What are the features and benefits of Smart Building?

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June 20, 2021

The era of the smart building has arrived. Today, thanks to advances in technology, a building can not only provide all the services the occupants need. But, also, do it as efficiently as possible, minimizing costs and increasing energy savings over the life of the building. It’s a balance that will be key to business in the future.

What is a smart building?

A smart building uses technology to use resources efficiently and economically, while creating a safe and comfortable environment for occupants. Intelligent buildings not only use a wide range of existing technologies but also integrate future technological developments through design or retrofitting. Moreover, Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, building management systems, artificial intelligence (AI), and augmented reality are some of the mechanisms and robotics that control and optimize performance in a smart building.

The benefits of smart building analytics?

Smart buildings generate a lot of valuable data about how they are used. Analyzing this data can give you insight into usage patterns and trends, allowing you to make informed decisions to optimize building performance, providing the following benefits:

  • Increased productivity.
    Creating a conducive environment with good indoor air quality, comfort, safety, sanitation, and efficient processes enhances employee performance. Therefore, understanding how people use and move within your building is crucial for optimizing space and reducing waste.Increasing the size of a cramped, high-traffic area can be a practical example of this.
  • Reduced energy consumption.
    Smart buildings can improve energy efficiency and, in turn, reduce energy costs. For instance, by connecting IoT sensors that track occupancy to your building management system, you can automatically turn off lights or HVAC systems in unoccupied rooms or spaces. This reduces unnecessary energy consumption and the emissions that these aspects produce.
  • Lower operating costs.
    Building overhead is a significant expense for any building owner/user. However, while they are a necessary expense for a business, the level of cost is often wasteful because it is not applied wisely. By identifying patterns of underutilization, you can reduce the footprint of a property to reduce costs.

There are many benefits to implementing smart systems in a building, from cost-effectiveness to making the structure more environmentally friendly. Today, smart buildings are relatively new. But, given the wide range of benefits they offer, they will soon become the norm.

How can you make your building smart with data?

The key to successfully turning your building into a smart and efficient space is understanding that only accurate and reliable data can help. Indeed, data is at the heart of smart building systems, determining how a facility is used. With this information in hand, you can identify areas for improvement. Either by integrating with other smart technologies and building systems that provide automation or by facilitating strategic decisions. The IDboxRT Operational Intelligence solution can help you monitor different types of usage data in real time.

Additionally, want to get started or learn more about how your building is being used? Request a Demo and talk to our experts.

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