‘Smart’ Buildings; ‘Intelligent’ Buildings… We’ve heard it all before, haven’t we?
It is hard in today’s world to be better than the competition – so to get ahead, it’s best to be different. But what about with our buildings? Do we do the same as everyone else, or not?
Smart or intelligent; make your workplace unique and ingenious enough to work for you.
If you are thinking about creating an improved workplace environment and capitalising on ‘Smart’ and ‘Intelligent’ building technologies, here are our 7 latest insights:
Define ‘Smart’ and ‘Intelligence’:
A workplace should be smart in design, smart in procurement, smart in construction and smart in management. The technology only needs to be smart enough to support these objectives whilst remaining open and flexible to change and obsolescence. The phrase ‘Intelligent Building’ is actually rather misleading, as it is the technology and what you do with it that is intelligent, not the building.
The core driver for the Intelligence when developing a modern building is the flexibility to allow all systems to conform to a single set of integration rules. Although common sense, this objective has only in recent years become feasible.
A modern building must comprise of integrated technology so as to ensure the common 5 year tech lifespan can continually be accommodated. Technology does not last for a long time, this is nothing new. Today, we expect more and more from our tech, meaning the modern building will comprise significantly of technology, in whatever form. The critical thing is to ensure that the expected refresh can be accommodated within the building fabric and the owners’ constantly evolving business plan.
4. Technology selection:
Between the negativity of obsolescence and undeveloped technology is a sweet spot of selection. The Intelligent IT Director will make the best selection at the best time.
5. Sensing technology:
Building systems independently are equipped with a number of sensing technologies. The advantage to be had here is to ensure all chosen technologies can unite their sensing technology and data formats for the benefit of the occupants and management. The key here is right time, right place, right technology and right objectives.
6. Big Data:
The concept of Big Data is still relatively new, but do not ignore it! Communalised data can be capitalised on by seeking and applying the Intelligence from cross-sector analytics tools.
7. Managing change:
Change can be a risk, yet, so is not changing fast enough. An Intelligent Developer will employ an Intelligent Consultant to advise on trends impacting the business case, as well as risk mitigation in the adoption of new technology.
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Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2016 15:03:02 +0000 GMT