It all began with an idea
90% of our time is spent indoors, whether it’s in the home, school or office. However, studies have shown that the air in our homes is up to 5 times more polluted than the air outdoors. Unhealthy indoor air quality stems from cooking, cleaning, pets, electronic devices, and other chemical products. In fact, it has been found that 30% of people born after 1980 in industrialized countries have severe allergies. Needless to say, poor indoor air quality can have a huge impact on our health and quality of life.
Duco immediately recognised that healthy air in the home is essential to improve living conditions. With that in mind they took on the formidable task of improving indoor air quality by using the latest technology while also paving the way for an AI-driven future.
Their innovative product offering guarantees consumers naturally healthy, comfortable, and energy-efficient indoor climate. Duco wanted to innovate their offerings by turning them into intelligent systems that drastically improve indoor air quality. The R&D team at Duco envisioned an intelligent two-way communication solution that easily provides an overview of residential ventilation systems’ performance, ability to respond to issues, and maintenance needs.
“For us it was about a new process not a new product,” explains Koen Maertens, Duco Ventilation & Sun Control R&D Director, “Our business driver was to prepare our company for what comes next. This project was a proactive next step towards our vision of where we plan to be in future. The end goal wasn’t just about developing smart systems and a method for installing them but instead a cloud-connected solution that would allow us to manage those systems from production until their end of life.”
Turning ideas into reality
To ensure correct and consistent configuration, Duco wanted to provide an easy connection process for all installers, regardless of their experience with cloud-native technology or data platforms. Once installed and functioning, the cloud-connected devices can collect data on system health and performance on behalf of the property and systems management companies who monitor them. For consumers, Duco wanted an end-user application for residents to share feedback, control system settings, and receive maintenance notifications.
To realize its vision for this multi-dimensional solution, Duco knew it needed a long-term partner with experience across the full scope of IoT and AI, who would continue to support them after implementation. Impressed with Codit’s high-quality service from a previous project, in-depth IoT expertise, and innovative reputation as a Microsoft elite IoT partner, Duco identified Codit as the perfect choice.
The team at Codit got to work and created a solution that fit their business needs. With initial testing complete, Duco is rolling out its solution to more residential homes. The company sees the completion of this project stage as simply the beginning of another exciting phase in the company’s digital transformation.
Maertens adds, “This is a very big step for us, but it is just a first step into the process of transforming how we approach developing our systems. Now that we’re equipped with capabilities for IoT data, we can use that information to better understand how our systems are interacting with the environment.”
Codit bridges the gap between companies and the constantly evolving developments in IoT. ”
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