Plextek and CNIguard develop new IoT system to prevent manhole cover explosions and fires on city streets

UK engineering and design consultancy, Plextek has been working with US-based CNIguard to develop a new IoT-based system to prevent manhole explosions, primarily caused by bad weather and flooding interacting with aging underground power infrastructures. For example, a mixture of melting snow and road salt can wash into manholes, leading to the electricity cables arcing. In America’s biggest cities, hundreds of service manholes catch fire or explode every year, with the consequences…

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WhiffAway at Holiday Park & Resort Innovation

WhiffAway Group – world leaders in waterless urinal technology – will be exhibiting at Holiday Park & Resort Innovation, at NEC Birmingham from 6th to 7th November 2019. The event runs alongside Leisure, Hospitality and Tourism World, and Family Attraction Expo. WhiffAway’s fully recyclable Waterless Urinal System removes the need for customers to change urinal fixtures to go waterless and…

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Does the UK have a financial misconception of CHP?

Earlier this year, leading rental company Aggreko conducted research into the decentralised energy market which found that 55% of respondents believed solar had the most potential for their business whereas only 14% said combined heat and power (CHP). Aggreko states that this further highlights the market misconception around CHP not being as easy to finance – also initially highlighted by…

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Bureau Veritas calls for greater focus on ‘dropped object prevention’ amid escalating danger

With new statistics revealing the stark danger presented by falling objects, an issue which is being amplified by the UK’s increasingly extreme weather, Bureau Veritas is calling on the construction industry to ensure they have a robust object prevention strategy in place. While much health & safety focus is placed on mitigating the risk of falling at height, the reality…

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Energy Assets Launches SMETS2 Smart Meter Installation Programme for Small Businesses

Energy Assets, one of Britain’s leading industrial and commercial energy services companies, is ready to bring the benefits of latest generation smart metering (SMETS2) to micro businesses up and down the country. The company, which specialises in advanced industrial and commercial metering, is now accredited by the Data and Communications Company (DCC) to help energy suppliers target non-domestic sites still…

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Warmer and quieter offices for the Master and Staff

74 Trumpington Street has been upgraded with curved on plan and standard secondary glazing to create quieter and warmer office environments, in line with the College’s overall sustainability plan. In an effort to keep attracting the best scholarly minds and providing the best environments to nurture their excellence, a vision for enhanced learning spaces on the South Side of Mill…

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Compliant and wire-free safety

Andy Collinson, Chief Executive Officer at Geofire, looks at the importance of fire safety within facilities management, and how wire-free fire door holding devices provide a cost effective solution to help keep buildings compliant. Fire safety is a major concern for all building owners and managers, as inefficient precautions to protect the occupants of a building could lead to imprisonment…

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Lift Breakdowns – Our top 5 recommendations for prevention

Lift breakdowns are troublesome for both building owners and the users of the lift. They are an important means of transporting passengers and goods and are fundamental to maintaining efficient traffic flows inside some of the largest and most complex buildings. When a lift breaks down, building operations can grind to a halt. Every building suffers considerable disruption when a…

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