Buildings today are more connected than ever. It’s not unusual to control temperature, lighting, and other mechanical components automatically or remotely. With the Internet of Things (IoT) making it possible to access data about everything from temperature to equipment effectiveness in real time, it’s easier than ever to control and monitor a facility remotely. The data collected by the IoT allows facility management teams to be more effective in preventing maintenance issues and reduces the time spent on repairs and regular maintenance tasks.
Every aspect of a facility maintenance program can benefit from the IoT. In the last decade or so, the term “smart buildings” referred to facilities with automation systems that allowed them to be controlled remotely. But those systems were siloed and didn’t communicate with one another. That has evolved to include a wider scope of technologies that go beyond control; the IoT allows for data collection and sharing between components.
In office environments, the most common connection is between energy management systems and lighting, energy, and mechanical systems. Facility management can automate these systems to operate in one mode during business hours, and then power down during off-hours. And even during business hours, sensors can detect building occupancy levels and dim or turn off lights and turn down HVAC components to reduce energy consumption.
You can also collect data on specific areas of the building and use that intelligence to adjust the building’s automation protocols. For instance, certain departments may work long hours more frequently. Over time, your occupancy sensors may show that these areas require different settings for business hours, and you can adjust accordingly, which allows you to accommodate those building occupants more effectively.
One of the main challenges in implementing IoT technology is data security. With all of those devices and equipment connecting to the internet, your network is more vulnerable to attack. Hackers are known to be creative when they manage to break into a system; they may use a piece of connected equipment to gain access to private data on your network or wreak havoc on building automation protocols just for fun. Your data should be encrypted as it’s shared between devices, and it’s important to implement an IoT solution that allows you to make regular software and firmware updates.
IoT shortlist of services:
- Personal Location for Safety
- Security remote location monitoring
- ID Card Tracking
- Asset Tagging
- Gas Detection
- Remote Temperature and Humidity sensing
- GPS Vehicle Tracking
- Weight (monitoring gas bottle levels)
- Water leaks and levels
- Water flow metering
- Light metering
- Custom designing
AI Enabled IoT
IoT artificial intelligence leads to a broad range of benefits for companies like a proactive intervention, personalized experience, and intelligent automation. Here are some of the most popular benefits of combining these two disruptive technologies to the businesses:
Boosting Operational Efficiency
AI in IoT crunches the constant streams of data and detects the patterns not deceptive on simple gauges. In addition, machine learning coupled with AI can predict the operation conditions and detect the parameters to be modified to ensure ideal outcomes. Hence, intelligent IoT offers an insight into which processes are redundant and time-consuming, and which tasks can be fine-tuned to enhance efficiency. Google, for example, brings the power of artificial intelligence into IoT to reduce its data center cooling costs.
Better Risks Management
Pairing AI with IoT helps businesses to understand as well as predict a broad range of risks and automate for the prompt response. Thereby, it allows them to better handle financial loss, employee safety, and cyber threats. Fujitsu, for example, ensures worker safety by engaging AI for analysing data sourced from connected wearable devices.
Eliminates Costly Unplanned Downtime
In some sectors like offshore oil & gas and industrial manufacturing, equipment breakdown can result in costly unplanned downtime. The predictive maintenance with AI enabled IoT allows you to predict the equipment failure in advance and schedule orderly maintenance procedures. Hence, you can avoid the side effects of downtime. Deloitte, for example, finds the following results with AI and IoT:
- 20% - 50% reductions in their time invested in maintenance planning
- 10% - 20% increase in equipment availability and uptime
- 5% - 10% reduction in maintenance costs
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