Together with ISS Poland, we’ve delved into the topics of IoT temperature monitoring powered by iot technology for sensitive areas within commercial buildings. ISS is renowned for its innovative solutions across various industries, always striving to enhance client experiences. Their extensive experience in fulfilling the needs of diverse clients has provided us with valuable insights of real-life cases where specific smart building solutions are needed to cover workplace safety needs and efficient equipment monitoring. Our analysis has made it clear that combining our iot solution knowledge with ISS’s building management understanding is vital to inspire various sectors to embrace iot solutions in their cases.
Filip Janicki, IT Director for Poland and the Baltics at ISS Poland, shares how their company leverages IoT solutions to extract invaluable data from their services. “ISS delivers specialized technical services in the offices, industry and technology segments. We use IoT solutions to obtain insights from our services through monitoring utilities and controlling critical environments, e.g., server rooms, busbars, or electrical distribution boards”, – comments Filip Janicki.
While the manufacturing and construction industries routinely deploy iot sensors to monitor physical environments and equipment performance, thereby identifying potential machine malfunctions and unsafe conditions, there exist untapped opportunities for commercial building owners and administrators to elevate building and employee safety. “It is impressive to see companies like ISS Poland integrating IoT solutions to enhance safety and offer intelligent smart building solutions to their clients. Both parties benefit from streamlined business processes, cost savings, and overall assurance in embracing this technological solution,” comments Igor Poliscuk, CEO at Mainlink.”
Monitoring Temperature Sensitive Environments
Numerous sensors are available to monitor various parameters within a commercial building, including air quality, climate control, smoke detection, heat actuators, smart lighting, ventilation, and more. However, in areas housing specific equipment, such as electrical boards, server rooms, or other temperature sensitive items, continuous temperature monitoring is essential. In certain cases, temperatures must be strictly maintained to prevent drops, while in others, they need careful regulation to avoid excessive increases. This is especially crucial in server rooms, where valuable equipment and data are at risk of damage.
In these scenarios, IoT technology assumes a pivotal role by providing essential sensors that promptly transmit notifications of temperature fluctuations, enabling immediate response. As Filip Janicki emphasizes, “The usual reason for thinking of safety measures more consciously is the risk of some kind of danger or unfortunate event at client facilities – overheating or smoke in a server room, fire in a distribution board or burning busbars. IoT supports risk identification in these cases, before an unfortunate event can ever even occur. Additionally, historic data may help determine from where the root problem may arise and be the basis for suggesting precautionary measures, e.g., installation redesign.”
Iot cloud platform is a critical component of temperature monitoring solutions as it can greatly facilitate the work of building administrators. It presents gathered data in easily understandable graphics, diagrams, export files, and provides instant alert notifications, enabling swift responses to temperature changes in monitored areas.
Example of Temperature & Humidity Monitoring Report in Data Management Platform Mainhive.
ISS Poland Temperature Monitoring Solution Ready for Implementation
Effective temperature monitoring in temperature-sensitive rooms serves as a critical safeguard for building owners and administrators. It not only ensures uninterrupted equipment operation, preventing costly shutdowns due to overheating, but also safeguards against data loss and corruption. Moreover, it leads to cost savings by reducing energy consumption and avoiding expensive repairs or equipment replacements caused by overheating.
“Currently, we are working on the implementation of a temperature and humidity monitoring system for electrical distribution boards at one of the sites we are present at. The idea is to have a few hundred sensors measure the temperature and humidity levels across a number of distribution boards, preventing the risk of overheating, fire or any damages to the local infrastructure. Additionally, the sensor readings are going to be supplemented by a dedicated command centre providing supportive information to the technical services team on site and overseeing the installation”, – shares Filip Janicki. As he explains, this solution was born out of an incident faced by one of their clients: “In the midst of a busy industrial operation, one of our clients faced a serious problem: a distribution board fire. It was a stark reminder that accidents can happen anytime, anywhere, and proactive measures were urgently needed”, – adds Filip.
Mainlink’s iot cloud platform Mainhive proves well for temperature monitoring use-cases. Our smart building solution is well-equipped to address such cases as it involves assessing the network infrastructure, integrating with existing hardware, or providing new hardware, along with a data management platform for data analysis, reporting, and instant alert notifications. Each case has its unique variations that should be analysed by professionals.
IoT Trends in Building Safety – Insights from ISS and Mainlink Experts
In conclusion, our exploration into temperature monitoring solutions for sensitive areas within commercial buildings, powered by iot technology, has exposed the power of this technology in enhancing safety, operational efficiency, and client experiences.
As earlier revealed, iot sensors can prevent overheating, equipment damage, and data loss while reducing energy consumption and costly repairs for commercial building owners. These benefits could extend to various sectors, offering unprecedented safety measures and cost-effective solutions.
“I believe facilities, or the modern workplace in general, cannot evolve without smart technologies. There are significantly more wireless technologies connecting to BMS or simply providing information and predicting damage before it ever happens. When considering the Polish market, we already have many professional solutions aiming at providing safety for building owners. I find it encouraging that a growing number of them realize that IoT is the solution that can help them run their facilities efficiently, and they agree to install and test various solutions across their facilities”, says Filip Janicki.
As the landscape of iot solutions for building safety evolves, continuous technological advancements are anticipated. “As we look ahead, we see countless opportunities for IoT technology to continue enhancing building safety. Emerging trends, such as increased reliance on AI for predictive maintenance, enhanced data analytics, and the integration of IoT into broader smart building ecosystems, are shaping the future. The increasing demand for sustainable and energy-efficient solutions is also a driving force”, – concludes head of Mainlink, Igor Poliscuk.
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