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Surbana Jurong to deploy one of the largest Integrated Facilities Management platforms at Temasek Polytechnic with over 3,000 IoT sensors from UnaBiz to help campus reduce carbon emissions

Platform with over 3,000 IoT sensors from UnaBiz will help campus reduce carbon emissions.

Surbana Jurong has been appointed to deploy one of Singapore’s largest Digital Integrated Facilities Management (IFM) Services platforms on Temasek Polytechnic’s 30-hectare campus.

Temasek Polytechnic had called for a tender to develop a digital integrated facilities management services platform as part of the polytechnic’s digitalisation plans to improve work processes and operational efficiencies for the entire campus including landscape, linkways and 49 buildings on site.

With the help of its appointed Internet-of-Things (IoT) service provider UnaBiz, Surbana Jurong will deploy more than 3,000 sensors across the campus to provide real-time accurate data to a digital twin that can identify faults, anticipate risks and predict changing facility conditions with unprecedented accuracy. The Digital IFM platform will collect and monitor data from the air conditioning and mechanical ventilation system to ensure that temperature and humidity levels remain healthy for students and campus staff. Sensors installed at various locations around the campus will also be able to keep tabs on the number of persons in specific facilities to ensure that capacity limits are not breached. Data collected from these occupancy sensors will also help the campus manager identify usage patterns and potentially re-configure the campus to be more cost-effective to operate.

By aggregating the data collected from the various mechanical & electrical systems on the facilities management platform, Temasek Polytechnic will be able to monitor energy usage and identify opportunities to reduce costs and lower carbon footprint. 

Mr Gary Png, Director, Estates & Facilities Management in Temasek Polytechnic said, “We are pleased to be able to work with Surbana Jurong and its technology partner UnaBiz to realise a substantial part of our FM Digitalisation Plan, which will allow for more efficient building operations, while lowering our carbon footprint. We have 49 buildings spread across a 30- hectare campus, so it makes practical sense to pursue and implement smart FM solutions across campus. This will not only be sustainable and save on resources, but will also benefit our students from the Diploma in Integrated Facility Management, who will be getting hands-on learning and working experience. By using such real data in decision-making, they will be exposed to the future of facility management, moving forward”.

Setting up the digital facilities platform is in line with the Building and Construction Authority’s Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD) vision to integrate building operations and maintenance work processes digitally. The IDD is a key thrust in the Construction Industry Transformation Map and is aligned to Singapore’s efforts to train a highly-skilled workforce to use technology throughout the entire life cycle of a project from planning to design, construction and operations.

Mr James Chan, Managing Director of SMM Pte Ltd, Surbana Jurong’s Facilities Management arm, said, “Building on our experience as Temasek Polytechnic’s facilities management service provider for the last six years, we are stepping up our service delivery with an innovative digital solution which includes Surbana Jurong's proprietary 24K platform. One distinct benefit of our solution will be enabling Temasek Polytechnic to receive real-time information of the environment as well as the health condition of the various mechanical and electrical systems, and to rectify them before they become faulty or waste unnecessary energy and cost as a result.”

Mr Jonathan Tan, Managing Director of UnaBiz Singapore, said, “The convergence of Digital Twin, IoT, and Machine Learning allow facility managers to transform data into actions. Real-time access to accurate data combined with Building Information FM Model, empower facility managers to respond to issues immediately, or even better, provide a high degree of prediction accuracy to prevent breakdowns, optimise building performance and increase energy efficiency, the key drivers of sustainability at large.”

About Surbana Jurong

Surbana Jurong Group is a global urban, infrastructure and managed services consulting firm, with over 70 years of track record in successful project delivery. Headquartered in Singapore, the group has a global talent pool of over 16,000 across Surbana Jurong and our member companies AETOS, Atelier Ten, B+H, KTP, Prostruct, RBG, SAA, Sino-Sun and SMEC, based in more than 120 offices in over 40 countries. They include architects, designers, planners, engineers and other specialists driven by progressive thinking and creative ideas to shape a better future.

Our technical experts deliver sustainable solutions that cover the entire project life cycle from planning and design, through to delivery and management, as well as decommissioning and closure. We provide a full suite of multidisciplinary consultancy services across a diverse range of sectors including aviation, healthcare, hospitality, transport, energy, water and the environment.

Surbana Jurong has built more than a million homes in Singapore, created master plans in more than 30 countries and developed over 100 industrial parks globally. Our tag line “Building Cities, Shaping Lives” expresses how every project or undertaking is, for the Group, an opportunity to fulfil aspirations and enrich lives. By designing and delivering quality housing, work spaces, roads, rail, hydropower, dams, underground and coastal protections and other critical infrastructure needed by our clients, we are redefining cities and transforming them into sustainable and liveable spaces where communities and businesses, present and future, can thrive.

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About UnaBiz

UnaBiz is a proven massive IoT service provider based in Singapore, Taiwan and Japan. The company specialises in providing affordable, well-designed solutions that are energy-efficient, highly scalable and simple to deploy at a fraction of conventional cost.

As a tech-agnostic IoT company, we provide a diversified range of expertise including sensor product design, manufacturing, and cloud platform services across a hybrid of low-power wide area (LPWA) technologies such as Sigfox and LTE-M to power business growth. The company is accredited with ISO 9001:2015 certification for “Design of IoT Product and Provider of Network Connectivity Solutions” and holds a patent for “Data Encryption through Wireless Transmission”.

UnaBiz has deployed over 1 million sensors in 28 countries to date, focusing on Smart Cities applications such as Smart Metering, Facilities Management, Asset Management and Asset Tracking.

The company’s mission is to accelerate data-driven business efficiency for its clients and partners with agility and ingenuity. By uniting people and technology, UnaBiz aims to create an impact on a massive scale, to help every person and every organisation live smarter, simpler, and in a more sustainable way.

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