Leading developer Damac Properties has signed up Dubai-based automation systems and connected buildings service provider ODS Global to optimise operations and maintenance across 24 of its towers in Dubai.
ODS Global is a company of SB Group, a Dubai-based conglomerate with diversified investments across technology and security systems.
The project marks a major shift in the industry, from siloed and disparate vendor control to a unified OEM-led model of building operations, integrating BMS and services for several legacy brands, said a statement from ODS Global.
The complexities involved in integrating building automation, multi-proprietary vendor protocols and software licenses have traditionally restricted property owners from engaging OEMs for the maintenance of building assets and systems.
However, the industry has been undergoing rapid change. And with IoT and AI developments, seamless integration and optimization of building portfolios have emerged as the default future-ready operational model for the commercial real estate industry.
ODS Global’s subsidiaries ODSS Mechanical and ODSS Technical are the solution providers for the three years maintenance contract.
As ODS Global’s service arms, ODSS Mechanical and ODSS Technical offer a wide suite of services ranging from Category A approved Mandatory Life Safety Systems, BMS, Automation, IoT and AI-based building management solution, CCTV Security Systems, Access Control, Intrusion Alarms, Gate Barriers, as well as ICT solutions.
ODS Global is also currently in discussions with Damac Properties to upgrade the 24 towers to a connected buildings model, using IoT and AI-based solutions and the Intelligent Integrated Command and Control Centre (iICCC) offered by its group company Netix Global BV.
Netix is a vendor-neutral iIBMS automation solutions provider, with a strong focus on sustainable smart buildings, smart cities and energy efficiency.
In a phased contract award, ODS Global’s services was implemented in one and then two of Damac Properties’ towers, before the contract was extended to all 24 buildings in the portfolio. The key advantages that the project will deliver for Damac Properties include:
*Maintenance and fault rectification of multi-vendor assets and systems, at both server and field level
*Enhanced energy savings across the portfolio, through agile operations and analysis of real-time asset intelligence
*Implementation of a predictive and preventive maintenance model, leading to the enhanced performance of fixed assets throughout their life cycle
On the contract win, SB Group Chairman Sanjeev Bhatia said: "Achieving unprecedented energy savings, optimized and remote operations and responsive services at portfolio scale, is what building owners and operators are aspiring to today"
"It has long been commonplace in sectors such as the life safety industry, for any qualified and civil defence approved company to maintain assets sourced from multiple vendors. We are trying to bring the same parity to the BMS domain, with our open proprietary protocol," noted Bhatia.
"Our relationship with Damac properties will go a long way in validating this integrated and connected model of built assets management, and put Dubai at the centre stage in the global shift to smart buildings and smart cities," he added.-TradeArabia News Service