BuildingIQ has become the first building management system (BMS) cloud integrator in the smart building services market by entering into an agreement with Sauter Controls

hrough the addition of building controls to its cloud-based

optimisation platform, BuildingIQ defines a new category of integrator that optimises BMS implementation and creates cloud-ready buildings designed to share and leverage data across functional boundaries. “As the first BMS cloud integration

company, we are uniquely positioned to bring the building automation system, and complimentary IoT hardware with control capabilities, into the cloud for data analytics and optimisation,” says BuildingIQ CEO, Michael Nark. “Starting in markets like Australia and

expanding into North America with Sauter, we are rolling out our cloud integration services with a holistic mindset – resolving to break down the walls around the heating, venting and air-conditioning building management

system and blurring the boundaries between the BMS and IoT.” The company says that initiating the

BuildingIQ 5i journey to cloud- optimisation early in a building’s life de-risks and minimises the huge integration investments building owners face as they move to cloud-based analytics and optimisation. Research estimates that global commercial building owners and managers are expected to invest USD $960bn up to 2023 on adopting smart building networks to reduce the operational costs and energy consumption of their existing infrastructure. Nark continues, “At nearly one

trillion dollars, it’s all but inevitable that the building you and I work in every day will one day be cloud- connected, AI-optimised and guided in part from the cloud.”

With BuildingIQ cloud integration,

building owners undergoing improvements through retrofits, building additions or upgrades to outdated control systems can begin the cloud optimisation journey at the retrofit or construction phase when new systems are being designed and installed. BuildingIQ then collects inputs from the new or existing BMS and IoT devices and uses artificial intelligence to guide the building through the journey from cloud commissioning to remote management and optimisation. For existing buildings utilising

BuildingIQ’s Outcome-based Fault Detection service, opportunities for retrofits can be revealed via data-driven insights into the daily operations of a building – targeting retrofit spending and verifying upgrade results.

BuildingIQ Protecting the Olympics from hackers

A Tokyo-based real estate company has choosen an OT security platform to keep its smart city and digital transformation initiatives secure


perational technology (OT) security company, SCADAfence, has been

selected by Mitsui Fudosan, a leader in smart cities digital transformation and innovation, to secure its critical facilities and building management systems (BMS). The SCADAfence platform provides BMS

administrators with continuous OT network monitoring for increased visibility, risk management, and threat protection. Its selection by Mitsui Fudosan is in line with the Japanese government’s efforts to ensure that hackers don’t use IoT devices to launch attacks against Japanese infrastructure during the Olympic games. “SCADAfence enhances our ability to

continue and adopt smart city technologies and will allow us to operate securely as we digitalise our OT


infrastructure,” says Akira Sugawara of Mitsui Fudosan. “Our building management systems are

constantly becoming more digitised and inter-connected due to industrial IoT technologies and securing them requires technology designed for massive, complex networks.” In 2018, the Olympic Destroyer

malware took down critical systems, sabotaging the preparation for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. To avoid similar incidents and ensure a smoothly operating Tokyo 2020, SCADAfence will protect the BMS infrastructure from malicious attacks, which can jeopardise the organisers' reputation and even

endanger human lives. Such attack scenarios can range from turning off the HVAC systems during Tokyo’s hot summer to setting off fire alarms in the early morning, putting affected athletes at a disadvantage when it comes time to compete. “Cyber threats have become a growing

concern to BMS owners in various industries such as hospitals, financial institutions, hospitality, and airports,” says Elad Ben Meir, CEO of SCADAfence. “Our joint work with Mitsui and our

ability to support their growing OT infrastructure ensures they have the required peace of mind as they go through their digital transformation journey."


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