How To Build Your Own BMS Control System

Technology-based solutions have been used to control and monitor equipment in buildings for years. With IoT there’s so much more we can now add to create a more intelligent building management system. Learn how you can create your own BMS control system with Alliot & Wattsense.

BMS control systems provide a range of benefits for Facility Managers and companies alike. Most commonly used to monitor and control a building’s electrical and mechanical equipment such as office equipment, lighting, heating and ventilation. Building Management Systems can be used to:

  • Improve energy efficiencies
  • Make savings
  • Increase staff productivity
  • Improve overall working conditions
  • Reduce Carbon emissions

Up until now, many BMS control systems operate under a technology known as BACnet (Building Automation Control and Network). BACnet is one of the most widely used protocols for automation control – helping you to tie together systems such as security and ventilation to develop a BMS client capable of controlling and monitoring connected entities.

These systems provide a great deal of functionality to existing BMS. But what if we could take this to the next level and create even more intelligent Building Management Systems?

Meet the Wattsense Range


Wattsense’s gateways enable you to connect your existing BMS systems to other protocols to create your own BMS control system. Opening up a whole world of opportunities, with these gateways you can connect any of our LoRaWAN® sensors to your existing BACnet system with minimal disruption. The Wattsense range support the connection of a total of 13 different protocols meaning you can monitor and control devices altogether in one place.

Wattsense Box or Hub – What’s the Difference?

There are two versions of WattSense’s gateway available. Depending on how you wish to control and monitor your intelligent Building Management System will help you to select the best device for you.

The Wattsense Box is centrally managed which enables you to configure and maintain the device over the internet using Wattsense’s cloud platform. This can be particularly useful for Facility Management companies who may manage a portfolio of buildings across multiple locations.

The Wattsense Hub, on the other hand is a stand alone device that does not require an internet connection. The Hub can be managed on-site via USB. This device is better suited to those looking to create a stand alone BMS control system.

What can LoRaWAN sensors bring to my BMS?

The possibilities are endless! Maybe your existing system has highlighted an area where energy costs are higher, but you don’t have enough information to identify why. In this instance, you could use the NKE Smart Plug to monitor and control power to devices which may be left running out of hours.

Or perhaps you want to add a new element to your BMS and optimise waste collections.

Whatever you are looking to add to your Building Management Systems we can help. Contact our team today for free expert advice on integrating IoT into your BMS systems.

Alliot Become Kerlink Gold Partner

Alliot become Kerlink Gold Partner

We’re delighted to have been awarded the Gold Partner Status by Kerlink. Find out more about our recent accreditation in this short blog.

Who are Kerlink?

Based in France, Kerlink is a fast-growing, global brand. Their main focus is around gateways and their industry-leading Wanesy network server. Kerlink’s offering supports the design, launch and operation of many IoT solutions. As founding and board members of the LoRa Alliance, they are leaders in their field.

Operating a tiered partner system, Kerlink base their partner statuses on company performance.

Growth for Alliot & Kerlink

Alliot first became a Kerlink partner in October 2019. Since then our sales and business has gone from strength to strength, helping us to achieve the Kerlink gold partner status!

Despite the challenges we’ve all faced over the past 12 months, we’ve been lucky to have worked with many of our partners to deliver some really innovative projects. Kerlink’s products play a pivotal role in our offering, helping to bring solutions to life. With LoRaWAN gateways for indoor and outdoor use, the Wanesy management centre and the Wanesy Wave tracking solution, Kerlink are an important asset to any IoT set up.

We look forward to further developing our relationship throughout 2021 and growing Kerlink business throughout the UK and Europe.

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How to Select an IoT Gateway Solution

Gateways are a vital component to any LoRaWAN IoT solution. With so many options it can be hard to know which one to choose. To help you with your selection we’ve prepared a short blog to highlight some of the key factors you may want to take into consideration when selecting your IoT gateway solution.

What does an IoT Gateway Solution do?

LoRaWAN gateways play a critical role in your IoT solutions. Regardless of your application, an IoT solution will typically consist of sensors, a gateway, a network server and an application server. Your sensors will collect data and monitor the specific parameters they are designed for. The data collected is then passed to the gateway which bridges the gap between the connected IoT sensors and the network server. From the network server, the data is then transmitted to an application server for visualisation. By connecting the field to the cloud IoT gateways are a key access point for network connectivity.

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Things to Consider

1. Indoor/Outdoor Gateways

The first thing to consider when selecting your IoT gateway solution is the vertical it’s going to be applied to. Smart Agriculture and Smart Utility solutions for example are likely to have very different requirements. One may require an outdoor gateway, whereas the other may only need to be used indoors.

2. Network Coverage

The second factor to take into account is the network coverage. Some areas may have coverage blackspots which can result in delays or a loss of data. Many gateways have integrated failover features, the type of backhaul however, differs between different gateway devices.

3. Suitability

The size of your application and the number of messages you will be recording will have an impact on the IoT gateway solution you require. As will the installation environment, it is important to assess the external factors and how they may effect the gateway you require.

4. Integration

While you can connect any of our IoT gateway solutions to your preferred LoRaWAN network server. Many gateway manufacturers have their own servers too. If you use an LNS from a gateway manufacturer you can expect tighter integration with their gateways which may help you to decipher your chosen gateway brand.

Alliot’s Gateway Range

We partner with some of the world’s leading gateway manufacturers including LORIXone, Kerlink and MultiTech. Whatever your requirements you can rest assured Alliot has an IoT gateway solution for you.

To simplify your selection we’ve put together a LoRaWAN gateway comparison chart.

Product Indoor Outdoor IP Rating Backhaul Suitability
LORIX One LoRaWAN Gateway

LORIX One

IP65 Ethernet Large Outdoor Space

Kerlink Wirnet Ifemtocell

Kerlink Wirnet Ifemtocell

IP30 Ethernet or WiFi Single Building

Kerlink Ifemtocell Evolution

Kerlink Ifemtocell Evolution

IP30 Ethernet & cellular Single Building
Kerlink Wirnet IBTS

Kerlink Wirnet IBTS

IP66 Ethernet or cellular Densely Populated Areas
Kerlink Wirnet IBTS Compact

Kerlink Wirnet IBTS Compact

IP66 Ethernet & cellular Densely Populated Areas
MultiTech Conduit® Gateways

MultiTech Conduit®

N/A Ethernet or cellular LTE Single Building
MultiTech Conduit® AP Gateways

MultiTech Conduit® AP

IP30 Ethernet or cellular LTE Single Building
MultiTech LoRaWAN IP67 Gateways

MultiTech Conduit® IP67

IP67 Ethernet or cellular LTE Large Outdoor Space

Get started with MultiTech’s Starter Kit

MultiTech offer a LoRa starter kit for those looking to get started with IoT. Ideal for testing, this kit includes everything you need to demonstrate your solutions.

Contact the Alliot Team today for expert advice on selecting the right IoT gateway solution for your projects.

Discover MultiTech LoRaWAN Gateways with Alliot

Alliot Launch MultiTech

We’re thrilled to announce that we are now an official distributor of MultiTech LoRaWAN gateways! Available for shipping throughout the UK and Europe, we’ve summed up MultiTech’s range and how they can help you to bring your IoT projects to life.

Who are MultiTech?

2020 marks MultiTech’s 50th Anniversary, so they’ve been around a while! Formed in 1970, MultiTech originally developed and sold acoustic couplers. Since then they’ve developed micro computers, modems and embedded products to name just a few. In 2008, they began to develop a new class of machine-to-machine applications which leads us to today where MultiTech have developed a wide range of industrial IoT devices.

As fellow members of the LoRa Alliance, it’s also great to know that MultiTech played a fundamental role in the development of the technology itself! For anyone looking to brush up on their LoRaWAN knowledge, check out MultiTech’s Resources.

Meet the MultiTech LoRaWAN Gateway Range

Available in multiple variants, MultiTech’s LoRaWAN gateway act as edge-computing devices. Many gateways in the range can be configured to your needs with the connection of MultiTech mCards.

Compatible with Multitech’s DeviceHQ platform, you can remotely configure and manage your gateways for simple deployment and scalability.

MultiTech LoRaWAN Conduit Gateways Featuring WiFi, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low energy (BT, BLE) and GNSS, the Conduit modular gateways have 2 accessory card slots for the connection of MultiTech’s mCards.
MultiTech LoRaWAN IP67 Gateways An outdoor gateway range to support applications in even the harshest environments. Personalise your gateway functionality with the addition of MultiTech mCards.
MultiTech LoRaWAN AP Gateways Indoor connectivity for your IoT assets. The AP range can be purchased with an internal or external LoRa antenna and provides Ethernet IP backhaul or optional cellular backhaul via 4G/LTE.
MultiTech LoRaWAN Starter Kit Featuring everything you need to demonstrate your solutions. You can then add any LoRa sensor from our sensor range to bring your projects to life!

Bring your projects to life….

Many items are available for fast delivery throughout the UK and Europe. For expert advice on selecting the MultiTech LoRaWAN gateway for your project please get in touch today.