The interconnectivity of IoT has brought around a more seamless integration between systems in a building or factory. Sensors have been used in process control and automation for years but IoT sensors now bring additional savings in maintenance and operations with the data generated and used across multiple systems. Now, smart HVAC systems are growing in popularity across sectors. The new smart systems not only increases comfort and convenience but also saves costs in the long run. They will soon be the new norm and once you adopt them there’s no option to go back!
Taking Monitoring, Diagnosis and Analytics to new levels
The data generated and collected over the building’s systems is used by the IoT system to be communicated and analysed to improve operations. The info is useful for maintenance, automation and planning, with optimisation of the HVAC system as the purpose. The increasing role of IoT within the commercial, residential or factory buildings, drives the industry towards more advanced tools and cost effective management for owners and managers, to achieve better efficiency and energy levels. In the HVAC sector, IoT is used in tracking airflow, weather conditions, temperature, vibration, pollutants, number of occupants and more, to track parameters for monitoring key indicators and for remote analysis. The smart system improves metering, optimises feedback and preventive maintenance.
Integrated HVAC systems work effectively
Integrated HVAC systems benefit from occupancy sensors as cross system improvement get benefited by keeping lights or equipment off when nobody is using them or around them. It saves power and improves efficiency. The same sensors by adjusting airflow, can improve IAQ, serving double duty.
Another example is how sensors adjust external shades of a building, responding to outdoor environment. These adjustments can reduce solar gain by nearly 50 per cent, significantly reducing load for interior cooling, sometimes done by sensors that may not be part of the HVAC system but integrated through IoT. IoT can work with or in addition to many existing permanent systems without implementing a dedicated Smart HVAC solution. Equipment upgrades can be planned to include IoT devices/sensors that managers can take advantage of.
Data security being an essential part of a Smart HVAC system, managers and owners need to consider it like any other smart system working on IoT software. They should consider applying cyber security measures for the IoT data stream, like encryption, network and physical security for the building or factory. Smart HVAC coupled with IoT can handle the challenges in the future, with improvement in data quality and quantity. This system can improve the profitability of a building or factory significantly. Smart HVAC with innovative ways to collect data and analyse them will progress to meet new benchmarks in comfort, maintenance and IAQ.
Trinetra tSense foresees the demand for IoT related applications in HVAC. Predictive maintenance offers great potential as it supports backward compatibility and integration, opening the opportunity known as IoT retrofitting. It’s proof that we are surely moving towards Industry 4.0. Perceptibly, IIoT technology will open up new opportunities via novel revenue streams and help to boost up growth and development.
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