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Heralding the Age of Intelligent Buildings

Let's assess the impact of the Internet of Things on building-management systems.
By Andre Gwilliam
Feb 22, 2018

While you may be familiar with the Internet of Things (IoT), the sheer size of this growth market may be hard to believe. In fact, revenues for the world's IoT vendors are expected to top $470 billion by 2020, as the technology that underpins this market continues to evolve.

One of the most interesting elements of the IoT is its impact on the environment across the globe. Particularly exciting is its influence on building-management systems (BMS).

In fact, IoT technology has the ability to create intelligent buildings that minimize their own carbon emissions, so long as the necessary equipment is installed correctly. Here's a look at the impact of the IoT on BMS in the modern age:

What Are Intelligent Buildings?
By their very nature, buildings are functional spaces that are required to meet multiple needs simultaneously. In order to do so, they have a large number of systems which manage the daily operation of a facility, turning bricks and mortar into functional living or working spaces.

These systems need to be managed, and historically they have been treated as individual entities that operate separately to one another. They all have individual licensing terms and system providers, for example, whether you consider lighting circuits and heating systems or building security. Make no mistake—this can be an expensive and time-consuming pastime, with businesses often requiring different individuals to assume responsibility for the management of each system.

This is where the IoT comes in. The Internet of Things can bring these disparate systems together within a single platform, creating intelligent and intuitive spaces that operate seamlessly and with maximum efficiency at all times.

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