Smart buildings, Using the power of IoT and the cloud to bring cost, safety and operational benefits to facilities management
Having a single building to operate can be complex but imagine 10, 500 or even 1000’s. What does a good building look like from a comfort, equipment up-time, energy consumption, space utilization and even cleaning perspective? And how can that be benchmarked against all other buildings in the fleet to know where to place effort?
These insights and related transformation will ultimately provide the building owner or operator with a competitive advantage. As one customer recently told me: ” I want to run 1,500 buildings from Starbucks”. By utilizing the cloud to integrate data from sensors across your fleet of buildings, a company can promptly recognize any irregularities, while better managing its energy and resource use.
Space utilization modelling can identify which parts of buildings need to be cleaned based on demand and which buildings areas have latent capacity. Predictive maintenance and comfort KPIs help to avoid disruption and deliver higher comfort conditions. Monitoring one building or 10,000 remotely, providing the ability to view aggregated data in one place from anywhere in the world and then being able to drill down into single buildings and single pieces of equipment. Making maintenance far more predictive and dynamic, based on real data, to focus activity where it’s most needed.
This real-time overview is particularly important in improving safety and security, where having confidence in the integrity of CCTV and access control systems is essential for protecting employees and assets. These systems necessarily reflect the way people interact with technology on a personal and professional level – smartphones and tablets. For employees, incorporating mobile technology allows them to pass through an IoT-enabled access control reader, bypassing issues like lost or forgotten passes.
From a building management perspective, data from the cloud can be accessed through these same smart devices, allowing facilities managers to review the site anytime and anywhere. For large organisations with multiple sites, such as governments or hotel operators, this visibility is hugely powerful for being able to drive greater efficiencies across building assets.
Paul Mason, Digital Services Leader, Europe at Honeywell Building Solutions
Paul has almost 20-years in the industry initially serving as a HBS technician through to running large service businesses within Europe. In his current role, Paul works with global technology and marketing teams to help create and deploy IoT-enabled services that make buildings more efficient and put them to work as an asset that can help drive customer growth rather than simply being seen as an unwanted cost. Through our app development, Paul is also helping to create new user experiences that deliver occupant efficiencies and experiences that drive up employee loyalty, helping customers to attract and retain talent whilst also increasing the asset value for facility owners.