Smart Buildings: Solutions
Smart Buildings - The Internet Of Things

The Internet of things (IoT)

Smart Buildings is investing in the services that will allow you to control your portfolio of commercial buildings and even you home within the same portal.

Smart IOT

Global Coverage

Cloud Management

What is the Internet of Things?

The IoT is fast becoming a reality but what does all the terminology mean and how will it benefit you? In simplistic terms the concept is that anything that we can communicate with can be connected to the internet, and in turn communicate with other connected devices.

Buildings is integrating devices that control, monitor and manage all building types into the IoT.

It’s estimated that by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices, that's a lot of connections(Some estimate (Cisco) this will be even bigger estimates over 100 billion)

So the IOT is a giant network of connected things !

Building the service within the Smart Cloud ensures we empower the individual with the full power cycle to interact with all information streams from a building’s intelligent system, over any smart device.

Global Coverage

The IoT provides connectivity seamlessly around the globe and we are harnessing this technology to provide global access for our blue chip clients.

Connecting all the Smart Building services, energy & end devices to manage building performance for clients such as Barclays Bank is already achieving energy savings beyond expectations, as well as smart resource management.

With the correct information flow any anomaliesor out of normal conditions are identified - distributed to the correct operator and resolved first time every time.

When you give people the right information, you empower them to apply the best intelligence, proactively driving the business of tomorrow.

The revolutionary software tools developed by Smart Buildings provide the empowerment for your business to achieve seamless integration, continuity and visibility through each part of the life cycle. The Smart-VUE Dashboard service is built on a suite of apps that can be tailored to your specific requirements. Each app is a solution that can empower strategic initiative whilst driving tactical execution.

Cloud Management

Smart Buildings use the Cloud service to manage the data transport for each building, providingenhanced capabilities embedded within the Smart-Vue application-based dashboard. The cloud can be energised within the client’s data service or managed within any secure data environment.The Smart Buildings IT team can support all options and regular development updates are keeping the service ahead of the competition. Because we use the Cloud service it removes the requirement for the user to host any software platforms on their Smart devices and the service can run within any environment, License free and vendor independence ensured.

This simplicity allows a user to communicate directly to multi-protocol, multi-vendor products seamlessly; and within the same environment manage each command or response.

Smart Buildings - Smart-VUE

Smart-VUE
The ultimate interaction tool

A cloud based service that allows you to choose your dynamic dash platform.

Apps

Cloud

Analytics

World-VUE

Energy

Weather Station

Time Schedule

AC / Heating

Temperature

Contacts

Analytics

Bill Validation

Reports

Air Handling Unit

Natural Ventilation

Leak Detection

Biomass

Fan Coil Unit

Smart Cloud

The integration dashboard is managed within the cloud and this interacts with the building portfolio in real time. The system can be set to connect on a timed basis, for example when collecting data for historical log data the connectivity is set as de facto to 15 minute intervals. When a user requests information by loading the required app this is real time streaming data.

Security

The cloud-based system is managed with SSL certification to ensure the data is encrypted securely to protect your building portfolio.

Hard passwords are coded into the security administration to ensure no hacking of the data is viable from untrusted sources. User defined connectivity manages the user portal to guide users to the permitted zone associated with their unique password.

Grouping features

These can be switched on dependent on your access level and these allow Smart grouping of commands and control from a single portal. For instance, the user could decide to lower or raise a setpoint in several buildings and send this command with a single press of a button. Calendar commands can also be carried out in this feature to implement special day activity. See the scheduling app for more detail on the special features plug in.

Good Browser (Bring Your Own Device) BYOD

Working under the Good browser feature allows the users to operate within the Good environment and this will allow personal device connectivity onto the Smart-VUE platform. This is a secure environment developed for this application.

Secure Data Storage (Smart Secure)

The Smart secure data storage takes the risk out of corrupt security high data storage. Managed in the Smart Secure Cloud the data is ultra-secure and is backed up onto increased secure back up servers ensuring the ultimate in data security.

Smart Access (Smart Devices)

Access to the Smart Cloud is via any smart device, the development has been undertaken for use of any standard PC, Apple or Android device. The operating system automatically tracks the user device and aligns the dash layout to fit the user’s device.

Smart Analytics

The Smart Analytics tool is the most flexible app in the Smart-VUE tool box. The app is a multifunctional plug-in management tool. Within the app there are a wide variety of plug- ins that provide a feature rich tool set.

Out of Normal (Plug-in)

The out of normal plug-in allows you to track normal building activity and to drill down to individual appliance performance. You can set this app up manually or use the Smart Wizard to learn the detail dynamically. The powerful performance monitoring tool allows you to set up a profile and then overlay the report initialising, to set up values to trigger alarms or alerts against given parameters.

Group Management (Plug-in)

The group management plug-in allows the user to set up zones, regions, countries etc to manage the performance data and effect group control commands from a single page structure. The plug-in provides real time data of how a building is performing and allows the user to run comparisons between floors / areas and separate buildings. Using the weather station data allows Smart comparison management from this feature.

League Table (Plug-in)

The league table plug-in allows you to set up a league based on several aspects, so you can run comparisons based on different mediums. You can then display these on any smart device and push them to Smart TVs or public displays.

Smart Sensing (Plug-in)

The smart sensing plug-in allows you to build historical performance data to run comparisons against any medium. This ensures the building performance can be closely monitored and changed effectively. The plug-in can ring together data from several buildings, regions or countries and, also zones within individual buildings.

Smart Utilities (Plug-in)

This plug-in provides the service to stream data direct from your utility provider. It automatically normalises the data into a simple format that the dashboard can process. The data can then be integrated automatically from a simple feed from the service provider. This is used regularly with the day plus 1 energy data feeds.

Smart Reports (Plug-in)

All of the above can be built to generate automated reports. The service builds the reports and stores them in the reports app. This allows the user to define the reports as frequently as they need too. The app can be configured to auto generate and distribute the data over any supported cloud medium.

Smart Buildings - Integration

Smart Integration.

Integration

Networking

Alerts & Alarms

Integration

This is one of the key drivers for our business. Using this approach we have opened many doors for our clients to realise the potential to tap into resources and data on a whole new level.

Our suite of apps allows soft integration of the data points, and the various hardware platforms provide field integration at all levels. The selection of the correct integration hardware, and development of the Smart XML service has created the ability for Smart Buildings to integrate with just about any device.

Networking

EnOcean & Zigbee

With the ever-moving world of wireless networks emerging as part of the IoT, Smart have embraced the global standards wireless network solutions developed by EnOcean (No Wires No Batteries energy harvesting self-powered solution and the powered Zigbee (Self Forming - Self Healing) mesh technology wireless network.

Wi-Fi

We also support standard Wi-Fi services and can route our services directly onto the universal standard Wi-Fi networks in and around any building or service.

Wired

Along with supporting the global wireless standards, we can alsoutilise conventional wired networks - supporting all the standards from IT services through to BMS and PLC Networks. We can integrate all devices into the common Smart-VUE service.

Alerts & Alarms

Taking the notification of out of normal conditions to a new level we can track the performance of your building and deliver this to anyone, at any time, anywhere in the world.

Our powerful analytics app which is linked into World-VUE can follow the sun for Smart management of the conditions. Not only can we monitor and manage the incoming notification we can track an engineer’s location, skill set and availability to resolve the problem first time every time.

Smart Buildings - Wirless

Smart Products

Smart Buildings produce several hardware products to enhance the core values of your business. We will develop products specifically for a project, client or niche within the market along with key products, to provide a competitive advantage to our clients. We can also develop products to provide market leading and innovative solutions for new development applications.

Batteryless

Wireless

Products

Batteryless

Our unique EnOcean technologies harvest energy from their surroundings or by natural & mechanical means. Simple self-powering solutions such as solar can generate enough energy to power devices such as temperature, humidity and CO2sensors. Thesetechnologies have been around for years powering such things as desk top calculators but EnOcean has found enhanced ways to harvest this type of energy and use it for smart connectivity.

Other forms of power used by the EnOcean.

Motion- a simple movement of a light switch rocker is enough to generate and broadcast the wireless data packet.

Thermo - a surface to air temperature differential generates the energy

Inductive where energy flowing through a device can be transformed into energy.

Wireless

Wireless products are manufactured in 3 forms within Smart Buildings, WiFi products provide the ability to integrate directly with the worldwide standard WiFi networks and enhance the ability to add devices seamlessly onto the IOT.

Zigbee products are powered devices that network around buildings and now dwellings (Via the Smart Meter roll out) and these use mesh technology to provide a secure and reliable self-forming self-healing robust network. These types of network are strong solutions where a good power source is available and can also be powered by batteries with long life expectancy.

Coming soon

Smart Buildings - World-VUE

World-VUE empowers the user.

Manage your building portfolio from anywhere. Our Smart Management feature operates directly from the cloud and ensures first time every time management of your billing.

World-VUE

Smart Alarms

Smart Engineers

World-VUE

This is a unique app with rich features, it tracks your buildings performance and manages field engineers in real-time. The app allows the user to interact directly with their portfolio, and the management screen displays all active alarms on sign in. The buildings are zoned and clustered to provide simple drill down connectivity to each site no matter where in the world the building is located. Three clicks and you're connected. The side bar provides information for the active alarms and type, and the legend details the site type.

Smart Alarms

Alarms are managed in the cloud in real time; with the ability to automate or manually intervene at any time in the process. Hovering over the alarm icon provides a snap shot overview and detail of the active alarm. This then provides the option to display details of drive into the dash for the indepth detail.

  • Click immediate action detail
  • Automated response option
  • Actions required
  • Option to display further detail

Smart Engineers

With the Smart Engineer database, the app recognises the engineer’s skill set, location & active job time to ensure the correct engineer is assigned. The engineer management feature provides the detail of the engineer's location. The engineers are graded to ensure the correct skill set is assigned to the problem to ensure first time every time solution is provided. The engineer can be deployed directly from this service or managed under a controlled allocation. The side bar key indicates the engineering skill set detail.

Smart Buildings - Smart XML

Integration to the Enterprise

Integration at the enterprise is a service that allows Smart devices to push data directly onto your network infrastructure. Working closely with your IT team we can develop a service that suits your requirements, decreases your costs and increases your security on the platform.

To run the service that will support your portfolio we build a Smart cloud to host the data and this provides the software as a service application. The cloud we build can reside anywhere in the world and can be hosted by any data service.

The integration runs from a "N" device through to the enterprise, delivering your buildings ready for the Internet of Things (IoT). Protocol normalisation is a key element in delivering this solution.

Protocol Normalisation

Enterprise Service

Smart Funnel

Protocol Normalisation

The biggest obstacle to overcome has always been integrating closed protocols via gateways or, service devices from field device hardware with IT infrastructureand getting the new, so-called open protocol, accepted by IT.. When devices have been accepted, they incur expensive costs, licenses and specialist engineering resource to administer the service. Smart have developed a tool set that communicates with all device types and vendor hardware on a simple XML service. This allows the existing hardware to continue operating as normal but inputs a Smart layer between the building services protocols and the IT enterprise.

Enterprise Service

This service provides the client with the ultimate in flexibility for gathering, storing, managing & manipulating your data. Clients can place their cloud within their own data service and/or utilise the Smart cloud externally which is managed by Smart Buildings.

Alternatively, clients can choose a selection of the above - for example, the cloud can reside within your own service and be backed up on the smart service or the reverse. This builds the resilience most clients are looking for to satisfy the security needs of a data service.

Our Smart IT experts will provide you with assurance and support to understand and implement this service on your intranet.

Smart Funnel

This is where all protocols are normalised into simple XML format. Our Smart techs have built and vigorously tested each product to ensure the communication is solid in both directions, before launching the hardware closed protocols into the open XML service.

The development team are constantly developing new connectivity to hardware regardless of the age, providing it has the ability to communicate, the language can be integrated and normalised.

With technologies and hardware developmentssuch as the Raspberry PI the strength of integration is growing at lightning speed and the service is rapidly becoming a low cost and plug and play application that will soon be making its way into the domestic market place.