Using Technology to Improve the Built Environment

Using Technology to Improve the Built Environment and Create Safer, Greener Cities

Using Technology to Improve the Built Environment and Create Safer, Greener Cities

In 1950, less than a third of the world’s population lived in urban areas. It’s projected that over two-thirds of people will live in cities by 2050. North America leads the charge, with 82% of citizens already living in urban areas.

This mass migration is pushing the built environment to the limit. The successful management of urban growth is vital to sustainable development. Sustainable cities mean safe and affordable housing, accessible transport systems, lower environmental impact, and access to green and public spaces.

While advances in technology have improved our lives immeasurably over the past few decades, many of the key systems that power hotels, office buildings, and restaurants haven’t changed. High-tech solutions like Intellihot are revolutionizing key services like water delivery to create a cleaner, safer, and cheaper built environment.

Technology for a more livable city

Smart technology can play a huge part in creating outstanding, livable cities that will lower environmental impact.

For example, Seoul reduced its waste collection costs by 83% by implementing a smart waste management system that eliminated waste overflow. Miami has over 500,000 connected smart streetlights that reduce energy usage by 44%. Pittsburgh is reducing traffic wait times by 41% and vehicle emissions by 21% by adding smart traffic signals.

The list goes on. The benefits of re-visiting city systems that we take for granted are clear.

Modern water heaters save energy, space, and money

When we drill down to the water heaters used in the built environment, there are immense advantages to using smart, tankless water heaters. Tankless water heaters:

  • Lower energy costs by at least 25%
  • Have a lower carbon footprint
  • Save valuable space
  • Will deliver exactly the amount of hot water you need, only when you need it.
  • Can last up to 20 years
  • Have minimal maintenance

Smart data analysis for the perfect water heater installation

Service providers and contractors often struggle to deliver the exact water heater and water supply requirements for a building. It’s easy to underestimate or overestimate a building’s water needs, leading to an expensive system that’s underused or a system that’s incapable of supplying all of a building’s water needs at peak hours.

telliSize from Intellihot is a mobile app for contractors for quickly estimating requirements. Contractors simply enter details of the environment and they’ll be sent an email with detailed schematics of the preferred installation.

Preparing for the future using your existing water heaters

If you’ve already invested in commercial water heater infrastructure, you can “smartify” your existing installation with a water heater forecaster.

telliBot_AI from Intellihot is a smart device you connect to your existing water heaters to offer a high-level view of how the system is performing.

Data is collected for 10 days. You get a detailed report on each monitored heater with a score and projected replacement time frame, so you can plan accordingly for the future.

Proactive water heater management

With a smart water heater system such as the Intellihot Gen II tankless water heater, you can get a much better overview of how water is being used in your buildings at any moment.

With the telliCare app, available for iOS and Android, you get 24/7/365 monitoring and smart notifications alerting you to potential issues. Monitoring and alerts can be delegated to the appropriate team in your organization.

telliCare monitors temperatures, flow rates, part longevity, BTUs, firing rate, and flue gases on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. At a glance, it’s possible to see how your entire water heating system is performing, right from your phone.

Smart water heaters for a sustainable future

The challenges of an increasingly urbanized population are apparent. Smart technology must be used in every facet of the built environment if we are to solve the challenges of the future.

Smart water heaters offer incredible advantages to commercial buildings, saving ongoing costs while reducing waste and carbon footprint. They’re the obvious choice for the city of the future.