The term Smart is increasingly present among us: smartwatch, smart TV, Smartphone… being used to define intelligent products that are the result of the evolution of new technologies applied to everyday life. And if we use it in products, how could it not be applied to buildings that are technologically advanced?
Intelligent Buildings or Smart Buildings
Smart Buildings, also known as intelligent buildings, once again put technology at the service of people to create more comfortable, safe and productive environments. This concept can be adapted to residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
Thanks to the ability acquired by IoT devices to collect, process and analyze data from different elements and areas, it is possible to obtain automated control of the real-time operation of a building. In addition, it is possible to increase the energy efficiency, usability, safety and accessibility of these architectural spaces.
Objectives of Smart Buildings
A smart building could be considered synonymous with sustainability. This is part of, and in turn complements, the Smart City concept. Both seek to achieve centralized control that reduces environmental impact and improves the quality of life of citizens.
Currently, many companies and public bodies are seeking to optimize their resources to obtain greater performance, in addition to contributing to and disseminating sustainable development.
Thanks to new control systems and automation techniques it is possible to develop buildings capable of: reducing energy consumption, improving the environment and safety of the inhabitants or users who frequent their facilities and reducing the environmental impact through a responsible use of resources.
Features of Smart Buildings
Measurement sensors. Smart buildings are based on the use of sensors, sensors and detectors that transmit the signal to a central management system, where they will be used for visualization, analysis and performance improvement in real time and history. These sensors monitor aspects such as capacity, energy consumption, supplies, temperature, etc.
Predictive maintenance. All the data acquired from the monitoring sensors are interpreted by software capable of making resource optimization predictions. A traditional building may have failures, practically invisible, which may go unnoticed, but thanks to advanced control systems, it is possible to know incidents immediately and avoid future problems.
Eco-efficiency. Smart Buildings are buildings designed and constructed using materials and systems optimized to achieve maximum efficiency and reduce environmental impact.
Comfort. Through HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems, it is possible to manage the humidity rate, air purification and temperature of buildings to create the ideal conditions for habitability, where users will see their well-being, work performance and health improved.
High security. Through the fusion of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning and the Internet of Things (IoT), self-management programs capable of controlling advanced security devices and systems have been developed.
Let’s look at a few examples:
- Building accesses are monitored at all times, with real-time and historical reporting, connected to the central system. This provides information and analysis for the prevention and reduction of vulnerabilities.
- When a fire signal is triggered, it is analyzed together with the number of times false alarms have been generated and visually reviewed through the video surveillance system.
- Remote access. If there is one thing that is essential in an intelligent building, it is interconnection. The system that uses an intelligent building works through internal networks, but also the Internet connection enables access to data from anywhere at any time. In this sense, management and control can be performed remotely using a user and secure access to the management platform simply by having an internet connection.
Take the step towards Smart Buildings with Nexus Integra
Nexus Integra is the ideal integrated operations platform to start centrally managing all your assets, an operations platform based on IoT and Big Data technologies that will allow you to get the most out of your building. It visualizes, analyzes and manages comprehensively through a simple and usable interface.
In addition, integration with existing tools and platforms is guaranteed thanks to the use of API Rest connection.
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