Retrofitting buildings to be Smart

When thinking of smart cities, most people conjure up images of shiny new buildings and fully automated houses that make everyday life effortless and comfortable. But the vast majority of buildings that will make up the smart cities of the future already exist and they were not built with new technology, energy efficiency or automation in mind. This bids the question: how realistic are smart cities?

Faced with shrinking budgets, outdated infrastructure and energy accountability, city planners and facility managers are embracing retrofitting older buildings to solve the conundrum of smart buildings. Lucky for them, the Internet of Things (IoT) has extended the applications of building retrofits well beyond improving energy efficiency which has exciting implications. Now every building can truly be smart!

Unlike traditional building management systems that rely on hard wired points that are expensive to install and difficult to modify once in place, property and facility managers are now discovering the benefits of Smart Sensors and remote monitoring devices. Small, sleek and powerful, these smart gadgets have clear benefits:

  1. INSTALLED IN MINUTES WITH NO SKILL OR EQUIPMENT REQUIRED

Leveraging IoT, Urbanise Smart Sensors can be retrofitted into any building or facility within minutes. When combined with Urbanise’s remote monitoring technology (or integrated to a 3rd party solution), sensors trigger the automatic creation of jobs and tasks based on environmental factors (eg: a cooling fan is vibrating outside acceptable tolerance so dispatch a technician). This means that sensor technology can be used in locations that were previously inaccessible or on ageing assets with no condition monitoring. It gets better. These Smart Sensors can be commissioned from any smart phone without special training or equipment with one touch commissioning services.

  1. SMART ALERTS SPEAK DIRECTLY TO MAINTENANCE TEAMS

Not only do smart sensors offer clients instant visibility of their buildings but they also monitor asset performance and raise alerts as soon as irregular behaviour is detected. Field staff are automatically dispatched to effect repairs before a failure event occurs – preventing significant business interruption and ensuring higher system uptime without the need for dedicated onsite support.

  1. BUILDING AND ENERGY PERFORMANCE

Instant access to temperature, humidity, vibration, flood, meter count, motion, light, voltage and numerous other metrics helps track building usage patterns including energy consumption within units, buildings and across building portfolios. This insight helps optimize energy consumption and associated operating costs.

  1. ULTRA SAFE DATA TRANSFER

With concern about IoT data safety; Urbanise Smart Sensors offer a secure alternative. The wireless sensors use low frequency radio technology to connect to nearby 3G gateways which in turn send data to the Urbanise cloud-based Platform via a mobile telephone network– ensuring safe data transfer.

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