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Connected technologies survey launched by industry bodies

18 November 2016

A survey on the use of connected technology has been launched by the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA), the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Scottish electrical trade association SELECT.

With a closing date of 9 December, the survey is aimed at by clients in the building services engineering sector, including facilities managers, architects and consultants.

The survey aims to establish the extent to which buildings have already adopted some form of connected technology – for systems such as lighting, audio visual, fire, security and HVAC – and its likely uptake in the future.

The survey also covers areas including cyber security and the use of artificial intelligence in buildings.

ECA head of specialist groups Steve Martin said: “The value of the global Internet-of-Things (IoT) market is expected to rise substantially to well over £1 trillion annually by 2021.

"As this vast market grows, the ECA and partners are keen to establish the extent to which building clients in the UK are ready for this technological revolution.”

CIBSE digital engineering consultant Carl Collins said: “The built environment stands to be one of the big winners from the IoT, with virtually unlimited potential for the amount of information that can be gathered and harnessed from buildings.

"This survey will help us to identify which areas are already making strides, and which areas could do with more help.”

The Connected Technology survey has 19 questions and should take around 6-7 minutes to complete.

It is open to all clients and building managers in the building services engineering sector, and one of the entrants will be selected at random to win an Apple iPad Mini.

The results of the survey will help inform on the current state-of-play in the industry, and lead to recommendations on how installers and clients, which also include property developers, and end clients such as housing associations and local authorities, can work together more effectively on developing connected buildings.

The results will be released during the winter months, the statement said.

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