UOW SMART Infrastructure Facility Goes Virtual

UOW SMART Infrastructure Facility Goes Virtual

Posted on June 20, 2018

We have been collaborating with the University of Wollongong (UOW) SMART Infrastructure Facility and developed a 3D model of the building. We developed a visualisation of the building in virtual reality (VR) by utilizing the IoT (Internet of Things) and Nube.IO sensors. We are impressed by the involved businesses as they challenged themselves to embrace emerging technology. Innovative technology is a powerful tool and is most valuable when explored within collaborative partnerships such as this.

Technical Details

Nubie.IO specialise in smart technologies which monitor indoor environmental conditions to 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 sensors monitored the temperature, humidity, light, and motion of the environment in real-time. Our contribution was through the development of a 3D model which replicated the SMART Infrastructure Facility. This included the API (application programming interface) which enabled the mapping of sensor data and visualisation. Through the 3D model, users can interact with and explore the virtual environment. Additionally, users can also access and read results from the smart sensors in real time.

Nube.IO

Nube.IO General Manager, Matthew Cochrane, identified the benefit and opportunity for small-medium enterprises (SME) to collaborate with like-minded companies.

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

Devika

Our Managing Director, Ken Kencevski, found the collaboration to be an eye-opening experience. Participation in the project revealed the array of possibilities that technology and partnerships can 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

SMART’s director, Senior Professor Pascal Perez, recognised the value of emerging technology which was furthered through the collaboration. He identified that the local partnerships greatly contributed to the success of this project.

“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 the value of data visualisation, 3D modelling, VR and collaborating to implement this technology. Following the success of this project, we look forward to applying our knowledge and skills at other institutions, such as property developers and interior designers where this technology is relevant.

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