Digital Buildings: What are IoT-enabled Intelligent Buildings?

By CIOReview | Monday, March 25, 2019

The Internet of Things is restructuring every aspect of a building- from planning to construction to habitation and management; the technology is helping in making informed decisions. With asset optimization, better facilities management, and occupant safety, these IoT-enabled smart buildings can streamline business profits and expand the profit margin.

Digital Building

IoT solutions expand the digital world to buildings and infrastructure that will be serviced by future technologies which were not accessible earlier. For instance, power sensors will provide the ability to determine power-related failures in these future energy deployments within buildings and will be distributed around multiple physical locations.

IoT Power Management Solutions

IoT power management solutions enable one to distinguish the problem domain of an outage. However, the costs associated with the outage may vary, but it contributes significantly to the operational budget for providing support and maintenance. When this outage indirectly relates to a loss of power during a significant number of the remaining outages, technicians may power-cycle equipment to return service. It generally refers to networking hardware and software issues in computers, which is a headache in the majority of deployments.

IoT Technologies for Automation System

Once the future energy is deployed to a location, there is a requirement to transform that building into a digital one as these digital buildings are a perfect use case for IoT. People have connected themselves to the Internet and the digital world using many social and digital services. For instance, in digital buildings, smoke alarms or smoke sensors have an online and real-time diagnosis and notification. In this type of setup, the statuses of all smoke sensors are always known and thus are safer. These digital buildings also have fire doors which can be fitted with an IoT door sensor that triggers their use and automatically sends notifications.  

Apart from the examples mentioned above, multiple use cases of IoT within digital buildings can be imagined, planned and implemented.  Moreover, the resulting IoT solutions to such problems can be determined and driven by business requirements.