Smart Buildings

The Smart Building is Not a Destination, It’s a Journey

The vision of smart buildings, as presented by the media and marketing departments, depicts a technological utopia with broad sensory capabilities, intuitive human-centric applications, and advanced intelligence. This vision might be technically possible, but currently even the path to a "semi smart building" is fraught with challenges that make technical development difficult. Challenges which are limiting adoption relative to smart buildings huge potential market and could even see current innovations become obsolete before reaching critical mass. We must stop looking at the smart building as the final destination, and begin to see it as the journey. “The technical IoT solutions, in terms of hardware, connectivity, and software applications are broadly market ready and suitable for deployment for a variety of use cases, with increasing numbers of case studies demonstrating creditable returns and solution viability in a large variety of building types,” reads our latest market research on the IoT in buildings. “However, IoT solutions are getting inevitably more […]

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