Honeywell announced today that it has completed upgrades to the business-critical control systems and IT network at the 42-acre Liverpool ONE shopping, residential and leisure complex – delivering significant commercial, operational and energy benefits as a result.
Liverpool ONE is one of the largest retail developments in England and, since opening in 2008, has escalated Liverpool into one of the top five retail destinations in the UK. Based in the heart of the city, its 1.65 million square feet of retail and leisure space is anchored by two flagship department stores, with over 140 shops and additional facilities including a 14-screen cinema, 36-hole adventure golf centre, restaurants, cafés, bars, hotels, apartments and offices.
Honeywell Building Solutions designed, installed and commissioned the major system upgrade within a stipulated six-month timescale.
The upgrade included the deployment of a private hosted virtualisation solution across the server infrastructure. Virtualisation enables Liverpool ONE to obtain much higher productivity from fewer servers – reducing IT and associated energy costs, cutting carbon emissions by 190 tons per annum and freeing up valuable space that can be released for revenue-generating retail purposes. It also simplifies the management and maintenance of the system, minimises any potential lost revenue associated with downtime, outages and failures, and facilitates the speedy deployment of new applications. At the same time, HBS upgraded the building management and CCTV platforms to EBI R410 and DVM500 respectively.
“The upgrades have reduced electrical and cooling requirements, which will cut Liverpool ONE’s CO2 emissions significantly,” says HBS National Account Manager John Leonard. “Combined with the savings made in IT capital expenditure, reduced maintenance requirement, enhanced system integrity and the value generated through the availability of additional space within the facility, this investment will deliver important ongoing benefits to Liverpool ONE.”
The EBI upgrade enables the building operator to view and control building systems using a variety of compatible mobile devices, including Blackberry® and Apple iPhone®. This improves productivity and allows building operators to have more insight and control over their facility without being tethered to a desktop computer or console.
DVM500 improves security system scalability and reliability while reducing costs by eliminating downtime due to a single point of failure, reducing bandwidth and storage requirements and supporting virtual server environments.
Honeywell is providing EBI training to members of the Liverpool ONE team who work alongside the resident Honeywell engineers, to ensure the capabilities of the system can be fully exploited and enabling changes to be implemented easily as and when required.
Honeywell’s Global Service Response Centre provides a 24/7 monitoring and support service to ensure the system’s integrity.