Measurement of building material condition by innovative measuring instruments from floor protector and data transmission with connectivity solutions from A1 Digital

The company floor protector from Vienna offers its customers devices for the real-time measurement of the condition of various building materials such as wood or screed and has been awarded an Austrian Innovation Award. In order to be prepared for the future and to modernize its own product portfolio, floor protector decided to digitize its measuring procedures with A1 Digital.

Analog measurement of building materials requires a lot of effort

The client:

floor protector offers its customers various measuring methods and devices for building materials and therefore provides information about the condition of the material – for uncomplicated damage assessment or preventive monitoring. The company's processes are used, among other things, to accompany the drying process of screeds. Previous measurement methods according to the so-called CM method suffered from the problem that it could not be automatically concluded that the floor was ready for covering. This means that the floor layer has always had to travel to the construction site several times in person in order to check for moisture, e.g. screed – which in turn means a high cost and time.

The challenge:

An unnecessary effort, as Helmut Jilg, one of the two managing directors at floor protector GmbH, found. More modern and practical solutions were needed. Therefore, the company began to develop an innovative digital measuring method and realised this in the form of the “hmbox”. The handy device determines the relative humidity and temperature of screeds in real time. On the basis of the transmitted data, the optimal time for the laying of the top floor can be determined.

floor protector needed support in the realisation of the product, especially in the field of data transmission. Here, the company chose A1 Digital's broad portfolio to implement digital communication technology into the innovative device. Other requirements should be met to provide an optimal product experience: The data should be accessible to different users – builder, architect, construction manager, etc. – via a web browser or via a smartphone app. Monitoring over a longer period of time should facilitate quality control in the form of graphs and tables.

Measure the condition of building materials in real time - with Managed Connectivity

The solution:

A1 Digital delivered a custom-made M2M Managed Connectivity Solution. For this purpose, the robust and durable M2M SIM card from A1 Digital was installed in the hmbox. The SIM card transmits all data in a 12-hour interval until the screed moisture limit is reached to the cloud application provided by A1 Digital. The data can be controlled via a web browser or via a smartphone app. Centralised control, management, and monitoring of SIM cards provides a customised managed connectivity solution with an easy-to-use interface. The global SIM cards (M2M SIM chips) connect the measuring devices to various roaming partners per country, including the national roaming partners in Austria and to a special roaming zone with North America, Australia and New Zealand.

“A1 Digital's tailor-made connectivity solution was a valuable support for the realisation of our product. floor protector will continue to rely on the expertise of A1 Digital for future projects.”

Alfred Puchegger, Managing Director of fp floor protector GmbH
The facts

M2M SIM chips from A1 Digital in floor protector's digital measuring devices communicate data securely, quickly and reliably. The data is easy to manage via cloud application.

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