UNSW Built Environment, a Smart Living Laboratory for Research and Education IoT sensor network for thermal comfort and air quality

Myair

At UNSW Built Environment, we aim to establish a smart campus that provides healthy air and comfortable conditions for our users while showcasing cutting-edge technology for smart living in our research and education.

We have turned our building into a living lab, where an advanced monitoring system is established for indoor environments. This information is then used for research on Indoor Environmental quality (focusing on thermal comfort, air quality, and noise levels) and informing the management of our educational buildings. 

Between 2019-2021, more than 100 sensors have been installed in teaching spaces, meeting rooms, open-plan offices, and selected individual offices throughout Built Environment’s home in the Red Centre West Wing, UNSW Sydney. 

These low-cost sensors measure different parameters including carbon dioxide (CO2), Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOCs), noise levels, lighting, temperature, and humidity. Data is also logged to a publicly available server for research and teaching on indoor air quality and data analytics.

Myair Sensors

Myair Sensors

Droplet sensors

Droplet sensors

DigitalTwin
A Digital Twin (DT) is a virtual replica of a real-world asset that can be used for many useful purposes. In this project, a 3D DT of the UNSW Built Environment’s building is used as an advanced monitoring system. Combined with the live information feed from the IoT sensor networks, it provides an enhanced visual insight into the environmental status of the spaces of the building. Furthermore, it allows monitoring the working status of the sensors.