How Internet of Things Making Buildings Smarter ?

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By: Manish Shewaramani

How Internet of Things Making Buildings Smarter?

With the upsurge in technology, we have experienced the untold potential of smart devices.

But, when it comes to Smart buildings, it sounds startling, right?

How can buildings be smart?

YES exactly, buildings are becoming smarter and changing the market dynamics of building management.

Now, bewildered, what’s this all about?

So, let’s understand with an example.

Can you manage your buildings electricity, home and office devices, office, and home security 24X7, and turn on your ac and adjust the temperature of your home remotely?

Your most probable answer would be NO.

However, it’s possible to manage all aforementioned things via internet of things.

And even, there is a lot more that you can explore with IOT.

Before digging down, take a glance at IOT

The Internet of Things connects everything through internet. The technology based on sensors, which can be embedded in any object and when sensors sense the data, the interaction between objects become possible.

Market for Internet of Things in Smart Buildings to Rise to over $85 Billion by 2020

IOT enables the communication between machine to person, machine to machine and person to person.

Know more about the basics of Internet of Things, here.

BIOT, building internet of things controls from lighting bulb, temperature, air quality to security.

Here are some promising benefits that intelligent automation offers in the built environment

Monitoring and Control

IOT centralized the management of resources consumption. Building managers can easily monitor the resources of different buildings and properties while sitting at one place.

Embedded sensors would let them know about the current status of parking space, elevators use water system and security system. Thereby they can control utilization of assets by communicating with the crew member of connected buildings anywhere, anytime.

Fault detection and Maintenance

It’s easy to take the initiatives and manage the situation before the incident happens rather than finding the fault and then maintaining it, once it has occurred.

Attached sensors in buildings would help in detecting any type of error in the machines and alert the engineers to repair the components.

Employing this approach reduces the adversity that fault may create and also alleviate the cost and time spent for daily inspection.

Energy Management

According to the United Nations Environment Program, buildings consume 40 percent of the energy of all electricity used and are the number one contributor to global CO2 emissions.

Integrating sensors in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems can reduce a building’s carbon emissions and costs by turning off/on air conditioning in accordance to the temperature status or manage the lights by sensing the current light.

Embracing intelligent system will cut down power consumption by 30 percent.

Enhance Security

Managing fire situation is very critical to handle. But, with integrated building system, it becomes handy to manage such situation.

For instance, as fire alarms are triggered, smoke exhaust dampers get open automatically and fans start operating. The paging system informs the occupants about fire and simultaneously, provides some instructions as well.

System unlocks the doors for evacuation and security camera provides necessary information with fire view to emergency personnel.

Last word

Smart buildings encourage economic and environmental benefits by offering an apt solution to core concerns.

According to Gartner research, Internet of Things will grow to 26 billion units installed in 2020 representing an almost 30-fold increase from 0.9 billion in 2009,

It hints, in near future, more and more buildings will become smarter.

It means large energy saving, efficient management, reduced operating cost and higher ROI.

So, what are you waiting for?

Eliminate employing redundant technology and go for green buildings.

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