May 20, 2022 13:56

Surbana Jurong clinches IoT – Building Services & Facilities Award in Singapore Business Review Technology Excellence Annual Awards Programme

Singapore,  20 May 2022 – Surbana Jurong has been recognised for its innovative efforts to increase operational efficiencies and reduce energy usage in its Singapore office at Connection One.

The IoT – Building Services & Facilities award was awarded to the digital solutions team, Surbana Technologies, for the successful deployment of 31 sensors scanning over 112 data points in a 400 sqm space at SJ’s Collaboration Hub in Singapore. The sensors are connected to an enterprise 24K platform that integrates the monitoring of various operational performance metrics including energy usage, water consumption, indoor air quality, carbon dioxide levels, lighting brightness, temperature, humidity, and volatile organic compounds (VOC).

Eugene Seah (centre), Managing Director for SJ’s Smart City Solutions with his team and the SBR award.

The project led to a five per cent savings in electricity bills and an increase in productivity. Data from the platform gives users an insight into usage patterns and influences them to take concrete steps to reduce energy by turning off lights and air-conditioning after use.

Smart workspace management

Surbana Jurong also implemented a Workspace Management System comprising an array of battery-operated motion sensors placed at various hotdesking locations to track the number of desks available in the hub. The system allows users to book rooms, and control lights and air-conditioning remotely through an app. When the sensors detect inactivity in a room for a period, the lights and air-conditioning will automatically switch off. Staff are informed of the availability of spaces through automated alerts, activated by the sensors. Overall, users are empowered to use the space responsibly, keeping the rooms and spaces clean and tidy for the next user.

Such data on usage trends helps the project team to design collaboration spaces for Surbana Jurong’s upcoming SJ Campus in the Jurong Innovation District.

Minimising pollutants to improve air quality

The team also installed an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Monitoring System to monitor carbon dioxide, lighting brightness, energy meters, temperature, humidity, and volatile organic compounds (VOC) to detect the presence of harmful pollutants, and data collected is monitored by the facility management team. As a result, users can make informed decisions on how to improve the IAQ of the workspace.

In addition, the team is also using a CCTV-based Facial Recognition and People Counting system to boost workplace security by detecting intrusions. To help minimise glare and eye strain on users, the team has also installed Circadian Smart Lighting which permits lighting intensity to be adjusted by users.

Eugene Seah, Managing Director, Surbana Jurong’s Smart City Solutions said: “This award is yet another proof point that technology can significantly improve employee health and safety by making an office space more energy-efficient, cleaner and more conducive for collaboration and productivity. What’s more important is that technology influences users to own the space they use and be responsible in keeping the space conducive for everyone”.

This is the second year that Surbana Jurong has been recognised at the SBR Technology Excellence Awards. Last year, the company received the Augmented and Virtual Reality Award in the engineering category for its Computer-Aided Virtual Environment (CAVE), a state-of-the-art immersive visualisation platform that allows teams using Building Information Models to conduct Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) coordination and research.

The annual awards highlight technological innovations, recognising exceptional companies in Singapore that are leading the technological revolution and digital journeys of their respective industries.


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