasing processing power delivered through AI and the ability to store seemingly endless quantities of data means we can monitor and record energy-based activities. IoT devices are monitored in real-time, down to the level of things like toasters, washing machines, or the myriad of systems which may be connected to a BMS.
Building Management Systems are simply larger and more sophisticated than domestic ones. IOT can have a real impact on getting the best from a control solution. Take, for example, a hotel where rooms have a level of unpredictability in terms of who is in a room and when, and what heating, cooling, or the level of fresh air occupants need to be comfortable. We are providing hotels with systems that monitor these scenarios using IoT gadgets to ensure the following:
- Measure – know what is going on
- Optimise – provide optimum comfort and environmental conditions without waste
Technology is ever evolving to make our life as BMS providers easier. We specialise in the application of highly reliable wireless monitoring and control using LoRaWAN. The equipment that we could monitor and control becomes increasingly spread out as buildings and facilities become larger and larger.
Knowing if an extractor fan is running in a building in some remote part of facility would have traditionally required a new cable to be installed from the controller to the fan. Now we can simply install a wireless unit to monitor, or even control, the fan. Additionally, motion or heat sensors could be added to understand if the space is occupied, all feeding back through the reliable and secure wireless network.
These advances means that energy monitoring can be made easy, helping our clients to meet new energy monitoring legislation, as well as cutting costs through efficient use, monitoring and control of all parts of a buildings energy management system.
LoRaWAN technology can also be adopted where we need monitoring and data from areas that don’t have a power source. LoRaWAN uses very little energy and can be powered for many years by a single battery. We use this technology in some of the following examples:
- A boiler in a remote building was running on a time clock, as connecting to a BMS at the time of installation was not cost effective. It can now be both monitored and controlled via LoRaWAN by a centralised system with very little disruption.
- Medicines and perishable foods need to be transported within a distribution network. The transportation step is part of what is called the ‘cold chain’. Legally required monitoring of the cold chain is now made easy with our LoRaWAN based solution which collects data in transit and uploads the data when the vehicle arrives at its destination.
- Facilities with multiple energy meter points spread out over a large area can be easily retrofitted with sensors and data collectors feeding information over the secure LoRaWAN network back to a central point. With the data automatically collected energy usage can be readily understood, which helps to define energy optimisation plans.
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