Monitoring NHS Estates with Beringar
Smart monitoring for NHS Estates with Beringar
The NHS is suffering from a perceived shortage of quality health accommodation. In reality, the health system has high quality space in abundance, but it is simply undiscovered, unallocated and under-utilised. An efficiency drive has led to the NHS to require a business case to prove that existing buildings are used to around 80% of capacity before any new build facilities are authorised. It is recognised that the only way to prove the level of capacity uptake is by using smart sensors to detect and understand building use patterns.
Beringar’s solution is a small sensor pack installed on the ceiling that scans a room and counts the number of people and artefacts using a single high resolution visual light sensor. It uses additional sensors to determine the function/service of individuals and detect moveable assets within the space. This information is collected in real time using a long range radio system (LoRa) and assembled to provide a detailed analysis of the actual use patterns of the building and a prediction of future use patterns. This information can then be used to maximise building capacity uptake, maximise the productive use of assets and reduce waste associated with excess energy consumption.
Designed with the NHS in mind, their IoT Asset Management Sensor provides NHS Estate Managers with real time availability data for specialised health space and consultation rooms. This enables the NHS estate to be used more intensively, contributing to reduced requirement for new bespoke health facilities and will help Health Planners accurately forecast where they can place new services to deal with increasing service demands.
Progress so far
Beringar undertook a live deployment in a NHS building in Ilford in March 2017 and provided continuous, accurate occupancy information streamed via LoRa for a three week period. The high quality results led to the customer confirming interest in a scaled up pilot project within the same building during Autumn 2017.
The company were selected as a participant in the Cambridge Wireless LPWAN IoTBoost cohort and have recently been selected by CENSIS as one of the inaugural IoT Explorer SMEs and will receive support to develop their sensor technology and business offerings.
Customer pilots have been agreed with NHS London, NHS Highland and Watford Borough Council and there is a high degree of interest in the technology from UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the UAE.
As well as growing interest in Beringar’s technology from NHS Estate Managers all over UK, there are now large occupiers looking at the solution to help drive business productivity in a range of public and private sector organisations
The NHS Estate is the largest in the UK. It is estimated to contain more than 2 million individual rooms, with about 60% of these as potential sensor locations. The company’s sales goal is to secure a major deployment with the NHS then branch out to the wider UK public and private sector occupiers.
Beringar’s business model is “Sensor as a Service”. Sensor capital costs amortised and rolled into a monthly service fee. Customer return on investment is conservatively estimated in the region of five or six times the return, with building capacity uptake increasing from 30-40% today to around 70%.
Beringar’s product roadmap includes using deployed sensors as the backbone of a series of connected IoT devices for specific use cases within the health system, such as optimisation of bed availability information for A&E services and social care.
Monitoring NHS estates delivers real time data about usage to NHS managers who can then use this information to assess and improve services throughout the hospital and beyond. The Beringar solution can be applied to every multi-let building, whether public or private and can scale to sensor arrays of thousands of individual sensors. The data can be used to deliver smart applications including asset management, asset positioning, building security and occupant safety.