Smart building management company Blue IoT is growing fast.

According to Blue IoT’s founder and chief innovation officer Bob Sharon the company has grown from four to 10 employees (plus four advisors) since August last year with plans to hire “a bunch more people” and run an internship program.

The company also snapped up a 2020 Global FM Awards of Excellence highly commended award for its “Encompass Blue” platform, which facilitates remote management of HVAC, maintenance, health, wellbeing, safety and security systems.

According to Mr Sharon, the platform can cut a facility’s energy consumption and carbon footprint in half, like it did in the City of Greater Dandenong’s office building in Melbourne.

The virtual platform relies on an ecosystem of small sensors throughout the building. The system measures temperatures and energy usage in real time, with that fed into a platform that can be accessed offsite.

The system is able to pick up abnormalities immediately and report back, alerting facilities managers when a building is using more energy than it should.

Despite lockdowns conditions, the Melbourne-based company has a strong pipeline of work coming up including projects with local government clients, shopping centres and the company’s first hotel.

It’s also seeing looking at potential partners in the US, the UK and Dubai.

Mr Sharon said Covid has delayed work a little but even in Melbourne ongoing management of buildings was able to continue, albeit in restricted form, as it’s considered an essential service.