On Sunday 23rd April, the UK Government ran a test of an emergency notification system.
Emergency Alerts is a UK government service that will warn citizens if there’s a danger to life nearby. In an emergency, mobile phones or tablets will receive an alert with advice about how to stay safe in a natural disaster or a terror attack.
To say this was a logistical challenge is a massive understatement.
Last year, in a previous job, I was project managing a similar test for colleagues in my office, using a solution from Everbridge.
My alert was later than planned, arriving at 1513, given there are over 80 million active mobile subscriptions in use in the UK, I can understand why it was not landing bang on 1500.
A Pearl of Wisdom
The previous month (March 2023), several of the Clevernet team were at the Northern Ireland Hotel’s Federation Business Outlook event in Belfast.
There were various takeaways from this great event, but one that is of most relevance to this blog was this soundbite from a local hotel entrepreneur, Enda McKeever, who said:
“What gets monitored, gets managed”
Read a bit more about this event in this blog.
What Gets Monitored gets Managed
The saying "what gets monitored, gets managed" is a management principle that suggests that by monitoring or measuring a particular process or activity, it becomes easier to manage and improve that process or activity. This principle applies to various fields, including business, healthcare, education, and personal development.
For instance, if a business wants to improve its sales performance, it can monitor sales metrics such as revenue, customer acquisition cost, and conversion rate to identify areas that need improvement. Similarly, in healthcare, monitoring patient outcomes can help healthcare providers identify areas for improvement in patient care.
In essence, the principle implies that when something is being watched, people are more likely to pay attention to it and take corrective action where necessary. Monitoring allows for the early detection of problems, and this helps to prevent small issues from escalating into larger ones. By managing and making adjustments based on the information provided by monitoring, the likelihood of success increases.
Monitoring allows for early detection of problems, and this helps to prevent small issues from escalating into larger ones.
Monitoring & Managing Buildings
Monitoring the levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in a building is critical for ensuring the health and well-being of occupants. CO2 is a colorless and odorless gas that is produced when humans exhale, and it can accumulate in poorly ventilated indoor spaces. High levels of CO2 (over 1800) can lead to symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, and dizziness, and in extreme cases, it can cause respiratory failure or death.
By monitoring CO2 levels, building managers can ensure that the building's ventilation system is functioning correctly and that fresh air is being circulated throughout the space. This helps to prevent the accumulation of CO2 and other pollutants, creating a safer and more comfortable environment for occupants. Additionally, monitoring CO2 levels can help identify areas where energy efficiency improvements can be made by indicating where ventilation systems are being overworked and may need repairs.
Again, we have blogged about this before, see here.
Chatting to clients and tenants, we know great air quality is very important and with our ECCO solution, we can help you to monitor multiple elements in your building.
We can help you to monitor this and to fix a small issue, before it becomes a big problem
Clever with the Data
The Clevernet team use data points from around your building, taking feeds from multiple sensors, meters and sub-meters to develop a strategy around building optimisation. This will lead to a series of Energy Consumption Measures (ECM's) which will realise an improvement in air quality and drive energy efficiencies in your building.
Join the built environment revolution and monitor the CO2 in your office spaces, your tenants will thank you for it. You will also be ahead of the curve, doing this before your competition, enhancing your customer value proposition, help your sales team to win new business and retain existing clients.
Remember the key takeaway from this blog, the UK government did a mass emergency test on Sunday 23 April 2023 to survey the public. They have already started the process to review the mass test and understand where the gaps are and what can be improved for the next time; what gets monitored, gets managed.