Disruptive Technologies (DT), the manufacturer of smallest wireless sensors, and Integral (DT’s Preferred Partner) recently teamed up with IoT smart building platform Infogrid to preserve the ceiling at the Royal Opera House.
The company’s 283 tiny sensors have now been installed to provide real time information. The sensors are made up of 213 tap sensors reducing the need for manual work, 3 humidity sensors and 2 temperature sensors to manage air temperature and moisture, and 65 water sensors monitoring moisture damage to the base structure of the building.
“This solution not only provides real-time data but also historical data, allowing the team at Integral to quickly identify trends and thus make proactive decisions. Engineering teams can now focus on more productive and high-value maintenance tasks with a more preventative approach,” said Bengt Johannes Lundberg, CEO of Disruptive Technologies.
The partners have said to reduce hours of intensive labour needed to maintain the ceiling of the historic building.The Royal Opera House had been relying on multiple cooling equipment and fans to regulate the heat from the required lighting system made up of 1,700 luminaires. The ornate gold-leaf ceiling and interior walls of the third theatre which have stood on the site at Covent Garden since 1732 need careful preservation after the completion of its three-year £50.7 million renovation in 2018. In addition, the building is home to manuscripts, and old documents in its archives.
A Royal Opera House spokesperson said, “Integral’s use of Infogrid’s cutting edge technology to assist in the maintenance of the building has not only resulted in reduced risk but has added value by freeing up the Facilities Team to concentrate their efforts on maintaining other parts of the building.”