Smart buildings are more than just fancy new buildings. They are energy-efficient, cost-saving structures that also save lives. Here’s how smart buildings could change the world.
In a smart building, everything is connected and controlled from one central hub, which means that the entire building becomes an “internet of things”. That is, anything that is connected to the internet can be controlled from the central hub.
How to use smart building technology to save energy and lives
Smart building allows for more efficient energy use, saving money, and cutting down carbon emissions. Smart buildings also make it easier for companies to monitor their energy usage, which can save lives. This technology can also help with natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. The buildings can be automatically shut off if a storm hits to prevent electrical fires. Another benefit is that this technology makes it easier for companies to track their energy use and reduce waste, saving them money.
How to integrate the IoT technology in our buildings and homes
All you have to do is make sure you install the suitable sensor to get the most out of your energy bill. Then you can easily monitor the electricity consumption in your home and make intelligent decisions about how to manage your energy use.
Why should you invest in an energy-saving sensor? There are several types of sensors available on the market. Still, we recommend choosing a device with the most advanced features that will help you save money while maintaining efficient energy consumption. You can find a complete list of the best energy-saving sensors on our website.
You have probably seen these sensors advertised by retailers or manufacturers but are unsure what they do. The truth is that they all do essentially the same thing. They tell you how much power is being used, and how much energy is being wasted in your home.
We can find energy-saving sensors in many places, such as lighting switches, ceiling fans, thermostats, air conditioners, water heaters, heat pumps, furnaces, or air quality monitors. They can also be found inside appliances, such as washing machines, dishwashers, and dryers.
The steps in developing Smart Building solutions
- Identify the stakeholders in the building. They can be the tenants, the landlords, the visitors, the security personnel, VIPs.
- Every stakeholder might have their priority or needs – Select and prioritize
- If it’s meant for the visitors or tenants, you might want to build a mobile app that allows you to offer the services to them. Or the mobile app can be an interface to the building maintenance staff to remotely monitor their building assets.
- Since the building has good WiFi and power infrastructure, you can use WiFi-enabled sensors; however, alternative connectivity, such as LoRa or cellular, is required, which includes battery-powered sensors when the building system has power problem issues.
Integration of Data into a Single Dashboard
One of the main challenges when we design a Smart Building is to ensure that all the data from different IoT devices are integrated into a single dashboard for ease of monitoring and better data analytics.
Different heterogeneous devices purchased from different vendors can become a daunting task to integrate into a single Smart BuildingIoT platform. It’s not only the platform to be “open,” but the hardware devices must also be “open” and can easily talk to the platform.
FAVORIOT offers an open platform that can easily onboard devices and aggregates the data to a single or multiple dashboards.