Buying a car today is a lot of work, especially with so many new electronics options to learn about and consider. It’s stressful knowing that after driving off the lot, you’re stuck with what you bought with almost no chance to get options you later wish you had included.
It’s similar for property owners who find adding new features to their building management system (BMS) to be quite onerous. That’s because today’s BMS are mostly proprietary solutions that can only be upgraded by the system manufacturer – a time-consuming and expensive pursuit.
The Need for IoT Openness
An alternative is to implement a BMS solution based on open technologies, which makes it easier to integrate innovative and cost-effective options from a broad ecosystem of suppliers. This is illustrated in the figure showing how buildings can be monitored and controlled by sensors, routers, gateways, cloud-based software, and personal devices, all coming from different vendors. What’s more, new features can easily be added to such an open architecture.
Using the Internet of Things for BMS Solutions
Although the flexibility offered by open BMS solutions is highly desirable, property owners have too much invested in existing systems to simply abandon them. When “rip and replace” is not an option, it’s possible to use IoT technologies to instrument buildings with utility meters, people counters, and other sensors.
A Better School Environment Thanks to IOT
This was the approach taken by Giséle-alonde Secondary School in Orléans, Ontario, Canada, who, with the help of KMC Controls, augmented its existing building automation systems (BASs) with utility meters and an IoT gateway. Their goals were to reduce energy consumption and improve student performance by:
- Creating a safer, more comfortable, and highly productive learning environment for students
- Metering water and natural gas
- Benchmarking kilowatt hour (kWh) per student
- Actively measuring and managing carbon dioxide levels
- Tracking building occupancy in real time
Preventive Maintenance for HVAC through IoT
Also augmenting existing equipment, Daikin Applied retrofitted its installed HVAC units to seamlessly connect to the cloud. As a result, customers of this leading air conditioning equipment manufacturer can proactively manage the performance of their buildings and address HVAC issues before they happen, thus avoiding expensive repairs and unpleasant temperature excursions. Online diagnostics provide year-round, 24-hour protection through early detection of equipment deterioration and abnormalities.
Using the Intel IoT Gateway for BMS Energy Savings
With approximately 47,000 buildings in Manhattan alone, Rudin is a property management company that understands the value of having a high level of command and fine control over building operations. In the first year of adding sensors and their Di-Boss* operating system to a building, they saved seven percent in energy cost, about one million dollars. This is just the beginning as Rudin is putting Intel® IoT gateways in buildings to collect more data from an array of sensors in order to increase operational efficiency, better forecast energy, and perform predictive analysis.
Vision for Smart Buildings
The new capabilities enabled by the IoT are increasing building efficiency, tenant comfort, and equipment reliability, among other things. This transformation is taking center stage at this month’s Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum, sponsored by Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA). Speakers explain how property owners of either new or existing buildings can gain deeper operational insight by taking advantage of open BMS solutions based on IoT technologies.
To learn more about smart building solutions from Intel, visit intel.com/iot/smartbuilding.