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The Internet of Things (R)Evolution and Buildings

Buzzwords come and go, but the popular term Internet of Things (IoT) — which centers on the fundamental notion of connectivity between everything, from infrastructure to devices — is here to stay. And all objects, structures, processes or beings, including buildings and their occupants, will benefit from the promise of IoT.

But in a world of where potentially everything could be smart someday, how do you take advantage of IoT now?

Whether you manage, own, service or simply occupy a building, there’s good news to be had: when put into practice, the underlying technologies that comprise the concept of IoT can enable buildings to be meaningful contributors to organizations. Simply put, organizations can put their buildings to work.At their core, IoT opportunities are realized when intelligent devices enable people and building systems to connect, enabling the application of data analytics for enhanced monitoring, decision making and control. Here are the key IoT trends that are re-shaping the value buildings can provide to those who interact with them:

  • Connectivity Enhances Experiences – We use our smart phones for everything from hailing a car service to viewing real-time traffic—thing thatenhance our day-to-day life. Add the right connectivity, and these experiences can now extend to a building. For offices, this could entail employees easily locatingan empty conference room, accessing a locked area with their smart phone or adjusting the temperature in their area. In an airport, connectivity might help ensure checkpoints are staffed to meet demand.
  • Data Analytics Drives Smart Decisions – Have you listened to what your building is telling you? No, it’s not a trick question. The right technology framework can lend itself to intelligent data analyticsfor improved decision making, like how nurses are moving about a hospital to drive efficiencies that ultimately reduce patient waiting times.
  • Cloud Services Optimize Performance – A building doesn’t have to be a depreciating asset. Instead, it’s teeming with opportunities for optimization—if it’s set up to realize them. Today, the connectivity enabled by IoT is making this optimization possible, thanks to the emergence of cloud services. A great example is remote monitoring and notificationsfor building system and equipment issues before they become significant and negatively impact operations.

The Internet of Things is a concept that’s here to stay, and it’s enabling dramatic shifts in how buildings operate. With the right technology and connectivity in place, organizations can put their buildings to work for bottom-line benefits.