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Major Players Put Their Weight Behind AI in Commercial Buildings

The development of artificial intelligence (AI) in commercial buildings is far-reaching, leading to a broad adoption landscape. The strategic positioning of key players in the AI market for commercial buildings is a critical aspect of understanding the current landscape and the future potential of AI. “Many large building automation firms are at the forefront of integrating AI technologies into their existing portfolios,” our recent AI research study explains. “These companies are leveraging their extensive industry expertise, global presence, and substantial installed base to drive the adoption of AI-powered solutions in commercial buildings.” These major firms, as well as semiconductor giants, are making strategic investments in innovative startups, acquiring complementary technologies, and forging partnerships with leading AI and IoT companies, to expand their capabilities in delivering new solutions that optimize energy efficiency, enhance occupant comfort, and improve operational performance. Building Automation Majors Invest for AI in Commercial Buildings Major players in building automation have been positioning […]

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The development of artificial intelligence (AI) in commercial buildings is far-reaching, leading to a broad adoption landscape. The strategic positioning of key players in the AI market for commercial buildings is a critical aspect of understanding the current landscape and the future potential of AI.

“Many large building automation firms are at the forefront of integrating AI technologies into their existing portfolios,” our recent AI research study explains. “These companies are leveraging their extensive industry expertise, global presence, and substantial installed base to drive the adoption of AI-powered solutions in commercial buildings.”

These major firms, as well as semiconductor giants, are making strategic investments in innovative startups, acquiring complementary technologies, and forging partnerships with leading AI and IoT companies, to expand their capabilities in delivering new solutions that optimize energy efficiency, enhance occupant comfort, and improve operational performance.

Building Automation Majors Invest for AI in Commercial Buildings

Major players in building automation have been positioning themselves for the inevitable boom in AI for commercial buildings. Here we highlight some of the business activity discussed in our recent study:

ABB has actively invested in startups such as BrainBox AI, Pratexo, and Zaphiro Technologies through its venture capital arm. The company also acquired Enervalis and formed strategic partnerships with Bluewave-ai and Verdigris Technologies.

Carrier has invested in numerous startups including Archilogic, Butlr, and Hakimo, while collaborating with PAXAFE and Amazon Machine Learning Solutions Lab to enhance its digital platforms and develop predictive maintenance solutions.

Johnson Controls has been ramping up investments and accelerating acquisitions to bolster its OpenBlue portfolio, funding the likes of Alcatraz AI, Audette, and XY Sense, while acquiring FM:Systems and Tempered Networks.

Siemens, through its venture capital unit Next47, has made significant investments in companies like Verkada, 75F, and Claroty, while also acquiring Wattsense and forming strategic partnerships with Infraspeak, Pointr, and Smart Spaces.

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Semiconductor Giants Prepare for AI in Commercial Buildings

“Semiconductor firms are providing the foundational hardware and software components necessary for AI-driven solutions in commercial buildings,” explains our research report. “These companies offer energy-efficient processors, specialized AI accelerators, and software tools that enable real-time data processing, advanced analytics, and machine learning capabilities at the edge.”

Commercial buildings and even buildings in general make up just a small fraction of a global semiconductor market that includes all electronic devices. However, the potential scale of semiconductors required for a future of ubiquitous smart buildings makes the sector an attractive prospect for giants of the semiconductor industry.

AMD completed the acquisition of Xilinx to expand its portfolio of adaptive computing solutions, while its ROCm GPU Compute Software and Vitis Library enhance computer vision capacity.

Intel is driving the adoption of AI in building management systems by pairing its scalable processors and processing units with strategic partnerships and new software tools.

Qualcomm has developed partnerships with the likes of Oosto and Hitachi Vantara to deliver innovative AI solutions for smart commercial buildings.

Other major semiconductor players supplying AI in commercial buildings include NVIDIA, who’s transforming spaces for safety and operational efficiency through its GPU-accelerated platform and specialized hardware. While ARM's energy-efficient processor designs and collaborations with building automation providers also position it as a significant player in the market.

The Role of Key Players for AI in Commercial Buildings

The strategic positioning of key players in the AI market for commercial buildings reveals a dynamic and rapidly evolving landscape. Building automation firms are leveraging their industry expertise and global presence to drive the adoption of AI-powered solutions, while major tech firms and semiconductor companies are providing the necessary tools, platforms, and hardware components to enable the development and deployment of these solutions.

“As the demand for intelligent, sustainable, and efficient buildings continues to grow, the collaborations, investments, and innovations of these key players will shape the future of the AI-driven smart building market, ultimately transforming the way we interact with and manage our built environment,” our report concludes.

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