Smart Building Trends for 2017

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Smart city tech deployments are expected to increase in the next year and of them significantly; the biggest one will be commercial-smart buildings. Connected building solutions, whether it’s environmental controls, communications interfaces, video surveillance, or energy conservation, can deliver cost savings and efficiency gains when building automation can be achieved.

With impending pressure to maximize both operational and energy efficiency, building managers are increasingly turning to smart building technology to modernize infrastructure and improve occupant experiences.

As more smart building deployments rise, some of the key trends we’ll see evolve and increase in adoption in the coming year are the following:

Energy Efficiency

Ambitious sustainability goals will continue to drive adoption of smart building technology. Reducing the carbon footprint of a given property requires both close monitoring and actionable data insights on energy and water use in the building. Networked sensors and analytics will provide information to empower building managers to control their assets better and reduce energy waste that can be harmful to the environment.

Asset Optimization

Increasing operational efficiency will also be a major focus. Instead of taking a costly “rip and replace” approach to upgrading legacy building systems and assets, building managers can improve operations with technology solutions that enable them to retrofit existing systems with sensors, securely delivering asset data to the cloud. Other key operational benefits for smart buildings include improving uptime of building equipment and avoidance of loss of product.

Meeting Occupant Expectations, Delivering New Experiences

As consumers increasingly embrace a connected lifestyle, there will be a demand for more seamless building environments that offer customized experiences based on occupant preferences. Examples include allowing office building tenants to easily adjust temperature settings in a specific area via supporting app, quickly locate an available conference room or know how long the cafe queue is before they arrive. These personalized experiences will provide additional value to smart building operators looking to attract and retain tenants.

Achieving Autonomy with Emerging Technologies/

Machine Learning and 5G connectivity will begin to emerge and work together to make building management a more autonomous task.

  • Machine learning enables buildings systems to collect, process and use the information collected from the systems to provide actionable insight in real-time for building managers to make quick decisions about maintenance and overall operations.
  • 5G connectivity allows for more advanced data exchange between smart buildings that will be a major part of the groundwork for smart cities of the future.

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Christine Boles

About Christine Boles

Christine Boles is a vice president in the Internet of Things Group (IOTG) and general manager of Intel’s Industrial Solutions Division. Her organization is responsible for Intel’s Industrial IOT business within the manufacturing, energy, logistics and commercial building segments, including the product and ecosystem strategies for this rapidly evolving space. Boles joined Intel in 1992 as an application engineer for 16-bit microcontrollers. For over 25 years, she has led development, delivery and the enabling of customers and ecosystems for Intel based solutions in multiple leadership roles. These solutions span a broad range of embedded and internet of things applications across many industries, including communications, storage, retail, imaging, and commercial buildings. Boles holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Arizona State University

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