Our Journey toward Smarter Buildings

Our world is becoming increasingly automated, as seen by the rise of robotics, autonomous cars, 3D printing, wearable health trackers … and the list goes on. Likewise, our industry is experiencing tremendous progress in building and home automation, a key theme at this April’s Continental Automated Building Association (CABA) Forum. Automation is a valuable tool to help property owners and building managers increase profitability, lower operating costs, and maintain tenant satisfaction.


Connectivity Challenges

But as an established industry, our road to automated smart buildings can be rather bumpy because we must contend with legacy building systems that weren’t necessarily designed talk to each other. In fact, most advanced users are frustrated by system interoperability problems and the lack of standardization, according to a study by CABA. For instance, it’s not uncommon for companies to have various types of HVAC and security systems across their locations or even in the same building.


Better Connectivity with IoT

With Internet of Things (IoT) technologies as a baseline, Intel is working with other solution providers to enable BMS solutions that are more flexible and capable. These solutions connect to a broad set of building systems and sensors, and securely transfer their data to the data center, handling the protocol translations as needed. These capabilities are typical for Phase 1 of an IoT-based deployment, detailed below.


Smart Building Approach Infographic for CABA

Once this infrastructure is in place, Phase 2 deploys new smart services, like those on display in our booth:

  • Entouch Controls simplifies energy management
  • Kodaro makes BMS management fast and more secure
  • Intel increases worker efficiency and safety with wearable technology
  • Digital signage creates a friendlier building environment
  • Volteo monitors and controls buildings holistically
  • Intel asset management platform improves warehouse efficiency
  • Candi Controls and Intel connect building systems together
  • … and more

Ultimately, Phase 3 merges information and operational technologies (IT/OT), enabling greater efficiency through a tightly coordinated digital workplace.


Smart Buildings at Intel

A picture of a building.

Intel is proud to be hosting CABA Forum 2017, which also gives us the opportunity to offer a tour (limited number of attendees) showing how we’re driving intelligence within our own buildings. At the Intel booth, we’ll also be demonstrating solutions for the smart home segment.

In addition, Todd Brady, Director, Global Public Affairs and Sustainability of Intel Corporate Services will be describing Intel Smart buildings in detail during the opening keynote. He will talk about Intel’s 10-story office building in Bangalore, India that is one of the smartest and greenest buildings in the world. The project met several key goals, including:

  • Reducing resource usage –by adding features that are typically lacking in a static BMS to improve the control of energy and water-related systems.
  • Improving operational efficiency – by moving to a mobile cubicle model to accommodate more employees in the building.
  • Increasing occupant comfort – by eliminating oscillating temperatures in the building so employees aren’t too hot or too cold during the day.


Come see us at this year CABA Forum

We have a lot to show you about building automation, especially around collecting, processing, analyzing, and sharing data across your enterprise. Come talk to us and industry solution partners, and hear about solutions that can help you lower cost and pave the way to even smarter buildings. We look forward to seeing you!

Sunita Shenoy

About Sunita Shenoy

Sunita Shenoy leads the product strategy and roadmap for Intel’s Internet of Things (IoT) products for the Smart Building sector. She and her team tailors Intel’s IoT building blocks from silicon, gateway, security, platform software, to the cloud services and, enables the value chain of solution providers to deliver Smart Building solutions for sustainable facilities management and enhanced occupant experiences. Sunita has over two decades of technology product experience from systems engineering to product marketing of open source software and cloud services in various vertical industries Enterprise IT, Automotive, Consumer and Education.

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