As hotels continue to face low occupancy rates and high operational costs, Singapore-based tech start-up SensorFlow launches a timely solution to reduce energy consumption via a data-driven room allocation system.
SensorFlow’s Smart Room Allocation (SmartAlloc) system will allow hotels to be more energy efficient and to save up to 30% of energy by allocating guest bookings to rooms that are more energy efficient for the hotel's heating, ventilation, and air cooling (HVAC) systems.
SmartAlloc works out an allocation plan based on known arrivals and departures, which references information provided by the Smart Room Energy Management (SmartREM) solution.
By compiling the data of each individual guest room’s energy usage, the SmartREM software is able to identify the most energy-efficient rooms in the hotel. These energy-efficient rooms are then picked up by the SmartAlloc system which digitally develops an allocation plan that assigns guests to identified rooms in accordance to guests’ specific preferences.
SmartAlloc ensures that the guests are allocated to a room with the least number or the most efficient HVAC compressors. It will also optimise the compressors’ load to maximise usage at the most energy-efficient state.
In SmartAlloc’s developmental phases, SensorFlow worked with hotels that already has its SmartREM system installed. The tech company monitored energy consumption and wastage in individual guest rooms to test and analyse the solution. The results showed that a hotel with a 20% occupancy level can save up to 30% of energy.