The Internet of Things (IOT) presents new opportunities, but many businesses are still looking to understand and analyse how it will impact and integrate with their existing IT structure and management strategies. SPICA Technologies was created to bridge this gap. Our company of experts work in partnership with our clients to ensure that they are able to navigate and maximise the benefits that connected devices are able to bring - both to the bottom line and to a wide range of operational practices. IOT in Facilities Management specifically offers huge transformational opportunities to improve upon traditional processes, offering more cost-effective solutions and better customer satisfaction.
The majority of both Soft and Hard FM contracts are typically underpinned by the delivery of manually intensive, low margin tasks, with little scope for competitive differentiation in what is an increasingly crowded marketplace. Automation via BMS systems helps improve the picture somewhat, but tend to be very expensive, bespoke/difficult to integrate, traditionally only monitor core systems (HVAC/Lighting/Metering), and offer in-flight control rather than long-term analysis. The provision of low cost, retrofit IOT solutions can provide huge improvements around building efficiency, customer service and contract yield; ultimately helping increase contract retention and winning new customers.
SPICA provide a range of sensor devices (e.g. temperature, humidity, noise, presence, CO2, energy usage) and a private cloud instance of the devicepoint™ platform, configured for each specific use case. The sensors take data readings and send over (4G/SIGFOX) network into the devicepoint™ cloud platform; which in turn provides a presentation, analytics and reporting layer for the client to access via a browser/mobile device. Integration into other enterprise applications such as CAFM/BMS/Room booking systems is also available – for example, to automatically trigger a cleaning work schedule based on room usage. Data is stored indefinitely within devicepoint™. The client can also have access to additional mobile phone applications, e.g. for employees to access additional services such as desk availability. The dashboard could also be displayed in the buildings lobby.
- Remote Legionella Monitoring
- Remote Workspace Monitoring
- Smart Cleaning
• More effective asset management
• Operational efficiencies from better building usage
• Environmental efficiencies including less consumption of energy
• Procurement efficiencies ultimately leading to greater return on investment.
• Compliance adherence – fully auditable evidence-based data sets
• Improved customer opinion through instant rectification
• Providing a bespoke service to clients based on actual building usage not planned preventative measures
• Collecting data for Business Improvement projects that can guide estimating for future bids
• Demonstrate innovation and thought leadership to clients
SPICA’s devicepoint™ framework provides a set of composable IOT cloud services, underpinned by best-of-breed IBM Middleware, that are agnostic of the type of physical device, network transport layer, or legacy applications to be integrated with. The behaviour and capabilities of the IOT cloud services remain the same, and can be rapidly configured to deliver any number of IOT solutions.