From Smart Buildings To Intelligent Buildings

How can we turn a smart building into a truly intelligent one? Tony Buckingham, Regional Director at AECOM’s Smart Buildings Group explained how the very latest technology can help us improve productivity, efficiency and sustainability at the Workplace Technology Theatre. Historically, facilities managers have employed a siloed approach to smart buildings, separating out HVAC, lighting and access control into distinct systems. In this way, FMs have been able to make smarter buildings even smarter and bring real benefits to stakeholders – we can see how this plays out in a variety of scenarios. Smart technology can also transform meeting rooms, especially when inviting external clients or employees from another office. A smart system can book a room, adjust lighting and audio levels, measure CO2 and order catering based on the number of people set to attend a meeting; this makes organising a meeting is totally seamless, and also improves the wellbeing of participants by carefully managing the room’s internal environment. A truly intelligent building uses significant amounts of real-time data to make predictions about user behaviour, and adjusts the internal environment or sends out information and advice to users and FMs alike. Turning a smart building into an intelligent building depends on the way FMs analyse their data just as much as the smart technology behind it.


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