Author: Tracy L. Courtemanche, Schneider Electric
We’re in midst of a revolution in the way buildings are run. Occupants want more control over workspaces than ever before and live by the “there’s an app for that” mantra that dominates every aspect of their personal lives. At the same time, advances in mobile and cloud-based technologies as well as Internet of Things (IoT) are creating enormous opportunities for information gathering and sharing, and will have an astounding impact on the way organizations are run and facility managers do their jobs.
At the same time, building owners and managers are more budget conscious than ever, and the cost implications of addressing the IoT within buildings is significant. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory estimates that integrating new building systems such as remote monitoring software with existing building automation systems can cost from $30,000 to $50,000 per system. With the proliferation of IoT-based energy and facility management solutions, building owners must answer some tough questions in order to make strategic decisions.
What systems should my organization invest in? Will it deliver a return on my investment? How do I know the technology won’t become obsolete in a few years?
To address these challenges, Schneider Electric has developed the EcoStruxure™ platform – our IoT-enabled architecture that helps unlock trapped value for customers. As a key component, EcoStruxure Building combines proven building management software with hardware innovation to connect everything from sensors to services over one IP backbone. Built upon open standards and end-to-end cybersecurity, this comprehensive solution provides one source for building automation, monitoring and control by integrating and facilitating data exchange from energy, lighting, HVAC and fire safety systems to make buildings smarter, more sustainable and more efficient.
Need help putting it into context? Industry research and consulting firm Verdantix recently published a report that details how EcoStruxure provides the smart building strategy that today’s occupants have come to expect – whether it’s an office, hotel, hospital, aquarium, school or store. Some of the world’s largest organizations – Deloitte, Hilton and Shedd Aquarium to name just a few – are benefiting from EcoStruxure innovation at every level.
Download the Verdantix Smart Building Report to learn more about EcoStruxure as the backbone of a smart building strategy and see how you can leverage the power of the IoT to improve your overall building experience with reduced costs and increased efficiency.