Priva BMS makes for a smart experience

Priva Building Intelligence Ltd has supplied its control technology to the Grand Millennium Dubai, a 343-room, five star hotel complete with six restaurants, spa, Jacuzzi, gym and outdoor swimming pool. Installed by the BMS Division of Optima International LLC, the technology is helping the hotel negate the soaring cost of utilities in the United Arab Emirates.

Although Optima has had a presence in the Middle East for 20 years, the move into the UAE seven years ago prompted the company to source a new BMS partner. The partnership with Priva has since blossomed and nowhere is it better exemplified in providing a turnkey solution for a luxury hotel in Dubai.

“We pitched for the project based on the use of Priva BMS technology and it was the flexibility of the equipment that won the tender,” says Business Development and Commercial Manager, Michael Scriven. “One recurring theme with hotels is that they are a constantly changing environment. In the blink of an eye, bedrooms change to conference rooms and bars change to restaurants, and this is where the flexibility of the Priva technology is priceless.”

Effective control

Although hotels are fairly typical projects for Optima, The Grand Millennium is a particularly large facility. With the cost of electricity in Dubai currently around four times more expensive than in the UK, the emphasis on effective building control is clear. In addition, the Dubai government introduced a fuel surcharge for electricity and water customers in 2011, with the intention of promoting efficient energy consumption.

The solution was based on the Priva Compri HX suite of products, principally the Compri HX 8E, which is ideally suited for managing large to highly complex automatic control installations. The base module has four serial ports which can be flexibly deployed to integrate other systems. What’s more, the Compri HX 8E is fitted with an Ethernet port for PCs, modems and displays. There is also a universal link for BACnet servers (BACnet MS/TP networks are deployed at the hotel).

Among the other Priva technologies used on site are Compri HX 4 and HX 3 base unit controllers, Comforte CX multi-functional room controllers and a Comset HX Touchscreen module. In combination, these units control the entire HVAC system, including a multitude of chilled water pumps, air handling units, variable air volume zone controllers and DDC connected fan coil units. No hotel area remains untouched by Priva technology, including the bedrooms, kitchen, entrance areas, bars, restaurants, lift lobby, offices, stores, toilets and roof. Yet this project is still evolving as the demands of the hotel change.

“We are five years down the line and we’re now looking to install the latest version of Priva’s Compri HX WebEngine,” says Mr Scriven. “This will provide extra functionality such as being able to monitor building controls remotely, and facilitate the subsequent installation of TC Energy.”

Getting the taste for luxury

Gent by Honeywell has equipped the prestigious Bulgari Hotel and Residences in London’s Knightsbridge with one of its successful Vigilon fire detection and alarm (FDA) solutions.

The high profile property, which is the first luxury hotel to be built in the capital for forty years, has been installed with a fully integrated system that includes a four loop Vigilon panel and Gent’s innovative S-Quad sensing technology, together with a full front end WINMAG Graphics Management System.

One of Gent 24’s network of approved System Integrators, Tecserv UK, was involved in the two year project and worked directly with the hotel’s property developers, Prime Development.

Mark Smith, Operations Manager for Tecserv UK, says: “The initial brief was to provide a graphics front end fire alarm system with voice sounders in each of the bedrooms, and because of the unique style and design it was important to choose a solution that was aesthetically pleasing. We selected the Gent S-Quad range as the multi-functional heads have up to four different functions in one product (sensors, sounder, strobe and speech) which means less cabling is required than with separate devices.

Contemporary design

The luxury Bulgari Hotel, which opened its doors to guests in May this year, is located on the site of the old Knightsbridge Palace Hotel in South West London. The building has 85 spacious, elegant rooms, luxurious suites and exclusive residences furnished with the highest quality materials and the renowned Bulgari contemporary design. The hotel features a private cinema, ballroom and 25 metre indoor swimming pool and has been created to provide the epitome of luxury to its residents.

The FDA solution installed in the hotel consists of four fire panels, approximately 1,500 heads and the WINMAG software tool which integrates seamlessly with the Vigilon software to offer a graphical view of the entire system, enabling easy location of a fire in an emergency and rapid decision making through event-based control of devices.

The S-Quad sensors that were used are part of Gent’s range of multi-sensors that combine the most advanced sensing technologies to provide quick, intelligent fire decisions. The extra sensory detection is coupled with an integral sounder with speech capability and strobe in the same intelligent device.

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