Barclays is focused on proactively managing the environmental impacts of its business, and where possible seeks to find new ways to address challenges. One such example of this is an innovative partnership Barclays established with the small start-up, Smart Buildings to design and develop an industry-leading remote building portfolio management tool. The tool enables users to remotely manage and maintain building equipment such as boilers, lights, and thermostats across large building portfolios around the world and has revolutionised routine maintenance, bringing with it environmental benefits as well as cost and resource efficiencies.
By working together to design and develop the device, Barclays has helped Smart Buildings to deliver an industry-wide step change in traditional infrastructure management. Traditional processes use physical communication devices within a particular building to monitor that building’s processes. This device translates the building management control requirements from set points and at specified start times into a common language so all the building equipment can work in harmony. This system is resource intensive, requiring service engineers to make regular inspections and visit branches to repair faults reported through a ‘call-out’ service.
The Smart Building’s device revolutionises this approach. By using an ‘intelligent box’ and web-based cloud technology, it provides a single interface which connects the existing hardware within buildings across multiple sites. Accessible via an app across multiple platforms from desktops to iPads or smartphones, this device enables property managers to remotely review and manage performance of systems within any chosen building in real-time, delivering cost and resource benefits.