THE PANDEMIC IS CHANGING BUILDING MANAGEMENT
Before the pandemic, smart building initiatives were leading to more sustainable buildings. However, these efforts often resulted in a patch work of disparate systems with increased complexity and maintenance issues. Then, the pandemic emptied office buildings leaving idle assets. Many buildings were not prepared for such a drastic drop and struggled to manage their buildings.
During the pandemic, building energy consumption did not drop proportionately to the drop in occupancy. Building occupancy dropped to 20% while building energy consumption only dropped to 60%. Building management often lacked remote monitoring and control capabilities. Furthermore, the lack of real time occupancy and energy data made it challenging to reduce energy consumption relative to building use.
The pandemic disrupted lives and people felt isolated. As the world recovers from the pandemic, people are anxious to return to work. There is a wide array of new safety protocols and mandates on occupancy levels. Companies want to bring their employees back safely. There is a great need for cost effective strategies to deliver a safe environment as well as improved space utilization.
In summary, below are some issues that companies experienced during the pandemic:
- Limited real time data for building management
- Limited remote-control capabilities
- Limited building occupancy information
- Inability to understand where energy is being consumed within a building
Titanium delivers hyperaware smart buildings which are more productive and environmentally friendly for the occupants and more economically prudent to run. McKinsey estimates that monitoring and optimizing human activity through smart workspaces can:
- Increase productivity by 5%
- Energy monitoring can reduce costs by 20%
- Intelligent building security should yield a 20-50% reduction in labor costs
Occupancy monitoring is a smart and economical solution to mitigate potential overcrowding issues and to meet requirements for new safety protocols. Titanium offers many benefits:
- Easy installation with energy harvesting sensors
- If using Aruba Wi-Fi 5 or Wi-Fi 6 access points with AOS 8.7, reduce costs by eliminating the need to set up a separate network
- Meet new safety protocols by monitoring room crowdedness and seat occupancy
- Use Heat Maps for color visualizations of occupancy
- Occupancy data shown on the Heat Map for precision
- Intelligent space management using occupancy data
- Easily expand platform functions for comprehensive space management to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for employees
In the post pandemic world, Titanium is the ideal platform for essential occupancy monitoring:
- Monitor multiple buildings in multiple locations
- Eliminates network complexity reducing costs
- Delivers real time data to manage buildings for safety and cost savings
- Provides remote control from anywhere using an internet enabled smart device
- Real time occupancy data for smarter decisions to manage building occupancy
- Monitor where energy is being consumed throughout the building for cost savings
People are concerned about being in crowded rooms. Furthermore, there are new safety protocols for safe and healthy buildings and new government guidelines on occupancy limits. Companies need occupancy monitoring to meet these new demands.
- The Titanium platform generates rich data for intelligent enterprise space management
- Titanium is the ideal platform for monitoring room occupancy monitoring
- The Titanium platform can intelligently provide real time information on room crowdedness
- Alerts can be sent when areas are getting crowded.
Titanium utilizes accelerometers to detect activity at desks. PIR models are also available. These small, non-intrusive, sensors show seat occupancy in real-time. Data collected from these sensors can be used to show an objective and detailed history of overall occupancy and usage of all desks.
A heat map is a visualization technique to show the magnitude of a phenomenon. It is a graphical representation of data where values are depicted by color. Heat Maps make it easy to visualize complex data and understand at a glance. Furthermore, the time-period can be quickly adjusted to show changes in occupancy over different periods of time.
- The Heat Map is continually updated showing live activity as it happens
- The Heat Map can be paused to look at the visualization at any given point in time
- The Heat Map is visualized through different colors and actual counts
- The count data can be easily downloaded for various analyses
- The Heat Map can be viewed for any room in any building
Please see below for an example of a Titanium Heat Map:
For comprehensive and more intelligent enterprise space management, Titanium provides a wealth of solutions in one single, universal platform:
CO2 is the best indicator of fresh air in a building. Poor ventilation can increase the risk of the spread of viruses including COVID-19. If CO2 gets too high, steps should be taken to increase outside air in the building.
High humidity can increase the spread of viruses and promote mold growth.
Open or closed status of a door or window is an indicator of air freshness in the room
Water damage can lead to mold growth that can contribute to adverse health effects.
Monitoring energy consumption can show areas of high energy consumption where occupancy level is low
Volatile organic compounds can be primary contributors to poor indoor air quality.
Highly accurate people counters can be installed to count the number of people in a room or building. Sophisticated tools are available that can show traffic flow and various shopper and queue analytics.
The single most important feature of the Titanium platform is its multi-location, multi-region capability. Typically, one network monitors an entire building. For multiple networks or multiple buildings, the status of occupancy monitoring can be viewed in the same user interface. With Titanium, this coverage can include hundreds of buildings across many regions.
In addition to occupancy monitoring, Titanium delivers a wide range of intelligent solutions for managing buildings to provide savings and peace of mind. As an extensible platform, many other functions and capabilities can be cost effectively added providing an extraordinary economic benefit when using the Titanium platform.
Titanium is a sustainable platform that does not require control panels, hubs, bridges, local servers, extenders, or other types of network hardware equipment. Titanium reduces e-waste.
Titanium is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Internet of Things (IoT) platform providing powerful and intelligent solutions to help our customers. Titanium SaaS delivers a scalable platform that is available anywhere from any internet enabled device.
- Lower costs
- Simplified complex analytics
- Easier deployment and maintenance
- Perpetual innovation into the 4th Industrial Revolution
Titanium is not a dashboard. Titanium SaaS provides a user interface which is a sophisticated access tool for interaction and communication across the platform.
The Titanium user interface is an enterprise platform for: monitoring, controlling, visual graphics, obtaining data, communication, and analysis. Titanium’s well thought out design principles delivers a user interface that is consistent in function, terminology, and appearance resulting in a user interface that is intuitive, friendly, and easy to use.
The following provides some highlights of the Titanium user interface.
The Sensor Data Section has a line chart for each type of data. This section shows graphs and data for all data gathering devices connected to the platform. The user does not need to access different platforms for different types of data.
The line charts do not require any user set-up. As soon as the commissioning is completed (which typically takes only a few minutes), the user interface automatically creates a line chart and data starts flowing real time.
The line chart for people activity counting shows real time people activity for each sensor. The time-period on the line chart can be dynamically adjusted. Data can be easily downloaded for analysis. By hovering the cursor over a line in the graph, a pop-up box will appear and show the name and ID of the sensor and current, maximum, minimum, and average count of activities for the selected time period.