Home-grown Innovators Develop Innovative Solutions through BEAMP
Open innovation platforms such as the Built Environment Accelerate-to-Market Programme (BEAMP) continue to attract and enable home-grown innovators to develop a range of solutions that serves the sectors’ needs – from digital platforms for construction progress monitoring to 3D-printing of bespoke building components. Launched in February 2019 by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), supported by Enterprise Singapore (ESG) and JTC Corporation (JTC), BEAMP brings together innovators and demand drivers to fast track the entire innovation process to solve real world industry challenges. Through their participation in BEAMP, innovators gain experience, track record and domain knowledge partnering with industry firms, thereby growing their technical capabilities and building networks in the sector.
Qi Square Pte Ltd’s Enhanced Virtual Energy Audits is one such meaningful solution that has emerged from past BEAMP cycles. The digital tool collects data from buildings to create virtual models that then simulate its performance, enabling customised energy saving measures to be generated for different building needs. The spin-off company from the Nanyang Technological University provides industry firms with digital tools that promote energy efficiency, sustainability and carbon emissions reduction. The Virtual Energy Audit was able to produce energy models that achieved more than 95% accuracy, and subsequently identify energy conservation measures that could be deployed to achieve up to 30% cumulative savings for building owners. The learnings from this project, were also used by the company in developing an AI-enabled cloud platform, BtrLyf.com to facilitate instant assessment of buildings and identifying relevant energy saving measures and their return on investment, fully automatically. This platform will greatly improve the productivity of the teams working on green building projects and enable professionals to assess green buildings remotely and cost-effectively in the post-pandemic economy.
Learn more about Qi Square’s BtrLyf: https://www.qisquare.sg/post/btrlyf-platform-is-launched
Tech-agnostic Internet of Things (IoT) service provider UnaBiz Pte Ltd, also found a new use-case in the Built Environment industry for their affordable and scalable low-power wide-area (LPWA) sensor technologies. UnaBiz Pte Ltd developed a solution for Asset Tracking and Utilisation Monitoring with industry partner Samwoh Corporation, to monitor and track equipment at the construction site due to its long-range network coverage. The sensor solution allows Samwoh Corporation to collect location data of its construction assets at low cost and low energy consumption. The multi-purpose sensor can also be scaled up to provide further insights on asset utilisation rate, which helps enterprises optimise resource allocations and implement preventative maintenance. With the Asset Tracking and Utilisation Monitoring, industry firms can track their assets’ utilisation levels and location, and the technology can be applied across different asset models and variants. The industrial Sigfox tracker has an expected five years of battery life in the field after deployment, compared to 3G operated solutions that are more power-hungry. With the increased efficiency and reduced cost of the solution, it is able to support scalability and mass deployment.
Learn more about UnaBiz’s Sigfox-ready Products: https://www.unabiz.com/products/
Read about BEAMP Latest Cycle 3 Innovators: https://www1.bca.gov.sg/about-us/news-and-publications/media-releases/2021/07/07/boost-for-eight-home-grown-innovators-to-accelerate-the-development-of-solutions-for-construction-industry-transformation
Find out more about BEAMP: https://www.beamp.sg/