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Everyone seems to have their own definition of a smart building - what's yours?

A smart building is an automated, integrated, data-rich environment in which all of the energy-consuming devices and systems in the structure are connected to work together to make the building more efficient, sustainable and the user more productive.

What is the Internet of Things and what is its relevance to the smart building world?

Bob Snyder will be hosting the residential track at the Smart Building Conference

to come in and be in an environment that is to some degree alien: ‘Who are these

“What we try to do is increase people’s ability to take

advantage of the opportunity each time we have an event”

people and why should I be talking to them?’

“I think that’s been one of the

big successes of the Smart Building Conference – to bring to the table these people that we have to know for the future of our integration business. From the UK event, the people that we brought in from the outside came away with a great deal of respect for us – some of them said this was the best smart building event that they’d seen, including all the other things going on in the other industries. That’s kind of cool,” he concludes. www.smartbuildingconference .com

If an object can be represented digitally, it can be controlled from any location. Thanks to connectivity, data can be gathered from more places, with more ways to increase efficiency and improve safety, security and building functionality. The Internet of Things (IoT) can be thought of as a network of physical objects that have embedded technology which allows these objects to be accessed through the internet. The Smart Building is a microcosm of IoT, a global network inside a structure or space. The interconnectivity of the buildings devices with IT automation, predictive analysis and automation are seamlessly

integrated to produce the smart building.

Do you think that our industry is closer to the ‘heart’ of the smart building market in commercial or in residential buildings? In my opinion the AV industry is the heart of the smart building. The industry understands how to use sound, motion and light to help humans communicate to other humans. Projectors, screens, digital signs, speakers, microphones, monitors, telephones and all the other devices that transmit information are exactly the devices that form the soul of the smart building. Add heating and air-conditioning and a couple of occupancy sensors to the mix and we’ve created the smart space or smart building. The AV industry already knows how to connect and operate the majority of the “boxes” in a smart space. Add a few pieces and a smart building is created. In the former analogue world, the AV professional stood in the middle of the space and adjusted the system to suit the client needs and make the space functional. In today’s digital world, the AV professional will stand at the master display and help the client understand the smart building to make it functional.

Allen Weidman is sustainability officer of InfoComm International and is hosting the commercial track at the Smart Building Conference

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Allen Weidman,

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