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espite Gartner research estimating 20.8 billion IoT-connected devices within the next five years, the IoT is still too often considered an emerging technology. Increasing employee expectations, rising energy costs, the expansion of demand response


programmes and even legislation are driving organisations to connect their buildings to the wider IoT. In any large building or facility there are thousands of intelligent devices with the potential to become connected.

Yet despite this,many enterprises appear to be sleepwalking into an I oT-enabled future or are being left behind. The reluctance to invest in IoT integration is understandable: a lack of existing IT resources, the considerable cost of installing thousands of new sensors and applications, and justifiable security concerns aremore than enough to give organisations pause.

However, utilising the IoT will actually address these fears and deliver a

significant return on investment in the long term By integrating a building’s various systems through the IoT


infrastructure, it will becomemore energy efficient, cheaper to run and will boost the productivity of its occupants. The IoT future is fast approaching, but tomake themost of it, enterprisesmust understand why and prepare their foundations i n advance .


A buildingmanagement system(BMS) forms the foundation of IoT integration. It provides the network in which connected devices can communicate and work in unison. Post implementation, the next step is to re

reviewand reprioritise business

processes using thewealth of newdata as a guide. By reclaiming this valuable data, organisations can discov

over new

resh insight to transformtheir organisations. Utilising the IoT to automate day-to-day processes also gives businesses backmore of theirmost valuable reso urce - time. Interconnected devices enable the real- timemonitoring of systems and

functionalities and newefficiencies, using fre

equipment as well as the automation of business processes. This enables faster decisionmaking and allows organisations to reallocate theirman power.

Placing the experience of occupants and 8 SPRI SPRING 201 2017 | ENERG MANAGEMEN ENERGY MANAGEMENT

a three part series of articles, the impact and potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) on buildings of the present and future and how these deve pments are openi g up newopportuni es

these evelopments are opening up new opportunities This is helping to find efficiencies, improve

generatemore value the workplace for its


for the organisation . occupants and

IN EGRATIION AND AU O ATMATION The value proposition of IoT lies in its ability to automate business processes and integrate previously disparate devices and systems, improving organisational



efficiency and generatingmore data than ever before to informdecision-making. Managers aremoving away fromthe world of paper, asmobile applications and cloud infrastructures enable remote and automated control.

employees at the centre of IoT integration is essential for reaping its benefits.


HE USER AND IOT I INNOVATION The practice of keeping data within the building are fast disappearing as the benefits of the IoT and the rise of borderless networks havemade such systems untenable.We have now entered a world where informationmust be accessible anytime and anyw

NNOVATION ywhere in order

to keep employees satisfied and productive and to enable real-time decision-making. As in somany othermarkets, the IoT is driving innovation in the HVAC software and applicationsmarket, enhancing both the way people work and enterprises as a whole. Thanks to the IoT, IT and operational technologies (OT) such as sensors, ventilation and heating hardware better connected and are icating with each other.

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A cloud infrastructure delivers the power to turn data into insight by supporting more intelligentmini volumes of informati

on created by BMSs. ng of the vast

Having IoT devices integrated with HVAC systemsmeans that organisations can collect real time data about their product and serv

rvice. Beneficial decisions can be

made instantly, such as switching a building to low-powermode when employees are absent, as devices ar e constantly communicating and seeking opportunities tomodify and limit energy usage. By gathering andmanaging this data, enterprises have been enabled to review their current practices with a

critical, analytical eye, implement business change andmake savings.

The pace of IoT adoption will only accelerate in the future, driven by the continuing financial and environmental need for energy effic iency and the benefit s of increased productivity and process optimisation.Where IoT innovation was once confined to the smart home, an unprecedented number of organisations are seeking to create smarter buildings that will turn traditional workplaces and facilities into spaces that satisfy employees and increase asset value and output. In the near future enterprises will also renew their focus in cybersecurity to ensure their connected devices and systems are not hijacked for nefarious purposes There wil l be setbacks and chall course, but it is diffic IoT future is on its way.


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