Commercial buildings are undergoing changes that will make them far smarter and capable for integration with the Internet of Things (IoT). Highly advanced technology will operate buildings that host millions of people on a daily basis. IoT will enable greater standards of energy optimization, comfort and safety by learning the habits of occupants using a true operating system approach that raises the awareness for facilities professionals and the smart buildings industry. The ideal IoT operating system will have the ability to ‘learn’ from subsystem data the normal behaviors of a commercial building with respect to acceptable energy usage, comfort and safety. Establishing normal baseline behaviors allows the building manager to recognize anomalies or unusual behavior, flagging them for engineers to make adjustments and bring performance back to acceptable levels. This ‘Smart Building’ approach predicts adverse issues allowing for preemptive attention and action to increase situational awareness. Future developments and integration with real time dashboards like AMP will involve the possibility of exchanging information between buildings for portfolio management, benchmarking or aiding the local power grid to achieve automated demand response for greater power reliability, or assisting integration between renewable technologies and energy storage. The goal is to provide commercial buildings with an integrated platform that can be part of a larger smart cities effort. In the near term these solutions will be offered on an international scale, not only for real estate owners, but also to airports, military bases, and universities, which will benefit from aggregated control capabilities on multiple levels.
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