Case studies

23
Jun

New Emergency Care Hospital Supported by KNX

Abtec’s latest KNX project is now live.  England’s first specialist 24/7 emergency care hospital is now delivering services to patients.  Behind the scenes, the Northumbria Specialist Care Hospital in Cramlington, has over 3,500 KNX devices and 6,000 DALI luminaire fittings.

Novel uses for KNX

Abtec designed, configured and deployed the hospital’s extensive KNX and DALI networks.  As well as controlling standard devices, such as heating and cooling, there are novel uses for the protocol too.  Theatre anaesthetic gas volumes are monitored, with alarms triggered if they breech set points.  Critical blood bank refrigerators’ temperatures are monitored to ensure the safe storage of bloods.  Water temperatures are kept to a rigid monitoring regime too, to mitigate the threat of legionella.

Automated emergency lighting testing

The hospital’s entire lighting uses DALI over KNX to deliver sophisticated, interactive lighting control.  The lighting design complies with CIBSE Lighting Design Guide L2 specification, and emergency lighting testing and reporting is now a scheduled automated process.

Abtec’s KNX engineers created several areas of integration with other building control protocols.  The building’s third party access control system now integrates with lighting and climate control.  Access cards no longer just open doors they also trigger lighting and heating in certain rooms.

Dave Watkins, Commercial Director Abtec Building Technologies, notes “This is another great example of KNX going beyond room and building control.  The open standard is now being used to monitor critical resources in the building”.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital opened on 16th June 2015 and is the first purpose-built hospital in England to have emergency care consultants in a broad range of conditions on site 24/7.  The new emergency care hospital will treat seriously ill and injured patients from across Northumberland and North Tyneside and is part of Northumbria Healthcare’s new model of emergency care which will help save more lives and improve clinical outcomes for more patients.

25
Mar

Remote Access White Paper for M&E, BMS and BeMS Engineers

Remote Access for BeMS, BMS and Building Control Systems

As BMS, building and energy control systems get ever more sophisticated, many now come with remote access options out of the box.  The benefits of remote access for BMS and building control systems are pretty clear; the ability to deploy changes and resolve issues without the cost of travelling to site.  For energy specialists they also provide a great way to monitor energy use remotely.
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The challenge is that many of us are using standard internet access to make those remote connections.  This, together with the fact that many popular BMS and building control systems don’t have the strongest built in security, can create vulnerabilities for your clients.

This white paper explores what other options are available for consultants and engineers.  It highlights the variety of connectivity technologies and suggests what would be best to use when.  The paper recommends using private, secure networks rather than the internet to access client sites remotely, and gives clear recommendations to help identify the right network provider for your projects.  The great this is that the cost of private, secure connections that avoid the internet is about the same as standard internet connectivity.

Download the white paper here.

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And don’t forget if you need help with IP networks we’ve developed a free, accredited training session that can be delivered at your premises.  Find out more here.

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16
Jul

Abtec Building Technologies Helps Create Europe’s Greenest Building

Abtec Building Technologies, the UK’s leading building control experts, has revealed the extent of its work on Europe’s greenest building, the Crystal.

This iconic, East London building was opened to the public on 29th September. “It’s fantastic to see Abtec’s cost and energy reduction expertise in use in this landmark building” says Dave Watkins, MD of Abtec Building Technologies.  Read all about it in this new case study.

The uniquely shaped, glass-clad structure is London’s newest landmark and encompasses an area of more than 6,300 square metres. Inside is the world’s largest exhibition on the future of cities covering 2,000 square metres. The high-tech exhibition is fully interactive with two immersive film theatres and more than 50 screens with a host of games and experiences that help visitors explore the cities of the future.

Abtec’s role in this historic building included:

  • Designing and implementing the building control system for the lighting; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; blinds and window ventilation
  • Integrating intelligent window and roof vent actuation to the main building control system, to enable natural ventilation and air flow
  • Building the external façade lighting control

“Our technology has helped Siemens take complete control of the building. It will be integral as the building aims to be one of the greenest in the world” adds Dave.