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Asset Mapping connects first building for UK's CityVerve initiative to the IoT

The IoT gateway has been providing a stream of live data that will help the building become more efficient in terms of energy use and maintenance

The Citylabs 1.0 building in Manchester's Innovation District, Corridor Manchester
The Citylabs 1.0 building in Manchester's Innovation District, Corridor Manchester

Citylabs 1.0 will have greater visibility and control of key equipment in the building

Citizens can experience how the Internet of Things can work for them

CityVerve open platform is designed for the integration of third-party apps

Property technology company Asset Mapping has connected a secure Internet of Things (IoT) gateway to Manchester Science Partnership’s Citylabs 1.0 building.


The implementation at the 100,000 sq ft biomedical centre of excellence, sited in the heart of Manchester’s Innovation District, marks the first deployment of the smart cities demonstrator open platform, CityVerve.


The IoT gateway is connected to the building management system (BMS) of Citylabs 1.0 and provides a stream of live data from all heating, cooling and ventilation systems throughout the building.


The deployment at Citylabs 1.0 is also the first time that Asset Mapping has showcased its technology for smart building operations, connecting BMS, IoT technologies and energy management into one system.


The data provided will help Citylabs 1.0 become more efficient in terms of energy use and maintenance costs.


The next steps are to complete the mapping of all equipment that is used to operate Citylabs 1.0, including energy and security, as well as to install additional IoT sensors to gain further intelligence.


Once all the individual systems are connected, and the data is made available via Asset Mapping’s web application, operators and facilities managers will be able to make informed decisions to run buildings better.


Citizens, visitors and resident businesses will experience how the Internet of Things works for them, for example, automatically adjusting the lighting and temperature in rooms to suit the weather outside and the pre-set preferences of the people inside.


“This is a huge, step forward in the way that buildings and cities will collaborate, and its practical approach makes it the first of its kind anywhere,” said Bill Clee, CEO, Asset Mapping.


“We will, next, spend some time with the facilities management team at Citylabs 1.0 and get their input -- this is their building and they have the best ideas on how to improve it. They need to experiment with the technology so we can both find the value in the use of IoT for building owners, operators and resident businesses.”


Citylabs 1.0 is one of the newest buildings in the Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) portfolio, a UK science and technology campus operator and a partner in the CityVerve consortium. Earlier this year, MSP announced a £60m two-phase expansion of Citylabs with the creation of Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0 in Manchester by 2020.


In the next two years, Asset Mapping, with MSP, Bruntwood, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and University of Manchester (UoM) plans to connect a minimum of nine buildings within Manchester’s Innovation District.


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