What we do is complex. But, at its core it isn’t difficult to understand.
Who are Vanti? And what do we do?
Vanti are a multi-disciplinary team of individuals that range from engineers to design experts, to developers and sales, to client experience professionals and project managers, and from dedicated service teams to marketing.
Our work helps organisations to decide what technology to use within their buildings as well as handle all of their deployment and maintenance needs. Our aim is to produce spaces that support occupants to perform at their best, whilst also being energy and spatially efficient.
These buildings are known as ‘smart’ buildings.
The capacity in which we work takes multiple forms. We can be brought in while a building is being designed by architects to shape the space around the way technology will be used, or after a building is constructed to fit technology around a particular space. We are also able to take out hardware and systems in existing buildings to bring a more modern spec to older spaces. The earlier we get stuck in, the more bespoke and exciting the results.
Separating us from the pack is our unique approach that allows us to take systems commonly found in buildings that speak in different technical languages and integrate them together for greater efficiencies and performance benefits.
That’s a lot to take in. So, let’s unpack it with context and use case examples.
Why do we do what we do?
We love technology and are passionate about using it to benefit society as a whole.
As a minimum, our work seeks to make buildings more energy efficient.
‘The world will build the equivalent of one New York City per month until 2060’.1 These same buildings also consume 40% of the world’s energy.
That’s a lot of buildings and with a backdrop of more and more frequent natural disasters, it’s vital we find ways of making them contribute less to global warming.
Currently, a significant number of buildings are ‘dumb’. This means they do not have technology installed that allows them to operate as efficiently as they could be. For example, on a public holiday they will not realise no one is coming in; the boilers will fire up and the lights will come on. Another example would be that even when the building is occupied, lights stay on in rooms that are not in use.
In both examples, a lack of technology causes wasted energy.
On the other end of the spectrum are ‘intelligent’ buildings. The defining element of these structures is that they use technology to operate efficiently. Their heating and lighting systems are linked to a master system that knows, for example, when public holidays are so that on these days both the heating and lighting systems operate at a minimum. Another instance would be the use of sensors that can turn lights on and off based on whether the room is in use.
However, there are many benefits to our work beyond energy efficiency.
Our work as an integrator
Beyond making buildings energy efficient, we can use technology to extend the lifetime of a building as well as benefitting occupants through a more fluid user-experience.
In a ‘dumb’ building, individual systems are siloed, meaning that they only connect to the minimum number of systems required to function correctly. The result is precarious; should one system break, need replacing or upgrading, the entire system experiences downtime whilst the chain undergoes work. This can cause a significant negative financial impact for building tenants who require 100% uptime to conduct their businesses.
By using a Vanti-
In short, Middleware is a software layer that allows systems connected to it to talk to each other in their proprietary language. It acts as both a connector and a converter.
The benefits of operating in this way are numerous. If a single system breaks, needs replacing or upgrading, it can be removed at will without affecting anything else connected to the Middleware. This extends the lifetime of a building because hardware and software can be continually replaced or upgraded.
Our work to provide experiences that empowers occupants
Integration also provides a better user experience.
When systems across a building talk to each other, data can flow in an unrestricted manner which allows for a seamless and fluid experience, one that supports occupants.
An easy example of this would be a room booking system integrating with temperature controls. If a user books a room, the building’s climate control system can automatically adjust the room’s blinds, temperature and oxygen level so that users can experience immediate comfort on entering the room. These automated systems work quietly in the background and contribute towards happier and more productive people.
You can find examples of the projects we’ve completed on the case study section on our site.
Hopefully we’ve managed to explain what we get up to at Vanti HQ and on our clients’ sites. However, if you need more information on our wide variety of services or want to learn how we can help you to use technology better in your business then please get in touch!