This week is the start of the 2015 AHR Expo in Chicago, the world’s largest HVACR (heating, venting, air conditioning, and refrigeration) conference that connects industry peers and showcases the latest in HVACR tech and equipment trends. In this guest blog post, Christine Boles, Director of Smart Building Solutions in Intel’s Smart Home and Building Division, shares her insights on where IoT is taking the HVACR industry and how two companies are leading the way with Intel smart building IoT solutions. ~ David McKinney
Smart Building Manufacturers Demo Latest IoT Solutions at AHR Expo
I hear that this year’s 2015 AHR Expo, which takes place at McCormick Place in Chicago January 26-28, has already broken records with more than 2,100 exhibiting companies occupying over 480,000 net square feet of exhibit space. I suspect the Internet of Things (IoT) is a contributor to that record breaking.
IoT brings huge opportunity to this industry, especially as more property and business owners look to smart buildings to reduce costs, increase energy efficiency, and improve operation and maintenance. Being able to use IoT solutions to collect, filter, and analyze valuable real-time data from building equipment—such as HVAC, building access and security, and lighting systems—is a fast-growing field as building owners strive to operate more efficiently and cost-effectively, and Intel is leveraging its end-to-end IoT expertise in collaboration with building industry leaders to rapidly bring innovative smart building solutions to market.
IoT Solutions = Better Efficiency for Building Owners
Two manufacturers exhibiting at this week’s AHR Expo who are working with us are HVAC manufacturer Daikin Applied (Booth 5325) and building automation software company KMC Controls (Booth 3636).
At this year’s Expo, Daikin Applied is excited to launch a new product, Intelligent Equipment, which uses IoT technology to provide real-time data streams for benchmarking HVAC performance and monitor system operation. This new technology platform makes it possible for HVAC systems to “talk” to operators and proactively take action and greatly reduce costs. Daikin Intelligent Equipment is powered by an Intel® IoT Gateway along with Intel® Decision Solutions: Trend Analytics Module that offers users the confidence of predictive maintenance. The solution also includes a Wind River IoT platform based on its Linux* operating system and overall security is provided by Intel McAfee.
By working with our smart building solution organization at Intel, KMC Controls will be able to address key demands in the fast-changing building industry: openness, security, and scalability. KMC is collaborating with Intel to provide increased system visibility via insightful data for truly smart buildings. KMC chose Intel to develop IoT solutions not only due to Intel’s leadership in the IT industry and history in intelligent systems, but also for its valued relationships across a broad ecosystem.
We are working with both companies and their extensive building industry ecosystem to design open, scalable solutions that can be flexibly adapted to meet varying application requirements. Even legacy systems can be upgraded to operate like new equipment in the communications infrastructure, saving enormous costs without a huge integration effort. As a result, these solutions avoid dependency on a single proprietary system or service provider.
Smart Building Leadership
At a time when companies are more eager than ever to tap the promise of an emerging Internet of Things, we at Intel, along with industry leaders like Daikin Applied and KMC Controls are driving development of a truly end-to-end solution for building automation, addressing the entire network from the device to the cloud. Bringing together their complementary technology and expertise with Intel, these companies are addressing key market demands such as openness, security, and scalability. In the process, they are inspiring customers and the HVAC industry to dramatically rethink what buildings can do when it comes to things like improved kilowatt (kW) per square foot, kW per tenant, resource efficiency, lower peak and base demands, and more.
For more on the latest Intel collaborations for smart buildings, visit intel.com/iot/smartbuilding.