How Observer Works

The technology behind GWTI Observer provides many unique features. These combine to provide a cost-effective way to understand the performance of a building portfolio and drive risk, cost and carbon reduction benefits.

Technical specifications

Listens to and captures data produced by open protocol control systems.

Systems include; Fire Control, Lighting, HVAC, Safety, Air quality, Energy, Water, White Goods, Material Handling, Machinery, Lift state,  “Open Protocol” i.e. BACnet, KNX, ModBus, Web Services,  LoRa, and Zwave.  New systems from most manufacturers support an open protocol.

Listens to and captures data produced by closed protocol building systems.

Many older building systems used closed protocols which limit access to underlying data of use to building facilities and risk managers. Observer supports an increasing number of proprietary protocols for connecting to the same collection of systems shown on the left. 

Listens to and captures data produced by equipment within buildings.

Production and operating machinery such as chillers and other refrigeration units, power generators, warehouse control systems / sorting systems, manufacturing systems and equipment regarded as mission critical.

Captures data from sensors and actuators.

Building systems data can be supplemented with sensors. Observer captures data from hundreds of types of sensor and actuator sensing and controlling equipment including temperature, light, humidity, occupancy, CO2, CO, water pressure, lift state and alarms, conveyers, pumps etc etc etc.

Listens to and captures data produced by open protocol control systems.

Systems include; Fire Control, Lighting, HVAC, Safety, Air quality, Energy, Water, White Goods, Material Handling, Machinery, Lift state,  “Open Protocol” i.e. BACnet, KNX, ModBus, Web Services,  LoRa, and Zwave.  New systems from most manufacturers support an open protocol.

Listens to and captures data produced by closed protocol building systems.

Many older building systems used closed protocols which limit access to underlying data of use to building facilities and risk managers. Observer supports an increasing number of proprietary protocols for connecting to the same collection of systems shown on the left. 

Listens to and captures data produced by equipment within buildings.

Production and operating machinery such as chillers and other refrigeration units, power generators, warehouse control systems / sorting systems, manufacturing systems and equipment regarded as mission critical.

Captures data from sensors and actuators.

Building systems data can be supplemented with sensors. Observer captures data from hundreds of types of sensor and actuator sensing and controlling equipment including temperature, light, humidity, occupancy, CO2, CO, water pressure, lift state and alarms, conveyers, pumps etc etc etc.

It is building agnostic – classifies and standardises data.

Captured data is standardised and classified into a common format so that comparisons can be made across portfolios of built assets.

Creates a secure environment.

All data is encrypted at rest and on transmission and all transmission and access to data fully authenticated.  Access is controlled and protected via dedicated security hardware, multiple levels of firewall and intrusion detection. Device to cloud service in the internet is outward connecting only from the device in building to internet.  No inbound connection – significantly reduces risk of attack.

Transfers to and stores data in the cloud.

A secure and proven technology that facilitates access by multiple systems and devices from anywhere in the world.  Data is encrypted and strongly protected in a Big Data repository designed to hold petabytes of data.

Works in near real time.

Data is captured processed and made available typically within 60 seconds or quicker depending on the communications network.

It is building agnostic – classifies and standardises data.

Captured data is standardised and classified into a common format so that comparisons can be made across portfolios of built assets.

Creates a secure environment.

All data is encrypted at rest and on transmission and all transmission and access to data fully authenticated.  Access is controlled and protected via dedicated security hardware, multiple levels of firewall and intrusion detection. Device to cloud service in the internet is outward connecting only from the device in building to internet.  No inbound connection – significantly reduces risk of attack.

Transfers to and stores data in the cloud.

A secure and proven technology that facilitates access by multiple systems and devices from anywhere in the world.  Data is encrypted and strongly protected in a Big Data repository designed to hold petabytes of data.

Works in near real time.

Data is captured processed and made available typically within 60 seconds or quicker depending on the communications network.

Employs leading data compression technology.

A patented system of compression makes the capture and storage of larger scale data highly cost effective.  Multiple years of data for tens of thousands of buildings may be held.

BIM compatible.

Data is standardised in accordance with industry standards.

Is automated and can be remotely configured.

Upon installation the device will automatically update with security patches and firmware updates. Onsite presence is not required to configure or adjust the data Observer collects.  It can be done remotely through a web browser.

Has built in cell network connectivity.

The use of building network connections reduces the potential for disruption and supports effective communications. When this is not available Observers built in capability can use GSM networks with sufficient cellular strength.

Employs leading data compression technology.

A patented system of compression makes the capture and storage of larger scale data highly cost effective.  Multiple years of data for tens of thousands of buildings may be held.

BIM compatible.

Data is standardised in accordance with industry standards.

Is automated and can be remotely configured.

Upon installation the device will automatically update with security patches and firmware updates. Onsite presence is not required to configure or adjust the data Observer collects.  It can be done remotely through a web browser.

Has built in cell network connectivity.

The use of building network connections reduces the potential for disruption and supports effective communications. When this is not available Observers built in capability can use GSM networks with sufficient cellular strength.

Can be self- installed.

No specialist skills are required to install in the Observer in commercial buildings. Instructions and help tools are available.

It is a compact and robust design.

Steel boxed, designed to sit on standard DIN rails, situated in communications or server rooms, linked via network with building management and other control systems. Width 160mm Height 65mm Depth 100mm.

Can be self- installed.

No specialist skills are required to install in the Observer in commercial buildings. Instructions and help tools are available.

It is a compact and robust design.

Steel boxed, designed to sit on standard DIN rails, situated in communications or server rooms, linked via network with building management and other control systems. Width 160mm Height 65mm Depth 100mm.

GWTI Observer is set up in six easy steps.

Step 1

You select which of the products you wish to use. The Foundation Dashboard, The Building Health Monitor or Insight Maker.

Step 2

We will confirm the price. This will depend on the number of buildings you wish to cover and the products selected.

Step 3

We send you a link to a web-based Questionnaire about yourself and the building(s) in which you wish to place an Observer.

Step 4

Once the Questionnaire is complete we will confirm whether the Observer will be effective*.

*Note: whilst Observer will work in most buildings, some may not have systems that produce data or they may use closed protocols that are not readable. We will also advise if you require more than one Observer.

Step 5

We will send you an Observer for you to install. Instructions will be provided together with assistance as necessary.

Step 6

Upon receipt of the first lease payment we will confirm data capture and provide login access for the selected product.

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