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Anatomy of a smart building

Eight sensor platforms will monitor environmental conditions, lighting, ambience, water quality, parking and other aspects of Libelium’s HQ and its surroundings

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Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Water installed in the water pond
Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Water installed in the water pond

Libelium has a vision of a connected world that is able to gather data “from anything located anywhere” to enable citizens and organisations to make more informed decisions about how they live their lives.

 

To progress this vision and demonstrate to customers what the Internet of Things (IoT) and related technologies can achieve, the IoT technology specialist has created the ‘Living Lab’ in its headquarters in Zaragoza in Spain.

 

Connected to the cloud, the building features an array of Libelium technology which was installed by the company’s technical departments in the final quarter of last year. “This project aims to convert our central offices in a smart building to clearly and simply explain how our technology works and the wide range of applications that can be deployed quickly and reliably to the market”, stated David Gascón, Libelium’s chief technology officer.

 

Alicia Asín, Libelium CEO, added that the aim is to show the feasibility of “any kind of IoT” project that a company wants to develop. “In relation to smart building developments there is a wide range of possibilities for building owners and operators but we have to focus on the return of investment in terms of money savings, electrical or water waste reductions and processes improvement.”

 

Asín believes there is a lack of discussion of how building optimisation is helping companies to save energy resources and to reduce costs as well as how sensors can help organisations to prove their environmental commitment by meeting specific regulations.

 

She commented: “Owners and operators are becoming aware of the benefits of sensor technology applications, but the market is still testing technologies and the boom will come when system integrators offer complete solutions -- from deployment to data analysis -- as services for building managers.”

 

The Libelium Smart Building provides real-time information to the company about outside air and noise pollution levels and environmental parameters as well as inside ambient conditions, water quality or waste management. The goal is to show the vertical applications of the technology which include the environment, water, agriculture, cities, parking, logistics, industry 4.0, retail and eHealth.


The installation includes eight Waspmote Plug & Sense! sensor platforms connected to the Meshlium IoT Gateway. The information gathered by the Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Parking is sent through LoRaWAN to a base station. The other seven Waspmote Plug & Sense! sensor platforms communicate with the IoT Gateway through 802.15.4. All the information is visualised in a dashboard developed by Libelium and located at the IoT showroom.

 

The outdoor deployment includes:

Waspmote Plug & Sense! Ambient Control to control solar light intensity levels with luminosity sensor;

 

Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Cities to monitor sound level and control noise pollution. This is extremely important given that the headquarters is located in an industrial zone;

 

Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Environment Pro to measure pollution levels with O3, CO, SO2 and NO2 sensors and particulate matter with dust sensor. It also controls weather conditions such as temperature, humidity and pressure;

 

Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Parking to detect available or occupied spots in the parking area;

 

Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Agriculture to control soil conditions with watermark and temperature sensor and ambient conditions with the WS-300 (pluviometer, wind speed and direction, humidity), temperature, pressure and UV radiation sensors.


The indoor deployment includes:

Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Water to measure water parameters and guarantee the quality of the water pond of the hall with pH, connectivity, oxidation reduction potential (ORP), DO (dissolved oxygen) and temperature sensors;

 

Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Cities located at the production area to control waste management in the main container with ultrasound sensor;

 

Waspmote Plug & Sense! Ambient Control deployed at MySignals warehouse to monitor temperature and humidity. A temperature range has been set to detect higher and lower temperatures that send an alarm by email to the person in charge to solve the problem.

 

In 2016 Libelium celebrated its tenth anniversary and one of the main initiatives was creating an IoT showroom in its central offices. This is divided in different areas explaining the international strategy of Libelium, the value chain of the company and its commitment to interoperability. Interoperability is central to Libelium technology and the company shows its vision of the IoT value chain and its wide ecosystem of cloud partners integrated with Meshlium.

 

“The idea to create the IoT Showroom arose from the need to integrate in a space the three main signs of Libelium’s identity: interoperability, internationalisation and the extensive ecosystem”, explained Asín.

 

Visitors and customers have been extremely impressed with the Living IoT Lab. “Some of them get a better idea about the huge amount of applications that the Internet of Things have for markets such as agriculture, cities, water, industry or retail. It has become our main tool to explain how our technology works, which is our vision about IoT sector and how can we help to optimise and improve different activities,” said Asín.

 

The project is in its first stage and Libelium will feed back findings of what impact the technology has had in areas such as energy savings and pollution control over the coming months.

 

And as well as a healthier and happier environment, does the technology make it a nicer place in which to work for Libelium employees. “Of course!” answered Asín. “Transforming the Libelium building to exhibit how to apply our technology has allowed us to make it smart. As technology leaders we can not think in a better way to demonstrate our commitment to the IoT world.”

 

The below images show the sensors in the outdoor surroundings, including the smart parking sensor, and in the Libelium MySignals warehouse.

 

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Waspmote Plug & Sense! Sensor Platforms installed outdoors
Waspmote Plug & Sense! Sensor Platforms installed outdoors
Libelium's technical departments installed the sensors
Libelium's technical departments installed the sensors
Sensor platform installed in the warehouse
Sensor platform installed in the warehouse
Libelium's Smart Parking sensor in action
Libelium's Smart Parking sensor in action
Sensors help organisations prove their environmental commitment
Sensors help organisations prove their environmental commitment
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