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December 2, 2015 - Building Automation
Question: What are the benefits of IoT for building occupants?
Answer: The benefits of IoT start with the definition, which is the ability to have connected devices that provide data to be used for optimization measures. The key is to start with defining the end goal for which this data will be used. In the building space, the industry is on the cusp of achieving great things by leveraging data to implement measures to create an optimal indoor environment. Occupants benefit from a building that is customized to run efficiently for their specific needs at the right times. The additional transparency provided by connected devices creates an environment where occupants are vested in sustainability measures and can ultimately contribute to making the most efficient use of the space around them. As devices and their supporting infrastructure become more sophisticated, real-time optimization can occur with minimal overhead to create the ideal environment for all constituents. The efficiency realized has the potential to create a more engaging optimal environment.
Question: What advantages does IoT technology provide for facility professionals today?
Answer: In today’s environment, the need to dedicate time to track down clear, consistent data exists due to a desire to make data-driven decisions in a clear, consistent manner. Over time as technology and processes improve, data will seamlessly flow through connective devices, allowing facility professionals to move from a reactive environment where they respond to problems as they occur to a proactive environment where they can address issues before they occur and have the ability to prioritize based on the upcoming impact of a potential problem. Taking this one step further, in an environment where devices have the ability to self optimize, facility professionals can dedicate their time to finding the ideal solutions for their specific environment, leveraging an engaged base of occupants. As the technology progresses, facility professionals will find themselves in an environment where diagnostics and potential optimization can occur in a remote environment and be supplemented by on-site work which will make more efficient use of their time.
Source: Adnan Akbari, senior marketing manager at the Building Technologies Division of Siemens.
For more insights on the products, technology, benefits and challenges of the Building Internet of Things, visit www.FacilitiesNet.com/IoT