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IoT and Building Management

02 October 2018

The Internet of Things or IoT is a model that has interconnected devices that include mechanical or digital machines, objects or people.

These devices all have a unique identifier or IP address so that they can transfer information and communicate with each other over a network.

In the operation of the IoT, this is usually without the need for human to human or human to computer interaction. Increasingly, companies are using the IoT to operate more efficiently and able to meet their bottom line with less human interaction.

This would mean more targets being attained and less mistakes being made in relation to some challenges facing the company. In relation to building management, there are many ways to integrate the IoT.

There can be an interconnection of cameras, sensors and actuators which can be connected to the internet and can each be referenced with an IP address to get data from them.

This data allows interaction with each other and triggers can be set to notify another device, person or system that something has occurred. The idea of building management is to ensure that the unit is always functioning in good order with no major issues.

If anything is presented, it should be quickly attended to and have normality restore in the shortest possible time. One idea is the use of wireless sensors which can monitor various things in the building that will quickly notify the management if something goes wrong.

It is important to note that with the IoT, the building can be monitored remotely in the cloud without having to always be onsite. The monitoring can be using live monitoring using an app or simply notifications via SMS or email.

You can use sensors to monitor the temperature of a room so you can ensure that it stays where you want it to be and you can maintain a log of this data.

If the temperature moves from where you want it to be you can be quickly notified and you can attend to the issue in the shortest amount of time. This is very important if you require a constant temperature.

Active monitoring can help to give the building’s management peace of mind as you will never have to worry that something is happening without your knowledge, you will always be kept in the loop.

Below are examples some other areas in which the IoT can be used in the management of your building. This can spark some ideas as to how this can work for you.

HVAC

Sensors can be setup in all the critical areas of the building as determined by you.

These will help to control the climate in the building and you can always know what the temperature is at any time. If the temperature falls below a specified limit then you will be notified so you will be aware that there is an issue.

Opening/Closing

Sensors can also be applied to the doors in the building to monitor when they are opened or closed. You can choose to actively monitor them or be notified when these actions are taking place.

You may also set the sensor to notify if a door has been left open so this can be addressed if necessary. The building manager may always log in to check on the status of a door to see if it is opened or closed.

Water Leaks

You may have areas in the building that is prone to water leaks that you need to monitor. Anywhere that you need protected from water can have a water detection sensor installed.

This would immediately notify the management when a water leak is detected.

Power Usage

Another important element that building owners and managers are faced with is the power usage. You may want to monitor the power usage to see where has the most consumption so you can take aim to lower it.

Some persons may not focus on being efficient and the presence of monitoring can help you to evaluate if something needs to be addressed in relation to their consumption practices.

Overall, the management of a building is a not an easy exercise. However, with the availability of many sensors and various devices, you can now have the peace of mind as many of the minor things that cause major headaches can be monitored without direct supervision.

This will lead to lower human resource costs and more efficiency as your attention can be diverted to where it is needed the most.

You will always be aware of what is happening in the building and confident in the decisions you make. Your building will benefit from your integration of new, far reaching technology.

The future is here with many amazing products and as time goes by it will only improve.

To find out more, please visit: www.wireless-sensors.co.uk


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