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    What are the key drivers of intelligent buildings?

    Intelligent buildings have been a much-debated topic for 20 years. Various solutions from numerous suppliers have entered the marketplace introducing new and innovative technologies to monitor, measure and control just about every aspect of a building’s systems.

    In many cases they do this in isolation, focusing on individual elements and often not connected to other systems.

    It’s widely recognised that ICT has a fundamental role to play in creating environments that allow us to work in an increasingly mobile and flexible way, reducing energy use and carbon emissions. From back office data centres, lighting, heating and security to front line phones, video  conferencing and laptops, ICT has the power to deliver an infrastructure that is sustainable, energy efficient and economically viable.

    Integrating these ICT elements into one infrastructure – an integrated solution – is the only effective way to ensure that the array of different technologies and systems you choose can work in harmony to deliver maximum performance – creating a building that will flex with you and allow you to meet environmental, economic and social pressures. Tying all these devices and systems together so that they deliver maximum profitability, operational effectiveness and adaptability to cope with emerging technologies is the real challenge.

    Getting the infrastructure right first:

    In fact, it’s all about convergence. The practice of combining ICT with Building Management Systems (BMS) including heating, ventilation, air-conditioning (HVAC), fire, security, access, audio and communications systems within a building to create one integrated solution that feeds data into central servers, shares it with other applications and allows a 360 degree picture of a building’s operation and usage. The resulting intelligence gives you the power to drive efficiencies, productivity improvements and cost reduction.

    Bringing it all together

    The competitive landscape for smart building managed services is evolving fast, being driven by new technologies, big data, and a wide variety of service models. The benefit of an integrated solution though, is in its ability to manage and coordinate all these systems on a single platform. The use of cloud services in this context gives you ultimate flexibility to scale up or down, rationalise properties, maximise your investment and easily change a system as new systems become available.

    Top 10 drivers for intelligent buildings:

    • Security and access
    • Access control
    • Cost reductions
    • Competitiveness
    • Technology demands
    • Responding to workplace evolution
    • Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
    • Energy management
    • The need to be sustainable
    • The desire to understand

     

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