Top 5 Best Features to Transform your Building into a Smart Building
This is by far, the smartest and most connected ear since the universe came into being. While the past millennia are marked by inventions such as telephones, airplanes, and light bulbd, it's the invention of computers - by the extension the internet - that has managed to tip the balance.
Nowadays, all this expertise and pool of technologies extends to modern building, or smart buildings as theya re commonly referred to. In other words, technologists, engineers, and architects are now working in close partnership to construct smart buildings or to retrofit the old ones with full suites of control technologies and automations processes and platforms.
These are the technologies that were once considered revolutionary. In the present time however, they are nothing out of the ordinary. That being said, let's break down some of the key features that define a smart building.
Wireless connections play a central role in this. Come to think about it, it's not smart until it's connected to the internet. Fiber still reigns, and this remains an incredible convenience that no building owner would want to end their construction project without considering.
This is one of the latest inventions in the lighting industry, aimed at ensuring lighting efficiency. At the heart of any smart lighting project are the wireless smart nodes. These modules create a mesh network to which we can connect sensors, such as air quality and the security of the building, etc. It is therefore safe to say that they play a key role in developing energy efficient power systems to be used in homes, offices, commercial infrastructures and smart cities.
Beefed up Security
As a tech savvy building owner, your project is not complete until you have succeeded in taking advantage of a network-based security system. It can of course start with installing CCTVs for security surveillance. But it can now be so much more. Connect the surveillance system to the internet, and they can be managed remotely and hooked up to an image analysis software. Imagine being able to monitor your property and all that's going on within your premise from miles away, with no physical presence required.
Optimised HVAC Systems
Smart buildings now sport advanced HVAC system, installed during the construction phase. This system can be controlled with an application or software, and it's all thanks to the wireless technology. Better yet, some of these advanced software and applications can also be used to control water flows, fan speed, and pump speeds of your HVAC system, all done to maintain pre-specified temperatures. In other words, your building occupants don't have to suffer excessive cooling or heating if your with this kind of solution.
Energy Consumption Reduction
Energy management system coupled with smart meters allow building occupants to program how and when they use their energy. These technologies promise to help cut on electricity costs and make better use of what occupants are actually using. For exemple, the system can restrict use of excessive power during peak hours when there's a higher demand for electricity. To put it differently, the system allows to shift the bulk of power usage to off-peak periods.