Smart buildings are sometimes referred to as ‘automated buildings‘, ‘intelligent buildings‘ or buildings that incorporate smart technology. A smart building is any structure that uses automated processes to automatically control the building’s operations including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, and other systems. These buildings typically use sensors, actuators, and microprocessors, to collect and manage data according to a building’s functions and services.
The infrastructure in a smart building allows building owners, operators and facility managers to improve asset reliability and performance. All buildings, no matter the age, can have smart features installed but there is one area that many buildings don’t consider.
Smart Buildings and Lifts
A smart lift does not mean a new lift. With ever-improving technology it is possible to retrofit certain systems and have the data that you need at your fingertips without a disruptive and expensive project to install new lifts.
The Avire Ecosystem uses sensors located within the lift shaft and on the lift car which collect data and provide real time monitoring of the performance. This can provide significant value to the lift maintenance company and Facilities Management, providing more insight into how the lifts are running. This ultimately helps to maintain up-time, to optimise people movement through the building and ensure that this important accessibility route is available for building users.
Lifts that go down for unscheduled maintenance are hugely inconvenient to building users and can catch maintenance personnel off guard. This results in frustration and can make some areas inaccessible to building users. With an effective monitoring solution, facilities managers can keep a close eye on the operational efficiency of the lifts. This means one less concern, knowing that problems with their lifts will be detected early and dealt with swiftly. The Avire Ecosystem can be used for things such as to remotely test lifts before busy periods, to check that emergency telephones are functioning correctly and if light curtains on the doors are fully operational. Other uses include inputs for pit flood sensors and updating of lift displays easily and remotely.