Smart IoT solutions employed at the construction of a leading Nordic start-up hub
The construction of Maria 01 start-up centre and campus area is soon approaching its final stages in the former premises of the Maria Hospital in Helsinki. The target in the current extension plan is to attract 650 new businesses and a minimum of 4,000 new workplaces to the area. According to the plans, the area will become a venue for start-ups and big businesses looking into new innovations, including investors and business accelerators in quest for future stars and a centre for R & D activity. This modern project is implemented using the latest IoT technology.
State-of-the-art technology introduced to meet special requirements by the Finnish Board of National Antiquities
Maria 01 is not an ordinary building project. The target is to build a modern campus in the area preserving the historical values of the old hospital milieu. The fulfilment of these values is monitored by the Finnish Board of National Antiquities which has set several requirements for the construction.
The buildings of the former Maria Hospital with considerable cultural, historical and architectural value are so old that the temperature must be maintained continuously within range from 15 to 20 degrees Celsius during the construction period. Continuous temperature monitoring was therefore introduced at the building site in real time with the aid of IoT sensors.
“The National Board of Antiquities required continuous temperature monitoring because of the fragile surfaces of the old buildings. They recommended to install a solution by ioLiving which permits collecting and saving temperature data automatically with the aid of IoT sensors. We can therefore skip unnecessary work phases and everyone wins. Manual measurements would be hard to arrange at such a large site,” Superintendent Santeri Lehtonen of STARA confirms.
Continuous condition measurement is an efficient solution
The construction phase often involves using temporary heating systems. Heat supply may be suspended unpredictably in which case the water pipes may freeze. When the temperature drops, humidity condenses from the air onto the cold surfaces causing subsequent mould and moisture damages. ioLiving’s continuous temperature monitoring solution sends an alarm to a cell phone whenever the upper or lower limits set in the system are reached.
ioLiving is the forefront of IoT-based condition measurement solutions in Finland. To date, already 30,000 sensors delivered by ioLiving have been installed and over 1.6 billion measurements made with them. The company is actively developing new solutions to the clients’ needs. Condition measurement technology for construction activity forms the core of the company’s product development.
“There are currently 12 ioLiving sensors installed on several floors of the building at the Maria Hospital construction site. They transmit real-time temperature data to the system where it can be easily accessed through an Internet user interface when and wherever needed. The ioLiving system also archives the measurement data for later use and reporting. We are really happy with the solution since it is so simple and easy to use,” Superintendent Santeri Lehtonen of STARA says.
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