Why Smart Sensors?

“Why Smart Sensors?” I hear you ask…

While they are undeniably stylish in design and look to be really cool little gadgets, what is the real benefit in using sensors? Are they really able to make our buildings, houses, schools, offices and facilities SMARTER?


The answer is a resounding “YES”.

Smart sensors can be cost effectively retrofitted to wirelessly transmit data about a building, its assets and environment including temperature, energy consumption, flooding, humidity, vibration data (and much more) in real time – 24/7. It sounds simple enough but the applications and implications of this data transfer are extensive and significant. Some of the most important benefits include:

PREVENTING CRITICAL ASSET FAILURE AND DOWNTIME Smart sensors alert building operators when an asset behaves erratically which helps to prevent asset failure before it even happens. Most importantly, these alerts help prevent critical assets failure and business downtime which incur significant financial and reputational damage.

REPLACING RESOURCE INTENSIVE AND COSTLY PPMs Traditionally, assets are monitored with regular PPMs where engineers manually monitor assets one by one. Not surprisingly, assets can break down in between PPMs. However, engineers only realise an asset is not operating during the next planned maintenance check or when the asset failure creates discomfort to building occupants. Smart sensors replace inefficient and time-consuming PPMs with real time data – allowing for the more productive allocation of engineers.

BUSINESS OPTIMISATION Smart sensors provide building operators useful information that allows them to optimise asset lifecycle, energy costs and overall building operations. For example, information about when and how energy is consumed in a building or a portfolio of buildings can optimise energy costs with a few intelligent and strategic changes.

For Urbanise, it’s all about leveraging the benefits of connectivity and Internet of Things (IoT) to deliver added value for our customers.

The smart approach – which IoT allows – is to deploy a low cost sensor onto an air conditioning unit to detect whether it’s performing at its optimum. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t do all the checks, but if you are able to remove the monthly inspection, for example, you can significantly reduce costs.

That is where the Urbanise Platform Platform coupled with our smart sensors comes into play – enabling a predictive maintenance approach – reducing costs for building operators and improving customer experience.