Recently, the Pew Research Centre and Elon University have published a report on the increasing reliance of people, workspaces and industries to the internet and its connectivity. Fueled by convenience and the increasing need to manage even when outside the premise, enterprises have taken up the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) in various measures.
Given such setup, the report made by Pew and Elon University stated that it is now impossible to disconnect from the internet reliance as it is counter-productive to the trend of automating the enterprise.
The implications of the Internet of Things towards business centres, districts, business and across industries allow for connectivity like never before; as it allow for progress when it comes to automating the premises through systems that govern the infrastructure.
IoT warrants the future workforce to cut back on labour as self-servicing applications such as machines are looming to replace manual practices in the business.
Other implications of the IoT setup for businesses are as follows:
With the concept of IoT, the future of commercial buildings and workspace infrastructure will be focused on its capacity to be energy efficient as the industry is driven by the global push for sustainable cities. Buildings for example will be “smarter” through sensors that monitor, collate and harness data basing on energy consumption as an example.
Through data, building administration gain valuable insights to make decisions on energy efficiency measures and policy. With the use of sensors, buildings will be partially “self-aware” in terms of identifying trouble spots that call for maintenance.
In Australia, commercial buildings account for 20 per cent of the nation’s power consumption with studies pointing that buildings, waste around 30 per cent of the energy generated for operations.
The future of the Internet of Things for smarter buildings is about the full-incorporation of its application that includes hardware, operating system and extensions.
In the concept of integrating the core concept of IoT for smart buildings, deploying projects are aided by real time data insights and performance benchmarks to help project managers with performance optimisation.
As smart buildings become centrally automated it allows to branch out in order to support other automated extensions ranging from security, energy management, water and performance management; the need for a centralized system becomes apparent to the administration.
This is where the concept of the Building Management System (BMS) was conceptualised in order to manage the smart buildings of the future. With the BMS, building admins can monitor energy consumption rate, security measures, heating and water systems in order to aid in decision making. This boosts the accuracy of supply material for building maintenance.
Today, a lot of smart devices are already available in the market for commercial purchase. As commercial buildings make their stride to automation through networked operations, expect more smart devices to be engineered. These will be designed and marketed to support not only business needs but also in support of the full-building management lifecycle.
The future smart devices for smart buildings will range from specialised sensors, smart energy plugs, wireless cameras and smart appliances. As automation of the commercial buildings aim for a full-integration process, the commercial viability of “plug and play” smart devices are increasing. The market will be incredibly diverse with smart devices.
In most workspaces, flexible working arrangements allow for employees to bring their personal computing devices to work under the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) setup. In the future of flexible workspaces, BYOD is likely to be even more flexible despite its security risk assessment.
With the advancement of network security, the commercial network for each smart building can detect viruses and security breaches on devices in real time. This will lessen and suppress the leakage of information that costs business worldwide millions of dollars annually.
In the setup of a fully network connected building, its information collecting capability will be unprecedented as it will collect, maintain and offer insights derived from data on building performance, dweller behaviour and network performance.
With the harnessed data and its diversity, business owners and tenants alike can get creative when it comes to visualising the data for business development purposes, clientele management and human resources. This allows for the creation of policies that will help strengthen the aspect of managing business to client relationship and business to people relationship.
IoT for smart buildings is in fact a reality and the listed factors above are gaining steam in cities worldwide. For instance, energy efficiency in the form of smart energy management system has moved from the residential industry to the business sector and it paves the way for energy efficient cities in the future.