GCU and Gas Sensing Solutions develop 'smart' buildings

16 March 2015

GCU and GSS are working on sensors for smart energy management systems

GCU and GSS are working on sensors for smart energy management systems

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd are working together on a new project to produce smart sensors which can detect and change air quality and energy conditions in buildings, helping to provide comfortable living environments, reduce power consumption and protect the environment.

Led by GCU’s Dr Hadi Larijani of the School of Engineering and Built Environment, the 18-month research project has secured £150,000 from the Centre for Sensors and Imaging Systems (CENSIS).

Working with Cumbernauld based Gas Sensing Solutions, which manufactures patented low energy consumption wireless sensors, GCU researchers will investigate smart sensors used in a range of applications, such as building energy management systems, to anticipate and respond to changing conditions with minimal human intervention.

The majority of sensors used are currently incapable of making intelligent real-time decisions. Smart sensors using random neural networks will provide a self-learning network. Wireless sensors from Gas Sensing Solutions are based on measuring carbon dioxide, temperature and humidity, with no need for a connected power source.

Dr Larijani, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer, Communications and Interactive Systems said: “We are very proud to be working Gas Sensing Solutions. With our combined technologies we will be developing the next generation of smart indoor air quality wireless sensors which will have a high impact on energy efficiency in buildings and occupant comfort. We hope to also look into expanding into new applications such as healthcare, and foresee further applications in the near future, which is very promising and exciting.”

Professor Des Gibson, Chairman of Gas Sensing Solutions, said: “The project provides key technology input from world-class random neural network capabilities at GCU, combined with existing GSS gas sensor technology.  The project offers potential to extend and enhance product performance, opening up access into new and commercially lucrative global markets.”

The global sensor systems technology market is expected to grow to an estimated $605bn by 2015 and wireless solutions are expected to grow at over 48% per year, with huge opportunities to establish Scotland as a leader in sensor and imaging systems. CENSIS has been formed to bridge the current gap between university research and industrial uptake through industry-led projects.

GCU is a university partner in five of the eight Innovation Centres launched so far by the Scottish Funding Council, spanning oil and gas; sensors and imaging systems; digital health; construction; and big data.

Acting as hubs of expertise for the Innovation Centres to draw upon, Scotland’s universities have a wealth of knowledge waiting to be put into technological challenges. GCU’s research in areas including diagnostic systems and sensors and digital health are expected to provide the University with a strong grounding for new opportunities.

The partners are also working together on a £149k Technology Strategy Board (TSB) Collaborative Research & Development Project from the recent ‘Enabling the Internet of Sensors’ funding call.