The Smart Buildings transforms facilities into connected platforms, serving occupants and managers.
Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), all building components can now be connected inexpensively.
The majority of the services offered within the Smart Building framework aim to improve the comfort and safety of occupants. These same solutions also facilitate the work of property managers for maintaining buildings and reduce operating costs.
The well-being of property occupants
Transforming a facility into a Smart Building makes everyday life easier for occupants. For example, it becomes possible to automatically adjust the temperature, lighting or shades according to outdoor conditions and occupants' preferences without thinking about it. In buildings, everything can be connected, even garbage cans or toilets. Bins equipped with sensors facilitate the collection while providing users with a clearer view of the volumes of waste they produce. Connected washrooms help housekeepers know when to intervene, improving overall hygiene standards.
Connected systems also make it possible to detect equipment that threatens to break down to trigger a preventive maintenance intervention. Such solutions make it possible to detect incidents before the occupants even notice them, such as:
Deterioration in air quality
Security in smart Buildings
Ensuring the safety of buildings and their occupants is an important issue. Current technologies make it possible to go further than traditional solutions.
Thanks to the IoT, all access to a building can, for example, be equipped with sensors to detect whether they are properly closed. This information can then be viewed on a remote monitoring platform, at a much lower cost than devices that existed before.
Smart video surveillance cameras, in order to facilitate the work of security teams, in particular on sensitive sites.
Connected locks can also be set up: unlike physical locks, these can be reconfigured as needed, to allocate or deny access to an identified user using different devices (smartphone, IoT chips, etc.)
Energy management in smart buildings
The energy consumption of buildings represents a high-cost service for facility managers. Heating, air conditioning and lighting put together to take a heavy toll, especially since they run in empty rooms sometimes.
Thanks to the IoT, new solutions have emerged that allow the intelligent use of energy based on building frequentation rather than on time slots. For example, it is thus possible to activate the heating of a meeting room only when it is occupied.
Another category of services concerns the analysis of energy consumption. Often, the invoice provided by distributors remains quite opaque and difficult to understand. The challenge is to identify whether it corresponds to the needs of the business. Thanks to the IoT, it is possible to connect directly to the meters to collect detailed data on energy consumption. This helps to understand precisely how this resource is used, to detect energy-hungry devices and other sources of wasted energy. Ultimately, the goal is to optimize the company's consumption based on precise data that all can understand without changing existing equipment.
More and more companies choose to equip their premises with energy production systems, such as solar panels or reuse the heat produced by data centres to heat their premises.
These positive energy buildings often produce more electricity or heat than they consume. If connected, they can intelligently redistribute energy needed in their vicinity, using conveniently placed sensors.