(This article originally appeared on AutomatedBuildings.com, and is reposted with permission.)
Smart city tech deployments are expected to increase in the next year and significantly; the biggest one will be commercial-smart buildings. Connected building solutions, whether it’s environmental controls, communications interfaces, video surveillance, or energy conservation, can deliver cost savings and efficiency gains when building automation can be achieved.
With impending pressure to maximize both operational and energy efficiency, building managers are increasingly turning to smart building technology to modernize infrastructure and improve occupant experiences.
As more smart building deployments rise, some of the key trends we’ll see evolve and increase in adoption in the coming year are the following:
Ambitious sustainability goals will continue to drive adoption of smart building technology. Reducing the carbon footprint of a given property requires both close monitoring and actionable data insights on energy and water use in the building. Networked sensors and analytics will provide information to empower building managers to control their assets better and reduce energy waste that can be harmful to the environment.
Increasing operational efficiency will also be a major focus. Instead of taking a costly “rip and replace” approach to upgrading legacy building systems and assets, building managers can improve operations with technology solutions that enable them to retrofit existing systems with sensors, securely delivering asset data to the cloud. Other key operational benefits for smart buildings include improving uptime of building equipment and avoidance of loss of product.
Meeting Occupant Expectations, Delivering New Experiences
As consumers increasingly embrace a connected lifestyle, there will be a demand for more seamless building environments that offer customized experiences based on occupant preferences. Examples include allowing office building tenants to easily adjust temperature settings in a specific area via supporting app, quickly locate an available conference room or know how long the cafe queue is before they arrive. These personalized experiences will provide additional value to smart building operators looking to attract and retain tenants.
Achieving Autonomy with Emerging Technologies
Machine Learning and 5G connectivity will begin to emerge and work together to make building management a more autonomous task.
- Machine learning enables buildings systems to collect, process and use the information collected from the systems to provide actionable insight in real-time for building managers to make quick decisions about maintenance and overall operations.
- 5G connectivity allows for more advanced data exchange between smart buildings that will be a major part of the groundwork for smart cities of the future.
Christine Boles is director of smart building solutions for the Intel Internet of Things Group (IoTG) and is responsible for leading global, cross-functional product development teams from concept to product launch.