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Multi-tenant landlords use IoT solutions in building management

Talkpool Article, July 1st, 2019

Real estate companies are using IoT solutions in their building management. The solutions include among others sub-metering and energy optimisation in buildings.

The benefits of IoT solutions in Building Management are eminent. IoT solutions enable a wide range of opportunities for real estate owners, ranging from building damage prevention, to services for tenants, such as indoor climate control and accurate consumption-based invoicing, while increasing the energy efficiency of the building and thereby its environmental performance. What’s new? The latest solutions allow this to be done at an increasingly sharp price point, making new use cases viable. Deployment and solution management is made easy, creating a very low entrance barrier for anyone to get started.

Talkpool is one of the first companies to have developed leading sensor device that enable these IoT solutions for building management. Several years ago already, the company released its temperature and humidity sensor, which has been used by companies all over Europe, for example Homeys in France.

“Using OY1100 technology is for us the guarantee of getting reliable data after a fast implementation, which allows us to provide our clients with detailed analysis on their buildings’ energy performance. Now, we’re testing Talkpool’s new version of the sensor device, the OY1110. We’re looking forward to using this device in our future projects.”

Henri de Noblens, CEO at Homeys.

The new generation device, the OY1110 LoRaWAN Temperature and humidity sensor, has recently been approved by Objenious on its network in France, making it accessible to all its customers.

“The firmware stack on our devices is completely LoRaWAN compatible. Sometimes network providers have additional firmware requirements or require compatibility tests, in which case on request of our customers we let our sensors get tested, to ensure smooth deployments all over the world. We are happy to have passed the tests by Objenious and look forward to future deployments on the various LoRaWAN networks in France, as well as elsewhere worldwide.”.

Stefan Lindgren, CTO at Talkpool

DS Energy in Denmark is one such company using the new generation of Talkpool’s sensor solutions to help real estate owners to optimize their building management.

“An exemplary case is where we installed sensors for a landlord, spread over 7 buildings of about 6 to 7 floors each. We measure a range of different things, from the consumption of energy, to the water consumption and heating. This allows the landlord to maintain a certain level of service quality to the tenants, by for example making sure there are no leaking toilets, all the ventilation and heating works the way it should, but also to ensure that no tenants are misusing the heating and to prevent building damages in the long run. At the end of the month, the landlord can split the costs of utilities with the individual tenants, accurately based upon their actual consumption.

Jarl Gorridsen, Managing Director at DS Energy.

“An exemplary case is where we installed sensors for a landlord, spread over 7 buildings of about 6 to 7 floors each. We measure a range of different things, from the consumption of energy, to the water consumption and heating. This allows the landlord to maintain a certain level of service quality to the tenants, by for example making sure there are no leaking toilets, all the ventilation and heating works the way it should, but also to ensure that no tenants are misusing the heating and to prevent building damages in the long run. At the end of the month, the landlord can split the costs of utilities with the individual tenants, accurately based upon their actual consumption.

In our view, LoRaWAN solutions are excellent for landlords with multi-tenant buildings. The costs are very low and it is easy to densify the network. In the above scenario for example, the 7 buildings were covered with only 2 micro gateways. Alternatively, you can cover a much larger area with a single outdoor gateway, at the point this is more economical. Either way, the network costs are very low, while the results are very beneficial to both the landlords and the tenants.”

Jarl Gorridsen, Managing Director at DS Energy.

DS Energy is specialized in energy savings and works with Talkpool’s technology to realize energy savings for real estate, like the above, but also for industrial companies.

Talkpool has developed a strong portfolio for LoRaWAN based real estate management solutions and works both with end-customers as well as with solution integrators, to deploy these solutions worldwide. Low power wide area solutions, like LoRaWAN, have a good potential in building management, as they are well-fit for these applications.

“LoRaWAN offers a strong value proposition to the utilities with the flexibility to deploy and/or leverage private and public networks in a cost-efficient manner, along with interoperability at the network and device levels.”

LoRa Alliance whitepaper on utilities

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With special thanks to:

Homeys – website: homeys.io – Twitter @homeysio

DS Energy – website: dsenergy.dk – contact: Jarl Gorridsen, mail: jg@dsenergy.dk or +45 53 61 46 61

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