Integration of specialist IoT technology powers a healthy learning environment for Barony Campus students
The new Barony Campus in Cumnock is one of Scotland’s most innovative and inclusive learning facilities, consolidating five schools into one shared community campus. It’s no secret that well-designed and operated environments result in healthier, more productive occupants; this is so important in a learning environment such as Barony Campus.
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Specialist consultancy IES is analysing the site’s environmental data to continually optimise internal comfort conditions. At BGES Group, we were asked to provide a specialist technical solution that would allow IES to present environmental data conditions within the campus. The previous system only allowed for manual input of environmental data into IES’ systems, which hampered efforts to interrogate the data.
Across the five buildings on site, BGES Group has delivered specialist installation and configuration of MQTT: an OASIS standard messaging protocol for the Internet of Things (IoT). MQTT is an extremely lightweight publish/ subscribe messaging transport that is ideal for connecting remote devices with a small code footprint and minimal network bandwidth. We utilised functionality of existing software to allow data transfer from site to our cloud based MQTT broker.
We included additional data points to enhance the information and analytics offered. To guarantee no onsite disruption to this busy campus, we carried out all the work remotely off site.
IES and site staff now have visibility of environmental data including temperature, air quality, lux levels and humidity. It also gives IES historical data, allowing for well-informed analysis of trends. The data can now be automatically sent to IES’ system rather than being manually added in, improving speed and accuracy.
At Barony Campus we use reports from IES to identify energy waste and maintain a comfortable environment for students and staff. It has also identified plant commissioning issues and defects much quicker than by traditional means. The old manual download process allowed potential for data loss and error and was incredibly time-consuming.
BGES Group’s MQTT solution has automated the download process, which not only saves IES a huge amount of time, but also greatly improves the reliability of the data for analysis., and the investment has already paid for itself by allowing IES more time to focus on the analysis of the site.
This is the first time East Ayrshire Council has invested in MQTT technology. It has transformed performance monitoring at this complex new build campus and EAC is very happy with the outcome. The team at BGES Group have been very professional, responsive, and proactive. East Ayrshire Council would have no hesitation in working with BGES Group in the future on similar projects.
David McCreath, Senior Engineer, East Ayrshire Council