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Video | Existing building goes cognitive in four hours

Yanzi sensors

Facility services provider ISS has installed over 1,000 sensors in four hours at its headquarters in Copenhagen to make it cognitive.

The 11 storey building was retrofitted with the Yanzi sensors which connect to IBM’s Watson internet of things (IoT) cloud based analytics platform.

The sensors ranged from motion sensors to temperature and CO2 sensors to count the number of people in the building, allowing it to be optimised in a way that was not previously possible.

It said that among other benefits it could now sense the temperature accurately within the building and see how it was affected by external weather conditions; it could power off electronic equipment when there was no one on the floor; and it could sense how many people had been through the canteen, allowing its team to determine how much food still needed to be produced.

The sensors connect to the network wirelessly and have a low power consumption with around a 10-year battery life.

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