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Why are Intelligent Buildings Gaining Popularity?

By Construction Tech Review | Tuesday, April 14, 2020

A truly intelligent building will never expect the people, staying in it to adapt to the building; instead, it will make the structure adapt to the people.

FREMONT, CA: Even though the world of IoT (the Internet of Things) is colliding with sustainable infrastructure, the technology does not work as a magic fairy-dust. Several commercial buildings together represent a microcosm of a city, along with similar disputes around different systems, as well as data.

Heating, ventilation, cooling, lighting, fire systems, security, elevators, room booking systems, access control, and much more, in general, have little interaction between the systems despite the impact they put on the operations of each other. The features themselves do not share data and infrastructure within the system. Intelligent buildings stay away from the silos and clinch integrated data and systems by design, and not any posthoc analysis.

Apart from that, the explosion of entirely cloud-based solutions is considered as a critical challenge. The data available from urban infrastructure is extensive and is still growing. By only streaming data to the cloud to conduct an analysis doesn't count, which is additionally also suboptimal for various reasons.

The total amount of data is rising with time. On the other hand, the raw, real-time, time-series data needs a lot of bandwidth, which does not seem like getting better from any angle. Running the raw data to the cloud will not measure up to the city-level schemes. Deploying intelligence at the edge of the network, evaluating the data around its source, and streaming the results, saves necessary bandwidth.

Cloud, alone, cannot make the organization achieve the speeds required for real-time data processing and all the controls. Irrespective of that, it has become increasingly crucial as key control functionality for industrial, as well as urban infrastructure, shifts into the IoT world. Smart buildings are high-connected, and bring resilience issues if intelligence is entirely hosted in the cloud. It is important to remember that even if for a little time, if a building loses its access to the primary analytics and control functions, then it loses its connectivity, which does not make it truly smart. Buildings need to be connected, as well as autonomous, with the intelligence that is required for everyday control activities, rooted within infrastructure at the edge of the network.

See also: Top IoT Companies



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