Advantech partners with Trell Technologies to provide smart monitoring for buildings

23 April 2020


Advantech, an expert in IoT & embedded computing, has announced its successful collaboration with Trell Technologies, which delivered a truly open, flexible & scalable smart building solution.

Building owners can monitor key elements during the 5-year new building warranty period and beyond. The results of the partnership provide a proof of concept that highlights the companies' ability to co-create a future-proof solution for the customer.

The initial brief was to provide a system for monitoring temperature, humidity and external doors remotely in a residential building in Sweden, during the 5-year warranty period applicable to all new buildings of this type. Advantech and Trell Technologies engaged with the customer at the very early stages, working with the building owner to identity the most effective way in which to provide a solution that could be scaled up and expanded upon in the future; for example, implementing additional utility monitoring and functionality.

The system Advantech created is completely agnostic to sensor vendor, allowing customers to test various different sensors, resulting in complete flexibility and extensibility for various building types. Temperature and humidity sensing are implemented via Advantech Edge Intelligent gateways which provide a local, private LoRaWAN network and backhaul data over cellular connection to the cloud.

In this project, sensing nodes were also sourced from Third parties providing commercially available consumer grade LoRaWAN sensors, selected by the customer based on aesthetics. All sensors were easily integrated into the hardware system implemented by Advantech. This flexibility was imperative as multiple sensors were connected in each apartment, so maintaining the look and feel of the sensors was as important as functionality.

Door monitors were wired locally, to the physical lock, providing updates on four possible statuses: open, closed, locked and unlocked. This information is gathered via an Advantech I/O module that feeds back to the data repository on a state of change basis, removing unnecessary data updates.


This proof of concept implementation uses Advantech’s WISE PaaS cloud platform, however there is no lock-in, and for this specific application there are future plans to migrate to the customer's own Microsoft Azure cloud service. This is possible as the Advantech software blocks can sit anywhere, providing the most suitable solution for the customer based on the individual needs of each project.

This is an example of a truly flexible, scalable solution – values that are at the core of what Advantech offers to its customers,” said Bobby Vale, Head of Advantech IoT Platforms & Ecosystem. “We work with our partners to provide the best solution possible for our customers, not Advantech, and this application just highlights how technology can deliver smart buildings that are more efficient and maintainable for the building owner, as well as providing peace of mind and a comfortable place to live for residents.

About Embedded-IoT Group

As a leader in the embedded market, Advantech Embedded-IoT Group not only delivers a wide range of embedded design-in services, but also develops a series of integrated IoT solutions and services to assist customers approaching IoT market with minimizing uncertainty and risk. Advantech Integrated IoT Solutions include sensor nodes and gateways to WISE-PaaS IoT software platform.

About Advantech

Advantech has the corporate mission to "Enable an Intelligent Planet". The company is a global leader in the fields of IoT intelligent systems and embedded platforms. To embrace the trends of IoT, big data and artificial intelligence, Advantech promotes IoT hardware and software solutions with the Edge Intelligence WISE-PaaS core to assist business partners and clients in connecting their industrial chains. Advantech is also working with business partners to co-create business ecosystems that accelerate the goal of industrial intelligence.

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