27 Jul 2022 | Industry Insights
What is IoT, and how does it work?
Initially, devices such as desktop computers were the only way of accessing the internet. However, with the Internet of Things (IoT), practically all appliances can now be connected to the internet and monitored remotely.
An IoT ecosystem is a system of interrelated computing devices that exchange data via the internet. These devices communicate with one another and act upon the information they receive without the necessity of human intervention.
Processing nodes connected through gateways continue the data chain, collecting intel from the sensors and transferring the information to the cloud. Humans, artificial intelligence or machine intercept the collected data and subsequently transform it into "smart" action.
IoT devices and compatible software platforms are commonplace within smart buildings. Smart buildings realise the potential of their IoT-generated feedback loop via embedded sensors, processing ability and software.
What are smart buildings?
Smart buildings digitally monitor building functions, produce reliable data, and generate insights designed to improve operations and the environment. A facility to be classed as "smart" requires a holistic, integrated system of IoT devices and one central network.
3rd generation smart buildings bring together operational automation and intelligent space management. With IoT technology at the core, modern smart buildings connect users, provide increased control over building functions, facilitate collaboration and allow owners to conserve resources.
"Buildings are leveraging technology to create healthy, connected environments."
-Robert Nieminen, Buildings.com content director.
What technologies have made IoT possible?
Not a new phenomenon, the IoT has grown in popularity in recent years due to greater accessibility and affordability. These now readily available technologies continue to meet the needs of a building's lifecycle and its ever-evolving world.
Technologies that have made IoT possible include:
Why does my building need IoT, and what are the benefits of IoT application?
Now that we can connect everyday objects to the internet via embedded devices, seamless communication is possible between people, processes, and things. By integrating smart sensors, beacons, microchips and other IoT devices, technology can turn any object into a valuable source of information. For this reason, various industries use the IoT to streamline existing processes and make better business decisions.
IoT helps people to live and work smarter.
With what appears to be endless possibilities for building connectivity, leveraging the IoT within the built environment has and continues to be incredibly valuable.
3rd generation smart buildings made up of IoT technology benefit from:
What are some popular examples of building sensors, and what value can they bring?
Unlock the value of IoT technology with Twinview
How can Twinview turn your estate into a 3rd generation smart building that optimises the latest in IoT technology?
Building Management Systems (BMS) are an established industry feature that can enhance building performance and improve portfolio and liquidity management when integrated with IoT technology. Integrating IoT with BMS reduces energy consumption, maintenance, and operational costs.
Twinview utilises sensors throughout a building, enabling property owners to collect data at the building level to regulate systems such as air conditioning and lighting in real-time, optimising the environment.
Twinview continuously monitors and predicts outcomes by pre-empting repair and maintenance issues allowing facility managers to act before tenants notice any problems.
Using sophisticated artificial intelligence ensures building operators can learn when assets are due to break down, enabling them to arrange maintenance on multiple assets at once when it is most cost-effective and convenient.
IoT will play a pivotal role as our world becomes more digitalised. Harness the power of innovative technology. Request a demo today or get in touch using the form below.