As a facility manager, it can take a lot of effort to keep up with the maintenance of your fully occupied commercial building. But when you don’t have tenants telling you how well your building is running during the day or you’re not based onsite, you need your building’s things and systems to speak for themselves.
Fully or partially occupied or empty, you can achieve operational excellence with help from the Internet of Things (IoT). A smart building strategy and a reliable remote IoT monitoring solution can help ensure facilities function as designed. You can know at a moment’s notice what’s happening in your buildings. Read how Monnit® can help you remotely monitor facility operations 24/7.
Spoiler alert: The ROI is significant by avoiding water leak damage and optimizing facility management. It’s all easily managed using an online dashboard on a smartphone or computer. Plus, alerts via email, text, or call from a wide variety of fast-install IoT sensors and meters.
The facility managers self-installed:
- Wireless Water Detection Sensors—Water Rope, Water Detect Plus, and Water Detection Puck—throughout the buildings to monitor water heaters, water pumps, boilers, and restrooms for leaks
- Temperature Sensors throughout the building to monitor offices, conference rooms, hallways, and restrooms
- Accelerometers, Differential Air Pressure Sensors, Vibration Meters, Temperature Sensors, and AC Current Meters on air circulation fans and central HVAC system units in every building
- Open-Closed Sensors on doors and windows of vacant office space and Infrared Motion and Occupancy Detection Sensors in restricted areas
- The iMonnit Sensor Management and Remote Monitoring Software on facility staff smartphones and computers
- Gateways in each building to protect and communicate data sent from every Monnit Sensor and Meter
Sensors sent data wirelessly to gateways in the maintenance closet of each building. The gateway then sent aggregated sensor data to iMonnit. Using iMonnit, facility maintenance managers uploaded a graphic showing the building layout of the monitored areas.
This allowed the managers to drag and drop sensor tags onto the design or map with live data. Then, they could see the performance of their building plumbing, doors, and HVAC systems from an aerial view. Managers set up notifications to alert them if readings signified any potential issues, allowing them to respond immediately.
Before implementing Monnit Wireless Sensors, the company had to repair the three office suites’ water damage. This remodeling included replacing the water heater, carpet, floorboards, drywall, repainting walls, and restoring furniture. The project cost thousands of dollars—much more than the cost of deploying Monnit Remote Monitoring Solutions.
After installing the solutions, Temperature Sensors detected an incident where one of the building’s boilers malfunctioned during a frigid wintry weekend. Temperatures started to drop inside the building, and the solution instantly notified the property manager on her smartphone. Had the Temperature Sensors not informed her, there was a high probability that the plumbing would have frozen over the weekend, causing potential damage. The company was able to repair the system and have temperatures back to normal for business on Monday.
Using Monnit’s comprehensive monitoring solution, the property management company can:
- Prevent costly damage due to plumbing and water heater leaks.
- Ensure their tenants have efficient heating and cooling for their offices.
ROI: After only a month of using the Monnit Solution, the company optimized its building monitoring with preventive measures and reduced energy, operational, and capital costs.
Water Detection Sensors
A Monnit Wireless Water Detection Puck Sensor is ideal around toilets, sinks, boilers, and water heaters. A Wireless Water Rope Sensor along walkways, walls, and pipes can detect water and help prevent damage from leaks.
Chart your HVAC systems’ fluctuating environmental conditions. The Temperature Sensor measures various HVAC split and packaged, hybrid heat pump, and ductless mini-split heat pump systems with a waterproof lead up to 100 feet.
Duct Temperature Sensors
Monitor your HVAC system right in its ducts. Monnit Duct Temperature Sensors with 8-foot leads can be inserted between vents, near fans, and under small spaces while maintaining a sealed environment. Get reports and alerts wherever you work.
Analyze HVAC system power consumption and predict problems before they occur with our AC Current Meters. Knowing current use by root mean square (RMS) average and amp hours helps you manage performance. Measure boiler pump power draw too.
Open / Closed Sensors
Maintain security across your properties by monitoring the status of doors and windows. Wireless Open-Closed Sensors use a switch and trigger magnet to detect status. Be alerted right away when the status changes from your preset parameters in iMonnit.