Improving Performance of District Buildings Through Intelligent Monitoring System

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The rising cost of energy usage in buildings and the associated environmental impacts has led to a rise in the demand for cost-effective, energy-saving measures, and environmentally friendly, smart building management solutions.


Faced with multiple building monitoring challenges, a major school district sought a fully integrated system for its buildings that would integrate both Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT). Additional requirements included the improvement of indoor air quality (which became especially important following the COVID-19 pandemic), temperature and humidity control, lighting control, occupancy tracking, management of safety measures for building accessibility, and more.

Overall, the goal was to increase overall energy efficiency, decrease operating and maintenance costs, maintain the health and safety of building occupants, and provide access to data for more analytics-based building monitoring and management.


To track, alert, and report on building performance, a solution was needed to collect data from sensors and building systems and bring that data into an IoT platform. The solution included Advantech’s UNO-420 gateway, KMC Commander®, and an IoT and Automation Platform from KMC Controls®.

Advantech’s UNO-420 gateway is a fanless design with Intel® Atom™ E3815 Processor, 3x COM port, 2x LAN port (including Power Over Ethernet [PoE] technology), and 8x programmable GPIO. The gateway collects data from sensors, devices, controllers, and other building systems, which feed into the KMC Commander.

The KMC Commander IoT and automation platform is a secure platform that tracks the data and trends based on the preferences set by the school district. Users can also use KMC Commander to set up alarms and notifications, create schedules, and configure internal and external user profiles segmented by authorization with custom dashboards.


The solution provided a complete view of operations which informed policies and operational changes within the district schools and offices. Smart energy management solutions provide a complete view of your energy use so you can draw deeper insights on consumption, model and predict efficiency gains, optimize policies, and measure improvements for energy reduction typically between 10-30%.


Major school district


  • No method to aggregate sensor data
  • Need to reduce energy consumption
  • Support
  • Improve indoor air quality


  • Advantech UNO-420 gateway
  • KMC Commander®
  • KMC Controls® IoT and Automation Platform


  • Energy improvements expected between 10-30%
  • Decreased operating and maintenance costs
  • Indoor air quality met COVID-19 requirements
  • Improved access to building analytics and control data

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This case study was brought to you in partnership with Advantech.
Advantech’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) group is recognized as a leading manufacturer of intelligent automation technology and is consistently listed as one of the 50 top global automation suppliers. Specializing in intelligent connectivity at the “edge” of networks in remote and demanding environments, the company’s product solutions use Ethernet, serial, wireless, cellular, and USB communication technologies.

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