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03/02/2018

The Center for Advanced Studies in Fruticulture (CEAF) is a research center located in the O’Higgins Region, in central Chile, whose objective is to improve the scientific and technological competitiveness of the region through solutions and technological innovations that improve productivity of key fruit species.

In partnership with our subsidiary company Epssilon Networks, established in Chile since 2011, we have recently implemented a Controlled-Environment Agriculture solution with professional LED lighting for plant growth provided by our partner Valoya, with carefully selected lighting spectra for maximum crop performance. This system has been deployed inside a growth chamber, isolated from outdoor ambient variables, thus allowing the cultivation of crops under controlled conditions.

This system, like all that we deploy in this market, can be controlled and regulated through the use of the UCM-316 controller, capable of performing scheduled controlled actions or ad-hoc and monitored by our wireless temperature, humidity and CO2 sensor, IAQM, through the Concordia Cloud platform, where data is sent in real time and from where notifiable events are generated by email.

By using this technology, it is expected to achieve energy savings of 40% to 50% compared to traditional sodium lighting systems, and under certain conditions could be more than 60%. The technology will also help reduce growth times by approximately 22%, while generating more vigorous plants. As an example, crops that usually take 12 weeks under traditional fluorescent or sodium lighting systems, would take only 9 weeks on average to reach a similar and even better development stage than with traditional systems, and only 50 % of energy consumption. In this way, it is possible to increase the number of productive cycles in a given period of time, by using the same infrastructure.

More information about our Smart Agriculture solutions can be found here.


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02/03/2017

Nowadays, it is increasingly important that public buildings are as energy efficient as possible. This is a not only a global trend for new buildings but also for existing ones. One such building is the St Teilo’s High School in Cardiff, Wales. Built in 2014 to BREEAM Excellence, the building already has a state of the art building management system. However, having so many meters/sensors monitored made it hard sometimes to locate what the problem was. Thus, an additional heating monitoring solution was required to simplify where heat was dispersed – creating heating zones. This required the installation of heat meters in 9 locations, 2 of them in the Ground floor and 7 in the First floor. Advanticsys fully wireless solution supporting M-Bus and Modbus RTU / TCP was chosen by the School and Cardiff Council due to the non-intrusive nature of the installation, with little preparatory work needed resulting in a cost reduction compared to other wired alternatives. The solution included the following equipment:

  • Wireless M-Bus T1 Heat meters. Being battery-operated, they were the best option to avoid power wires deployment. They included 2 PT500 temperature sensors.
  • DM-108 wireless bridges. Supporting both Wireless M-Bus and Modbus RTU, they provide seamless connectivity between heat meters and data concentrators.
  • MPC-333 data concentrators. They logged and sent heat meters data to the cloud platform in 15 minutes intervals using FTP.

Once every device is properly configured put in place, via the Concordia Cloud platform, the user can access each meters data, develop customized dashboards and be able to download data for further analysis. The platform also includes events notification by email. The data collected on a local FTP server at the school, and sent to a central Council FTP from the MPC-333 data concentrators. Sending data to multiple FTPs is another useful feature of the wireless solution.

Mathew Preece, Energy Projects Manager at Cardiff Council, states that “using Advanticsys wireless communication bridges and data collectors allowed work to be carried out with less disruption to the school (no need for wires). It is early days for the project, but it is envisaged that this high level overview of heating the school via the zones created by the heat meters will allow the facility manager to optimise his time and prioritise his work load based on sections of the school that are causing problems from overheating.”

More information about our building management solutions can be found here.


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