Smart Buildings: Intel IoT Platforms Open Doors to Innovation at IBCon

IoTGatewayIntel Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provided the building blocks for connected, smart buildings at the Intelligent Building Conference (IBCon) in San Antonio, Texas, last week. IBCon featured building management solutions based on open platforms like the Intel IoT Gateway, and IoT technologies that aim to provide a higher level of command, control, and communications compared to proprietary building automation systems.

Cybersecurity was a hot topic at IBCon. By 2020, it is expected that more than 50 billion devices will be connected to IoT, including many of the components that comprise building management systems. This is likely to have a tremendous impact on the smart building industry as both old and new buildings are outfitted with sensors to capture all kinds of data from temperature to air quality, then using powerful edge and cloud-based analytics to maximize building efficiency and improve tenant comfort.

Intel IoT has defined five principles to help guide IoT developers:

  • Edge-to-Cloud Services: Services are delivered across the enterprise and globe, with time-critical services provided locally by edge devices, such as IoT gateways, to reduce latency.
  • Mobility: Building managers can visualize operational data from anywhere on the planet and with any mobile device.
  • Data Analytics: Building data is analyzed to generate useful insights, such as how to reduce energy and better satisfy occupant needs.
  • Security and Manageability: Building systems and sensors/actuators connect to the cloud in a secure and manageable fashion.
  • Collective Relevance: Buildings have the ability to anticipate and respond to occupant needs in a meaningful way.

 Pulling together these five defined principles, Intel IoT featured key Intel IoT ecosystem collaboration demos that are helping to shape the future of intelligent buildings.


Daikin Applied: Energy Analytics Increase Occupant Comfort and Predict HVAC Failure



Over the past decade, commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units have generated more and more data, but much of it has been underutilized or not accessible by building owners. Now this data is being put to work as Daikin Applied, a leading global HVAC supplier, launched Intelligent Equipment, which uses big data analytics to make HVAC equipment more intelligent through the use of Intel technology. Daikin’s building energy management system (BEMS) embraces all five IoT principles, with data analytics and security being top of mind.

The system provides users with financial summaries of their energy savings and equipment payback; measures and automatically adjusts for building comfort based on tenant preferences; and gives users direct access to power usage and CO2 emissions data, providing a more accurate view of the carbon footprint.

Intel IoT Gateway, Daikin’s Intelligent Equipment With the Intel IoT Gateway, Daikin’s Intelligent Equipment is able to seamlessly connect HVAC units to the cloud and securely aggregate, filter, analyze, and present data in an actionable way. This allows building owners/managers to improve the performance of their buildings and identify HVAC issues before they happen. At the maintenance level, the solution will predict faults such as fan, compressor, or motor failures, and will alert users when filters need to be changed based on usage instead of time. At the operations level, the system can sync with weather forecasts to adjust in advance for changing climate conditions.

To learn more, watch the video: “Daikin Applied Transforming the HVAC Industry”.

Read the white paper: “Daikin Applied and Intel Partner on BEMS Solutions”


KMC Controls: Modernizes Building Controls with Open BMS Solution

KMCIntel and KMC Controls collaborated on a solution to connect building automation systems to IoT. KMC looked to Intel Security to provide the requisite protection from the device to the datacenter to the cloud and back. Just as critical is the Intel IoT Gateway, which enables KMC to speed the connection of legacy systems to the cloud, and supports end-to-end analytics to turn big building data into actionable information.

Intel IoT Gateways, for example, are a key piece of the KMC Commander* solution. The enterprise IoT appliance features an Intel® processor, embedded Intel Security components, and multiple connectivity options, including Wi-Fi and 3G/4G cellular.

The KMC Controls solution adheres to the five IoT principles, but most notably, mobility and edge-to-cloud services. From Android or Apple-based tablets, end users can access easy-to-understand visual analysis of an entire portfolio of buildings or individual systems. The solution also ties edge-sensing and control systems to secure, cloud-based analytic services for use across the enterprise.

To learn more, read the white paper: “Pursuing Smart Building Breakthroughs”


Yanzi: Easy-to-Install Solutions Bring Intelligence to Smart Buildings

YanziYanzi provides a set of sensors, gateways to cloud services, mobile applications, and facility management of buildings. Yanzi Things includes gateways, plugs, LEDs, cameras, and motion and climate sensors – that connect to a smart phone through the Yanzi Cloud. The things, cloud, and app are tightly integrated, giving the user a rich and powerful experience.

Easy to set up and use, the solution allows systems integrators and building managers to connect to Yanzi Things instantly. The automatic provisioning of sensors provides automatic discovery, configuration, and setup of security keys. Yanzi is a world-class software platform backed by Intel Security software and the Intel IoT Gateway, which helps secure hardware, operating systems, applications, and data in flight or at rest. The solution has been deployed by Coor Service Management* for facilities management and Tyréns* for smart buildings. To learn more, watch the video.

To learn more, watch the video: “Yanzi Networks Real-Time Machine-to-Machine Solution”.

Read the white paper: “Delivering a Remote Access Solution for Construction Companies”


Solution Family: Connecting Legacy Building Sensors to the IoT

HaystackOverhauling existing building infrastructure is usually not a cost-effective approach, so adding sensors to retrofit equipment through instrumentation is a more feasible alternative. Demonstrating this approach Intel  developed a framework that runs on Intel gateways, simplifying communication with legacy devices over various protocol and APIs.

Intel Gateway Solutions for IoT is designed to provide Internet connectivity for legacy and existing devices. The gateway aggregates, filters, processes, and secures sensor network data before sending it to the cloud or the enterprise. It also integrates technologies and protocols for networking, embedded control, enterprise-grade security, and manageability.

The application platform demonstrated has two main components: an engine that implements data collection, communications, and rules, and a tool that empowers users through a drag and drop environment used to design, commission, and maintain any type of application.

In the demo, the platform encodes the data into a Haystack-compatible format. Haystack is an open source initiative to streamline working with data from IoT devices.

To learn more, read the solution brief: “Simplifying Application Development for the Internet of Things”


Switch Automation: A New Approach to Managing Buildings and Sustainability

Switch Automation’s cloud-based platform connects to devices and subsystems in buildings for controlling and monitoring operations and sustainability performance. The solution collects building information from a wide variety of disparate systems already in place and posts that information to the cloud. It is also possible to integrate other sustainability information such as transportation energy use, paper consumption, waste generation, and more.

Key features include

  • Portfolio command and control
  • Single repository, single console
  • Visibility into data and costs
  • Time saving
  • Supplier and service provider decoupling

That’s a wrap for this year’s IBCon. To learn more about Smart Buildings, visit “Designing Smart Buildings with Internet of Things Technology” for solution briefs and videos. To stay up-to-date with Intel IoT developments, keep your eyes on this blog, our website, and on Facebook and Twitter.

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About David McKinney

Social Media Manager, Internet of Things (IoT) Group INTEL CORPORATION David is a 16 year veteran at Intel and currently the Social Media Manager for Intel’s Internet of Things Group (IoTG). Prior to his current position, David led the content creation enthusiast notebook marketing efforts where he defined product strategies to solve content creation workflow problems and establish Intel leadership in the Digital Content Creation (DCC) segment. David has held business development manager and marketing leadership positions in multiple Intel business groups, including the Intel field sales organization. Outside of work, David enjoys a number of hobbies ranging from hiking to volunteer work at the Oregon Humane Society along with the discovery of new technologies related to music creation and photography. You can follow David on Twitter: @dmckinney and continue the conversation on Twitter by following @IntelIoT and friend us on

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