The transformation of traditional buildings into Smart Buildings

The continuous technological evolution is changing the way buildings have been designed and constructed in the traditional way. There is currently a transition from the traditional building to the Smart Building, also known as intelligent building.

The increase in Smart Buildings can be measured by the increase in the number of connected devices and the volume of data they collect. According to industry data, smart buildings are expected to grow by more than 30% in the coming years, especially in the industrial sector.

These constructions are characterized by installations and systems that enable integrated management of the building’s functionalities, especially energy savings.

But before we get into the transformation process, let’s take a closer look at the Smart Building concept.

What is a Smart Building?

A Smart Building is a building equipped with innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence and Iot (Internet of Things), with the aim of improving safety, accessibility, management and energy efficiency. All this without losing sight of the contribution to the quality of life of the individuals who use it.

The Smart Building concept is applicable to different types of buildings: factories, hotels, museums, office centres, hospitals, shopping centres, etc.

A smart building is capable of automatically managing all resources and optimizing their performance, as well as providing valuable information to the people who manage it to improve decision-making and thus anticipate future unforeseen events.

 

Everything you need to know about Smart Buildings

 

What technologies turn a building into a Smart Building?

IoT devices and sensors

Thanks to the internet of things, the movable and immovable elements inside the building are able to be connected to each other through an enabling platform, capturing data in real time.

Networks

The system used in a smart building works through building automation, which is the ability to automate buildings that do not correspond to private dwellings. Building automation is integrated into the electrical grid and also makes use of networking.

Big Data

A Smart Building generates huge amounts of data sets or combinations of data sets on a daily basis, which due to their complexity or variability in some areas make it difficult to capture, manage, process or analyze them using conventional technologies and tools. For this reason, advanced tools are used that are capable of “ingesting” and processing this data, making it useful and exploitable.

Management platform

In order to enable all the data collected from the different elements and sensors in the building to be processed and managed in an automated way, it is essential to have a comprehensive management platform, where the status of all systems is visualized.

These platforms allow data from different sources such as sensors, databases or external information systems to be combined and processed both in real time and historically.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence makes it possible for machines to learn from experience and adjust to changing environments, which makes it possible for a building to evolve by improving its efficiency based on the recognition of patterns in the data collected and applying optimized algorithms.

What are the objectives of a Smart Building?

  • Energy saving is one of the most important objectives of a Smart Building, controlling supply through information on consumption.
  • The integration of the building with the environment in which it is located.
  • The integration of services with each other to increase productivity and reduce costs.
  • The automation of installations to optimise work and its effectiveness.
  • Economic costs will be reduced due to the integration of control systems in the building to optimise and automate assets.

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