Proptech startup Asset Mapping has connected Citylabs, a 100,000 sq ft biomedical centre of excellence located in the heart of Manchester’s ‘Innovation District.

Asset Mapping connected a secure Internet of Things (IoT) gateway to the BMS of Citylabs last Friday. Since then, it has been receiving a constant stream of live data from all heating, cooling and ventilation systems throughout the building.

By connecting Citylabs, Asset Mapping has completed the first technology deployment for CityVerve since the Manchester’s smart city demonstrator launch in July.
It is also the first time the London-based startup showcases its technology for smart building operations, connecting Building Management Systems (BMS), Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and Energy Management into one system.

The next steps are to complete the mapping of all equipment that is used to operate Citylabs, including energy and security, as well as to install additional IoT sensors to gain further intelligence.
Once all siloed systems are connected, and the data is made available via Asset Mapping’s web application, operators and facilities managers will be able to make informed decisions to run buildings better. Their expertise combined with Asset Mapping’s technology will result not only in more efficient building operating management, but in in improved tenant experience, ranging from better air quality to equipment that is always working and a proactive facilities management team to support them in an agile workplace.

With greater visibility and control of key equipment, Citylabs will have new insights to the real time use of the building and its assets by resident businesses. Asset Mapping aims to demonstrate significantly reduced energy and maintenance costs across Citylabs, by using equipment based on real time occupancy, and using sensors to add data otherwise missing from only the most expensive smart buildings.
Citylabs is one of the newest buildings in the Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) Portfolio, the leading science and technology campus operator in the UK and a partner in the CityVerve consortium.
In the next two years, Asset Mapping, with MSP, Bruntwood, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and University of Manchester (UoM) will connect a minimum of nine buildings within Manchester’s ‘Innovation District’, where CityVerve’s demonstrator is located.

The CityVerve open platform is designed for the integration of third-party apps and equipment. This means that there will be opportunities to further engage and enhance the experience of Manchester’s citizens, to further improve the maintenance and performance of cities, and provide a unique environment for collaborative innovation between companies in the Smart Cities sector.
Bill Clee, CEO at Asset Mapping, said: “This is a huge, step forward in the way that buildings and cities will collaborate, and its practical approach makes it the first of its kind anywhere.”
“We will, next, spend some time with the facilities management team at Citylabs and get their input, this is their building and they have the best ideas on how to improve it. They need to experiment with the technology so we can both find the value in the use of IoT for building owners, operators and resident businesses.” “Next, we intend to connect the Energy, Water & Gas meters, and use low lost IoT sensors to augment the existing systems with new data, such as occupancy sensors, C02 and touch button sensors. Citylabs will be the benchmark for further rollouts across other buildings on the CityVerve project.

Smart Cities are actually about the convergence of all types of data and systems, and for CityVerve this is key. We need to include standards used in Smart City, BIM, Asset Management, Mapping and of course IoT.. ” “This building will be an important model to test these ideas , and for all buildings in the project. Perhaps even worldwide.”