Control & monitoring of remote site plant and equipment
Unmanned sub-stations, telephone exchanges and data centres deliver vital local functionality, but providing the necessary support has always been deemed problematic.
Fortunately, there are solutions. Here at Aimteq we’re uniquely placed to help businesses with multiple site operations to monitor and manage alarms from remote locations.
We combine market-leading technology with our understanding of large and remote customer estate to help you manage your facilities more intelligently.
We monitor critical plant and environmental conditions at thousands of telephone exchanges and data centres across the UK and Europe.
Our two-step approach to plant and alarm monitoring
The system has been designed to connect to and monitor industry standard I/O allowing us to specify fit-for-purpose sensors and interface.
The system is based on wired or wireless technology, with each solution designed to match the customer’s application using core products. The system has been designed to connect to and monitor industry standard I/O allowing us to specify fit-for-purpose sensors and interface with customers’ existing equipment to capture alarms.
We can monitor industry standard I/O such as:
- For sensors and variable inputs: 0-5VDC, 0-10VDC and 4-20mA
- For status monitoring: volt-free relay/outputs
- Data protocols such as Modbus to gain detailed status
We are also able to interface with a number of systems using a software interface. Again there are a number of ways in which this can be done using add-on ancillary equipment. This is especially useful and cost effective where the customer is already using an existing BMS or other type of control system.
To date, we have yet to encounter a system with which it was unable to interface for monitoring and reporting purposes. Where the site does not have any existing monitoring/control system and sensors, we can provide a range of proven devices which can be connected to the equipment on site. An initial non-intrusive survey allows us to capture the information necessary to provide a report on what is required to meet your requirements.
We help BT with the monitoring of critical temperatures and plant alarms in over 4,500 telephone exchanges.
Helping BT monitor their telephone exchanges
We had our first engagement with BT in the 1990’s (trading as Adam Communications at this time) when we provided critical plant alarm monitoring equipment in BTs telephone exchanges. As part of this engagement 3,500 exchanges were equipped with our solution and this solution is still the main component of how BT monitors the health of its telephone exchanges today.
In recent years this capability has been further enhanced to minimise the energy consumed in the exchanges for heating/cooling and lighting purposes. Circa 2,300 telephone exchanges have been equipped with this capability
resulting in energy savings amounting to circa £1m per month for BT.
The systems deployed have undergone stringent security evaluations and have been integrated into BTs Enterprise systems to enable maintenance teams to respond to any equipment alarms and the energy teams to obtain comprehensive energy consumption reports and optimise the control strategy at each site. We successfully addressed BT’s many heating and cooling issues, while also maintaining BT’s strict ‘business critical’ environmental requirements for each area within the exchange buildings.
We help Colt manage their European data centre estate
Colt is a premier supplier of Europe wide information delivery platform technology. The company’s solution combines high performance, end-to-end control of integrated computer and network solutions with an agile and responsive approach across a 22-country, 43,000 km network. This includes metropolitan area networks in 39 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 18,000 buildings and numerous Colt data centres.
When Colt started to expand beyond London in the late 1990s, it needed some form of building management technology to support its remote sites and deliver alarms to a central server.
Today there are two main vertical systems. One is the LDN (long distance network) – the fibre pan-European network that forms the backbone of Colt’s business. Here, the Aimteq team monitor the equipment at 156 LDN sites across Europe. These mainly comprise of small units and fibre repeater stations. Among the environmental conditions monitored include power, cooling and flood systems along with fire protection.
The other vertical system is Colt’s critical array of node and data centres. Used primarily for hosting customer traffic equipment, there are 28 of these larger sites dotted around Europe. In total there are tens of thousands of devices under Aimteq’s management.
We help Colt monitor their power, cooling and flood systems, along with fire protection.
What our customers think
Environment & Emergency Planning Manager
“...there is a distinct downward trend in energy usage across all sites. Indeed, the figures show the lowest energy consumption for five years over comparable periods for those stations that haven’t had major infrastructure upgrades...”
Energy Management Lead
“I’ve been really impressed by Aimteq’s project management and communication throughout. They have bent over backwards to ensure smooth project delivery. Furthermore, they are very dedicated and have come back to the site to resolve a few very minor snags.”
Director of Safety, Health & Environment
“Another reason we opted for the Aimteq solution was the bureau service, which meant we could delegate the controls to an expert, who could remotely optimise energy consumption across all sites on an ongoing basis.”
"The bureau offers fantastic customer service, and importantly, is operates 24/7; longer than any of the bureau services we researched. We get through to a real person straight away and changes are made quickly."
Director of energy & carbon
“The WEMS technology installed by Aimteq has underpinned the success of our smart energy programme at BT. It gives us remote control over the air handling systems and enables us to optimise energy usage. As a result of the proven success, we have now agreed a contract to expand the programme further.”
Energy & Environment Manager
"Aimteq installed the WEMS system and I have seen my energy consumption drop by over 40%. If the system gets overridden, Aimteq work with our sites to resolve the problem and turn the system back to auto control. This maintains our environmental conditions and enhances our savings."
DCS Incident Manager
"When Colt started to expand beyond London in the late 1990s we needed some form of building management technology to support our remote sites and deliver alarms to a central server. Today we have scores of sites and Aimteq has been an excellent support partner throughout our evolution. We have almost day-to-day interaction with Aimteq and regular reviews with their team."
"Matalan has made the commitment to have the WEMS system installed by Aimteq in all our retail outlets. The installed stores have shown a considerable reduction in energy consumption of circa 18% and this is reflected in our energy bill which has decreased dramatically since implementation."
Operations Director, Carbon & Energy Solutions
"We have used Aimteq on many sensitive government buildings and projects. At these locations, discretion, along with sensitivity towards the environment and the building occupants is paramount. As such, disruption in these areas must be kept to a minimum. We have found Aimteq to be a progressive company in their approach to not only building controls, but in the suggestion and implementation of energy improvements to building controls."
Utilities & Property Systems Manager
"For us, technology must be a safe investment, must not affect the customer experience in our fitness centres, and must go on in the background so as not to cause distraction or disruption. For these reasons, Aimteq’s installation of a wireless solution such as the WEMS one made perfect sense."
Facilities, Contracts & Energy Manager
"Over the 61 sites we’ve seen a 32.92% drop in our consumption, which translates to a considerable saving on our energy spend and correlates well with our sustainability policy. Further to that, the experience dealing with Aimteq was seamless from start to finish."
Head of Engineering
“Aimteq take responsibility to not only lower the costs of running a retail estate – but they bring a ‘can do’ attitude that is refreshing in the market place. By constantly investing in the R&D of their product suite, they bring innovation and creativity into our estate.”
“…please pass on my thanks to your engineer for the call out. He was persistent and got a resolution and was happy to explain the problem as he went along. Excellent service.”