Technology giant Honeywell has launched a set of solutions that aim to ensure optimal health in buildings, by managing humidity, air quality, and temperature to proactively supporting social distancing.
As the world begins to emerge from the highly contagious Coronavirus pandemic and starts going back to work, the safety of commuters on pubic transport andin crowded office buildings is more important than ever.
Dubbed “Healthy Buildings”, Honeywell’s solutions utilise air quality, safety and security technologies to help minimise the health risks associated with building environment and occupant behaviour.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the culture of how buildings are managed by making apparent the need to ensure health and well-being in all aspects of our lives,” said Vimal Kapur, president and CEO of Honeywell Building Technologies in a statement.
“Honeywell has developed outcome-based solutions that allow building owners to transparently address how they limit exposure to and the spread of viruses while supporting their business continuity needs in an uncertain environment. We’re giving them the data they need to confidently reassure their employees to accelerate their business operations.”
“Returning to work after a pandemic will not be returning to business as usual. Occupants will want credible information and increased visibility into how building technology is protecting their health and what has been done to ensure that the buildings they enter are safe. Healthy buildings go beyond just energy efficiency to ensure the health, comfort, confidence and productivity of the people who use them,” he said.
To communicate the building data gathered and analysed by Honeywell’s solutions, a score is given via real-time alerts to the building owners and operators.
The #HealthyBuildings score details key metrics to occupants in a simple dashboard configuration.
Two packages are available from Honeywell, with one focussing on air quality and the second on safety and security.
Honeywell says the air quality package will help building owners adhere to local air pollution guidelines by managing factors such as ventilation, temperature and humidity.
This insights that arise from this data can then be used to set alerts for changing HEPA filters in HVAC systems, as well as cleaning routines.
The safety and security package monitors occupant flow and numbers, and assist with compliance to social distancing measures. It also has the ability to support contact tracing via video surveillance and incidence management.
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