Saving money, increasing comfort, and improving property values: these are all things that can be achieved through a smart, automated building. But a “smart” system can mean many things and actually integrating a smart system into an existing infrastructure can appear to be overwhelming. The coming years will undoubtedly see an increase in smart buildings, and everyone from business owners to building managers will need to understand not only the technology behind it but also its numerous benefits.
What Is a “Smart Building”?
The first thing that needs to be understood is that there is no “correct” infrastructure for a smart building. Instead, smart buildings are comprised of many different devices and automation services, all of them individually designed to automate and simplify areas of the building’s maintenance and management. Smart buildings are highly related to the influx of the “Internet of Things” devices: when a building is upgraded with smart technology, it is able to handle routine and mundane tasks itself. Not only does this free up building management and maintenance from having to complete these tasks on their own, but it also creates a more consistent, reliable, and comfortable environment.
One of the most notable areas in which intelligent technology can make a difference is in terms of environmentally friendly behavior. Smart technologies can use data processing and system modifications to conserve energy in a way that individual maintenance professionals wouldn’t be able to. Thus, smart buildings are also trending as companies become more environmentally conscious, seek to reduce their environmental footprint, and strive for lessened utility expenses overall.
What Do Smart Buildings Do?
Because smart buildings utilize sensors, programming, and other advanced mechanics, there are very few things a smart building cannot do. But within the industry, smart buildings have traditionally been used to control climate systems (making buildings hot or cold), manage security systems (with cameras and authentication services), and report on repair and maintenance issues (such as broken systems). It’s easy to see why these systems could greatly reduce the workload for a business.
Moving forward, smart buildings are also being used to control and moderate lighting for better comfort and better environments. Technology throughout a building, such as flat screen televisions, can be integrated to allow employees to control them directly from their smartphones. Smart technology is also likely to become specialized on a per industry basis; the smart buildings of a construction office may integrate more equipment sensors, whereas the smart buildings of a medical firm may integrate more patient care and comfort utilities.
As you can see, there are many different types of smart building. But all types of smart building ultimately benefit their business; it’s simply an issue of modifying the building to suit the company’s needs. Strategy and Management Services, Inc. can provide a complete overview of how smart technology systems can aid with your building maintenance and operations management. Contact SAMS today for more information.