Lisburn-based OKTO Technologies are Master Systems Integrators specialising in the development and delivery of Smart Building Technologies across multiple sectors including commercial, residential, education, hospitality, health and leisure. Renowned for their thorough off-site pre-build and testing – OKTO reduces risk for their M&E contractor clients.
Philip Dowds, Managing Director of OKTO Technologies, founded the company nearly 29 years ago selling television antennae in Co. Antrim. Today, his company is employed by many of the most exclusive hotels, clubs and residential developments in London.
This local firm is rapidly distinguishing itself nationally on its journey to fulfil its ultimate goal, becoming the number one Smart Building Company. Their ground-breaking concepts, new approaches and Modern Methods of Construction deliver fundamentally better designed – and radically better-connected projects.
By combining next-generation solutions with commercial savings they provide a win-win solution for both customer and contractor. Clients who employ OKTO for their innovative problem-solving abilities find that they also benefit from time and cost-savings, leading to reduced risk and less stress for the contracting and development teams.
Today’s smart buildings require the detailed interfacing, management and ultimate coordination of many diverse subcontractors that may each only specialise in a single discipline. Often this results in eight or nine separate subcontractor teams to manage and co-ordinate, with each subbie competing for access, space and time on site.
OKTO Technologies insists that it shouldn’t have to be this way. It offers a single team with End-to-End responsibility and dedicated specialist in-house teams. No more dealing with nine different subcontractors.
OKTO understands that employing multiple subcontractors can result in unavoidable scope gaps, leading to a lack of consistency and quality, and the strong potential for programme and budget overruns.
OKTO’s single source solution means they are responsible for each and every aspect of the building systems – design, production, installation and maintenance for connected systems including BMS, Security, Lighting Control, Audio-Visual, and IT. Cabling and Containment as well as Wellness Management with OKTOair.
For each project OKTO provide a dedicated team, consisting of unique specialists, the best engineers in the industry covering every aspect of the bespoke design and install of smart building technical systems – all under a single roof.
Each project has a single point of contact at OKTO responsible for providing a holistic solution, and who is ultimately responsible to the contractor for all coordination and integration.
A key part of the company’s design process is to utilise Outcome Based Thinking workshops where they engage all their specialist in-house engineers to ensure scope gaps between disciplines are a thing of the past, and compatibility is no longer compromised.
Save time and money
The pressure on contractors to deliver on time without compromising quality is immense. To relieve this pressure, OKTO developed Mirror-Build™ – a FULL bespoke build and test of the entire technology system, all completed off-site.
The OKTO team believes that the key to success is preparatio and flexibility in And while every single solution is bespoke to each project, their well-practiced processes and protocols means they provide a thoroughly fast-tracked completion.
By thoroughly pre-planning the project, and by carrying out a full test installation off-site prior to actual site installation, they ensure that each component functions exactly as required and that there are absolutely no connection or control issues within the system as a whole.
This Mirror-Build process is unique to OKTO and allows them to deliver completely snag-free systems. They guarantee to reduce their installation and commissioning programme for on-site active equipment by 66% compared to a traditional installation.
For the contractor this means less time, and less operatives on the site. This in turn, minimises the impact of these works to other trades, reduces waste, costs, storage, labour requirements, prelims and makes the installation process significantly safer. OKTO deliver excellent technology solutions and unrivalled peace of mind for client and contractor alike – on time, every time.