Rockefeller University

The ROCKEFELLER University Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Research Building can accommodate over 600 scientific personnel. The large floor plans are designed to encourage collaboration between scientists, and by eliminating the interior structural columns and mechanical shafts found in most older buildings, the laboratory layouts may be modified to serve future research requirements.

Scientific R&D projects include Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cancer and Cell Biology, Stem Cell Development to name a few. Projects take years from start to finish. Environmental Safety including damage caused by water leaks and mold can destroy years of intense labor and the costs incurred can be unsurmountable.

Looking to install an early warning Water Leak Detection System, Mr. Gallina found only one company that addressed all his requirements.

PEPCO Detection (“PDC”) was selected because we offer a 100% Wireless Solution that does not interfere with the campus WiFi and does not require costly cellular options.

PDC transmitters work on its own 902mhz spread spectrum frequency guaranteeing every Wireless Leak Sensor would be monitored, even if it was relocated anywhere within the building. Second, was the ease of installation, operation and maintenance. The building has a built up floor with 18″ clearance above a concrete slab floor. Hundreds of 2’X2′ flooring panels are inlaid to a flooring grid system to allow for electric, water, air and other scientific gasses used for R &D to be easily accessed by lifting the flooring panels. To install water leak sensors and provide future easy maintenance the flooring panel is lifted and the sensors are placed on the concrete floor every 10′ in all directions. Sensors are installed and monitored via enteliWEB cloud based monitoring and alarms management.

When a sensor detects water the RF transmitter broadcasts to a router installed on the wall. A custom message is sent thru the internet from the sensor directly to several Rockefeller staff member’s working in facilities management. Messages are sent to cell phones via e-mail and text message with details that include the Kravis Research Building 1230 York Ave precise time and exact location of where water is collecting or where a high level of moisture exists that can lead to mold.

Another feature of the installed RF Wireless Infrastructure is other sensors can be wirelessly monitored including Natural Gas, Smoke, Carbon Monoxide, Motion and Temperature.

New Water Leak Detection Sensors will be added through out the entire Campus that will include every Science Lab, Bathrooms, Kitchens and Mechanical spaces.

• 100 Wireless Sensors installed
• Reduced Insurance Premiums
• Easily expandable
• 10 Year Battery Life
• Cloud Monitoring
• BACnet Integration to Building BMS
• Low Battery Warning Message
• BACnet interface to Siemens BMS
• Web Based Alarms Management
• Mayday Zone Valves Shutoff On Alarm
• Password Protected
• Alarms are Text and E-mailed direct to Management
• Unlimited Historical Trending
• 24/7/365 Service Contract

Because the pilot project was a huge success the Board approved a budget of $1,650,250 to expand the ENEGUARD System in the 5 remaining buildings. PEPCO furnished and installed a total of 85 new 4″ Steam Valves, 750 wireless Apartment Sensors, took direct control of the 4 Boilers and control of 12 Vacuum Steam Stations creating a fully integrated Heat Control System.

Further expansion of the PEPCO system includes BACnet and MODBUS Integration, Card Access and Lighting Control.

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