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IoT for smarter building and facilities management

April 25, 2019

The Internet of Things (IoT) is making the smart building initiative even smarter—resulting in a new breed of buildings that are managed more efficiently and cost effectively and are better aligned with the priorities of property owners, managers and tenants.
 
It’s all about actionable data
IoT sensors and devices, installed throughout a facility, deliver real-time data that, when analyzed, provide insights that lead to more proactive decision-making. Facilities managers can gain valuable intelligence on everything from HVAC and lighting to environmental quality and tenant occupancy. This information can be used to improve operations, reduce energy waste and utility spending, and provide a better experience for tenants. Here are just a few examples:
  • A CO2 meter that can estimate the number of people in a room and signal a building’s HVAC system to increase the ventilation rate accordingly
     
  • An occupancy sensor that can order lights to turn on when people enter a room
     
  • A dashboard that can analyze various building sensor data and inform facilities managers where and how much energy is being used—and where it’s being wasted.
 
Predictive maintenance, the antidote to reactive facilities management
Studies show that 85% of total maintenance spending is on reactive maintenance—fixing a problem after it occurs. But with actionable data from utility meters, facilities managers can be proactive about addressing technical issues that can mean trouble later on—an approach that can lead to a 10 to 40% reduction in costs, up to 50% reduction in downtime and a 40 to 50% decrease in tenant complaints.
 
In addition to predictive maintenance, data from IoT sensors and devices provide a facilities team with insights they can use to develop energy baselines for various building locations as well as policies to improve energy efficiency.
To maintain a consistent temperature in various building zones, for example, the facilities manager can implement an algorithm that runs every few minutes and predicts appropriate set points for the HVAC. The algorithm factors in various variables that impact temperature, such as occupancy and ambient temperature.
Energy consumption data can also provide the basis for energy savings procedures to be implemented by various members of the building staff—including simple measures like turning off lights when leaving a room and closing blinds to block out sunlight. Studies show that making behavioral changes an integral part of a workplace energy-savings program can result in annual energy savings of as much as 75%.

Helping your customers implement smart building technology
Start by asking the right questions:
  • What problems are they trying to solve?  Better energy efficiency? Improved air quality? More efficient use of space?
     
  • What do they want to accomplish with their IoT investment?
     
  • What’s the IoT solution that can address their issues most effectively?
Our IoT experts can help. Ingram Micro takes a problem-solution approach to IoT and smart building. Contact us today to start planning your smart building deployment.