Could anything be more stressful than knowing a pipe in your commercial building is leaking water but can't find exactly where?
Water damage costs to our homes and businesses are immense. Flooding, broken pipes and minor, hidden leaks are the leading cause of commercial property insurance claims. Allianz Global Corporate & Security, in an analysis of nearly half a million claims between 2013 and 2018 from over 200 countries and territories, found that water damage accounted for the third-highest number of insurance claims for global business.
A tiny sensor could save many large buildings enormous amounts of money and make the difficult work of facilities management substantially more straightforward.
Even though printed electronics have been around since the last century, they are becoming more and more common, with the value of the printed electronics market becoming worth billions. The idea behind printed electronics is simple: a conductive ink is deposited onto a substrate to then act as an electronic device. Most modern smartphones now include parts that were created using printed electronics. We use printed electronics to create our printed sensors.
There is no doubt that the modern workspace is evolving. New workplace attitudes, fueled by the global pandemic, have centered the office as the hub for collaborative work while also being responsible for an employee’s well-being and productivity.
The Direct Impact of LAIIER's products
It is not self-evident that manufacturing a sensor to conserve resources or prevent toxic contamination is a net positive for the planet. If done improperly, the impact of the manufacturing and deployment of the device might be more costly than the problem that it is detecting.
Smart buildings have come a long way since Mark Honeywell unveiled the first programmable thermostat back in 1906. Today, smart building technology has expanded far beyond the original temperature controls and water heating systems to include security, emergency, and energy management.