Hopefully, by now, most of our readers understand the benefits of installing IoT devices in their buildings. But no matter how great of an idea it is to install the hardware, the installation process is a daunting task. Finding the right contractors that can install specific devices onto even more specific equipment can be a challenge. It also represents an upfront cost that many building managers might not budget.
Now there is a DIY option. Aquicore just announced the launch of a new product line, self-installing IoT hardware for buildings. The devices can be installed to important equipment within 30 minutes and don’t require a contractor. They run on encrypted 4G and create a mesh network that can cover an entire building. They already have some pretty impressive success stories. Boston Properties outfitted their 60-floor, two million square foot John Hancock Tower (200 Clarendon) in less than two days. Normandy Real Estate Partners was able to complete the installation of these devices in nineteen buildings in their portfolio in only five.
The company designs all of their hardware and has a software platform to go with it. They also offer an API that can integrate with other systems. I connected with Logan Soya, founder and CEO of Acquire, about his company’s new hardware and here is what he had to say:
“Aquicore offers what we call ‘data logging devices’ that help building owners and operators connect to and collect real-time data from various equipment within a building. This can include things like utility meters, HVAC devices, electric, water, and gas consumption on various floors and tenants.
Aquicore’s hardware solution is offered with two devices – the AQ Bridge and the AQ Hub. An AQ Bridge can be easily mounted adjacent to any major piece of equipment or utility meter and then wires to it via widely available data protocols such as Pulse, Modbus, or Bacnet. (This is very similar to wiring a thermostat in terms of effort). The AQ Bridges then wirelessly communicate the information. Multiple AQ Bridges create a wireless mesh network that is self-healing and automatically provisioning with zero setup or configuration.
Finally, the AQ Hub serves as a backbone for wireless data collection across a building. It aggregates all data across all AQ Bridges and carries that information up to the Aquicore Cloud using a cellular signal.”
This might be the beginning of a new era of intuitive IoT design that can be easily installed by anyone. While this might be a loss for the equipment contracting industry, it could result in a much faster pace of adoption of IoT in buildings, something that we can certainly get behind.