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​Businesses are starting to realise the positive effects of a comfortable working environment on employee wellbeing. A growing body of research has shown that optimising the comfort conditions in a place of work leads to a positive impact on people’s physical and psychological health.

Building Research Establishment (BRE) has published research showing that people in Europe spend around 90 per cent of their time indoors. Poor indoor air quality can reduce employee productivity through symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, aches and pains, eye and throat problems and skin irritation. It can also exacerbate seasonal affective disorder (SAD), stress, depression, backache
and other cardiovascular ailments.

Business owners and tenants would do well to tackle the issue of poor indoor air quality by implementing systems which ensure that work conditions are optimised at all times of the working day. A Building Energy Management System (BEMS) plays a significant role in enhancing occupational wellbeing by creating an environment where air quality and general comfort conditions are fully optimised. A BEMS will also properly control of lighting within the workplace to ensure that people work in properly illuminated conditions at all times. Combining natural lighting with a DALI control system allows a workplace to achieve the optimal balance of cost efficiency and employee wellbeing.

The good news is that that employees who are more comfortable are more industrious. The World Green Building Council states that productivity improvements of 8-11 per cent are not uncommon as a result of better air quality, while a Gensler survey found that 90 per cent of employees admitted that their attitude about work is adversely affected by the quality of their workplace environment.

BEMS for visibility and control

It’s important to give occupants a certain amount of control of their workspaces – something that can be easily achieved with a BEMS. Individuals can access their own unique graphic or dashboard, which displays relevant information in an easy to understand format.

But, at the same time, the amount of access to the system can be kept at an appropriate level for each user, i.e. the office manager can make their area warmer or cooler within an agreed band or extend lighting for an hour at the end of the day – but cannot access the HVAC controls system for pumps or boilers, which are generally the responsibility of the maintenance manager.

The latest BEMS supervisor software available from Trend Controls, called IQVISION, means that any smart device with the appropriate security levels such as a user’s own PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone can access relevant information remotely. The BEMS is therefore accessible to a wider range of users, leading to greater productivity and improved workplace environments.

Centre of excellence

A workplace that has wellbeing as a key focus will offer a better return on any investment through improved productivity, less absence through illness and better staff morale. It is therefore clear that, as well as being at the forefront of the drive towards greater energy efficiency, the environmental benefits that can be experienced through a BEMS are considerable.

Spektrum, the Workforce Management application from AIS Software, now includes a new module called Scheduling and Rostering. Spektrum Scheduling and Rostering module is the essential tool for companies whose employees work with a range of shifts, schedules and rosters. Spektrum helps you create and manage flexible work schedules according to your business needs. The interface is web-based, allowing managers and employees to view schedules, see upcoming rosters and access to the data from anywhere.

Internet of Things AIS

System integrators are key players in the push towards the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT companies such as AIS Technology must have extensive know-how into many systems affecting various departments. Hardware and software integration are key factors for any company operating in the Internet of Things space.

System Integrators and the Internet of Things

The age of the Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us. The Internet of Things (IoT) and the system integrator play a vital role in this transition into a new era. The Internet of Things looks to redefine what traditional systems integrators have done for years and decades. Automation solutions providers are sceptical of the revolutionary claims pushed by IoT advocates. Many believe that the Internet of Things can transform the industrial market and open up opportunities to system integrators and end users alike. There are many reasons why an established system integrator is key to an IoT project:

The IoT is complex. System integrators specialise in complex.

An IoT project consists of a number of inter-linked facets, such as sensors, gateways, servers, platforms and analytics. System integrators know that a successful IoT project depends on connecting systems from different vendors together. Compatibility between systems is vital, and system integrators such as AIS have the experience of making the complex simple. Linking sub-systems together via real-time hardware and software interfaces is key to an IoT project.

The IoT affects both IT and Operations. System integrators already work with both.

A true Internet of Things project will interface with information systems handled by numerous departments within a business. Real-time information sharing is a must to achieve connected business intelligence. Systems integrators are the link between Operations and IT within a business, delivering insight that breaks down any internal barriers.

Years of Experience and Knowhow.

System integrators with years of experience have in-house capabilities to bring an IoT project to fruition. An IoT solution is critical to any business, thus working with an established company will minimise risks and delays. System integrators also know that IoT security must be factored in at the design stage to ensure adherence to GDPR regulations and reduce threats.

AIS is well positioned to deliver Internet of Things solutions to organisations looking to transform their business. From smart cities, workplace analytics, Industrial IoT and smart healthcare, AIS have the software and hardware expertise to deliver an IoT application of any size or scope.

Trend Controls IQVISION

AIS Technology are pleased to announce that customers can now benefit from the new BMS Supervisor software offered by Trend Controls. The new Supervisor software is called IQVISION, and is exclusively offered in Malta by AIS Technology Limited.

The successor to the pioneering 963 Supervisor, IQ Vision integrates Trend Controllers, third party smart systems and internet protocol devices into a centralised software platform. IQ Vision is designed to manage all sizes of buildings from single stand-alone sites to enterprise level, giving building owners and managers the ability to optimise their systems.

IQ Vision is a real-time user interface that enables users to get the very best from their BEMS, providing graphical information to standard internet browsers.

It boasts a diverse range of useful functions such as centralised data logging, archiving, alarming, tendering, master scheduling, system wide database management and integration with enterprise software applications – all of which can be used for highlighting and investigating energy use within buildings.

AIS Technology engineers, designers and developers have recently undergone extensive training on the new IQVISION software, further extending their existing multi-year relationship with Trend Controls.

For more information about IQVISION, follow this link.

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Pioneering the Latest Technology

AIS Technology was the first company in Malta to introduce biometric authentication technology to the local market since its establishment 25 years ago. The mission of the company has always been to be the forerunner, the forward thinker, the go-to company for anything biometrics and security. Since then, AIS Technology has been actively and aggressively promoting and distributing biometric solutions nationwide to the SMEs.

Together with their corporate clients, AIS sees the value in the latest technology and continue to embrace it going forward.

Over many years, AIS Technology has extended their portfolio to include fingerprint and face recognition in office automation, workforce and security sectors. Due to their status as a pioneer biometrics supplier, AIS Technology clients do not see the company as just another reseller but as a company that they can consult with when it comes to the latest technology in biometrics and security.

“Biometrics technology in Malta has gained its momentum lately compared to a few years back because various industries have begun to realize the benefits of this technology in the workforce and security sectors,” according to Mr Darryl Schembri of AIS. “Many people want to move from manual to automation and biometrics like FingerTec provides them the smooth transition.

As the winter period kicks in, it's a good time to look at how technologies can be implemented to make a difference to overall operating efficiency. The winter months are a key period when energy efficiency and reduced costs can be achieved. 

Well worth considering is the use of variable speed drives (VSDs), as the energy cost savings as a result of installing these devices can be significant. A centrifugal pump or fan running at 80 per cent speed consumes only half of the energy of one running at full speed. Variable speed drive installations generally lead to a Return on Investment (ROI) of a matter of months.

It is also possible to provide evidence of these savings. Under a range of environmental conditions - such as being on for one week and off the next - recorded energy values can automatically logged in the BEMS and then periodically uploaded to an online reporting system. Our solutions can automatically generate reports showing clear evidence of the financial justification and payback analysis of the investment.

Trend release new range of BEMS Controllers

Trend’s IQ®4E is the latest addition to the company’s industry leading range of control devices.Trend IQ4 controllers deliver high levels flexibility and functionality, whilst delivering the very highest levels of performance into a device that has an extremely small footprint.

Available in 16, 32, 64, 96, 128, 160 and 192-point variants; applications of all sizes can benefit from its best in class technology, while the ability to upgrade between the point variants provides increased flexibility.

Superior processing performance enables even the most complex HVAC applications to be controlled and the IQ®4E also has improved I/O bus capabilities, with an available length of up to 300m and the potential for 30 I/O modules to be configured. Additionally Trend has introduced a new Universal Input /Output module – 8UIO, allowing every channel to be configured as a digital input, thermistor input, current input, voltage input or voltage output. Once again, this versatility will deliver significant savings on installation and equipment costs as well as simplifying the potential maintenance stock.

To find out more about the new range of Trend IQ4 controllers, follow this link.

 

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