2017 is a pivotal year for the Internet of Things, many industries have listened to the talk from the past five years of the new technology that will enhance, streamline and have cost saving benefits to their business operations. Now, these business leaders are making strides to make sure that they have an IoT solutions as part of their strategy in the near future. There is undoubtedly benefits of having smart capabilities in any industry ranging from Industrial and Device Manufacturing, Smart Homes, Smart Autos and Smart Buildings/Building Automation, and Retail. Building Automation is one industry that can use Connected Device and IoT Solutions that will save them money for years to come.
A smart building is a structure that uses automated processes to control the building’s operations including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, security and other systems. The goal of these smart capabilities is to save energy, report data, support energy grids, and mitigate environmental impacts.
Any building can be a smart building with the right technology, structures, and systems in place. Normally we think of a smart building as a medium to large buildings with the intended goal of saving energy through the different technologies and systems. Modest energy efficiency improvements to commercial buildings can save millions of dollars annually if owners implemented these smart solutions to their building plans. These saving would help in addressing any countries concern for the conservation of energy and help to cut down on the energy consumption of large buildings. A smart building can range from a smart home to a large commercial building, all playing a role to change the environment we live in to reduce unnecessary energy.
Buildings Automation Systems are needed to manage different functions that are crucial for the monitoring and maintenance of a building on a daily basis, when adding smart capabilities to the building, you’re giving these buildings the ability to automatically make decisions to either turn on or off, adjust different systems to stay within set parameters or to alert building maintenance of systems that are not within the desired thresholds.
A smart building can also provide other functionality take for example a hospital, having smart capabilities adding to the building systems can be used to check in patients, guide the patient to the doctor’s office or a medical area for testing and other medical needs, also tracking of patients. These are as small use cases, but these minor integrations into smart hospitals can improve the long waiting lines, and increase otherwise unhappy people whose experience at the medical facilities are not always timely. By having an increased streamlined hospital or medical physicality, doctors can spend more quality time with their patients. Tracking of patients can be an increased level of security especially for newborns or mentally ill patients.
Smart Buildings are usually highly efficient buildings where operating costs are significantly lower than comparable buildings. Using accurate, intelligent monitoring and control of energy systems such as HVAC and lighting help reduce costs and more; and streamlining building operations that are enhancing customer relations, more productive employees and creating environmental solutions to resolve energy usage.
Technology like this sounds expensive, but it’s not nearly expensive as it is to maintain a building without these capabilities. The benefits of integrating an IoT solution into your existing building will have cost saving measures that will make up for the initial investment in the first year.
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