In the parking lot, your cell phone directs you to the ideal parking place. At the main entrance, facial recognition authorizes your access. At every table, a wireless charger for your mobile phone.And speaking of cellphones, it tells you when the coffee is ready!
It all seems like a futuristic movie, but this is the reality of those who already work with the biggest trend in the coming years: Smart Buildings.
What is Smart Building?
We spend about 87% of the time inside buildings. In addition, maintenance is usually the second highest cost after wages. Of course, much effort is made to reduce these costs and optimize the time spent in these environments. It is in this context that Smart Buildings emerges.
Smart Buildings are built to integrate wireless connections with the IoT (Internet of things) sensors, in order to record and analyze as much data as possible. With this data, technologies enable several types of optimizations that decrease costs and improve the experience in the environments. The main objective is to reduce long term costs, benefiting owners, occupants and the environment.
Security, Power and Efficiency: Smart Building Technologies
Smart technologies can be applied across a range of industries, including lighting, energy, temperature and access control as well as security.
Sensors that detect the number of occupants in a room can prepare environments to adjust temperature and turn off the lights when the room is empty. If connected to the entire building’s power management system, they can manage resources more efficiently, avoiding waste and adapting to the occupants’ routine.
Through facial recognition, the traffic in the building becomes more fluid, since check-in (in hotel cases) is no longer necessary or asking the doorman and receptionists for access. All this without giving up security, as there is a real-time follow-up of all occupants location and security will receive a warning as soon as someone enters unauthorized areas.
For building managers and owners, Smart Building provides greater visibility of costs and equipment, facilitating the planning of preventive maintenance and the development of economic strategies. In short, these technologies empower building managers to make more strategic decisions.
Smart Buildings in Brazil
According to an IDC (IDC Energy Insights) survey, investments to make buildings smarter can reach $ 17.4 billion by 2019. Brazil, however, is still crawling. In the ranking of the 165 most intelligent cities in the world, published by the IESE Business School, Brazil occupies 6 positions: São Paulo (116), Rio de Janeiro (126), Curitiba (135), Brasilia (138), Salvador (147) and Belo Horizonte (151).
If the positions are still modest, some projects may lead one to believe that this is changing. It is the case of the city of Armação de Búzios, in Rio de Janeiro, which uses technology to optimize consumption and energy production.
In a public-private partnership, the government implemented 60 remotely controlled LED lamps in the Lagoa da Usina region. The expectation is that there will be a reduction in power consumption of up to 80%. Another action taken by the municipality was the inclusion of smart meters in 222 households, allowing the population to better control their spending.
In addition, Zoox Smart Pass is being adopted by large hotel chains, retail, transportation, and other sectors. Through facial recognition, the platform generates rich user profile and connects you to hundreds of other applications, making processes such as check-in and data-intelligence extraction easier. Learn more about the benefits of Smart Pass.