IoT in Buildings

There is much confusion and ambiguity surrounding the meaning of the Internet of Things (IoT) and its function and possible uses within buildings.

This course will detail what - and what doesn’t - constitute an IoT product, explain how IoT devices work, and highlight the security implications of connecting devices to the internet.

It will also discuss the practical uses for IoT in buildings and how “smart buildings” rely on this technology to connect disparate pieces of equipment to form an integrated control solution that can reduce energy costs, ensure occupier comfort, optimise the utilisation of space and assist facilities management with predictive maintenance.

Many people do not realise that legacy devices and equipment don’t have to be excluded from an IoT solution; technology exists to easily allow existing products to expose their data to the internet and become part of a wider ecosystem, with new devices being simply added without concern for compatibility or being tied to manufacturer-specific systems.

Practical examples will be given of how IoT can be implemented within an everyday building control solution.

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Karl Walker, Market Development Manager at Beckhoff Automation Ltd

D1 T3 10:00

Karl spent the first 25 years of his career working in the field of industrial automation and process control before moving into building automation in 2015, with the hope of transferring some of the proven industrial control technologies and strategies into buildings and the built environment.

Currently employed as Market Development Manager for Beckhoff Automation Ltd, his focus is on the relationship between the requirements of BS EN15217 and the deliverables of BS EN15232, in order to create sustainable, healthy and energy-efficient buildings through intelligent and holistic automation.

Karl also chairs the Building Controls Industry Association’s marketing working group which strives to promote the use of controls as key to the operational efficiency of buildings and build strong relationships within the supply chain, other technical associations and government.