Tyco | Helping to Create Ireland’s Smartest Building

Andrea Daly 03.02.2016

"The basic premise behind the smart building concept is that it uses technology to monitor and manage a building’s environment and performance" - Martin Fogarty,Tyco Firmware Team Lead

Martin Fogarty, Tyco's Team Lead in Firmware R&D has kindly taken the time to describe Ireland's smartest building which Tyco will reside in from February 8th, 2016...

As reported by a recent article in “The Examiner”, Tyco is due to move into a new state-of-the-art premises in Cork City in February, Albert Quay. It has recently been announced that Tyco plans to merge with Johnson Controls with One Albert Quay remaining the global headquarters for the planned merged companies. Tyco is already a market leader in the global fire protection and security solutions industries. The merger expands the range of products and services supplied by the combined companies to include HVAC, energy and building management systems. The expanded portfolio means the new company is ideally placed to supply complete Smart Building solutions.

The basic premise behind the smart building concept is that it uses technology to monitor and manage a building’s environment and performance. Ultimately the goal of any smart building is to achieve energy savings and enhance the productivity and comfort of its occupants. One of the compelling attractions of the 1AQ project is that everyone involved, from project managers to engineers, will “learn by doing”. The building itself will become a test bed for Smart Building solutions. By “eating our own dog food”, we will be able to test, promote and constantly improve our own products. 

In the first phase, we will be integrating several access control and building management systems. These products are supplied by Tyco and other vendors. The building also contains other tenants so we are immediately faced with the real-world challenge of coming up with a solution that works for a multi-vendor multi-tenant building. The data set we will obtain from these systems will include:

  • Temperature and humidity readings from all meeting rooms and open plan areas
  • Energy consumption for various segments of the building
  • Gas consumption
  • Water consumption
  • (Via the Access Control System) Number of employees and visitors in the building


The team has identified a number of ways to augment the existing systems. We are installing a sensor system to detect bicycles entering and exiting the underground parking area, a licence plate recognition camera to do the same job for cars. We are also installing an environment sensor network in the open-air balcony area. These will provide the following additional data set:

  • Number of bicycles
  • Car space occupancy
  • Wind speed, direction, outdoor temperature
  • Rainfall
  • Noise level
  • Air quality: CO, CO2, NO2, O3 and particle levels


As well as producing an initial suite of applications to display this data set, the intention is to make the details of the data set and an API for it available to the entire Tyco population in the building. It will then be up to the entire Tyco workforce in Cork, which spans a range of disciplines from engineering and legal, through technical publications to business development and finance, to come up with applications for the data, based on their differing concerns and knowledge of customer requirements. The smartest part of this smart building - the people behind the technology - will then have their say!

If you are interested in opportunities at Tyco Cork please get in touch at Corkcareers@tycoint.com

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