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Managing a Building with Technology

Building managers as the custodians of the building, have a vested interest to ensure their operating costs are kept to a minimum at all times. This view is always supported by the need to operate with overall efficiency. They will be looking at reducing the amount of money that goes towards utilities and maintenance costs of the unit.

One way of looking at this issue, is to use methods from the Internet of Things (IoT) to transform your building into a smart building. There are many processes within the building that can be automated. These can relate to things such as temperature control, energy efficiency, security and in some cases sanitation. All these areas in your building can affect the bottom line directly and can be controlled in a smart building.

A smart building is one in which many of the functions are automated and set to monitor and function in particular ways based on the manager or owner’s specifications. There are many tasks that would have normally required human intervention to carry out but can now be performed using IoT technologies. Using this approach, these tasks can be scheduled in advance or adjusted remotely to ensure it functions as desired.

It may not be a new process to automate tasks as this has been around for years. However, the costs associated with this automation may have been prohibitive to building managers so they did not fully employ them. Today we see the lowering of costs related to IoT technology so you will find building upgrades are cheaper than before. It is now an attractive time to invest in these technologies as the overall cost savings will be beneficial.

Cloud video monitoring
One of the benefits of implementing an IoT based building management system is that it usually has a cloud based component. This will help the building manager to remotely monitor their asset and keep it running optimally off site. All your areas of concern can be setup to function based on your decided criteria and be remotely monitored 24/7. If there is any change, then you can be notified and the relevant follow up action taken to remedy the situation.

Some of the benefits of having IoT monitor your building are:

  • You will always maintain the critical areas at your comfort level to ensure optimised operation.
  • Quick detection of issues which can lead to quick repairs or resolution.
  • Real time monitoring of your building to ensure that it is always functioning as expected.
  • The availability of key data in logs to make critical decisions especially in relation to upgrading of assets or equipment upgrades.

If you have key areas of your building that you need to secure, alarms can be placed in these areas. These alarms will notify you once something has triggered them and the appropriate response will be dispatched to the issue. Once the alarm is configured to notify you, it will definitely do what it is programmed to do in the time of need.

Physical Security
The use of smart buildings will eventually increase over time as IoT can be used to monitor critical things and one of them is office security. Devices such as security cameras, movement detectors, identification devices and access control will give a huge boost to the security of a building. This is even greater when it is configured in a way where the management of the building can adjust these features as necessary. You can save money in an area of security that may be considered redundant.

Wireless sensors are a very important part of IoT especially in relation to building management. Many of the areas that are to be monitored in a building will require a sensor to constantly observe the conditions and notify a system or person if the condition changes. There are many applications for these sensors and can be considered to be one of the most important elements that support the monitoring process. Applications include energy management, water leak detection, HVAC temperature monitoring, open/close doors and motion sensors.

Thermal Comfort
Sensors can be used to keep a room heated or cooled as needed in your building. Once you have a sharp monitoring of your required temperature, then you can be guaranteed that the cost of thermal comfort will decrease. Also, if this is a building with workers, it has been proven that humans will become more productive once they are comfortable which can improve your bottom line.

Sensors can also be employed to reduce costs in certain areas of the building. You can implement controls for things such as the water flow, consumption of paper, air flow for hand drying and the automatic spraying of cleaning mists that are used to give a fresh aroma. Minor things such as controlling the temperature and lighting of areas while not in use can reduce the cost and the overall bottom line.

When looking at today’s social and business environment, building managers are always aiming to reduce the operating costs of the unit. This is also coupled with being innovative and improving the sustainability of the building.

By combining the different options of IoT, they can definitely target problem areas in the building and help to reduce costs by having these addressed.

Measurement Systems Ltd

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