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Sensor Technology & Environmental Monitoring

By August 22, 2022 No Comments

What is sensor technology and how can it benefit my estate?

Sensor technology is a powerful innovation that enables countless business process improvements and efficiencies by collecting data that is used to create actionable data insights. Sensor technology can be used for many different applications for data acquisition that guide informed decision-making.

One example of how sensor technology can support facilities management is to monitor assets through measurements in temperature or vibration. The data collected can then be analysed to predict potential asset failure and implement a proactive maintenance regime that can save significant costs and downtime creating, an ‘Intelligent Workplace’.

Occupancy management can also be monitored more effectively by visualising who is on-site, where they are and who they are interacting with. Proximity sensors provide FMs with more insightful data about building and space usage, which can allow an organisation to downsize the estate utilisation and reduce space rental and energy costs.

In some applications, sensor technology can be used to serve building users more proactively before they even know that they are going to require a service. Sensors for air quality, airflow and UV can be used to trigger HVAC systems to create optimal conditions 24/7, so that building users do not need to report air quality issues and they are able to work in conditions where productivity is not affected by poor air quality.

Light levels, energy management and electric vehicle charge point monitoring can all also be improved with the use of sensor technology. These are just a few of the possible benefits of sensor tech but there are many more and additional applications that are being developed on a regular basis.

IoT and tech sensors can perform a critical service for retail companies. For example, a company that requires zero downtime on refrigeration or heating can utilise sensor technology to identify potential asset failure and ensure that an engineer is dispatched immediately once the parameter trigger sends an alert.

It is also possible for work requests to be automatically generated to the appropriate resource, such as an internal engineer or external contractor, significantly reducing the amount of human effort required in the process of identifying an issue through to resolving the issue. Having the relevant data available remotely enables offsite triage and information assessment to drive first

As well as providing the data required to make efficiency-driving decisions around facilities management and maintenance, environmental monitoring also enables remote monitoring of asset performance and other key data. That means that FMs or contractors do not need to visit the site to gather information.

Learn more about ‘Intelligent Workplace’ solutions here.


Implementing Sensor Technology

Sensor technology and environmental monitoring are possible through the Internet of Things (IoT), where software such as Concerto is used to develop an integrated IoT interpretation layer. The information that is transmitted through the devices auto-generates actionable data; reports, alerts, and warnings, based on pre-set parameters.

Sensor technology integration combined with powerful analytics, enables the monitoring of critical asset performance, a key enabler to optimising cost and mitigating risk for clients and enhancing the occupier experience.

To discuss how we can get started, contact our team so we can find the most effective bespoke technology solutions for your business.