Ensure Healthy Spaces with IoT Monitoring

Qolcom is on a mission to upgrade work and learning environments so people perform at their best. With our Healthy Spaces system you can keep room conditions at the perfect level to stimulate productivity.

Part of the Qolcom Vision platform, the Healthy Spaces IoT dashboard lets you team up with sensors to control light, heat, humidity and air quality throughout your estate. Perhaps you need to monitor the CO2 levels in a lecture hall so student concentration levels stay high. Or maybe you want to protect social housing projects from mould growth by tracking changes in humidity. Whatever conditions you need to optimise, Healthy Spaces can help.

Healthy Spaces represents Team GB

Healthy Spaces has already proved its worth at national level, at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Hosted in Birmingham, these were the largest Games in history, and the largest multi-sport event since the London Olympics, with 72 participating nations and 1.3 million tickets sold.

HPE Services were working closely with the Games committee to provide a state-of-the-art wired and wireless network. It was a summer of heat waves and record-breaking sunshine and HPE wanted to control the temperature around network equipment. One month before Games launch, Qolcom was asked to put Healthy Spaces into action.

An intelligent way to track distinct environments

HPE and Aruba had deployed a comprehensive network solution across all Games locations, from the wider Birmingham area to the velodrome in London. To find space to host the network equipment, the deployment team had to deal with multiple parties across 25 locations. The challenge was, how could tech support teams track the environmental conditions of each location and ensure there was no tampering with equipment.

Qolcom created an IoT and central monitoring solution by combining specialist hardware with our Vision IoT dashboard. In each location our engineers installed energy-harvesting wireless sensors to monitor temperature and humidity, detect unauthorised access to equipment rooms and detect any interference with specialist IT and broadcast equipment.

Custom alerts to suit your needs

A centralised cloud-based collector in the cloud gathered and processed the data before relaying it to the Qolcom Vision IoT dashboard. Based on agreed thresholds for temperature and humidity, we established a Green, Amber and Red warning system and set sensors to display their status on the dashboard. The sensors used for proximity, tampering, and out-of-hours access were set to send alerts to named accounts via email.

Deployed in a short window during the intense run-up to the Games, Healthy Spaces ensured that the HPE network functioned as planned and without major incident.

"We picked up a temperature warning which, when investigated, turned out to be a real issue with the air conditioning and was addressed in time. A motion sensor recorded unauthorised access to an equipment room which was investigated, proved to be real and was resolved quickly."

Simon Wilson, Aruba CTO

Our focus now turns to a showcase global sporting event this Autumn. HPE Services and Aruba will deploy Qolcom Healthy Spaces and IoT devices on a network with 130 cabinet locations to track environmental variables and report on power supply, water leak and smoke detector status.

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