Halton Connected Solutions saves the day with a remote start-up and fire test!
The pandemic has created numerous challenges for businesses and especially the commercial construction industry. Projects started just before the pandemic found themselves in a bind when starting up their project and bringing it to completion. With limitations on travel and face-to-face meetings virtually eliminated, how exactly is a Project Manager supposed to finish out a project?
In the case of the Accenture project, compounding the challenge is that the startup requirement was right up against the holiday shut down period along with minimal notice to plan travel! The perfect storm was created, and it might have been forgiven if Halton took a pass, but that is not in our Service Departments’ vocabulary.
Daniel Meredith took a call on Friday, December 18th, from the General Contractor, somewhat in a panic. They had a hard date for Monday, the 21st to do a fire test. Due to travel restrictions and late notice, Halton was unable to dispatch one of our service technicians in time for Monday. On Monday, Skyler Huffman picked up where Daniel left off and communicated with the site.
At this point, Josh Villareal, from Halton’s Network Operating Center in Dallas got involved. Speaking with the job site, the M.A.R.V.E.L. II system was powered on. Connectivity was established through the Halton EDGE device, with a built-in cellular modem, communicating over a virtual private network (talk about phoning home!) to our IoT platform. Josh now had “eyes” on the system and was able to determine that all sensors and automated balancing dampers were reporting back normal operation. From there it was a matter of running through a remote start-up of the system to prepare for the fire test. In addition, the remote operational functionality testing of Fan and system operations. Lastly, the verification of temperature, pressure, and infrared sensors readings were within specifications. Once this was completed, Josh was able to simulate Fire Response Logic, by closing contact on the fire system status input and allow the Halton system to sequence as it should. Make-up air shut down, Exhaust Fan On to 100% speed, and simulated release of the fire system. All done from 1000 miles away!
Halton’s connected solutions’ capabilities came through and showed just a small window into what is available from Halton. Thanks to our Service Department and NOC Center’s work, our customer passed a critical deadline without Halton personnel setting foot on-site and was able to deliver their project on time successfully!
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