Ask ten industry observers to define the Building Internet of Things (IoT), and you will probably wind up with ten different answers. It’s not hard to understand why. The past few years have seen an explosion of new options in information technology and facility automation. Many of them come from start-up companies. The bulk of these products are more than just beta tests, but haven’t reached mainstream adoption yet. The Building IoT is distorting old product categories while also creating new ones. It’s introducing unfamiliar language and raising new questions. And while the term is not just hype, there certainly is some hype involved. In short, the Building IoT market is diverse, complicated, and changing.
It’s crucial for facility managers to understand the Building IoT. The Building IoT offers a new vision: a building- or portfolio-wide ecosystem in which data from a growing grid of sensors is fed into an expanding web of building systems and applications, and then turned into useful information for facility managers — or converted directly into action — by increasingly complex analytics. Ultimately, if the visionaries are right, we could have buildings that essentially run themselves, like jets flying on autopilot.
We’re not there yet by any means. But we’re not at square one either.
In future articles, we will examine the state of the Building IoT as it stands today. We will report on emerging technologies, describe benefits and uncertainties, look at the changing landscape of product suppliers, and above all find questions that facility managers should ask as they evaluate Building IoT options. The goal is to help facility managers get past the hype to pinpoint technologies that can help them improve building performance.
Written by Edward Sullivan
Originally posted on facilitiesnet.com