Sustainable Development with IoT Technology

ALPHANET Zrt. is working on an IoT project as part of the National Research, Development, and Innovation Office-sponsored “R+D+I support for companies” tender, – reported Attila Haraszti, the company’s Director of Research and Development.

In February of 2018, ALPHANET began work on its R&D project, titled “comprehensive monitoring and management product development, to enable the sustainability of smart buildings”, ID number KFI_16-1-2017-0498. The goal of the project is to produce a system capable of predicting future resource usage in real time, based on autonomous learning from historical data. The initial goals of the project work with large quantities of high-quality measured data, and as such, the development team is currently researching sensor technology – more specifically, the wireless implementation of such technology, and the accompanying electrical infrastructure.

Why is integrated intelligence particularly efficient?

The planned solution will be integrated and scalable for buildings with up to and exceeding a thousand locations. The use of integrated intelligence allows for the creation of a safer, healthier, and more energy-efficient environment.

The project aims to create smart buildings, via a “holistic” approach. With this aim, the goal is to develop monitoring and management devices that integrate all of the subsystems in any given building. With the help of these developments, technical oversight, problem solving, building supervision, and security are all conceptually integrable, with expandability firmly in focus. Such a project has the potential to provide serious advantages for participants, customers, and the national economy.

The end result of the Research & Development project will see the creation of a Hardware/Software system with which affected buildings’ data is immediately accessible along the lines customer-specified functionality, providing immediate value-building potential.

Growing ecological security

In the interest of sustainability, the project places an emphasis on the efficiency and operability of the sensor technologies used, which is primarily achieved through the re-use of waste energy. The planned system will be built upon a flexible hybrid on-premise/cloud-native base, wherein a multi-vendor approach is taken to ensure maximum compatibility with the broadest possible range of sensors and components. Besides the prediction of energy use, other utilities can also be measured to decrease buildings’ environmental footprints.

The devices that will ship with the product are built to replace PLCs, offer new programming options and ability sets, and come with twice the interface density, for half the price. The end result of the project will be a comprehensive, competitive product, useful internationally and across industry lines.

-IT Business, March 2018.