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Looking Into the Future of Smart Buildings

Buildings are getting smarter, and with it, our way of living and working is drastically changing.

Automation of core building functions such as HVAC, Electricals, Life Safety, Security and Plumbing plays a key role in greatly increasing the efficiency of building operations, reducing utility costs while simplifying the daily lives of occupants and management.

As technology evolves, more and more ‘smart’ applications are finding their way into buildings. Automation of core building functions that humans normally perform is no longer just enough, buildings will be able to handle the operations themselves, using sensors and Artifical Intelligence Autonomy to make decisions on their own. Nearly every building function will benefit from this smart tech. And at the centre of it all is a concept known as the Internet of Things (IoT).

But wait, what is IoT?

The Catalyst to Data Driven Smart Buildings

In simple terms, IoT short for Internet Of Things is a system of interrelated, internet-connected devices (think millions) that can communicate and share data without human intervention. Through IoT, buildings will be able to handle operations themselves, by using sensors, data and Artificial Intelligence Autonomy to make decisions on their own and to determine a course of action, faster and efficiently. IoT’s personal and business applications are endless.

The IoT era is upon us—The transition from legacy ‘system-integrated’ Buildings to IoT-enabled Smart Buildings is helping turn buildings from facilitators of energy management to dynamic ecosystems of connected assets, processes, services and occupants.

There are currently over 20 billion internet-connected things, and that number is expected to hit 1 trillion by the year 2025, with 25 billion of them being IoT devices. And for every second, 127 new IoT devices are connected to the web.

We are just getting started

While the concept of Smart Buildings has been around for a while now, much excitement is on what lies ahead. The next wave of smart buildings will become so intelligent, they will be able to diagnose and make structural repairs on their own without the need for humans. They will be able to measure seismic activities and ambient vibrations before and after earthquakes.

Gathering an individual’s health data such as body temperature, heart-rate, perspirations and a whole range of other measures will allow these buildings to automatically adapt room temperatures, humidity and other variables to suit the needs of each occupant. Air quality sensors capable of detecting air pollutants such as minute particles, pollen and engine emissions will provide data for better air filtration within the buildings.

Smart Cities powering Smart Communities

It will no longer be about Smart Buildings, but rather, Smart Cities powering Smart Communities, bringing in new ways of inter-city collaborations and creating large-scale inter-community synergies—and with all this, we just only scratched the surface.

Automation With IFSS

All devices in our Building Automation solutions are connected and generate data which can be used by the system for predictive insights—the entire BMS system in a repository of all your building operating data, from HVAC to lighting, fire, elevators, and security.

But how do you use this data? And at what benefit? Cutting costs through energy savings? Efficient use of utilities? Or is better control of sub-systems?

Reach out to us. Let us understand your needs and requirements. We will tailor for you an Automation solution saves you costs through better building management, at the same time improves on the comfort and safety of your building occupants.