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We believe in making the complex simple. Find out how this approach helps us to deliver better smart real estate projects.  

Increasing the amount of technology in a building has an impact on the cost of a project, and stakeholders may struggle to appreciate the benefits. This can result in technology budgets being cut due to a lack of understanding around the impact integrated systems can have. 

Complex terminology like ‘machine learning,’ ‘unified building control’ and ‘converged infrastructure’ reinforce both intricacy and expense. It certainly isn’t obvious how investing in costly technology may benefit the business and its staff as well as being flexible enough to grow with the business as requirements change. 

By making the complex simple, we’re here to change that.  

Our personable and knowledgeable team of innovators can align stakeholders around a vision so that they know exactly where the money is going and what the return on investment will look like, making the final decision easier. 

Let’s break down the process and assess the challenges. 

This initial outlay can put people off

Due to the expense involved in developing new spaces, a business of any size needs to be cautious. Livelihoods are at stake and there really isn’t any point investing in smart technology for the sake of it.  

Our tech agnostic approach means we’ll only ever recommend the right solution for your project. You won’t end up with technology that isn’t suitable for your needs, or anything that isn’t going to work for the long haul.  

Approaching projects like this saves money. 

Smart technology can increase productivity and save energy  

According to a study by World Green Building Council, a company’s total operational expenditure can be broken down into three areas. 1% goes on energy, a further 9% is spent maintaining physical assets but a massive 90% of spend is on people. 

Reducing people spend seems obvious but is challenging as staff may leave if they don’t feel looked after. 

And this is where we can help. Our solutions maximise people performance by increasing the efficiency of working practices. This creates a happy environment where people do their best work, making them want to stay longer, hence reducing costs associated with turnover and recruitment. 

Spaces like this drive your business towards long-term growth. 

To learn more about how we make buildings more energy efficient head over to our post on Smart Buildings and the Climate Emergency. 

Well-designed smart buildings are upgradable 

Businesses grow and change over time; a solution needs to reflect the potential demand for new systems and additional functionality. 

Replacing technology is expensive and often software and hardware upgrade cycles are not aligned which can cause further problems.  

Our projects are designed to last with scalability being a key consideration from the initial concept. 

In a traditional building model, each system functions independently and only connects to the minimum number of other systems required. This results in additional cabling, inefficiency due to a lack of integration between systems and a lack of stability as should one system fail, multiple others will too.  

Moreover, scalability is extremely limited. When one system needs replacing, often anything reliant on that system will need taking out too. This is expensive (both in terms of materials and labour), time-consuming and inflexible.  

We offer a modular approach where systems can be swapped in and out with ease. This works because each system connects to a common software layer, as opposed to being reliant on a connection to another system. Therefore, individual systems can be removed without affecting the functionality of anything else. 

Operating in this way means having only a single set of cabling (reducing material and labour costs), a more stable and secure building infrastructure as there’s no inter-reliance of systems, and because of considerably increased integration many more smart features are also enabled.  

In terms of scalability, this technology can grow alongside your business as the middleware layer means new systems can be added or removed with ease. 

Maximise the potential of those using the building, reap long-term benefits and experience efficient scaling 

Technical terminology associated with smart buildings can be confusing. 

We’re here to change that so that you capitalise on your investment. 

Put simply: a smart building maximises the potential of those using the space. Users are happier, which increases the likelihood of them staying, further reducing costs.  

Smart technology is also significantly more scalable. An efficient middleware layer saves money by reducing labour and material costs and allows systems to be removed at will without affecting anything else on the network.