The Internet of Things
The “Internet of Things”

​Internet connected devices have arrived in abundance from smart TVs, smart phones and even smart central heating. And there are more on the way. By some estimates, there could be 50 billion Internet-connected devices by 2020, a market estimated to be worth in excess of $1 trillion annually within the next few years!

However, according to a recent survey carried out by the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) just 20% of the UK’s commercial buildings are considered to be “smart” at present and when you drill down in to the detail that may actually mean there is very little connected technology. To date, the emphasis has been on connecting heating and energy systems in order to save money but now there is a shift in attitude towards safety and security.

The internet is used daily by almost everyone these days and has become a “can’t do without” tool. So why are organisations so reluctant to connect the services within their buildings? A lack of understanding may have something to do with it. There are also concerns raised by building owners regarding the cost of installation, a lack of clear advice/knowledge and cyber security.

The ECA survey suggests that 40% of clients have no idea what the term “Internet of Things” means! Building owners shouldn’t be afraid to use technology. Technology, that will almost certainly save them money and in the case of fire detection and alarm systems even help them avoid prosecution.

Drax Technology’s SMaRT Watch and new Smart Web interfaces are designed to bridge that gap between the fire detection system and the outside world without compromising the building or the system’s integrity. Designed to work with all the major fire alarm control panel manufacturers control panels, Drax Technology’s SMaRT interfaces connect, seamlessly collecting data and passing it on, over the internet to a database. A database designed for processing, storing and analysing really useful data from the many fire alarm systems being monitored. Data that used intelligently can not only help delight customers but save time, money as well as improve efficiency and productivity.

If you are a facilities management company, a retailer or manage a portfolio of buildings dotted about the town, city or country, think how useful it would be to know just how safe your building really is when you are miles away and whether your fire alarm maintenance contractor is meeting their obligations. For more information, why not give us a call 0345 4593005