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Smart buildings have slowly begun changing the perception of built environments. From turning on a light bulb through a smartphone to using devices that actively monitor the air quality inside a building, the features of smart buildings and smart workplaces are indeed limitless. Various IoT devices work in parallel to fulfill numerous functions and activities inside smart environments. However, existing methods of data integration being implemented to connect multiple applications, devices, and systems tend to be brittle. It is also a daunting task to keep them all updated as it is a pricey and arduous procedure. Moreover, all integration is in vain if the user experience is not satisfactory and engaging.
The real estate and property solution and service providers that try to implement smart building technology often stumble in their journey without the right platform to enable perfect workability. This is because simple data integration doesn’t seem to fit like a glove at all times. Tying these loose ends together with its cutting-edge composable platform Lucy is iviva.
iviva started out as a provider of solutions around facility management and building management, from device level integration to complete workplace management. “Along the way, we saw a huge gap in how integrations are generally performed and we built our own platform–Lucy–for addressing this and unlocking a lot of potential for integrators, implementers, and end customers,” says Haran Shivanan, Head of Product Development, iviva.
The company has been assisting customers from the real estate and property industry in increasing the efficiency of smart buildings and smart workplaces from scratch. “We provide a platform that connects all of our clients’ devices, applications, and systems in a low-code environment, enabling them to stitch together automation and business processes.”
The Future of Smart Architecture
The company has expertly curated a set of technologies, methodologies, and tools that are really useful for composing complete and complex workplace solutions. iviva handles everything from managing the cloud service, dealing with uptime, security, connectivity, storage, and performance issues, allowing customers to focus on implementing value to their clientele.
The company’s solution portfolio also encompasses an ecosystem of related solutions to help customers. These include iviva.facility, a smart facility management suite that runs on the cloud and is easy to use, and C2O, a tool for staying on top of equipment and complex systems by running analytics and deep learning sequences to enable predictive analytics and fault detection.
To further enunciate the capabilities of Lucy, Shivanan explains how the platform takes presently available devices and features to the next level. While existing IoT devices provide surface-level information based on the designated purpose, the platform’s efficiency can help obtain deeper and dynamic results. For example, in the case of hotels or conference halls, users can ascertain the actual number of occupants at a given time. Lucy can also monitor internal air quality, carbon dioxide levels, humidity, temperature, and so on.
We provide a platform that connects all of our clients’ devices, applications, and systems in a low-code environment, enabling them to stitch together automation and business processes
Lucy also eases the complications that arose in the wake of COVID 19. The pandemic made the enforcement of mandatory safety protocols for one’s safety and well-being, which initially led to chaos due to confusion. The platform enables the automation of visitor entry procedures that have been mandated. Various actions like booking tickets to a stadium or granting access to entry are also automated through mobile apps. It also generates social distancing alerts and notifications if occupancy in meeting rooms or hotel rooms exceeds the permissible amount or if a booked room is currently empty.
An Ecosystem Tailored for Success
Lucy’s prolific features are made possible due to the iviva ecosystem, created by the coalition of global leaders like Autodesk, Siemens, Oracle, Microsoft, and more. All specific requirements raised by clients are addressed with the help of this ecosystem, which is self-adapting and ever-growing. iviva has been catering to the needs of hospitals, airports, corporate companies, and precincts all over the world. Shivanan illuminates this further by citing an instance with a large precinct from Qatar. The client had more than a hundred buildings and a command and control center to monitor the buildings for fire, gas leaks, security incidents, and more. But it was observed that they required a lot of manpower to keep the control center fully efficient. With Lucy incorporated into the system, all devices and applications in the command center were automatically connected. Lucy was able to provide relevant data that helped the client contextualize the raised alarms, and prioritize incidents accurately, enabling them to send the manpower to where it was actually required. All information like CCTV footage, maintenance history, and more is available on the dynamic dashboard provided by Lucy. This enabled the client to reduce over 80 percent of the manpower required to run the command and control center.
Shivanan foresees a bright future for iviva in terms of geographical expansion and the platform’s efficacy. He aims to bring Lucy to landlords and tenants as well, to reduce the total cost of ownership. The company aims to broaden its reach to the European and North American markets to create a better workplace worldwide. “We’re looking into launching a freemium model, which will encourage people to adopt Lucy into their workplaces,” concludes Shivanan.