Smart systems are pervading everyday life, from intelligent micro grids that improve use and distribution of energy, to Apps on smartphones that allow control of services and facilities within buildings. sineQN are able to manage the integration of smart systems into new and existing buildings.
In the next few years there will be a sea-change in the use of smart systems, in both new and old buildings. In existing buildings, efficient integration with already installed systems will be the key to a successful implementation and brings a number of benefits:
• Maximises cost effectiveness of existing software
• Reduces software installation time
• Phases installations to meet budget and business requirements
A successful smart building implementation should improve the effective management and distribution of building services and technology. The overall benefits should be improved efficiency, user experience and reduced operational costs.
Where are we now?
We are at the first stage of an evolution towards artificial intelligence. Moving from reactive, rule based building management systems to adaptive, intelligent management platforms and finally to artificially intelligent, thinking buildings that can interact directly with people, other buildings and smart city infrastructures.
• In the short term, smart buildings will be capable of adapting to changing internal and external environmental conditions.
• The number of sensors installed will exponentially increase to give a detailed view of the entire building.
• Separate mesh networks will allow sensors to intercommunicate automatically.
• The final stage will be seamless application of new technologies with the building being able to accurately predict resource, consumables and maintenance requirements. In addition, the building will be able to interact directly with building occupants and cater for unforeseen eventualities with minimal or no human intervention.
In the future smart cities may relate with smart buildings to predict transport and other resource requirements. If the building knows who will be in attendance on a given day, the transport network may lay on extra buses or vary routes based on commuter requirements. Similarly, maintenance staff can have their routes planned based on which buildings have requested their attendance thus predicting traffic volumes, road works etc. The smart city will be able to plan city wide resources based partly on information received from the smart buildings.
Integrating systems to create a truly smart building infrastructure requires a unique skillset to be able to manage all the disparate elements and disciplines involved. sineQN are well positioned to successfully manage and deliver these projects due to our expertise, knowledge and experience integrating the technology elements with the traditional design, construction and fit-out disciplines on data centre projects. Data centres integrate technology into the built environment in much the same way as smart buildings.