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Construction Tech Review | Monday, September 13, 2021

Smart Buildings and the Internet of Things have made it possible to make better use of buildings for any purpose.

Fremont, CA : A smart building collects information about itself and how it is used. This is most commonly accomplished through the Internet of Things (IoT). Physical workplace activity is converted into digital data by networked IoT sensors, which facility managers can use to gain accurate insights about the physical workplace. A pressure sensor on the floor of a conference room, for example, can indicate when the space is occupied. This generates data for real-time insights and information about how frequently and for how long it is used, as well as whether the ROI of the space is justified. The primary aim of a smart building, irrespective of size, is to provide digital data about a building's physical application and everything that happens within it. Here are few of the many advantages that smart buildings have:

Opportunities for automation

The more connections there are between the physical workplace and digital management systems, the more automation opportunities there are. Lights that react to movement. Occupancy sensors on the floor. Beacons for measuring workspace utilization. The Internet of Things (IoT) triggers powerful automations for a wide range of applications.

Measurable building insights

Each IoT data point is a quantifiable component of the physical workplace. That entails learning more about how the workplace works—who uses it, how they use it, and when they use it. Data points accumulate to form trends, which get to create actionable insights.

Maintenance forecasting

Buildings and workplaces become maintained assets thanks to digital twins and other similar technologies. It is possible to engage in proactive maintenance and asset upkeep to maximize the ROI from these investments. Preventive maintenance becomes a critical function of facility upkeep, fueled by IoT insights.

Better usage of resources

Considering a workplace's resources, space, manpower, and technology are all critical considerations. Smart buildings accurately measure these resources within the context of more extensive facilities. As a result, there is a better understanding of how people use those resources and information on how to make them more accessible or available.

Less energy consumption

Green initiatives are made more accessible by smart buildings, resulting from automation and quantifiable building insights. Lowering energy costs benefits both businesses and the environment, whether it's through motion-sensitive lighting or better HVAC management via a sensor-controlled system.

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