What can smart buildings do?

By connecting a building’s core systems - such as power, lighting, security, water meters, heating and cooling (HVAC), alarms and security systems - through intelligent technology, smart buildings obtain and share information about what goes on in the building and automate different processes.


Examples of what a smart building can do include:

  • Monitor where, how and when occupants are present
  • Optimization and synchronization of lighting, temperature and parking 
  • Advanced climate controls that improve indoor air quality
  • Anticipate any problems
  • Generate data about the energy use of the building’s core systems, allowing management to upgrade and optimize.


The result is better performance that leads to reduced costs and improved energy efficiency, leaving behind wasteful use of energy and resources.

What makes a building smart?

Buildings are called “smart” when their subsystems – such as heating and cooling, energy,  lighting, plumbing, access control, alarm and security – communicate with one another through a computer network, and can also be controlled remotely. As a result, building management can be streamlined and improved, thereby reducing costs and improving energy efficiency. To achieve these benefits, building managers must use smart building technology including:

  • Sensors to collect real-time information
  • Automation to enable the systems to adapt immediately to new conditions
  • Internet of Things (IoT) to connect various objects to the building management system through the internet. 
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What is the Internet of Things and how does it affect a smart building?

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The Internet of  Things (IoT) makes a smart building even smarter. A definition of what is the Internet of Things generally involves objects and systems like lighting, heating, and security that “talk” to each throught the internet and can also be controlled remotely. Using motion-sensitive sensors to turn off the lights when a person leaves the room is nothing new. In a smart building fully enabled with the Internet of Things, data generated across all of the building’s elevators, fire alarms, occupancy, energy use and temperature, for example, are centralized into a single “control panel” that can be automated to self-adjust. Continuous monitoring in an IoT-enabled building can also reduce maintenance and need for repairs by bringing any issues to the attention of the building manager before they turn into problems.

How has the Internet of Things impacted business?

The Internet of Things (IoT) has impacted businesses by offering them a way to collect digital data generated by activities, giving them information about what they do and how they do it. The IoT enables a data-driven decision strategy and therefore can take the guesswork out of managing any process. With the IoT, businesses can:

  • Gather data about a factory, a retail outlet, university or office building generated by its users and equipment, giving a clear picture of real needs
  • Monitor operations in real time, allowing facilities managers to intervene immediately
  • Predict breakdowns by analyzing the data generated from the IoT to intervene before a problem occurs
  • Streamline operations by crunching the data for patterns that indicate waste. 

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