iTWire – Beyond Eyes deploys 20,000 IoT sensors to innovate smart building concept
Dutch construction service business Beyond Eyes has deployed over 20,000 LoRaWan-connected IoT sensors for construction company Heijmans’ clients in the Netherlands as part of their innovative smart building concept.
Beyond Eyes says it uses Clickey wireless sensors to collect anonymous data on a building’s utilisation, occupation, usage, and indoor environment. The sensors are connected through the private LoRaWAN Iot Network managed on Actility Thingpark Enterprise IoT platform where data is aggregated and then forwarded to Microsoft Azure IoT Hub using ThingPark Enterprise Azure connector.
ThingPark Enterprise helps customers build network infrastructure by managing LoRaWAN gateways, add new LoRaWAN devices, monitor network operations, and control the flow of data to application servers.
In 2017, Heijmans, together with CSU Facility Management, initiated Beyond Eyes, a smart data-driven service which collects data in buildings, then combines that data with smart technology to achieve the business objectives of building owners and property managers.
Beyond Eyes Smart Building solutions leverage Clickey solutions and Actility IoT technology and expertise. Both provide a suite of plug-and-play sensors which can be easily integrated into existing building-management systems such as desk occupation, room occupancy, people counters, energy, comfort, and environmental sensors.
Each of these sensors, which can be mounted under desks, walls, and ceilings, have a unique ID number, and are wirelessly connected to a software system, using the LoRaWAN network.
The collected anonymous data is then sent to the Cloud where it can be analysed and visualised via an online platform. Clients gain access and insights from their data through a variety of front-end applications.
The sensors constantly measure space occupation, traffic to and from the building, comfort, and air quality (temperature, CO2 levels, light intensity, humidity, noise level), which are important to office spaces.
Information from various building environments and locations is sent to Actility’s LoRaWAN network server, where it comes together on the Microsoft Azure platform in the cloud.
This is where data security and management occur, after which the aggregated data is made accessible on a dedicated application.
Actility enables industrial grade integration between ThingPark Enterprise LoRaWAN networks and Azure IoT as well as IoT Central.
Beyond Eyes infrastructure is developed on Azure. The IoT hub ingests data which is then processed in Azure Digital Twins v2 (Beyond Eyes also participated in the private preview of ADTV1). Dynamics 365 is used as an implementation tool and to record the building structure.
Beyond Eyes Smart Building solutions provide insight into the performance of a building, which ultimately leads to process, staffing and building improvements to enable cost savings.
The solution is suitable for offices, museums, universities, hospitals, stadiums, and other organisations.
Beyond Eyes Smart Building solutions provides benefits to four end-users:
Employees: Employees are provided with immediate insight into workplace availability and occupancy rates in particular departments. Upon arrival, employees can quickly see what spaces are open to them. They can also reserve workplaces or spaces, make notifications, book transport, and register visitors.
Cleaners: Cleaners receive precise real-time information about which areas need immediate attention (toilets, desks, conference room) and can modify their duties, planning, and routes accordingly. Cleaners can also submit specific notifications through the app, in order to speed maintenance or repairs.