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Monitoring of media consumption

Temperature and air quality control in apartments and office spaces

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Efento offers modern solutions for property owners and tenants. Thanks to the use of Bluetooth Low Energy sensors and counters, remote monitoring and recording of room conditions such as temperature, humidity and air quality is possible. In addition, the meters allow ongoing monitoring of media consumption and costs.

The use of Internet of Things sensors allows you to monitor real estate in real time. It is possible to manage objects without human intervention.

Systems based on wireless sensors (BLE, Nb-IoT, LTE Cat M1) and a platform in the “cloud” (Efento Cloud) are much cheaper to buy and operate than traditional solutions based on cable transmissions, WiFi or GSM.

At the same time, they are more reliable and allow the use (“on the cloud”) of advanced management, monitoring and alarming software.

The inability to connect to the “cloud” should practically eliminate the sensor from the market, as it excludes the expansion of the building supervision system using the latest technologies.

What and where to monitor?


  • Monitoring of environmental conditions

    Constant supervision over optimal temperature, humidity and air quality


  • Monitoring the use of space

    Checking free and occupied areas


  • Monitoring of energy consumption

    Current reading of utility consumption such as electricity, water or gas


  • Equipment monitoring

    Supervision over proper operation of devices in the facilities

In residential and office rooms, specific atmospheric conditions should prevail to make them comfortable and safe for health.

Temperature in the range of 20-22˚C – values ​​in this range provide man with the so-called thermal comfort – a condition in which it feels no heat or cold. This temperature should prevail in mixtures, homes or offices. Too low temperature causes discomfort, too much drowsiness and excessive sweating. The exception to this rule is the bedroom, where the temperature may be lower (18-20˚C).
Humidity in the range of 30 – 65% – this is a comfortable range for humans, and additionally safe for objects in the building and the building itself. Too high humidity causes the development of mold, fungi and viruses and has adverse effects both for people staying indoors and for the building structure itself. In turn, too low humidity causes drying of the skin, difficulty breathing and discomfort, but it has no adverse effect on the building
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – these are substances that occur as by-products from products used in rooms, such as paints, solvents, cleaning agents, air fresheners, inks, etc. These substances are harmful to health, which can cause, among other allergic reactions, dizziness and malaise. At room temperature, these compounds get into the air and are inhaled by people. Volatile compound concentrations should be monitored on an ongoing basis and should not exceed recommended standards.
Lighting intensity – in accordance with Polish law, office lighting must comply with the standards contained in the Occupational Safety and Health Code. Office lighting should be adapted to the rooms and the type of work performed. The minimum level of intensity varies depending on the work performed. It is 500 lux for computer workstations and workplaces at desks. For reception, places where copying takes place is 300 lux and for archives or magazines only 200 lux.

The use of wireless sensors in real estate allows you to build energy-saving models. An extensive monitoring system using temperature, humidity and air quality sensors together with the use of meters can create a wireless network that allows you to control expenses and oversee real estate.

Control of media consumption for billing purposes – building owners and property managers, for whom the priority is to reduce energy consumption, i.e. reduction of costs related to heating and caring for the safety of the system, should consider the possibility of using a monitoring system and remote energy management in buildings. The use of electricity pulse counters allows remote monitoring of power consumption. Meters working in Bluetooth Low Energy technology count consumption in kilowatt hours and save them in their memory and then send data to the Efento Cloud platform using the Efento Gateway. This allows you to monitor the consumption of electricity and respond to changes on an ongoing basis. For example, when the air conditioning is turned on in the room and we open the windows, there will be a sharp increase in the operation of the air conditioner and thus greater power consumption. Increased consumption will be registered by the sensor and we will be notified.
The situation is similar in the case of water, the pulse counter for water monitors its constant flow. When a pipe leaks, a pipe breaks or the tap is unscrewed, the amount of liters of water counted increases very quickly. Setting alarm thresholds directly in the application with which the meter works allows you to generate an alarm in the form of an SMS or e-mail with the current exceedance. The speed of action in this case gives the opportunity to avoid losses associated with flooding the rooms.

  • Number of parking spaces – the use of pulse counters allows you to remotely control the number of parking spaces, so you know how many of them are free or occupied
  • The presence of guests / customers in the company – the use of meters at the door allows for precise measurement of the number of people entering / leaving the building or individual rooms. For sales companies, you can create statistics showing the relationship between customers entering the store and making a purchase.
  • Occupation of chairs in the conference room
  • Sensors can be used to monitor the correct operation of devices. Thanks to the sensors, it is possible to monitor, e.g. correct operation of aggregates, pumps or air conditioners, as well as supervision over the water temperature in boilers and pipes. It is possible to supervise rooms exposed to flooding, such as server rooms, archives, etc. Placement of a flood sensor in them allows immediate reaction when a leak is detected. The alarm sent by the sensor is sent directly via SMS or e-mail, which allows for quick response. Emergency messages can be directed directly to the building manager or to a team of technicians who can remove the failure in the shortest possible time.

SOLUTION

The solution dedicated to monitoring various physical quantities is the complete Efento Cloud remote surveillance system. The system allows collecting and visualizing data from sensors (e.g. in the form of a chart or tables) and generating automatic reports. If the set thresholds are exceeded, the system allows sending notifications to any number of users, both in the form of e-mail and SMS.

Efento Cloud is a wireless system for monitoring environmental conditions. The system consists of Efento registers, which measure a given physical quantity, and then send data to the Efento Gateway Bluetooth – Ethernet, from where they are transmitted to the “cloud” platform – Efento Cloud. Installation of the system boils down to the distribution of loggers at appropriate points, without the need for cables.

The sensors are powered by a battery that ensures their maintenance-free operation for a period of at least two years. The maximum range of the sensor is approx. 100 m in an open space, the range inside the rooms is strongly dependent on the architecture of the building or bandwidth interference.

The Efento Cloud platform has 13 servers working in parallel located in different places. Thanks to this solution, in the event of a failure or trouble with data transmission to one of the servers, their functions are taken over by the others. This solution ensures continuous operation of the platform and full security of measurement data. The costs of operating and maintaining the system by the user are negligible, because the Efento Cloud platform, maintained in the “cloud”, is managed and updated free by the manufacturer – Efento.

Efento Cloud solution enables collecting and visualizing data from sensors (e.g. in the form of a chart or tables) and generating automatic reports. If the set thresholds are exceeded, the system allows sending notifications to any number of users, both in the form of e-mail and SMS.