UOW SMART Infrastructure Facility Goes Virtual

UOW SMART Infrastructure Facility Goes Virtual

We have been collaborating with the University of Wollongong (UOW) SMART Infrastructure Facility and have developed a 3D model of the building. We were able to create a visualisation in virtual reality (VR) by using the IoT (Internet of Things) and Nube.IO sensors. We are impressed by UOW and the involved local businesses as they embrace emerging technologies. We believe that innovative technology is a powerful tool which is most valuable when explored in collaborative partnerships such as this.


Nubie.IO specialises in smart building technologies which are designed to monitor indoor environmental conditions and optimise energy usage. For this project, they installed 120 Nube.IO smart sensors in the SMART building, which equates to one sensor per room. These smart sensors monitored the temperature, humidity, light, and motion of the environment in real-time. We then built a 3D model of the SMART Infrastructure Facility along with the API (application programming interface) for the mapping of sensor data and visualisation. This 3D model allows users to interact with and explore the virtual environment while also being able to view the results from the smart sensors in real time.

Nube.IO General Manager, Matthew Cochrane reflected on our collaboration and can see benefit and opportunity for small medium enterprises (SME) to collaborate with like-minded companies in the future.

“It’s great to be involved in this collaborative IoT project right here in Wollongong. Utilising the Digital Living Lab’s LoRaWAN technology has meant that there are more opportunities for SME’s to be involved in projects like this.”

Our Managing Director, Ken Kencevski found the collaboration to be an eye-opening experience. It revealed the array of possibilities that technology and partnerships such as this could achieve.

“This application allows us to visualise spaces in real time, but also to go back in time in order to compare building management options and work out better efficiencies,” he said.

“It gives you the information you need to act.

“For instance, you could integrate it with weather apps to ensure that the temperature of the building was comfortable with those inside, while preventing energy waste if the room was unoccupied.”

SMART’s director, Senior Professor Pascal Perez, found that this collaboration has been a great example of the value of emerging technologies. He also reflected upon the value of local partnerships which enabled this project to be successfully implemented.

“SMART, Nube.IO and Devika pulled their resources together to share their R&D capabilities and design a cost-effective solution that is both sustainable and scalable. The SMART Infrastructure Facility has now become a truly smart building.”

Professor Perez also noted that the sharing of R&D capabilities has raised new opportunities for further collaboration.

“Our next step is to use this comprehensive set of information to map out indoor environmental and occupancy patterns in order to optimize our energy usage. Later on, we could use the model to directly inform our lighting, air conditioning and ventilation systems”.

This project revealed to each party involved, the value of data visualisation, 3D modeling, VR as well as the combined ability to implement this technology now. Following the success of this project, we look forward to applying our knowledge and skills to other institutions where this technology is relevant, such as property developers and interior designers.

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