Smart Buildings

Building a Closer Relationship Between Construction & IT for Smarter Buildings

Smart buildings are where construction meets information technology, so when a leading construction firm join forces with a global IT superpower expectations will run high. The recent agreement between PCL Construction and Microsoft promises to fuel joint innovation and development of smart building implementations. “PCL is an early adopter in the smart buildings space,” states PCL chief information officer Mark Bryant, and using Azure gives them a “software platform for the building itself.” The partnership combines PCL’s vast engineering and construction industry expertise with the technical acumen of Microsoft’s engineering and R&D teams, PCL is leveraging advanced Azure capabilities to develop the next generation of Smart Building solutions. “Smart Building solutions are important to our clients, enabling building operators to gain valuable insights, and it’s an exciting area to be involved in.” So what can we expect from this smart building marriage? Increase construction efficiency and safety - Smart technology can begin to offer benefits […]

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