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Building Automation 2.0: Important Next-Generation Smart Building Solutions

By Construction Tech Review | Thursday, January 28, 2021

New forms of smart building technologies come in a range of sizes and shapes, with various systems entering the market, based on the condition of the building and its function.

FREMONT, CA: Historically, building management systems rely on various key areas such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), lighting monitoring, entry and protection systems, power and energy systems, and safety systems.

In a continually evolving environment where stakeholder expectations continue to change, additional 'smart building' capabilities/applications are becoming more relevant as they satisfy the increasing demand in certain areas and improve value building. Building automation 2.0 calls for the latest generation of smart building solutions.

New forms of smart building technologies come in a range of sizes and shapes, with various systems entering the market, based on the condition of the building and its function. Although many of the conventional building automation industry players are now extending their core offering of such technologies across various segments, they see new suppliers joining the market who specifically concentrate on such next-generation 'building automation 2.0' smart building applications.

Combining them to their ecosystems or at least ensuring that their Building Management Systems (BMSs) are interoperable with these emerging smart building applications would be necessary for major BMS players. They are essential to satisfy changing consumer demand and ensure that they do not miss out on the opportunity that their rivals have seen, such as incorporating players that deliver new types of applications.

Three types, alluded to in the building automation 2.0, include:

• Space management solutions are already available in commercial real estate for office buildings but are still found in retail facilities, to name only one such sector. However, according to one research, modern space management systems fitted with a range of sensors (for example, touch, motion, and occupancy) are becoming increasingly useful in large commercial buildings with vital power buildings such as airports and stadiums.

• Asset management solutions are becoming increasingly relevant within specific commercial buildings, especially healthcare providers. Using asset management solutions, hospitals will, among other things, improve their inventory management, minimize administrative costs, and simplify clinical inventory processes.

• Cleanliness and hygiene management is the next-generation smart building solutions category that one has not covered before, but that does not make it any less relevant.

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