Article by Tim Streather, Sales & Marketing Director, SPICA Tech.
Since the project’s inception back in summer 2016, SPICA, like all of our CityVerve partner colleagues, has been heads down in requirements gathering and business planning sprints to ensure our individual parts of the wider programme are well mapped for success over the project’s two year duration.
Our primary focus area has been on creating IoT outcome-based solutions that can provide compliance cost reduction within public and commercial buildings. This falls under the Energy and Environment theme within the wider CityVerve programme.
One example of the type of simple, retrofit IoT offerings that SPICA has developed within CityVerve is a real-time water system monitoring solution that can be used to augment a complete Legionella control regime; helping to ensure water quality.
Legionella is the group of bacteria responsible for a number of illnesses, including Pontiac fever and Legionnaires’ disease. Needless to say, exposure to Legionella carries real a real risk and man-made water systems are a particularly common source of the bacteria.
As a result, employers and others in control of premises are required to follow strict guidelines laid out in the Approved Code of Practice to ensure that this risk of exposure is minimised. There are, of course, costs associated with maintaining compliance.
SPICA’s solution, called Devicepoint™ for Healthy Water, replaces traditional manual techniques with connected devices, taking real-time data readings on pipe temperature which feed into the Devicepoint™ dashboard for easy remote access.
This innovative IoT solution offers cost savings, better accuracy to exceed regulatory requirements, and a proactive approach to tackling a widespread potential health risk. By eliminating regular manual testing work, the risk of a water system being contaminated with raised levels of bacteria, including Legionella, is significantly reduced in a cost-effective manner.
I’m pleased to announce that during December and January we transitioned from theoretical planning to multiple, real-world deployments. We now have Healthy Water sensors monitoring outlets in 10 Manchester Science Park (MSP) and Manchester Metropolitan University buildings:
- Manchester Science Park / Bruntwood
- St James
- Oxford House
- Kilburn House
- Manchester Metropolitan University
- All Saints
- 99 Oxford Road
- John Dalton Tower
- Birley Energy Centre
- Birley Student Accommodation
- Geoffrey Manton Building
- Ormond Buliding
We’ve had fabulous support from Bruntwood, MSP and the Manchester Metropolitan University with regards the use case validation and roll out provisioning, as well as helping to crystalise the all-important business exploitation strategy post-project completion.
I spend a huge amount of my time preaching about the importance of business-outcome focused IoT, rather than the developer-centric view that is still far too common across the industry today.
It’s therefore refreshing to see our Bruntwood and Manchester Met partners helping us to find areas where we can tackle real business problems – for example providing evidence-based risk profiles via Legionella temperature monitoring of University Halls of Residence which are unoccupied for long periods of time.
We’re now in the final steps of the process of adding sensor-enabled Workspace Optimisation and Smart Cleaning use cases to the Energy and Environment theme. We hope to develop these with our partners at Bruntwood, MSP and the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust(CMFT) over the coming weeks.
On the compliance project, our trial, proof of concept installations are currently only monitoring a subset of the required outlets in each of the buildings. Moving forward, we’ll be increasing the number of devices to fully cover the temperature monitoring requirements of those buildings as defined by the HSG274 Part 2 regulations.
We’ll also be making additional installations in No. 1 MSP and Rutherford House (at Manchester Science Park) and 70 Oxford St (at Manchester Met). CMFT hospital properties are also being investigated for suitable install locations.
Once rolled out, we’ll be analysing the valuable data collected to provide crucial insight and feedback. We’ll also start sharing our data output with other partner members via integration with the wider CityVerve platform.
By building out IoT business applications, such as Devicepoint™ for Healthy Water and Smart Cleaning, SPICA is proud to be an integral cog in the CityVerve system. We’re very excited by the benefits we can deliver to Manchester and other smart cities in the future.