A news round-up of stories in the FM sector
Service: Launch of smart building system to predict M&E equipment failure
Description: The IoT system removes the need for manual compliance checks and enables businesses to monitor energy efficiency and provides FMs with full remote insight into a building’s heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) equipment and offers an early warning of impending failure. Refrigerant leaks from HVACR equipment are expensive and, if left unchecked, a leak from a chiller can cost £5,000, rising to an additional £10,000 if there is a subsequent compressor failure.
Details: The smart IoT Refrigerant Pressure Monitoring sensors are battery-powered and fit on the service ports of any A/C or refrigeration system, connecting wirelessly to allow operators to monitor the system pressures remotely from any device. Saving food waste and preventing lost sales are also benefits, and smart systems can also support FM businesses to monitor and cut carbon output. Using the LoraWan network, the system communicates through basement and roof plant room slabs and walls and provides remote monitoring using a secure mobile network, enabling monitoring of key items, especially when a site isn’t manned. It can also enable those in multi-tenanted buildings to monitor their heating, cooling, electric and water consumption so they can validate their bills. This is achieved by retrofitting non-invasive ultrasonic heat meters to heating and cooling circuits including VRF systems.
Background: Other EnviroLogik sensors can manage multiple indoor air quality conditions, including CO, CO2, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and PM2.5 and allows data on room temperatures to be shared with occupants. The smart building system enables service teams to remotely diagnose failing systems and respond more quickly, allowing them to potentially fix problems before occupants are affected, minimising disruption and complaints; as well as prioritise jobs meaning they can send the right technician with the right parts, meaning less time on site.
Partnership: Buckinghamshire Council
Announcement: Yotta’s Alloy system will be deployed to manage the council‘s highways services. The company will be implementing its Alloy connected asset management software.
Description: The contract, initially for two years, was won following a procurement process conducted through the UK Government’s G-Cloud 12 framework agreement. It is worth more than £600,000 for the 24-month period plus two optional extension periods of up to 12 months each.
Details: Yotta is dedicated to applying technology to the advancement of infrastructure asset management and environmental services. Its purpose is to empower those with asset and data-rich environments to make more informed decisions about the way their infrastructure assets and environmental services are managed.
Background: Leamington Spa-based Yotta has an international network of partners, supports at least 200 public and private customers and its software is used to manage more than 35 million assets. For more information visit www.weareyotta.com
Announcement: Food service provider Sodexo and wildlife charity WWF-UK have developed Plant+ by Finer Diner for children and young adults to understand how diet changes can help the planet in combating greenhouse gas emissions.
Description: Dishes on the Plant+ menu are based on popular traditional meat-based meals and include vegan burgers and veggie lentil sausage rolls.
Details: Plant+ has initially been launched at 16 schools including Sodexo and Alliance in Partnership-operated state secondary schools and independent schools. Each school has a teacher and student ambassador to help the catering teams raise awareness of the new sustainable plant-based meals in class and at mealtimes.