Read the success story now to find out more about why Irisys' products were chosen for this project, the business issues that UTS wanted to overcome and the many benefits they received.
Also discover how after a successful proof of concept trial, UTS quickly realised the depth of data possible and wanted answers to more complex questions.
In 2011, the University of Technology in Syndey Australia identified a requirement for a space utilisation and room usage system, seeking to drive a more efficient use of their estate.
Until this point, manual methods had been used, but these have a number of drawbacks:
In order to use the existing capacity as well as possible, a monitoring system was required that could accurately and continuously collect room usage data, and produce detailed reports for the management team against a range of metric.
UTS have a reputation for innovative use and early adoption of transformative technologies to solve problems, and in conjunction with Axiomatic Technology and local partner TPS, a Space Management solution was proposed and implemented, based on Irisys hardware.
The Irisys sensors, ceiling mounted thermal people counters, were installed at the entrances of everything from small meeting rooms through to large, 300 seat lecture theatres.
Axiomatic's SpaceAudit® software suite would then monitor the number of people present in each room over 30 minute periods, comparing the figures against the timetable. The system could then generate reports detailing:
An initial trial was set up consisting of a dozen different rooms with a simple reporting system, but UTS quickly wanted to ask more complex questions, such as:
By working together and giving continuous feedback, the UTS space management team were able to tailor the system to meet their requirements, and Axiomatic Technology were able to develop the product using real-life data, making the process faster and more effective.
At an early stage, Senior Buildings Information Officer Bryce Hutchinson asked for the ability to synchronise control of the air-conditioning system with the room booking system, so that it would only be active during booked periods when people are in the room – with a potential for millions of dollars in electricity savings annually. By the addition of dedicated hardware to control the HVAC system, the trial demonstrated there were huge savings to be made.
The next stage of the project was the implementation of Axiomatic's OTOVAC® software (Occupancy and Timetable Optimised Ventilation and Aircon Control), using BACnet to communicate to controllers, rather than using a physical relay.
With a wide range of People Counters available on the market, the Axiomatic/TPS team chose the Gazelle DualView from Irisys.
This sensor was ideal for this project due to its combination of:
UTS have been able to use the system to:
Lecturers know that their room usage is being monitored, and are more careful in the bookings they make for their courses. They take more care to book a room of the right size, rather than hosting small classes in big lecture theatres, and only book the amount of time they need.
Additionally, when a group of senior lecturers and the University senior management planned to build a new, large lecture theatre, the facilities management team were able to use data from the system to prove that adequate capacity was already in place. That one decision saved around $5 million.