Andrew Lee, the President of Innovia GeoTech, had this to say about Innovia's experience with Argentum:
"The team at Argentum has been great to work with and have been quick to respond to our questions. We've been using the Spacr product and interface for over 6-months now and have been happy with the flexibility and control it's enabled us to operate our system." - Andrew Lee, President, Innovia GEO Corp.
The major goal of Argentum’s project with Innovia GeoTech was to integrate complete control over their client’s geothermal HVAC system, and data collected through sensors into a single cloud platform. This would be done with the goal of optimizing the energy efficiency of Waterloo North Hydro’s new ground source (geothermal) heat pump system. In short, Innovia GeoTech partnered with Argentum to implement a monitoring and control system for their client’s equipment.
This was a particularly interesting project because geothermal systems have great potential to “electrify” heating and cooling systems in buildings, which broadens the scope of potential energy efficient solutions in buildings.
Argentum’s system is inherently compatible with BACnet, and automatically fulfills this component of the client’s request. As a solution to their other major challenge (that they could have complete control of the system through the cloud), we implemented SpacrApp and SpacrSense.
The complete solution provided to Innovia GeoTech, allows for cloud-based control over all components of the geothermal system, as well as gathers sensor data and insights into a single, unified platform. The platform, SpacrApp, includes an interactive digital twin, which is what allows this data to be intuitively accessed, understood, and used to optimize equipment.
By integrating these devices and systems with various wireless sensors (including IEQ and IAQ sensors), SpacrBAS (enables control of BACnet systems), and our digital twin software (available on SpacrApp), we enabled Innovia GeoTech's client to monitor, control and automate their HVAC and geothermal systems based on real-time sensor data. Ultimately, this allows the Eby Rush Transformer Station to optimize energy consumption, as well as equipment performance.
All in all, now Innovia GeoTech can monitor and control their heat pumps, valves and more from one, cloud-based, intuitive platform that uses digital twin technology. Since Argentum implemented this system, Innovia GeoTech has been able to save on operational costs, reduce emissions, and understand their systems and devices better with insights gleaned from sensor data.