Smart building and IoT

24/08/2022
Stories

Smart buildings and IoT are actually very complementary. They allow to create a whole ecosystem in order to optimize energy consumption, to better regulate climatic conditions, to ensure a reinforced security and more.


Technology in a smart building


- Smart buildings use innovative technologies to manage the environment and energy performance, as well as the health and well-being of its occupants.

- Technologies used in a smart building include connected objects, automated sensors and IoT platforms.

- These technologies allow managers to optimize energy performance, property and life safety while providing a more enjoyable living experience for occupants.

Smart offices use connected objects, and at the heart of it all is an IoT platform that makes it all possible.

IoT (Internet of Things) technology enables interaction with unconnected objects via an internet connection. Smart buildings use connected objects, and an IoT platform makes it possible to simplify the interactions between them.

The applications of IoT technology are multiple: they can be part of an environmental approach (smart light bulbs save energy), allow companies to improve their internal processes (with video cameras) or improve health and well-being at work (by providing a pleasant resting space).

The rise of connected object and automatic sensor technologies is opening up new opportunities for smart building construction

Imagine a smart building that makes a real difference to your business. A place where energy bills are minimized, waste is reduced and productivity is optimized. A building that adapts to changing needs and behaviors, and provides a better experience for everyone who works there.

This could be your future - or another pipe dream. The truth is that many existing smart buildings offer little more than the same old windowsills filled with plants, while others fail to reach their potential because they are built around technology with limited functionality or outdated connectivity standards.


Building bridges between the physical and digital worlds


In the world of smart buildings, data is king. To create the most efficient, safe and sustainable buildings possible, we need to connect the physical world to the digital world. This means integrating machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, and cloud services within building systems themselves. It also means creating effective interfaces between people and machines so that humans can interact with their environments in a natural way; using voice commands or gestures instead of pressing buttons on a screen or turning knobs on a wall panel.

For example:

- Data analytics can help you accurately monitor how much energy is being consumed by each system in your building, so you can prioritize replacements based on which ones will save you money over time, rather than just buying new equipment without a real need.

- Machine Learning algorithms allow you to interact with your environment using voice commands rather than touching a screen. They are more intuitive for those who are not very tech-savvy, but still want to control their environment anywhere, anytime.

- Contextual awareness gives us new ways to adapt our behavior based on where we are in our space; it's not just being able to automatically adjust light levels when someone walks into an office, but also knowing how much light they need at that moment based on the type of task they are likely to be doing at that moment, and in relation to the space they need to perform it.



Smart Buildings are definitely changing the way we live and work. They are helping us improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, while providing new ways to monitor air quality and safety. The IoT gives businesses access to data that can be analyzed for better decision-making, better optimization, but implementing these systems in existing buildings still presents some challenges.