Operating a smart building today is all about managing the space efficiently to improve customer satisfaction and reduce costs. AI technology affords landlords better control over their energy consumption, while at the time presenting tenants with more options.
The trends affecting smart buildings was the topic of a keynote presentation at the Idea Showcase at the ITEXPO in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on Feb, 13 by Darlene Pope, global head of smart buildings and digital workplace experience at WeWork. Pope titled her discussion, “What’s Now and What’s Next for Smart Buildings.”
“My definition of a smart building is that everything is connected,” Pope says. “Not just your cellphone and laptop.” That means IoT, AI and database management, all integrated into one management console for ease of access.
Pope laid out for the audience the emerging trends in smart-building management. She says the hot topics include:
One possible weak point can be the collection of occupancy data. Badges are problematic, because they swipe you in but not out. AI-operated sensors are the new wave. Pope described eight technology advances that are impacting the smart building today:
Still, the bottom line remains satisfying the customer. “The true focus now is on how do we make more people satisfied,” Pope says.
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