IoT Smart Buttons implementation at our eFACiLiTY® Building
What is a Smart Button?
Smart Button, is a programmable button and a cheap IoT device. The smart button can be programmed to call or alert someone, start or stop something, order services, or even provide feedback. Calling an Uber, ordering a refill of coke cans, opening a smart gate/shutter, ordering your favourite pizza all can be done with a single click using these buttons.
Typically, these buttons have three type of actions: single-click, double-click and press-and-hold. Each type of action can be set to perform a different action, and also multiple actions. They don't need any wiring since they communicate with your Wi-Fi network or nearby Bluetooth devices to communicate the actions the cloud.
Who makes it and how much does it cost?
AWS IoT Button from Amazon, Flic, bttn, goButton, MESH and SmartThings are some of the popular brands available online.
Typically, these buttons cost about $20 - $50 depending on the brand and battery life.
Using Smart Buttons for One-Touch Facility Management
eFACiLiTY®is now fully integrated with Smart IOT (Internet of Things) Buttons for One-touch Facility Management. eFACiLiTY® allows these buttons to be configured for raising support requests, report problems, create breakdown work orders / cleaning orders, raise consumables / inventory replenishments, quick booking of meeting rooms etc., all with just “One-Touch”. eFACiLiTY®also allows these buttons to be configured to operate all equipment connected to the Building Management Systems (BMS/BAS) for switching on a individual or a set of lights, air-conditioners etc., switching on sprinkler systems, pumping operation and so on.
The Smart IoT Buttons are installed at our eFACiLiTY® Building and has been working seamlessly for all the above facility management operations and are also integrated with the Building Automation System (BMS/BAS) for controlling lights, air conditioners, motors, sprinklers and various other equipment in our facility.
There are new IoT devices being launched in the market regularly like leak detectors, gas sensors etc. and these devices can also be easily integrated with eFACiLiTY® for creating breakdown work orders that get automatically assigned to the technicians the moment any issue is detected and monitoring automatically with strict SLAs by the software till the issue is completely resolved.
IoT Button, is a programmable button. This simple Wi-Fi or Bluetooth device is easy to configure and designed for developers to integrate without Web Services without writing device-specific code. We can code the button's logic in the cloud to configure button clicks to count or track items, call or alert someone, start or stop something, order services, or even provide feedback. Buttons have three type of actions: single-click, double-click and press-and-hold. Each type of action can be set to perform a different action, and can also perform multiple actions. IoT buttons single-click, double-click, or long-press are coded and based on the software function, they are used to connect to IoT-powered connected things. Water leak sensors notify, if there is a leak or flooding in any area. The sensor easily connects to the hub and will notify if moisture or water is leaking nearby and stops the motor.
IoT Used in SIERRA eFACiLiTY®
In SIERRA's eFACiLiTY® Building, the world's 2nd Greenest Building which is also one of the smartest buildings in the world, IoT Buttons are used in the following areas,
- For one-touch reporting when it is too-cold or too-warm Director/Manager Cabins (Equipment Control)
- Smart control of lighting, air-conditioning and window blinds Conference/Training Rooms (Room Booking, Extend/End Meeting, Equipment Control…etc.)
- One-touch Room Booking Toilets (For requesting cleaning)
- One-touch cleaning request to housekeeping Reception (For alerting HR/SS Teams, Ordering the Stationery Items)
- One-touch ordering of printer stationary, One-touch alerting of HR / System Support teams for any urgent needs Outdoors (To know about the Solar generations, Operating the sprinklers, Waste Pick up generations) etc.,
- Solar Power generation status
- Waste pickup Work Orders to Vendor
It is intergrated with the eFACiLiTY® software and is used extensively in all areas. SIERRA also has capability to integrate all types of IoT buttons available in the market with software and provide solutions for any requirements.
IoT Switch is just a button. But with it's building automation/integration expertise and ingenuity, SIERRA has transformed the same into an Intelligent Button that can deliver "Functional Intelligence". Whether we are using it or gifting it, there are many possibilities in using this button.
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