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|Improving the Occupant
Patrick Coffey, CTO
As Smart Building
owners and operators seek to enhance user experiences and provide
better data transparency, solution providers and equipment vendors are
having to go beyond their traditional solutions and deliver more to
their clients. Amongst this buzz of IoT solutions, overcoming general adoption barriers and choosing the right
technology to meet current and future demands is difficult. For VRT,
one clear standout for IoT in buildings is Haystack.
Haystack has clear and numerous benefits in Smart Buildings for data
analytics, I'll demonstrate how it's interoperability, and semantic
model capabilities helped us quickly build a solution where building
occupants have a window to their data in real time and in an easy to
the building operational data available to occupants can have positive
economic and social benefits, for example:
Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) also recognises these
benefits, and awards Green Star points for residential building
developers that provide utility data to occupants in real-time.
However, there is a technical gap between the operational data produced by the many different systems that permeate buildings, to make this data freely available to occupants. With this gap there are two key challenges:
2016, we initially faced these challenges for a customer in Sydney, and
we built a web application (TenantView) that sits on top of our
existing Haystack server (WideSky), which provides building occupants online
access to their data in real-time on their own devices (smart phones
and tablets) in a secure manner.
How we solved it with Haystack
1: Integrate the data to a Haystack server and host online
2: Model the data in Haystack
3: Build a web app that uses the Haystack API
having success in both commercial and residential applications, the
'built on haystack' architecture allows VRT to constantly offer
TenantView as a value-add for projects that already have Haystack as
part of the solution. One of our notable applications is the Barangaroo
South project, which is a $6B redevelopment by LendLease and Sydney’s
largest urban renewal project since the 2000 Olympics. Our WideSky solution
provided metering and monitoring systems for utility services in
Barangaroo's first residential buildings, and TenantView helped them
gain Green Star points from GBCA for the construction project.
LendLease eventually reached a six Green Star rating for both buildings.
Since 2016, we have employed the same techniques to deliver TenantView in other market segments, e.g., for a complete commercial building, the Floth Head Office in Brisbane (viewable live through the VRT Living Lab online demo site), and for a large commercial tensix6 Green Star ratings.
world never stands still. The first version of TenantView was
delivered prior to the introduction of GDPR and related regulations. We
are now in the process of upgrading to support these as part of a
planned deployment covering thousands of new apartments in multiple
buildings across Australia. Haystack will help.
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