Real time, secure data collection.

A self-installed, highly cost-effective
data collection device for commercial buildings.

Real time, secure data collection.

The GWTi-Observer is a unique piece of patented technology that listens to and captures data produced by systems, sensors and equipment in commercial buildings. 

Like a black box in an aeroplane except that it communicates in real time.

The GWTi-Observer provides a highly secure environment capturing and transferring data to the cloud. Data is standardised and classified to facilitate consistent and comparable data across buildings and on an ongoing basis.

Captured data is available in near real time and may support warnings and alerts. Data is also available over time to allow patterns of behaviour and performance to be seen and comparisons between buildings or systems viewed.

Big data technology allows management of the large amounts of data which is compressed, stored in the cloud, and forms the basis for the creation of insights that may be combined to give unique and potentially disruptive products.

The GWTi-Observer can be installed by a competent FM operator making it a highly cost-effective way of creating reliable and actionable insights across building portfolios.

How GWTi-Observer works.

The application of our unique technology unlocks data other systems cant access at an affordable price. GWTi-Observer provides many unique features.

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A self-installed, highly cost-effective
data collection device for commercial buildings.

Extensive secure data capture.

Many older building systems use closed protocols which limit access to underlying data. GWTi-Observer supports an increasing number of proprietary protocols for connecting to a broad range of systems and equipment.

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.

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

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.

A self-installed, highly cost-effective
data collection device for commercial buildings.

Delivers real time data.

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

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.

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.

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

A self-installed, highly cost-effective
data collection device for commercial buildings.

Industry compatible data.

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

Data is standardised in accordance with industry standards using Brick Schema structures and approach.

A self-installed, highly cost-effective
data collection device for commercial buildings.

Low cost set up.

Completion of an online questionnaire allows confirmation that the GWTI Observer will be effective for the building. A GWTi-Observer with install instructions is dispatched and further assistance given as necessary. Upon receipt of the first license payment,  data capture will be confirmed and a login to access to the selected product provided.

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

Upon installation the device will automatically update with security patches and firmware updates. Onsite presence is not required to configure or adjust the data GWTi-Observer collects, the system configures itself automatically and can be remotely instructed on specific systems to listen to and what data to collect

Encased in extruded aluminium the GWTi-Observer sits on standard DIN rails situated in the BMS cabinets, communications or server rooms and is linked via networks to building management and other control systems. Width 160mm Height 65mm Depth 100mm.

GWTInsight finds six common building system issues contribute to unnecessary cost.

1 Systems operating out of hours.

2 Systems competing with each other such as heat and cooling.

3 Set point controls at unrealistic values.

4 Equipment running at peak levels and under stress.

5 Critical system failures.

6 No correlation between external factors and internal system settings.

Our technology and knowledge provide value for insurers.

Create real time insights to better inform risk pricing.

Enhance joint risk management, establish a more robust targeted risk mitigation plan.

Reduce losses on claims events.

Improve client retention.

Create a new income stream.

Enable services to corporate ESG commitments.

Shift from policy to service.

Our technology and knowledge provide value for built asset service providers.

Create real time insights to better inform clients.

Automate current services reducing costs of service delivery.

Develop new services impacting the cost and efficiency of building operations.

Enable services to corporate ESG commitments.

Improve design through reliable performance feedback.

Create new revenue streams.

6 Creating new products and services

Because GWTi-Observer captures data in real time, across time and from multiple building systems and operational equipment, it unlocks insights never seen before. 

For insurers it has opened the potential for automation of risk assessments and an opportunity for risk engineers and underwriters to reinvent the evaluation and pricing of risk. It has provided new revenue streams and improved client retention.

For companies designing, manufacturing, and assembling building portfolios it is creating the opportunity to deliver digital twin benefits and will in time, underpin performance guarantees.

For providers of mechanical systems for solar power, cellular telephone networks or remote building provision it facilitates a mercurial shift in cost to service and the ability to disrupt the current servicing market.

For innovative consultants there are many opportunities to combine expertise and knowledge with the potential offered by GWTInsight technology to create innovative and cost-effective ways to reduce cost, risk, and carbon emissions.

5 Strategic and portfolio performance advantage

Capital Allocations. A bank wishes to improve the basis of its £50m replacement capex programme across a range of commercial building types. Under pressure to maximise ROI the traditional sources of information, surveys, manufacturers recommendations and maintenance records prove expensive, difficult to assemble and compare and frequently bear little relation to actual performance of the building. Across time and the whole portfolio data on core system performance and cost to run significantly improves decision making. When combined with user feedback and space use, it creates a powerful tool for capital allocations.

Benchmarking. This has long been the source of value. GWTInsight solutions provide data at building equipment level facilitating performance comparisons across all building types, across zones within a building and across a portfolio.

An outsourcing FM firm wishes to find the sources of added value and to be able to demonstrate to clients why action is necessary and the benefits it can bring. A pilot identified that a focus on large scale energy users like HVAC systems can deliver ROI within months and significant financial and environmental benefits over time.

Optimising use of space. Traditional methods of assessing space rely on point in time surveys or more recently sensors that count the number of people on a floor. Both methods miss essential information about behaviours and changing patterns in use. A pilot project with a leading building environment consultant in the UK, a combination of GWTi-Observer, GWTinsight-Maker and Ubiqisense sensors was able to:

  • identify and immediately allocate a unique code to an individual avoiding privacy issues and double counting often created by movement triggered sensors
  • identify very specific behaviours
  • identify ‘nesting’ where coats, bags and computers are left to claim desks that are otherwise not used
  • identify availability of desks and meeting rooms in real time
  • identify changing patterns of use over time.

The applications range from automating time bound surveys to real time availability of space and rooms delivered to a smart phone.

4 Reducing risk

The realisation of a risk in commercial buildings can create danger to people, reputational damage, disruption to operations, reduced revenue, and the challenge of renewal. Insurance companies share the burden of commercial building failures and have embraced the opportunity to work with clients to better identify and mitigate risk. 

The adoption of a digital solution across portfolios of buildings is now affordable thanks to the innovative GWTI technology. Whether focusing on the building systems or those critical to operations, known risks can be effectively mitigated by real time and over time insights with cost and operational benefits realised.

AXA XL and Zurich Insurance, global insurance companies have embraced the technology which underpins a new and disruptive digital approach to risk engineering. Other Insurance companies are embracing the technology to improve risk assessment, pricing, product offering and cost reduction inside of their operations.

Mutual benefits for clients and providers include:

  • the reduction in losses as any failures are identified in real time
  • reduced claims
  • avoidance of risk through early warnings or identification of hidden risks
  • reductions in balance sheet retentions
  • increased feasibility of self-insuring tier one and lower cost of premiums.

3 Reducing costs and carbon emissions

6% of the worlds carbon emissions are estimated to be caused by commercial buildings in use. The majority is created by energy consumed by building systems. ESG commitments make tackling this area a priority.

Heating, cooling, and ventilation systems (HVAC) in addition to the increasing technology loads and the impact of multiple visits to buildings by those responsible for maintaining them are the key carbon creators. Of course, carbon reduction is not a zero-sum issue, tackling inefficiencies in building systems, eradicating waste, and reducing system failures and the need for maintenance also reduces cost.

Our most common findings leading to action which delivered cost and carbon reductions are:

• Out of hours unnecessary energy consumption
• Systems competing against each other
• Poorly configured systems with few controls
• Failing equipment increasing energy consumption
• Underperforming equipment increasing costs in other systems
• Risk avoidance, the discovery of failing systems and mitigating action.
• Abuse of controls by users

These tactical observations and fixes enable broader cost reduction benefits including improvements in:

• FM strategy optimisation
• Reduced maintenance visits and costs
• Capital allocation and renewal decision making.
• User education and use

2 Meeting contract or regulatory requirements including ESG related reporting

What better way to identify performance and provide proof of delivery than real time and over time reporting on a simply accessed dashboard shared with all parties to a contract? This is exactly what GWTInsight technology can do.

A good example is a project where fines were being incurred for non-performance in a Public Finance Initiative (PFI) contract for a collection of schools. Classroom temperatures were consistently poor leading to multiple complaints from teachers and pupils. Attempts to correct it had failed. A GWTi-Observer and GWTinsight-Maker were used in a pilot project and quickly identified several system issues. The deployment of additional sensors increased insight and solutions were identified.

Sharing the findings with reliable data aligned the client and provider and facilitated the benefits which included better classroom environments, fewer carbon emissions, fewer site engineer visits and reduced energy bills. The financial penalties stopped.

Equally consultants advising on potential for improvement and tracking KPI’s in outsourced contracts can baseline performance with accurate data and then monitor performance over time.

The application of the system in commissioning of commercial buildings is also possible. The use of real time data on installed systems over a test period goes beyond simply checking the building management systems (BMI). The use of sensors combined with building systems completes an accurate picture which can be documented, proven with ‘independent data’ and tracked through occupation.

1 Meeting basic safety standards

From the outset and working with clientsclients, multiple instances of safety systems not working were found. Commonly occurring instances include:

• Low pressure in fire sprinkler systems
• Heat pumps working at 100%, 100% of the time
• Security alarm systems switched off after hours
• Dangerously high temperatures in computer rooms
• Critical safety equipment switched off whilst machines are working
• Machinery consuming high levels of power indicating a fire risk
• Legionella disease protection
• Carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide monitoring

These basic key safety issues can be identified by GWTi-Observer and GWTinsight-Maker technology reducing the risk of danger to people and business operations. And importantly, our technology allows users to monitor systems and set triggers for early warnings or real time alerts.