Helvar has launched a cloud-based suite of digital services — Helvar Insights. The company says it allows building owners, facility managers, and tenants to understand how their building is used and how they could optimise the space.

Demand for new customer experiences, workforce innovation and intelligent buildings has resulted in the need for improved efficiency and a focus on the safety and wellbeing of users. In these times, it's essential to reduce on-site maintenance presence as much as possible. COVID-19 and the return to the office have resulted in an even greater focus on how buildings are used and the need to understand how much space and the types of spaces that are needed in a hybrid working culture.

Helvar Insights provides a simple interface, including floorplan graphics to monitor single or multiple sites throughout the lifecycle of the building, from any location and at any time. The reports and the insights gained from the data analysis help building owners, facility managers and tenants make decisions backed up by reliable data. They can take advantage of data gathered from their existing lighting control devices and sensors and receive intelligent insights that improve the wellbeing of users, the efficiency of buildings and help achieve sustainability targets.

Designed to alert the moment intervention is needed, Helvar Insights provides visibility of all issues with their severity levels and recommendations of actions to be taken. This means drastically less time spent on investigation, so errors can either be fixed remotely or with limited time spent on site, helping to maximise operational productivity and improve building efficiency and end-user satisfaction through intelligence and analytics.

The system also integrates with third-party systems. Since lighting and lighting-related sensors are everywhere, it has been logical to use data to provide insights into a building's usage and needs and optimise conditions in the spaces where people work, learn and relax. These conditions are not limited to only light but include other requirements such as temperature and humidity. Sensors installed as part of a lighting control system collect meaningful data that can be used to efficiently optimise a large range of systems and services. This results in substantial cost savings for more than just lighting, for example, through personal lighting, air conditioning control, heating, and cleaning, all while improving the wellbeing of the users of the space.