John Lepak, FounderThe Internet of Things (IoT) has been nothing short of a revolution, eliminating inefficiencies in facilities maintenance that lead to bloated spend and unexpected equipment downtime. Faced with the familiar challenge of “doing more with less,” facility managers often lack a smart deployment and setup strategy to kick start their IoT implementation initiatives. On the other hand, facility managers utilizing IoT fail to maximize the business value and potential of IoT, while achieving centralized control and monitoring for making informed and data-driven decisions. As facilities managers work across a broad agenda, from boosting business growth to improving building performance, they often struggle with managing and analyzing data to understand when, where and how it works best for their business. They are often faced with a slew of issues—while some are preventable, others can throw their processes into a loop, forcing them to think on their feet. Florida-based Building Optimization Systems and Technology (B.O.S. Technology) is changing the narrative, helping facility managers to unlock the potential of IoT.
Born with a singular focus on defragmenting censored environments, B.O.S. Technology empowers facility managers with cost-effective and highly-scalable IoT solutions for unparalleled monitoring and optimization of their commercial, industrial, and healthcare facilities. At the core, B.O.S. Technology’s solutions allow facilities to predict failure, improve maintenance, reduce utility costs, decrease energy usage, and efficiently maintain equipment at ease. While properly functioning equipment is imperative for maintaining smooth enterprise operations, B.O.S. Technology reduces the risks of sudden equipment failures, enhances preventive maintenance processes, enables predictive maintenance, and ultimately reduces costs. This predictive maintenance allows timely and convenient scheduling of corrective maintenance and can prevent unexpected equipment failure. The company has scripted numerous success stories for its esteemed clientele that includes the likes of HCA Healthcare, Orlando Health, and more.
As a full-service provider, B.O.S. Technology delivers both hardware and managed services components to its clients. The company also develops its sensors besides sourcing third-party sensors. “In highly censored environments like hospitals, information is often stagnant. The facilities managers lack access to the information to better optimize the building or the facility. This is where our sensors come in to integrate with the existing sensors and aggregate all of that information,” says John Lepak, founder, B.O.S. Technology. This is followed by enabling sensor monitoring and data management of the environments by increasing personnel efficiency, reducing liability, and forecasting capital expenditure and maintenance costs.
B.O.S. Technology offers Medi-IoT, a hospitality optimization suite of solutions for enhancing healthcare facilities. These solutions allow healthcare facility managers to monitor hospital environmental data in real-time and stay compliant, all in one place. The company is also extending its reach to extensive commercial facilities, universities, and school systems to unlock new opportunities for IoT implementation with its H.O.P., or Hospitality Optimization Suite, a system of non-invasive wireless device that remotely monitors facilities.
Through chiller tower optimization, hospitals can address the need to become environment-conscious, as well as save a significant amount of water and power
B.O.S. Technology is currently working with a few local school districts for remote monitoring, predictive maintenance on pumps, and more. To put things in perspective, Lepak cites an example of Brevard County School district with over 80 schools and only 5 mechanical engineers to maintain the chilled water systems. In the same vein, it is almost impossible for one person to take care of 10 schools that may have 50 pieces of equipment each. Coming to their rescue, B.O.S. Technology helps such facilities to monitor and provide trending data on their equipment, and assists them in better prioritizing their workload and work order system.
B.O.S. Technology has recently unveiled a solution for chiller tower optimization that allows a facility to heavily reduce energy and water consumption, and in turn, minimize significant energy and utility costs. “If you have a large building, you are not going to put a hundred small AC units. Instead, you have one centralized and large AC unit. Through chiller tower optimization, hospitals can address the need to become environment-conscious, as well as save a significant amount of water and power,” explains Lepak. While 25-30 percent of steam traps are failed, causing a loss of $400-$4,000 per month, per trap (according to EPA), the company mitigates this loss proactively through its continuous steam trap monitoring, which enables real-time alerts, forecasts capital expenditures and provides personalized data. In a specific steam trap monitoring project, B.O.S. Technology was able to detect and capture 6 percent of the traps in just a month, which helped the client save $6,000 by preventing energy, water fuel, and chemical loss.
In an era where the competition is high, B.O.S. Technology maximizes the power of its solutions and adds more value to its products through its on-boarding process. Apart from being an IoT hardware provider, the B.O.S. Technology team also works closely with its clients to help them choose products that can add value to their facilities. The company leverages the data acquired from the International Standardization Organization along with the client’s existing data to evaluate how appropriate equipment is supposed to behave, how a machine is running, what the life expectancy is, or if it needs to be serviced.
Moving forward, a bright future awaits B.O.S. Technology. Since its inception, the company has made considerable strides in penetrating the IoT market in Florida. The plan for the next four months will take B.O.S. Technology to two new territories—New Jersey and Texas.