Concerto is delighted to be involved in an innovative and industry leading IoT project with Manchester City Council and SPICA to utilise and optimise sensor driven data for Facilities Management through the integration of the Concerto solution with the SPICA data gathering device.
The Internet of things (IoT) refers to the network of physical devices that are embedded with technology (such as software and sensors), and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data. Objects can be sensed or controlled remotely creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems. The benefits of this are huge and include:
- improved efficiency,
- iproved accuracy
- reduced human intervention and therefore resource savings
- efficiency savings
“The IoT is transforming Facilities Management. It is a digital revolution facilitating some of the industry’s hottest trends”
British Institute of FM
About the project
Manchester City Council have been using the Concerto web based asset management and FM solution for over 6 years. The Council uses the solution city wide to manage all assets: operational corporate and educational properties, including the Concerto Facilities Management helpdesk, to intelligently manage all Property related functions.
“This current project involves SPICA in that alongside the council we have developed Concerto to integrate with the SPICA device to collect and display it’s data intelligently via the Concerto solution and flag alerts automatically to helpdesk operatives allowing them to predict when FM issues need to be addressed. Explains James Heysmond at Concerto.
He continues, So as one example, SPICA are fitting devices to taps to record temperatures to detect legionella. Now, with the use of Concerto, the data collected by the SPICA device will send automatically to the Concerto FM Helpdesk (all automated and no need for any manual inputting or checking), flagging up to the operatives when the temperature has changed and thus when there is a need, or not a need, to send out a Legionella surveyor.
“The efficiency savings implications of this IoT technology are huge” explains James “by combining our technologies, Manchester are in a position where they can operate in the most efficient way possible, avoiding repetition and unnecessary surveys, only responding to issues when actually required. There are few examples of this in the FM World to date and we are really pleased to be heading this innovative project with Manchester City council and SPICA”.
Concerto and Manchester have been involved together in a number of flagship projects, including the integration of NRMC 3 compliancy and also BIM with the Concerto solution used to manage the Town Hall project operations.