Pacific Controls is a world leader in monitoring environmental control systems and already has thousands of buildings connected to its Galaxy platform to optimise their operation and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A wide range of devices related to building management can generate valuable real-time information when connected to the Galaxy platform. By managing environment monitoring and temperature control systems, waste management, recycling, ventilation and air filtration systems in real time, and by ensuring regular inspections, suppliers of environmental control systems and home automation systems can offer their customers not just equipment but guaranteed compliance with regulations about the environment in the buildings.
Using Pacific Controls Managed Services for Critical Assets Monitoring provides equipment users with the facts and figures needed to demonstrate compliance with regulations such as good manufacturing practice (GMP), indoor air quality (IAQ) and ISO 14001. The service will help with compliance in the following areas:
All the data from these sensors will be transferred to the Galaxy platform for monitoring and analysis and alarms will be triggered if defined safety levels are breached.
Safety of occupants and users is always a major concern for companies and all workspaces and public places need to be able to demonstrate that they can ensure the safety of people using them. Equipment used to achieve this ranges from the fire and elevator alarms installed in most buildings, to detectors for hazardous substances such as lead and asbestos and harmful moulds that may be present in certain workplaces. Suppliers of detection equipment can use Pacific Controls Managed Services for Critical Assets Monitoring to link the alarms to the emergency services and to first response units.
Suppliers Can Offer New Services Suppliers of home automation systems, building management systems (BMS) and environmental control systems can use Pacific Controls ICT Enabled Managed Services For Business Process Integration to add depth to their service offering. The accessibility of facts and figures from real-time monitoring is extremely valuable in analysing performance, planning developments and designing future systems. By storing information from a diverse range of equipment on a single platform, analysis across interdependent parameters becomes possible at a press of button. Pacific Controls managed services can capture people’s expertise in a knowledge management system and this can be used to verify that the processes being followed have been tested properly and to replicate methodologies which have proven successful. The Galaxy platform is capable of managing huge volumes of data and can be used for modelling alternative scenarios to test for, select and execute the proper solution.
From the real-time monitoring interface, users can access current trends and identify important operating parameters such as water and steam pressures, percentages of oxygen and carbon dioxide in flue gases, and the flow of fuel, steam and water. These trends in critical parameters allow users to track the performance of their equipment. Users can select any number of single and multiple points to be combined on one graph to examine trends. Users can access these real time trend reports, identify important data profiles and view performance issues.
Pacific Controls Managed Services for Critical Assets Monitoring are designed for optimising energy use. Vendors of HVAC and lighting equipment can offer their customers the additional service of reducing their carbon footprint by:
Optimising the system in these ways alone can save between 10–30% of the energy bill. Using the Pacific Controls managed services to achieve this means that the improvement can be verified to demonstrate environmental benefits and meet corporate social responsibility targets.
Companies that provide environmental inspection services can use Pacific Controls managed services to collect, collate and analyse all the data needed to provide their clients with an overall view of the environmental and energy conditions in their premises. This allows them to identify where opportunities lie for improvements such as energy savings or the reduction of contaminated emissions.
Water damage control services can also be offered. Real time monitoring can limit water damage by raising the alarm and shutting off the water supply the instant a leak is detected.
Pacific Controls Managed Services for Critical Assets Monitoring can collect data from any device, regardless of protocol, and transfer it to the IP network using their M2M data panels. Data from large numbers of sensors can be transferred to asset management, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) systems to provide data and insight that takes management information to a new level. M2M technology allows the data to be collected from almost anywhere. The key parameters needed to demonstrate environmental compliance are identified by the manufacturer and the necessary sensors installed by Pacific Controls. The field devices communicate with Pacific Controls Galaxy platform in real time to enable continuous data streaming and analytics.
Pacific Controls GCCC provides remote monitoring and control of all electro-mechanical and security services at the customers’ facilities, thus ensuring that data is available to demonstrate compliance with regulations. It provides real time management of the entire energy ecosystem.
Pacific controls managed services support professional services that deliver the whole environmental compliance assurance cycle from assessment to policy management, device monitoring, change management, incident response and auditing. The integrated operational platform is an invaluable tool for facility managers who are working toward the optimisation of infrastructure operations.
Using Pacific Controls Managed Services for Critical Assets Monitoring, environmental equipment manufacturers can offer their customers monitoring and management services through a single interface that connects all the equipment they have deployed. This allows them to have an on-going relationship with equipment users and provides a central data depository for analysis that will enhance R&D.
They can offer predictive maintenance services to ensure that environmental control systems are operating reliably, with little or no downtime. They can also offer services to reduce GHG emissions and improve energy efficiency.
Information gathered using Pacific Controls Managed Services for Critical Assets Monitoring provides support for integrated design strategies that allow tradeoffs that can reduce initial installation costs. For example, strategies such as passive solar allow heating equipment to be downsized. Chiller size can be reduced with the use of high efficiency lighting, which generates a smaller heat load in the building.
In addition, information gathered from remote, real-time monitoring allows building owners to reduce operations and maintenance costs through remote troubleshooting and increased reliability. Historical data logs allow them to increase energy efficiency and demonstrate that they are meeting corporate sustainability targets. The services automatically track key data that can be made accessible to any authorised users and compiled into reports that demonstrate compliance and can be sent automatically to the appropriate regulator. Automating data gathering has an immediate ‘green’ side effect, because reducing the number of field visits for data collection and trouble-shooting contributes directly to a reduction in pollution.
This platform enables the tracking of key performance metrics against strategic goals and allows managers to identify ways to increase productivity while improving the facility’s flexibility and reliability.