How smart is your office building?

September 15, 2015

Have you recently considered new technologies designed to connect your building’s infrastructure? If not, you’re probably missing out on significant efficiencies and savings.

With the increasing demand for energy management solutions in buildings (government initiatives are now underway to make commercial buildings completely energy independent by 2025), organisation are investing in new products designed to give their facilities the intelligence to dramatically reduce costs.

It’s no wonder tech companies continue to tout the advantages of “smart” buildings. If companies can easily create a system that links building automation with the enterprise through the combination of intelligent automation, advanced analytics and visualisation, the system can provide a holistic view of a connected building’s video feeds, access control, and fire alarms – right down to the temperature of individual workspaces.

This is not some lab-based science project decades away from reality.

At the 4th International SMART Conference in Belgium, Chris Bilton, Director of Research and Technology at BT, said some of the most important benefits from smart buildings have been in terms of energy conservation.

“The use of smart systems that recognise the changing occupancy profile of a building over the day and through the seasons have enabled huge savings,” said Bilton. “In the past, buildings were typically heated and cooled throughout, independent of occupancy levels. Smart systems that manage lighting, temperature, and air quality levels and which can enable or disable controlled zones have revolutionised building management systems.”

Additional smart building technologies include:
• Intelligent sensors to monitor water pressure throughout a buildings plumbing system
• Structural health monitoring of the building that analyses vibrations and material conditions within the structure.

It’s estimated that wireless sensor networks (WSN) will be responsible for the majority of the growth in intelligent building systems over the next decade.

A transformation is underway in building automation due to low-cost Internet based cloud services enabled by wireless sensor networks. From building-wide wireless mesh networks to room-level controls, there are dozens of new entrants that are challenging the incumbents especially for small and medium sized buildings.

Our own SmartTag solution is a web-based software suite designed to help organisations manage space, occupancy, and assets using virtual floor plans. SmartTag helps you save time manageing office occupancy while also providing access to an accurate database of office utilisation information that helps you make strategic decisions about your workplace.

Schedule, measure and report on the usage, vacancy, and occupancy of your space with interactive floor plans. View space and staff KPIs at a glance with intuitive dashboards.

SmartTag is just one of the many ways companies can make their buildings more intelligent, reduce operational costs and improve efficiencies.

If you want to examine just how smart your building could be, please get in touch with our team of experts for a no-cost analysis.