Did you know that the term “Smart Building” actually dates back to the 1980s? The term was coined when the prospect of networking and connectivity opened up new avenues on what could be achieved. In the modern digital age, the term “smart building” has come to be associated with the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).IoT and AI can be used to develop a strong connection between the cloud system and the physical world. It can help us create a virtual model of all the people, spaces, and objects that will be present within the physical space, thus allowing us to better optimize the space and meet people’s needs, ensuring enhanced productivity and customer satisfaction.
A small example of how smart buildings can help employees in a commercial building would be to take the example of the thermostat. How many times a week do you (or someone around you) comment on the temperature? In offices, one of the greatest battles that employees fight amongst themselves is over the thermostat because different people have different temperature requirements. Furthermore, due to sunlight, shades, etc, different areas in the office have different temperatures. Consistency in temperature across an office building is nearly impossible. However, with Smart Building, the temperature can be automated so that you experience the optimal temperature at all points and there are no hot or cold pockets in the office.
While the aforementioned example is just a single form of utility for smart buildings, their utility actually goes a lot wider. In this article, we’ll explore what the future of smart buildings looks like.