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BrainBox AI-solutions –The Gamechangers in HVAC Energy Saver

Rahul Kankariya, Director, ForTerra Solutions, Licensed Partner of BrainBox AI in an interview shares about AI solutions that optimize HVAC Systems in realtime.

Tell us about your organization and its focus areas

ForTerra Solutions, a Mumbai based company, is an authorized reseller of BrainBox AI, a pioneer in artificial intelligence technology for commercial HVAC. It is often not perceived that one of the leading contributors of energy usage comes from buildings’ Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems. In fact, 45% of commercial buildings’ energy consumption comes from HVAC, of which 30% is usually wasted.

We are driven with the need to leave a better environment for the future generations. Our first step to achieve this is to help people reduce their energy consumption by providing pre-emptive solutions to the existing HVAC systems. Our focus is on smooth transition to these solutions, customer satisfaction and a price for performance beyond compare.

What industry segments are you targeting with your solutions

An ideal building would be a commercial real estate property having centralized air-conditioned system and a well networked BMS in place. Properties such as

Malls, Airports, Corporate offices, Hotels, Educational Institutes, Data Centres, healthcare, retail outlets, supermarket, industrial/warehouse etc.

How would your AI-based solutions help ease business challenges faced by customers

Combining deep learning, cloud-based computing, and self-directed decision-making, we enable the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system in a building to operate autonomously and in real-time with no human intervention. It helps

  • Improve the operational efficiency of buildings
  • Reduce total energy consumption by up to 25%
  • Decrease the carbon footprint by 20-40%
  • Increase the occupant comfort by up to 60%
  • Reduce the runtime cycle of the equipment by up to 40%

What’s unique/innovative about your products that you would like to highlight here

Our solution produces remarkable energy savings by using AI to continuously make micro-adjustments to your building’s existing HVAC system. It monitors a multitude of data points and then makes decisions about how to optimize the HVAC system in real-time. This process of continual monitoring, assessment, and adjustment can only be achieved with advanced deep learning methodologies and understanding of the HVAC environment. Also, this solution requires no sensor deployment, no human intervention and very little to no CAPEX.

Our AI engine and proprietary process move you from reactive to autonomous in three steps:
1. Mapping your existing system and learning your building’s thermal behaviour
2. Optimizing your building’s HVAC operations in real-time
3. Continuously learning and improving performance

How do you plan to raise awareness about your products and their utility to prospective customers

The future plan of the company to raise awareness about our solution is to

  • Participate in trade fairs and exhibitions
  • Use social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Twitter
  • Publish in Industry Magazines
  • Conducting Webinars

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