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Smart Building Revolution: A Case Study on Electra Smart Facilities

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 Smart Building Revolution: A Case Study on Electra Smart Facilities - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Functional Applications - Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS)
  • Sensors - Utility Meters
Applicable Industries
  • Buildings
  • Electrical Grids
Applicable Functions
  • Facility Management
  • Maintenance
Use Cases
  • Inventory Management
  • Smart Parking
Services
  • Cloud Planning, Design & Implementation Services
  • System Integration
The Challenge
Electra group of companies, a developer of high-rise commercial towers, recently completed the construction of five new towers. These towers are equipped with IoT devices, smart power and water management systems, smart lighting, smart cleaning systems, controllable machines and sensors, security and safety systems, parking and gate systems. The challenge was to find a cloud-based, smart facility management system that could integrate, control, and monitor all these towers remotely from their main HQ. The system needed to be flexible and generic for all types of systems installed and should have customizable integration workflows and rules for automating all subsystems’ control and operations. Additionally, the solution should incorporate a mobile application for all facility management staff to receive technical alarms and faults, as well as control smart elements directly from the phone. The solution should also have a visitor management system built-in and assist in cutting down facility management costs, time of response to faults, and reduce utility charges.
The Customer
About The Customer
The customer in this case study is the Electra group of companies. They are a developer of high-rise commercial towers intended for high-end customers. They have recently completed the construction of five new towers, all of which are installed with IoT devices, smart power and water management, smart lighting, smart cleaning systems, controllable machines and sensors, security and safety systems, parking and gate systems. The company needed a solution that could integrate, control, and monitor all their towers remotely from their main HQ, while also offering advanced high-level services for the tower’s residents and offices.
The Solution
The solution was the Octopus Smart Campus System, a cloud-hosted solution that can run locally at each facility but can also be managed from the top hierarchy site of the company’s HQ. It is an open architecture API server that can seamlessly integrate with any IoT device, controllable systems, and SCADA, and is vendor agnostic. The system has an advanced integrations rule engine for easily defining rules, correlations, workflows, and automatic actions and schedules. It also has advanced incident and fault management with response procedures for facility management to deal with every scenario. The system includes a dynamic 3-D plan of the facility outside and inside with sensors location and control in 3-D. The Octopus system also includes a visitor management system for inviting and registering all visitors and suppliers and issuing them a badge, a smart parking management system, and a mobile application platform for connecting all the staff of each facility to the system.
Operational Impact
  • The implementation of the Octopus Smart Campus System resulted in a cloud-based generic platform that fits all their new facilities. All five new towers are now managed remotely from their HQ. The company has communication means with all staff via a mobile app, and incidents and faults are pushed directly into the phone of the responsible staff member. The parking management system assists in better utilization and optimization of parking spaces. The company management now has better insight into all consolidated facilities’ system status, performance, SLA, and utility usage.
Quantitative Benefit
  • System integration and automation allows company to save on utility costs and reduce costs by 20%
  • Improved response time to incidents and faults by 25%
  • System saves over $150k a year in operational staff costs

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