IoT – Optimise and Future-Proof Your Business (Smart Buildings)

IoT – The Internet of Things

The need to automate the information exchange between various machines lies at the basis of a maturing market, one that demands ever more hyper-productive technologies. Connecting devices, sensors and systems requires the introduction of innovative applications that can handle machine-to-machine communication within each organisation’s unique ecosystem.

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Focus Area I: The Perks of Smart Buildings

Enterprise building automation has been established for many years now, mainly covering secure access, lighting and air conditioning. But often, these systems are working independently, with their own sensors, focusing on different, system-centric targets. The increasing awareness regarding natural resources such as energy, water, land and the recognised need to reduce our environmental footprint have successfully shown the huge optimization potential of the green aspects in the enterprise building sector.

Instead of having individual systems for energy consumption, air conditioning, lighting or office space management and access, inside the Smart Building these very systems are connected and open up huge potential for natural resources savings and cost optimizations. But not only systems within buildings are interconnected, but complete campuses and distributed buildings are becoming part of the overall Smart Building view with again another level of optimisation. Air conditioning and heating are not time-dependent anymore, but are driven by the number of people working in an office in that right moment. Office spaces with few people allow to optimise the air conditioning and lighting, while heating cycles can be optimised across different floors and even different buildings in order to flatten and optimise the consumption curve. The trend towards larger offices and desk sharing, coupled with Smart Building systems, will also allow us in the future to actively steer the optimum number of people that should work in a certain office space. This means we are not only optimising the systems around people, we are also optimising people’s behaviour around the systems.

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But space and facility management with its inbuilt localization and navigation capabilities does not only allow us to increase the usage of existing office space and meeting rooms and lower the need for new buildings. It also helps consumers in shopping malls, airports and other public buildings to be guided to the nearest parking, their favourite shops with special offers waiting for them or to provide consumers with helpful information on their whereabouts. Using data analytics brings forward information that has been unknown so far about the visiting frequency of locations, people’s behaviour and service usage. That analytical data allows us to optimise products, services, locations and the customer interaction, so as to increase customer satisfaction.

The advantages of Smart Buildings are on a smaller scale also interesting for people’s homes. Getting a better view about security, energy consumption and remotely steering and observing home appliances are the main reasons for adoption. We are only at the beginning, but Smart Homes still offer a huge potential in energy saving and making people’s homes more convenient.

iQuest has successfully carried out user-centric Smart Home projects and solved office automation, space and facility management based on standard components. The usage of partner IoT platforms allows us to interconnect all kind of sensors and systems. With the in-house Data Analytics capabilities, we have successfully carried outenergy optimisation in real-time environments.

What are your insights on Smart Buildings? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Also, stay tuned for next week’s article, which will offer an interesting view on Smart Cities.

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