Smart Building Technology: Concept, Features, and Application
In the current digital era, it is no longer enough for buildings to provide space, keep occupants happy, and please the eye. The new generation demands the digital market to offer advanced complex solutions like smart buildings.
A smart building is a structure based on IoT technology that uses hardware, software, and connectivity to manage, lighting, and security and also create a comfortable and safe environment for the occupants that collects and analyzes structure data in real-time and helps improve building upkeep and maintenance as well as the occupant's experience.
Why Opt For Smart Building
- Automated control of a building’s, electrical, lighting, shading, access, and security systems based on collecting and analyzing data on environmental conditions, occupant behavior, and more.
- Cost optimization by preventive analyzing usage patterns and making adjustments to improve, optimize operation, match patterns to energy use, enhance utilization efficiency, and more.
- Reduced the impact on environment due to analyzing indoor and outdoor environment conditions, occupants’ behavior, and other data to optimize energy and including the water consumption patterns plus reduce emissions.
- Integration capabilities due to which there are no need to construct or move to a new building to benefit from the smart technology. Modern smart solutions that can be embedded into older structures.
- Provide comfort for the occupants due to controlling lighting, temperature, humidity, and other parameters and allowing for an individual comfort settings.
- Preventive measures due to analyzing real-time and historical equipment data and detecting patterns leading to a potential failure.
- Enhanced health and well-being due to supporting physical distancing efforts through space optimization and access control systems and improving indoor air quality through efficient HVAC operation, and more.
Smart Building Technology Ideas
There are many Smart offices in Amsterdam, Netherlands, or in Singapore that uses smart building technology to adjust building operations to workers needs and enhance employee satisfaction and productivity. Occupants of these buildings can book available spaces, have access to the location information with all the personalized comfort settings. Managers can handle maintenance and sanitization requests and get space and energy efficiency very well optimized.
For example, with the help of a special app, the building knows the routine of each of its occupants: it books workplaces based on their business schedules, knows which cars they drive and takes care of parking arrangements accordingly, remembers each occupant’s lighting and temperature preferences. All aspects of the structures operation from energy use to coffee machines if monitored via its central dashboards, which helps optimize building resources and cut upkeep costs whenever possible.
Architect for lean, efficient, and durable devices
Which device metrics contributes towards minimizing impact on the environment?
- Devices use the right amount of resources to do their job. For example, electronic devices like smart phones their materials impact the environment when mined and disposed of.
- Efficient devices lower their impact by using up-to-date and secure software and enhancements to coding and data they handle.
- Efficient devices for a long time and provide their intended function and value. They adapt to changing requirements and recover from failure. The lasting the device functions, the lower its carbon footprint will be because device manufacturing, shipping, etc will require relatively less effort.
Deploy devices that are efficient to bring business value for as long as possible
High-level sustainable IoT architecture
- Enabling remote management of devices
- Allowing air updates over-the-
- Cloud integrated services to access further capabilities while ensuring security of devices and data.
However, as explained in this post, to be sustainable, devices must now be lean, efficient, and durable. Their smaller resource footprint and more efficiency allows organizations to improve operational efficiency