• By Forest Rock
  • Published: Jul 10, 2019
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The complexities of making buildings smart and the role of the Master Systems Integrator (MSI)

Buildings are complex and the systems within them even more so.  From heating and cooling, pumps and extracts, fans and refrigeration… they are all working well for the building but in the most part, often programmed and running in silos which can have negative impacts on building running costs as well as the internal environment and carbon footprint. Coupled with this, visibility of how they are performing and when, is a complex matter

There is, now more than ever, a need to make buildings smart and that means making the systems and processes within the buildings work in harmony as well as bringing the visibility of how and when they are performing to the fore.

Buildings can be smarter when they work in harmony…But how?

Once all devices are communicating in harmony and not working in silos, and there is interoperability within the building, site or estate, the next is the need for visibility.

Digital Platforms from Forest Rock allow for this.

Our Digital Platform does just that, we take data from millions of sources from SCADA to CADFM, HVAC to BMS, renewables to security systems and IT networks to weather feeds.  The systems are seamlessly linked together to allow for interoperability and to eradicate processes being conducted in silos.

Interoperability of connected systems linked with cloud-based software and an integral analytical framework provides the backbone for our Digital Platform which provides visibility of building and system operations to make informed decisions to change the way our client’s buildings operate and use energy; providing a more granular level of control.

Technology and the data driven actionable insights is undoubtedly a key driver to energy and business process and operational efficiency. Intelligence from data and creating interoperability of building systems ensures peak performance in business operations.  A truly connected building sees improvements in equipment performance, process management, asset management and facilities maintenance.

Efficiency and an ability to control equipment performance, utilities consumption and drive process improvement from buildings.

A single digital platform that delivers endless benefits including:

  • Streamlined processes, interoperable systems, improved equipment operation and performance.
  • Managed wellbeing and customer comfort, reduced energy consumption and carbon emissions
  • Fault detection and prediction, safety, security and asset management
  • Critical infrastructure management, cyber security and reliable power

Case study

We have worked in partnership with a top-six utilities company to deliver a suite of IOT solutions for their client, one of the UK’s largest hotel groups.

The deployed devices will deliver energy and operational efficiency savings for the hotel group through the effective and central management of the group’s individual air conditioning systems.

Each hotel has approximately 100 air conditioning units throughout each of the 100+ hotels.  The efficient and centralised operations of these air conditioning systems is imperative to reduce the hotel group’s carbon footprint and aid in its drive for operational and energy efficiency.

We installed our Procon Melco Jace 8000 which is an interface device that works with the Mitsubishi Air Conditioning Systems providing connectivity to M-NET centralised controllers.

A single Melco Jace, or multiple units, dependent upon hotel size, will be installed in each of the hotel chains sites. The Melco Jace will provide the utilities company with a cost-effective option for connectivity and operation of the Mitsubishi air-conditioning units. This will allow for changes to temperature from a remote location and also remote monitoring from a single seat.

The hotel group has enjoyed significant key benefits since installation such as improved room monitoring, ability to change environmental conditions and enhanced graphical representation of the sites.

We work by bridging the gap between IT and engineering, providing IT-based management systems for buildings and infrastructure.

Forest Rock’s software solutions are used across a diverse range of applications such as Controls and Automation, Energy and Power Management, Smart Buildings, and Smart Grid.

We’re here to help. Call or email sales@forestrock.co.uk now to see how we can assist you on your journey to create a truly Smart and Integrated building.

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