Internet of Things (IoT) technologies have disrupted the real estate and facilities management industry. Wireless IoT sensors help key stakeholders monitor and manage building assets regardless of when and where they are. Sensors also enable different functionalities that save costs, improve tenant comfort and wellbeing, and boost the properties’ environmental performance. These functionalities include:
Because of these benefits, new construction projects now account for the installation of numerous sensors to empower state-of-the-art Building Management Systems (BMS). In legacy buildings, however, there is a need to digitally retrofit a proper set of sensors to allow for building intelligence.
Deploying these sensors in one building is straightforward. But sometimes sensors must be installed across hundreds of buildings and thousands of assets. And that was the challenge we faced with our customer, a global technology company.
Along with our partner Infogrid, we deployed thousands of our sensors into hundreds of locations worldwide within a few weeks. Our customer quickly obtained data on temperature asset performance, space utilization, and water leaks, which brought early asset uptime and energy savings results. Because of this effort, the project was awarded a Verdantix Smart Building Innovation Award.
Read on to find out about the challenges our customer tackled, how Disruptive Technologies helped, and what made this project special.
We were recently confronted with the challenge of deploying our sensors on a very large scale. This was in the scope of a project for an important customer, a multinational technology giant.
Our customer’s ultimate goal was to digitally transform its real estate to a technology-enabled sustainable workplace that economizes on maintenance and energy costs, promotes employee well-being, and performs well environmentally.
We were already working with the customer to implement this giant digital transformation project before the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the outbreak, however, it became increasingly important to accelerate the project. COVID-19 introduced new working patterns (e.g., work from home at scale), which increased the importance of remote management of building assets and empty buildings.
In practice, the project demanded the rapid integration and deployment of a complex set of different technologies. Sensor deployment, software development, project planning, and change management had to be coordinated and completed in a short timeframe and across multiple buildings worldwide.
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The company was able to rapidly deploy thousands of tiny wireless Disruptive Technologies sensors at an unprecedented scale. The sensors were placed into hundreds of locations worldwide across 4 continents. The project was completed within a few weeks. Successful record-time deployment was the result of quick and efficient collaboration.
In the end, hundreds of locations were provided with sensors that reported data on temperature, humidity, usage, and water leaks. The deployed IoT solution harnesses this data to ensure efficient and sustainable operations, as well as safe and secure spaces for employees and customers.
This digitization makes way for predictive maintenance, reduced time to repair assets, data-enriched asset management, greater energy efficiency, increased sustainability, improved resource planning, and allocation, and a rich set of employee wellbeing functionalities.
Because of our speedy collaboration, our customer can now:
Deploying a few hundred sensors in a building is simple. Deploying several thousand sensors across the world in hundreds of different locations in the middle of a Pandemic is a different ball-game. Close collaboration, careful planning and a shared vision by all the parties involved made it possible to successfully accomplish the mission in record time.
The solution results in several business benefits, including:
Along with the above-listed general benefits, our customer has already seen some tangible valuable improvements.
During a summer heatwave one data room reached a very high temperature. Thanks to the deployed solution the Facilities team was alerted and able to identify a failure in the AC system. In response to this failure, the team applied supplementary cooling. This averted a forced equipment shutdown, consequential downtime, and expensive hardware replacement.
The deployed temperature sensors have helped monitor operations and ensure that the central AC was off in darkened buildings. This translated into reduced energy bills, improved operational efficiency, and reduced carbon emissions.
Using indoor navigation apps, the staff can understand which assets (e.g., meeting rooms) are available in real-time. This saves significant amounts of wasted time that might have been spent when searching for space.
Furthermore, the data can be used by the cleaning teams as part of a demand-based cleaning approach. Cleaning staff can focus efforts on assets that have been used instead of wasting.
The solution provides one-touch ticketing, which allows staff to report workplace issues quickly and anonymously. This is particularly important for problematic assets that require consumables, like jammed printers or broken coffee machines. In such cases, our solution enables a much faster response to problems and therefore a better employee experience.
The data produced by these reports is also used to pinpoint high failure devices. It is also used to identify changes that may be needed in the operational working patterns to prevent failures.
The accelerated development of highly scalable facilities management and building intelligence solutions was beneficial not only for our customer. This project has helped both us and our solution partner to develop new efficiencies in the speed of integration and deployment of their solutions at scale.
The record speed and ease of installation have also proved that Disruptive Technologies sensors, software, and services can accommodate stringent business and scalability requirements. We view this project as a starting point for more large-scale deployments that will bring the benefits of building intelligence to vast numbers of property managers worldwide.
Pippa is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Disruptive Technologies. She has 15+ years in global B2C and B2B marketing & sales, brand management & strategy, and business development within technology, apparel, and consumer goods. She holds a BA in sociology and criminology from Western University in Canada. Pippa is passionate about people, products, and the planet and she is an ardent advocate of fantastic customer service. Her best ideas come when she is reading, running, biking, traveling, talking to strangers, and doing headstands.
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