Collaboration Case Study: How AirSentric™ IAQ monitors integrate with the SMoCAI™ platform to deliver IAQ & HVAC performance solutions
by Vicente Pinto, Product Director, Aire Limpio 2nd November 2022
Tags: IAQ, on-demand ventilation, filtration, HVAC, energy efficiency, net-zero
The collaboration between NuWave Sensors and IAQ engineering specialists Aire Limpio has delivered solutions to over 8 million sq. ft. of commercial real estate and public sector buildings. In his article, Aire Limpio’s Product Director, Vicente Pinto shares his views on:
- Why the AirSentric monitoring system was selected by the Aire Limpio engineering team following a global search
- How continuous monitoring of IAQ enables deployment of ventilation and filtration technologies
- How the AirSentric system integrates with Building Management Systems (BMS) and Aire Limpio’s platform to deliver automated on-demand ventilation response
Aire Limpio for more than two decades has been a pioneer in ventilation and filtration technologies in Spain, providing cutting-edge technologies such as photocatalytic purification and active polarization filtration.
In 2019, in the search to keep up with the demand for technological systems associated with indoor air quality, Aire Limpio decided to go a step beyond electromechanical systems and enter the development of information technology systems that under the same umbrella would cover continuous monitoring, awareness and methods of taking automatic actions.
Developing Holistic Solutions Together
When Aire Limpio decided to carry out the development of an integral indoor air quality platform, the thinking was to seek a partner with a reliable and accurate monitoring platform as the fundamental basis for the entire development. This is the key point that would allow the development of a cloud system, with information regarding the quality of indoor air, that was useful for the occupants in the buildings, while automatic control actions could be executed to have a ventilation and filtration on demand scheme. This is how SMoCAI™ (Sistema para la Monitorización de la Calidad del Aire Interior), the Indoor Air Quality monitoring system, was born. A key point for the project was always to have reliable systems that were easy to implement and that allowed easy integration into the ecosystem of the platform being developed.
This is why, after multiple tests of numerous existing systems and review of different companies, Aire Limpio decided to collaborate with NuWave Sensors.
NuWave’s proven ability to deliver, to work hand in hand to provide hardware solutions, the ease of integration, and the speed in which the installation of its devices can be carried out with minimal interruption have allowed the AirSentric system to be a fundamental part of our SMoCAI platform.
Integration & Using the Data
SMoCAI today consists of a cloud system, which allows real-time monitoring of multiple parameters of air quality and the output to be displayed on screens distributed in the building. This allows users to know at all times the quality of indoor air, as well as enabling integration with clean air purification and filtration systems for automatic activation of ventilation and purification in real-time and on-demand.
This has been possible thanks to the ease of integration of NuWave’s HEX platform that allows data to be easily incorporated into our cloud. In addition, the collaboration with NuWave has allowed the development of connectivity under the BACnet and Modbus protocols, key protocols today for inclusion within BMS systems in buildings, allowing ventilation schemes on demand within any existing platform in buildings. All this has allowed us to deploy in more than 8 million sq ft of surface of buildings in Spain and Andorra, including buildings in the sectors of offices, hospitals, hotels, and real estate.
Plaza de la independencia 6, Madrid
C/ Julián Camarillo 31, Madrid
Av. De Bruselas 20, Alcobendas, Madrid
C/ Maria de Molina 39, Madrid
Avda. de los problasdos 3, Madrid
Residencia Ronald Mc Donald
Av.de Menedez Pelayo 65, Madrid
Sede Allianz Madrid
C/ Ramirez Arellano 35, Madrid
Sede Allianz Barcelona
Carrer de Tarragona 109, Barcelona
Torre Diagonal Litoral B3
C/ Josep Pla 2, Barcelona
Calle Maria de Molina 36, Madrid
Centro Comercial Lagoh
Av. Palmas Altas 1, Sevilla
C/ Josefa Valcarcel 43, Madrid
Paseo de la Castellana 202
Centro Comercial Julia Onix
Av. Meritxell 79, Andorra
Centro Comercial Albacenter
C/ Alcalde Conangla S/N
Centro Comercial Anecblau
Av. Canal Olimpic 24, Barcelona
Centro Comercial Portal de La Marina
Av Costa Blanca 2, Alicante
Centro Comercial Gran Via de Vigo
Rua do Miradoiro 2, Vigo
Centro Comercial As Termas
Av. Infanta Elena 213, Lugo
Centro Comercial El Rosal
Av. De la Constitucion 2, Leon
Parque Comercial Abadia
Carretera Toledo a Bargas, CM-4003, s/n
Calle Valentin Beato 21, Madrid
Av Reina Victoria 26, Madrid
C/Almagro 40, Madrid
Av Diagonal 640, Barcelona
Yves Saint Laurent
C/ Alcala 12, Madrid
Through the last three years we have gained outstanding deployment timing. For example, on one typical project, the requirement was to deploy a system to comply with the WELL building standard and the scope was to cover all office areas occupied by tenants.
We deployed 52 AirSentric monitors to measure dry-bulb temperature, relative humidity, carbon dioxide, particulate matter (PM1.0, 2.5, 4.0, 10.0), total volatile organic compounds (TVOC) and formaldehyde (CH2O) across the building.
As there were more than 15 tenants in the building, this involved working with many stakeholders. We successfully installed and commissioned the entire system in just two days’ time. This was achieved by having reliable wireless technology and the right partner to back it up.
Together, Aire Limpio and NuWave Sensors have created something greater than the sum of the parts.
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