When we started out to make buildings smarter and more climate-friendly, we knew it was going to be complicated. There are so many systems that run independently or at least disconnected from others. Today’s building occupants want to know a lot more about the environment they’re a part of, especially after the elevated health risks of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Think of office buildings. They have the usual building operational systems but they have a revolving door of people who enter and leave, and their destinations are not all the same. How do you manage access? That includes those in the package or meal delivery industry, and eCommerce continues to grow. There’s a lot more involved in these complex buildings. Reservation or booking systems for rooms, for desks, for gym equipment, or even for elevator times give occupants a feeling of safety as they know what to expect and what to rely on. Add in occupancy data so that spaces are never over-capacity and building managers could have a complete 360° view of what’s happening in their environment.
We believe this is the future and definition of a truly smart building. These complex structures are connected and accessible for those who need to know what’s going on throughout the various systems. Not only are these buildings more energy efficient and better for the environment operationally, but they’re also better for the occupants within them. That sounds pretty smart, doesn’t it?
One of the ways we’re creating smarter buildings is through our open API. We understand that buildings are better when various systems talk to each other. This can be as simple as lights being automatically turned off when no one is in a room. Or a more complex example, if occupancy sensors are able to tell that a room has more people than normal, it would make sense to lower the heat sent to that area of the building. No one likes a crowded and hot room, and the productivity in that setting is definitely diminished. Or, you could connect access systems to elevators so that buildings know where to take someone when they swipe into the building. Systems that talk and listen to each other can create levels of automation and efficiency that we have yet to imagine, and can create a totally seamless experience for the occupant.
However, this isn’t easily done. Not all systems are built in the same language or backbone and some companies choose not to try to make it work. An open API, application programming interface, is publicly available and provides developers with programmatic access to a proprietary software application or web service. APIs are sets of requirements that govern how one application can communicate and interact with another.
Envio Systems has an open API available for third parties. This means we’re able to expand our available solutions to clients without needing to use an additional dashboard or other software changes.
Here are some of our personalized integrations via third-party apps:
- Qlair: real-time air quality and asset data
- Air Things: accurate, user-friendly, digital radon detectors
- RESET: world’s first sensor-based and performance-driven data standard and certification program for the built environment
- Awair: understand and manage indoor air quality
- Kiwi: keyless access system for apartment buildings and coworking spaces
- Disruptive Technologies: award-winning developer of the world’s smallest wireless sensors and IoT infrastructure
- VergeSense: world’s leading workplace analytics platform. Here’s a recent press release about our partnership.
Interested in learning more and possibly connecting your solution to the Envio platform? Reach out to our sales team and let’s start a conversation.