Intellias
Case study

IoT Solution for a Smart Building Ecosystem

We helped deliver a smart building solution that relies on extensive IoT functionality and connected sensors

Key features

  • Smartly monitor and manage energy resources

    Smartly monitor and manage energy resources

  • Improve the workplace experience for employees

    Improve the workplace experience for employees

  • Get more insights from collected data

    Get more insights from collected data

Industry:
Energy, Facility Management
Headquarters:
Antwerp
Market:
Belgium
Team size:
6 employees
Cooperation:
2017 – present
Technologies:

Akka / Cloudera / Hadoop / HBase / Impala / Java 8 / Kafka / Play / Scala / Spark / Typescript

About our client

MCS Solutions, a Belgian company, provides an integrated workplace management system (IWMS) for Fortune Global 100 companies. MCS has 25 years of experience in the energy sector working on integrated real estate, facility, and workplace management software solutions for large organizations (both public and private) in over 60 countries.

The company focuses on IoT connectivity and smart building solutions that provide end customers with big data analytics, enhanced building performance, optimized resource usage, improved mobility, and a better workplace experience for employees.

IoT Solution for a Smart Building Ecosystem

MCS came with the challenge

MCS Solutions is an established company that serves end customers worldwide. Building on their vast experience in facility management, MCS was ready to step forward with new value-added services for their customers. To begin, they organized an internal startup with the goal of developing a new smart buildings solution to leverage innovative IoT technology, smart connected sensors, indoor positioning, and big data analytics for enabling new user scenarios across different types of facilities, real estate, and workplaces.

This internal R&D project was well received by potential end customers, so MCS decided to scale the team and proceed with a more active engineering effort. MCS had already been working with us for four years on other projects related to energy management systems, facility management, and mobile development. The choice of Intellias as their partner for this new project was made without delay in order to assure an on-time rollout.

Intellias developed the solution

Our team took part in both backend and frontend development of the IoT facility management platform. The solution we helped build provides a ready-to-go suite that can improve building performance without the need for end users to set up costly infrastructure to store, process, and analyze data. MCS offers a complete system that includes an online platform, a cloud-based backend, a user interface, and connected sensors that can easily be configured.

Within the scope of our cooperation, Intellias engineers have been involved in the development of all infrastructure for the IoT platform, which offers extensive possibilities to collect volumes of data from on-site sensors and store it in data warehouses. Our team has also developed dashboards for data analysis and visualization so that end customers can get valuable data on facility operations.

Intellias team distributes user-friendly UI and backend functionality for integration of different interfaces and universal access for users. Among the main touchpoints with users, MCS has established multiple touchpoints with users, including connected kiosks with floor plans of a facility and comprehensive data about the user scenarios that take place in every corner of the building.

Together with our client’s in-house engineering team, we’ve built a web application that duplicates kiosk functionality but can be accessed from anywhere and provides online reports and dashboards with near real-time analytics. This solution can easily be integrated with third-party services thanks to its flexible architecture with microservices and multi-tenant SaaS functionality.
Our Intellias team of full-stack developers have been recognized by our client for their flexibility in adopting new technologies that are often required for the best functionality.

Use cases of the IoT platform we’ve helped build include:

  • Monitoring air quality and humidity via connected sensors
  • Applying smart rules so that employees can get assistance with fixing or repairing devices and tools at the push of a button
  • Recognizing the need for cleaning services thanks to a door opening counter
  • Counting people entering a building with ceiling sensors in corridors
  • Controlling temperature and detecting hazardous substances in the air
  • Monitoring parking to find free spots in advance
  • Smartly searching for free rooms with a workplace assistant
  • Collecting users’ feedback about a workplace in real time

We’ve achieved great results together

The IoT platform is already on the market and MCS already has end customers implementing the solution. This platform works successfully in smart buildings, and the Intellias team is still growing to provide continuous operations and to improve the product to gain a wider market share. This IoT platform makes customers’ buildings smart through advanced sensor connectivity, an online platform, and big data management and analytics.

The following functionality sets our client’s IoT platform apart:

  • Possibility to integrate with HVAC, BMS, IWMS/CAFM, and other systems
  • A capable data warehouse for self-service, data science, and business intelligence
  • Reliable LoRa (low-power, long-range) wireless technology for use in large buildings
  • A scalable big data platform for end-to-end solutions (sensors, IoT connectivity, data management, visualization, and advanced analytics)
  • Smart connectivity that assists users in real time and optimizes the use of space, energy, and other resources

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