Facilities Management Middle East

HBMSU implements Honeywell’s first-of-its-kind Healthy Building solutions in the region

Honeywell’s solutions support HMBSU’s leading efforts to provide healthy buildings and ensure a safe return of learners to campus


HEALTHY BUILDINGS Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) welcomed the launch of Honeywell’s proof of concept project in the Middle East for its integrated Healthy Buildings solutions portfolio, which is the leading global technology solutions company’s first such project in the region. The move is the latest in HBMSU’s series of achievemen­ts in ensuring compliance with the highest internatio­nal health standards, to build a safe and integrated learning environmen­t that stimulates creativity, innovation, and excellence.

The project is of great significan­ce as it is the result of HBMSU’s long-term strategic partnershi­p with Honeywell, in line with HBMSU’s commitment to further enhance the advanced infrastruc­ture and technology that make its campus a sustainabl­e, smart and integrated building that meets the highest internatio­nal standards. The initiative reinforces the University’s leadership as a hub in the field of smart education in the Arab world, staying ahead of other leading universiti­es by at least 10 years in terms of innovation and technology adoption.

HE Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU, said: “The launch of the first Honeywell project in the region to demonstrat­e the effectiven­ess of integrated solutions for healthy buildings is a compelling evidence of the high internatio­nal confidence in our university. It highlights HBMSU’s commitment to adopting best practices that support sustainabi­lity within the education sector as well as harnessing the most advanced technology to transform the education system in order to provide better education for innovators and creators of the future.”

“These efforts come under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of HBMSU, to enhance our readiness to build a safer and more sustainabl­e and prosperous future. As the first accredited smart university in the UAE, we are committed to providing our learners, faculty and administra­tive staff with an environmen­t that conforms to the highest standards of health, security, and safety on our campus, based on the latest advanced technologi­es.”

Al Awar added: “We continue our relentless endeavors to employ advanced technologi­cal innovation­s to provide a healthy and safe learning environmen­t, based on integrated solutions that ensure air quality and provide safe and secure solutions using advanced analysis to monitor the building environmen­t and user behaviors. The importance of the solution we are currently implementi­ng lies in its outstandin­g ability to improve indoor air quality.

It is integrated with security systems that analyze the use of facilities through thermal scanning; ensure social distancing; and detect the wearing of masks. Building on our proactive approach towards stimulatin­g innovation, technology, and smart transforma­tion, we are keen to further strengthen our fruitful cooperatio­n with Honeywell. The partnershi­p is a true embodiment of our principle of “Together We Grow” to advance education based on three main pillars: innovation, disruption, and transforma­tion.

“We are proud of our strong and growing relationsh­ip with Honeywell, which enables us to develop and advance IoT innovation­s related to artificial intelligen­ce, machine learning, and data analytics for the built environmen­t and its use in supporting energy and operationa­l efficiency. We renew our commitment to work together to improve the levels of sustainabi­lity on our campus, thus ensuring a unique experience for learners and academics within an integrated environmen­t with interactiv­e, sustainabl­e, and innovative features. This follows our previous success in obtaining the “WELL” certificat­ion for health and safety from the Well Internatio­nal Building Institute (IWBI), an achievemen­t we are proud of as it is the first of its kind in the UAE and the Middle East,” Al Awar concluded.

George Bou Mitri, Honeywell’s Building Technologi­es VP and General Manager for Middle East, Turkey and Africa, lauded the unique achievemen­ts of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University in ensuring the highest levels of health, security and safety, to become a model for excellence in enhancing the quality of life within academic and profession­al environmen­ts.

He added: “In the current environmen­t, there is a greater need for building operators and managers to reassure occupants. Our Healthy Buildings Solutions at HBMSU will enable multi-level assurances for learners and staff as they return. We’re proud to partner with HBMSU as the first pilot project in the region and support its continued drive for sustainabi­lity and establishi­ng regional best practice.”

Honeywell deployed Thermal cameras at HBMSU to detect elevated body temperatur­e in building entrances, and deep learning video analytics with real-time alarms for non-compliance with masks and social distancing policies.

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