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UK: Samsung has installed its first B.IoT artificial intelligence system in the UK to control its VRF air conditioners at a new EPC A-rated multi-tenanted refurbished office building in Warrington.

A key requirement for Element, with its 42,500ft2 of offices across three floors, was for a state-of-the-art heating and cooling system that could be individually monitored for each client.

Samsung was selected for the first installation of its B.IoT system in the UK, linked to the Samsung DVMS2 air conditioning system. 

Contracted by Chorley-based AC contractor AXD Environmental Ltd and refurbishment contractor Flexible Business Interiors, the building also incorporates other leading Samsung technologies at a value of £230,000. 

Eight Digital Variable Multi S2 heat recovery VRF Systems, 70 ducted fan coils, 20 energy recovery ventilation units with CO2 sensors were installed, with DMS2.5 central control with power integrated modules for energy meter integration. In addition, a mezzanine floor with roof garden was also provided with a two-pipe VRF system, split system and ERV. All were linked via the Samsung B.IoT control platform.

The Samsung B.IoT platform has a number of features designed to promote energy efficiency, including providing efficient building operation with energy usage analysis and monitoring, data-based comfort control, target-based energy usage to certain zones where needed most, and tenant based power usage distribution.

The AI features of DVMS2 allow the system to be optimised based on continued learning of occupant’s needs for comfort.

This individualised control gives the building occupier full control of the system. Individual zoning and monitoring allows the client maximum flexibility in terms of prospective tenants as each zone can be monitored and billed separately.

The system can also trigger an alert to the authorised user if they’re reaching or exceeding a certain energy usage level for their zone. Alarms, which could be either critical or warning type, are said to be a key part of the B.IoT energy saving algorithm, of which there are a number of factors determined by AI technology in the DVMS2’s outdoor unit.

B.IoT allows any authorised user to log on to the management system from anywhere and turn units on or off depending on needs. Different authorisations can also be given to different users according to their authority level or role, giving organisations a new level of control over their office space.

Ventilation via the ERV system is controlled by CO2 sensors monitoring the occupied spaces and introducing fresh tempered outside air in accordance with indoor and outdoor temperatures. 

If there are any queries or errors in the system, a dedicated Samsung team offers remote support for all products and can work remotely with VPN to dial in and access the system.

Another benefit is that the system is able to isolate in a zoned way so that should one system error occur; the remaining systems can operate independently or shut down remotely as a whole unit if there is deemed to be a serious error. 

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