Smart Buildings

Smart Buildings

What are Smart Buildings?

Smart building enablement is fast becoming the foundation for future commercial infrastructures. Clients are finding value in the ability to connect between building services for a resource efficient, sustainable building; creating a personalised experienced for the end user. To achieve this, Smart buildings ultimately require building services that fit seamlessly into the digital ecosystem – systems that are fully managed, supported and secured.

 

Why smart technology is useful

The data from a smart building can provide operational and site usage insights, allowing machine learning algorithms to be deployed to identify trends and patterns. This can include automatic identification of issues, or even the development of early warning systems for services. Resulting in smart buildings operating more effectively and facilitate the more efficient use of resources such as energy and space.

To enable this, products and solutions deployed in the field need to be functional with a standardised infrastructure to allow for building system conformity. This provides the ability to add in functionality and features in the future, to continue to provide rich data for the user experience throughout the lifecycle of the building.

 

How we implement smart technology

At Simmtronic, we know the fundamentals of a truly smart building start with a universal naming schema – a core tenet of smart has to be integration, and there is no integration without effective communication. Simmtronic provide extensive tools to allow clients to customise naming conventions to suit individual corporate or building specific needs.
With the naming convention established, lighting system assets can be easily onboarded into the smart building deployment, allowing the vast amounts of rich data to be delivered virtually in real time and easily understood with analytics applied to optimise building performance.

We believe any building can be a smart building; smart technology is not only for new sites, but old buildings too. Our lighting control products have been specifically designed for backward compatibility, to allow older buildings to become digitally enabled with minimal disruption.

Our systems and products are compatible with a variety of digital integrations. We’ve adopted Open Protocols like, BACnet & MQTT, to give the fullest picture of the lighting and controls in smart building deployment. We work with an ever-growing industry of Master Systems Integrators across the commercial building landscape, all of whom have used Simmtronic solutions to deliver rich data for the end user.

 

Our capabilities

  • Smart building integrations can be complex, but at Simmtronic, we’ve worked hard on developing seamless MSI integrations to make the process as easy as possible
  • We have an experienced team, dedicated to understanding and implementing your smart needs
  • Our software is event driven, meaning within milliseconds data is presented over MQTT to the client’s cloud or data lake. This reduces latency and also vastly reduces data publication volumes compared to polling-based systems, making MQTT a natural IOT protocol fit for smart buildings
  • Our edge devices generate rich data natively in MQTT format and communicate directly and securely with a broker. No need for protocol converters or for the MSI team to puzzle out how to extract and name the data that they require.
  • The typology of our systems, products and software have been designed from the very beginning with event data coding, which allows for older buildings to be easily upgraded for smart technology enablement
  • Our systems allow for connectivity all the way to the end user
  • Increased productivity by providing meaningful data, including changes in state published each and every time events occur, in near real time
  • Security of data – IoT Devices information is provided from Edge Processors, removing the need for direct cloud connections and maximising security
  • Our software for creating an asset register allows each product to be individually named according to a client’s naming convention. Following this, QR codes are added either directly on products or displayed on the headend screen to view data and asset information for each product
  • Lighting systems have vastly more assets than other building control systems. Simmtronic has extensive experience of buildings with tens of thousands of lighting assets, where automation is essential for cost-effective deployment of Smart Building technology. We provide software tools for importing, generating and exporting asset names.
  • Simmtronic can facilitate time saving measure such as providing QR codes on products holding all the asset information. To further improve efficiency, our QR codes can also be displayed on our viewers (software), allowing users to scan off the head end from the graphics, avoiding the need for a physical visit to the product to retrieve the same data
  • Edge Processing allows Clients to implement SMART buildings on-site, without the need for the internet if the site prefers
  • Edge Processing also allows a hybrid approach that utilises both cloud and on premises processing

Thank you Simmtronic, for your professional, fast and reactive support with the delivery of these projects.

Adam Scadding

EDDS Limited

Simmtronic have delivered a large number of technically challenging projects for DBS and consistently continued to provide outstanding service. Their support, guidance and help throughout the process has been exceptional, working closely with our design teams to ensure the right solution for the project and a sound understanding of the brief, with our delivery teams to ensure the installation and commissioning are trouble free and then providing fantastic after care to the customer. They have added true engineered value into the projects they have been involved in for Derry Building Services.

Geoff Caborn

Derry Building Services

Simmtronic have been a valued member of the DBS supply chain for over 10 years. Their pro-active and collaborative approach to lighting controls from the design stage, through to commissioning is highly valued by both our Design and Delivery Engineers.

Matt Hallam

Derry Building Services

Over the years I have really appreciated the Simmtronic ability to provide responsive support and listening to projects and clients needs. More recently the Simmtronic team has shown the capability to embrace the connectivity requirements of the Internet of Things by quickly adding MQTT to their range of integration protocols. This will greatly facilitate telemetry applications in buildings and the development of interconnected solutions that will make buildings more usable and easier to operate.

Francesco Anselmo

Arup

Landsec have consistently used Simmtronic Lighting Control Systems across our new London developments for over 15 years. Simmtronic understand our requirements and get involved at the very early stages of schemes, assisting consultants in achieving the optimum design solution, often taking the lead.  They always overcome the programme challenges they are faced with on site, delivering a quality, fully tested and operational solution, on time and to budget. Simmtronic undertake the maintenance and servicing across much of our London portfolio, they have a customer focused and flexible approach that suits the needs of our business and as well as our customers.

Mark Ponzini

LandSec

Simmtronic as an organisation has been, for the last 18 years, by far the best performing and most reliable lighting control system I use. From design through to commissioning and soft landings with the landlord teams Simmtronic always deliver on my projects. Simmtronic technology evolution is not just pushed through like others, but rather properly tested internally first, giving us as client teams the assurance that what Simmtronic say they can offer is 100% delivered, an absolute must with fast track major projects.

Alan Williamson

Multiplex

Simmtronic has constantly been available at an early stage to engage both with the designers and the Contracting team to assist with design solutions and to test options. This ultimately assists us in de-risking the project during the commissioning phase which usually defines when the project is completed. Simmtronic is seen as ‘industry standard’ and it is always encouraging to see them involved.

Jo Benson

Derwent London