Case Study: Onnec iQ

Future-Proofing the Building Operations for a Global Technology Customer

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background

As one of the world’s most successful companies and a leading advocate for innovation in sustainability, our customer needed to optimise the operational efficiency of their London headquarters building. 

The project aimed to enable data-driven decision-making by extracting building systems data for secure upload to their cloud platform. By making the data visible and available to our Fault Detection & Diagnostic dashboard (FDD), their operational teams would benefit from a customizable, rules-based decision engine that is independent of the underlying systems, all whilst still using traditional building systems protocols for the on-site communications between systems for interoperability between them.

our approach

The approach was to select devices that, where possible, could meet stricter cyber security requirements and use MQTT direct from the device, such as a lighting controller direct to the cloud platform. For systems where that was not possible, a product was selected to allow translation from the existing protocols to MQTT. All data was validated for structure before being accepted into the cloud platform using a new client-developed toolset. 

The FDD dashboard we configured served as a flexible tool to view current status, diagnostic and alarm information, as well as energy use along with location ID’s for individual equipment and systems. This was instrumental in giving insights into the building use, as well as providing information on systems online during commissioning.

The outcome? A flexible approach to view whole estates of information as well as an individual building.

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