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How IoT smart building technology is a game changer for facility management

March 23, 2020

How IoT smart building technology is a game changer for facility management
Buildings currently consume about 40 percent of the available power in the U.S. While energy conservation and cost savings are already business priorities, they will become even more important in the future—given that the small and midsize commercial building market is projected to grow by more than 60 percent by the year 2025.
Fortunately, effective monitoring of energy usage, enabled by IoT technology, can make a significant impact. Facility Executive estimates it can save small and midsize buildings 20 percent on their energy bills and large buildings as much as 29 percent.
How IoT is conserving energy in smart buildings
IoT uses one common Internet Protocol (IP) platform to create a digital ecosystem of devices, including everything from smartphones, tablets and digital assistants to smart-energy sensors to HVAC, lighting and security systems. Connected to a central open IP backbone, these devices communicate with one another and provide ongoing data and analytics on how the facility is using energy and pinpoint where it can be used more efficiently. Facility managers get valuable data—in real time—about room occupancy and indoor temperatures, as well as details about the fan speeds, vibration and flow rates, and compressor run times of critical HVAC assets. This is valuable information they can use to optimize energy usage.
In addition, automated controls can be set up to regulate consumption. Take air conditioning, for example. Sensors pick up the lack of movement in an area of a building and select the auto-away setting to reduce the temperature to the lowest level programmed. Building lighting can be regulated in a similar way. Sensors integrated with a facility’s lighting system turn lights on or off depending on the presence of people in a particular room. Connected lighting systems also allow facility managers to override the sensors—to turn on light for security purposes, for example. A smart lighting system can also send notifications via text messaging if a light is left on.
Developing energy baselines
By reviewing data generated from IoT sensors, a facility team can develop energy baselines for various building locations, targets for consumption reduction and protocols to improve energy conservation. To maintain a consistent temperature in various building zones, for example, a facility manager can implement a machine-learning algorithm that runs every few minutes and predicts appropriate set points for the HVAC in the building. The algorithm factors in several variables that impact the internal building climate, such as occupancy and ambient temperature.

Conducting analytics on this data provides insights on problem areas, as well as how to actively manage and regulate energy and utility usage throughout a building. Having ongoing data available about various HVAC assets also allows facility managers to take proactive measures to prevent emergency outages and eliminate the need for repair costs later on.
Want to learn more?
For more information about Ingram Micro IoT and the solutions we offer for conserving energy in smart buildings, visit the Ingram Micro IoT Marketplace or reach out to the IoT experts at us.iot@ingrammicro.com or call (800) 456-8000, ext. 76251.