Australian National Maritime Museum

The Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) is host to famous maritime collections, exhibitions, research, and archaeology works. Located in Darling Habour, Sydney, the museum presents a changing program of stimulating exhibitions and events to share Australia’s maritime history – connecting the stories, objects, people, and places that are part of the country’s narrative. The museum decided to develop the world’s first ‘cognitive museum’ and turned to Honeywell and Nube iO to deliver solutions that enable operational savings, space optimization, and a superior visitor experience.

An Exhibition Of Scientific Innovation

Collaboration helps Australia’s largest maritime museum improve visitor experience while optimizing space and providing cost savings. 

THE NEEDS

  • Reduce operational and maintenance costs with real-time space monitoring.
  • Increase revenue opportunities by verifying utilization of paid and free exhibitions to better inform the exhibition schedule.
  • Improve staff productivity and visitor experience by identifying peak utilization times and ensuring staff availability, as needed. 

THE SOLUTION

After conducting a thorough investigation and consultation with ANMM officials, the deliverable list was defined for a
6 month Proof of Concept (POC) that would demonstrate the business value of a large scale roll-out. Once deliverables were set, Nube iO was engaged to assist with solution design and supply of Iot devices and visualization software.

Since this initial engagement, the Honeywell and Nube iO teams have been collaborating as part of Honeywell and YBF’s Prop Tech innovation program
that exists to support technology and digital innovation. After conducting an on-site user experience session with key stakeholders, the team suggested using Passive Infrared (PIR) and analytics to get an understanding of occupancy and utilization. Following this, a mock-up design was created and POC deliverables were identified. A wired solution was not possible due to the building’s scale, so wireless sensors were selected. Museum officials enlisted Honeywell and Nube iO as their official project partners, asking for a low-cost, rapid solution deployment that would not require closing off

any areas of the museum. The team installed 18 IoT sensors inside the trial area. The solutions enable operational savings and improved control for the museum, enhancing productivity and visitor experience. This was achieved by deploying the Nube iO solution range: 

Web-based dashboards that show live data, peak utilization, percent utilization per area and trends 

  • Customized branding, layout, login, user management, and more 
  • Easy-to-use front-end interface
  • Easily accessible by the Nube iO and Honeywell teams, and by the museum staff at any time 

Edge gateway

  • Edge gateway device
  • Web-based software
  • Aggregates large volumes of wired and wireless data sources
  • 7 universal IO and 7 digital IO inputs 

Droplet Sensor

  • LoRa Wireless Protocol
  • Multiple points of data capture ncluding PIR, temp, humidity & lux
  • 5-year battery life
  • Up to 100 devices per gateway
  • Up to 2 kilometre transmission range
  • Fast installation 

THE BENEFITS

  • Improved operational and maintenance savings by optimizing the cleaning schedule and creating alerts that forecast saving over 1300 hours of cleaning annually.
  • Enhanced visitor experience and engagement with exhibits, thanks to data collecting that enables space usage optimization, extending and shortening viewing dates as needed.
  • Increased staff productivity and availability to visitor and member needs thanks to data-driven insights. 

CRAIG WHITE, BUILDING SERVICES MANAGER AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

“The data collected by the implementation identified significant savings in labor for cleaning. By saving time, hours can either be re-allocated to other areas of the museum which are being over utilized, or used to reduce costs.”