The air quality in the band rehearsal rooms of the Cable Factory in Helsinki is now being monitored with IoT sensors. Smart technology can help to improve the energy efficiency of old buildings, which is piloted here.
The Cable Factory in Helsinki is testing a new solution for measuring humidity and carbon dioxide concentrations in band rehearsal rooms. The sensors will initially be installed in only one room, but the pilot will be expanded in 2019 to encompass all 50 band training rooms. The system is based on IoT – Internet of Things – sensors, which upload the data measured in the training rooms online, where it can be monitored in real time. The system was developed in a project conducted at Vekotinverstas, a gadget workshop run jointly by the City of Helsinki’s innovation unit Forum Virium Helsinki and the Cable Factory, for the purpose of testing IoT sensors in property management and control.
Air quality data benefits properties
Old buildings in particular often lack the technology required to produce data for effective air quality control. In the pilot being conducted at the Cable Factory, this problem has been solved through the installation of IoT sensors.
“This project is an opportunity to gain data about the building that would otherwise be difficult to get. The Cable Factory is an old industrial building converted into a cultural centre. While its technical building services have also been renewed over the years, the building lacks modern sensor technology. The data produced by the IoT sensors will help improve and control things like ventilation and heating, which could lead to significant savings in the form of reduced building upkeep costs,” says Facility Manager Matti Waara from the Cable Factory.
Pilot to provide new insights
The pilot is being carried out by Vekotinverstas, the joint gadget workshop of Helsinki’s Cable Factory and Forum Virium Helsinki, with three on-the-job learners from Helsinki Business College’s IoT line.
“This is an opportunity to make and try out new things and learn in the process. We could have purchased similar sensors from a commercial vendor, but making and experimenting with them ourselves has allowed us to learn a great deal about sensor and LoRaWAN technologies. Our hope is that the students will have also gained some new insights from such a hands-on approach, allowing them to go back to school with some new ideas in the autumn,” says Forum Virium Helsinki’s IoT expert Aapo Rista.
Forum Virium Helsinki is the innovation unit of the City of Helsinki, which aims to build Helsinki into the most functional smart city in the world in collaboration with companies, the scientific community and residents.
Vekotinverstas (the Gadget Workshop) is a workshop open to everyone in which the residents and companies of Helsinki can experiment and build various IoT applications and devices under the supervision of an expert.
Vekotinverstas is located at the Cable Factory and was established by the City of Helsinki’s innovation unit Forum Virium Helsinki and the Cable Factory. Vekotinverstas is also part of Forum Virium Helsinki’s IoT programme, which develops data collection methods in Helsinki. The aim of the programme is to utilise IoT technology to provide businesses and the entire city community with real-time and more precise data for use in service development and decision-making. The programme also contributes to the building of an open IoT ecosystem by promoting intercompatibility and organising open calls for companies, for example. The workshops organised at Vekotinverstas are made possible by the MySmartLife project, which is part of Forum Virium Helsinki’s IoT programme. vekotinverstas.fi
The Cable Factory is the largest cultural centre in Finland. Covering a total area of 56,000 square metres, the Cable Factory houses 3 museums, 10 galleries, dance theatres, art schools, artists, bands and companies active in the creative industries. The Cable Factory is administered by the property management company Kiinteistö Oy Kaapelitalo, which is owned by the City of Helsinki.
Photo: Kuvio Oy / Martin Sommerschield.