Leveraging Edge Technologies to reduce BMS cost by 25%+
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Australia Post’s Bayswater Distribution Center embarked on an ambitious redevelopment project that involved extensive enhancement of its Building Management System (BMS). Capitalising on edge technologies, the project revolved around improving operational efficiency, asset reliability, safety, and sustainability while maintaining the facility’s uninterrupted operation.
The redevelopment project at Australia Post’s Bayswater Distribution Center encompassed several technological advancements, primarily focused on the augmentation of its Building Management System (BMS). Each of these elements played a significant role in enhancing operational efficiency and reliability, improving safety standards, and promoting sustainability.
1. Remote Connectivity and Data Monitoring: Central to the project was the enhancement of remote connectivity, allowing managers to access the BMS from any location. This connectivity was enabled through secure cloud-based platforms and leveraged the principles of edge computing. It facilitated real-time monitoring and modification of BMS data, enhancing the flexibility and control of system parameters. This provided an unprecedented level of control over the center’s operations, optimizing performance, and troubleshooting issues in real-time.
2. Vibration Monitoring: The project implemented IoT-enabled vibration monitoring for all critical equipment. This system uses advanced sensors to measure equipment vibrations continuously, providing real-time data for analysis. Excessive vibration often precedes equipment failure, and by identifying these signals early, the system allows for proactive maintenance, reducing the frequency and cost of equipment downtime, thereby increasing overall asset reliability.
3. Occupancy Monitoring: Occupancy sensors were installed in both office and warehouse spaces. These sensors continuously track and record the presence and movement of staff within these areas. The data collected informs decisions on cleaning schedules and space utilization, ensuring that cleaning services are deployed efficiently and spaces are effectively used. Furthermore, monitoring lone workers’ safety has been significantly improved, with the system able to promptly identify and alert to potential safety concerns.
4. Resource Consumption Monitoring: The BMS was upgraded to include real-time monitoring and reporting of energy and water usage. IoT sensors record usage data, which is then analyzed to identify patterns and anomalies. This level of monitoring supports sustainability goals and cost-saving initiatives by enabling more effective resource management, identifying waste, and informing on conservation strategies.
5. Environmental Monitoring: To maintain a safe and comfortable environment, the project included ambient monitoring that ensured the center met the ASHRAE Standard 55 specifications for acceptable thermal environments. Moreover, carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring was added to ensure safety, especially in areas with vehicle movement. By continuously monitoring these parameters, the system helps to protect staff’s well-being and safety.
6. Vehicle Movement Tracking: The project also integrated Object Detection video analytics to monitor the number of vehicle movements around the facility. The use of video analytics provided a real-time count of vehicle movements, generating valuable data that helps optimize logistics and operational planning, improving both safety and efficiency.
Each of these elements is a testament to the power of modern technology and its potential to drastically improve the operations of a traditional industry such as postal services. The convergence of cloud computing, IoT, and advanced data analytics within this project ensured a holistic and robust approach to facility management.
The Role of Edge Technologies
Edge technologies and data insights were paramount in the successful enhancement of the Building Management System (BMS) at Australia Post’s Bayswater Distribution Center. As the facility dealt with a massive amount of data from diverse sources like environmental sensors, occupancy monitors, vibration sensors, and energy/water usage monitors, traditional data processing methods could have resulted in significant latency. Edge computing, however, ensured that data was processed closer to its source, effectively reducing this latency and enabling real-time insights and immediate response to anomalies or changes in the system. This significantly improved the system’s efficiency, allowing for rapid adjustments to be made when necessary and thus driving operational excellence.
Furthermore, the data insights derived from the edge-processed data brought forth a new level of understanding to the operations at the distribution centre. The ability to monitor, analyse, and visualise data trends in real-time was an essential aspect of informed decision-making, enabling the team to identify inefficiencies and proactively address potential issues. Data insights from vibration monitoring led to improved asset reliability, occupancy data enhanced space utilisation, and energy and water usage data contributed to better resource management and sustainability. Therefore, the integration of edge technologies and the consequent data insights played a vital role in optimising the operations of the Bayswater Distribution Center, shaping it as a beacon of modern, efficient, and sustainable facility management.
Outcomes and Benefits
The upgraded Building Management System (BMS) at Australia Post’s Bayswater Distribution Center offers numerous benefits to its users that encompass operational efficiency, safety, sustainability, and cost savings. Here is a closer look at how users gain from this robust system:
1. Operational Efficiency: With remote connectivity, users can monitor and control BMS parameters from any location. Real-time access to operational data allows for swift and informed decision-making, which significantly boosts operational efficiency. Additionally, the ability to remotely adjust set points facilitates better control over the facility’s functions.
2. Proactive Maintenance and Asset Reliability: The system’s vibration monitoring feature allows users to track the health of critical equipment. By detecting irregular vibrations that often precede equipment failures, the system enables proactive maintenance, enhancing the lifespan of assets, and reducing the risk of unexpected breakdowns and the associated downtime.
3. Improved Safety Measures: The implementation of occupancy monitoring and CO monitoring has greatly increased safety standards within the facility. Occupancy monitoring ensures lone worker safety by alerting the management about any safety anomalies. Carbon monoxide monitoring safeguards the health of workers around vehicles, contributing to a safer workplace environment.
4. Efficient Space and Resource Utilisation: The inclusion of occupancy monitoring and resource consumption monitoring assists in optimising cleaning schedules, space utilization, and resource management. The system informs efficient deployment of cleaning services and effective use of office and warehouse spaces, leading to notable cost savings. Moreover, by tracking energy and water consumption, the system helps identify wastage, informing conservation strategies.
5. Environmental Compliance: Ambient monitoring ensures that the facility consistently meets the ASHRAE Standard 55 specifications for acceptable thermal environments, thereby creating a comfortable working environment for staff.
6. Enhanced Logistics: With Object Detection video analytics tracking vehicle movements, the system provides valuable data for improving logistics planning. This contributes to the smooth running of operations and enhances safety.
7. Anomaly Detection and Alarming: The system’s capability to identify anomalies in operational parameters enables users to take prompt action, preventing potential disruptions. Automated alarms and reports further facilitate quick response times.
8. Data Analysis and Visualization: All parameters are trended and visualised for simple analysis. This aids users in understanding operational patterns and anomalies, contributing to better decision-making.
9. Cost Savings: By reducing unplanned downtime, optimising space and resource utilisation, and improving energy and water efficiency, the system offers significant cost-saving potential.
By harnessing the power of edge technologies, the augmented BMS at the Bayswater Distribution Center has significantly upgraded the way Australia Post operates, contributing to a more efficient, safer, and sustainable operation.
The successful implementation of the augmented Building Management System (BMS) at Australia Post’s Bayswater Distribution Center stands as a shining example of the transformative power of advanced technologies in traditional industries. The project leveraged the benefits of edge computing, IoT, and sophisticated data analytics to create an integrated and responsive system that has markedly enhanced operational efficiency, asset reliability, and safety, while also contributing to sustainability goals.
The innovative use of remote monitoring, vibration and occupancy monitoring, resource consumption tracking, environmental regulation, and vehicle movement tracking showcases the project’s comprehensive approach to facility management. The users have experienced numerous benefits ranging from increased operational control, proactive maintenance, improved safety measures, efficient space and resource utilization, environmental compliance, enhanced logistics, and significant cost savings.
In addition, the system’s capability to provide trend analysis, visual data representation, automated alarms, and anomaly detection underscores the value of data-driven decision-making in optimizing operations and mitigating potential disruptions.
Delivered on time and within budget, the project has set a new standard for similar developments in the future. As Australia Post continues to reap the benefits of this advanced BMS, the Bayswater Distribution Center project serves as a blueprint for how technology can bring about profound improvements in operational efficiency, reliability, safety, and sustainability in the postal services industry and beyond.
For more information about the project, its implementation, or the potential application of similar solutions to your operations, please feel free to reach out to us. Our team would be more than happy to discuss the project’s intricacies, the benefits realised, and how these modern technologies could be adapted to enhance your operational efficiency, reliability, safety, and sustainability. We look forward to hearing from you.