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What is a Smart Building?



An office building, a shopping and entertainment center or an organization with a large number of small objects of the same type (schools, bank branches, etc.) are complex engineering structures that consume energy resources not only for their own functioning, but also to create comfortable conditions for those who are inside the building – customers, employees, buyers who visit the object in different numbers depending on the day of the week and time of day.

The comfortable stay of people strongly depends on the stability of the work of all engineering systems of the building, interacting with each other, as a whole. The manual management of the facility’s systems becomes more complicated every day, requires more personnel, which entails the emergence of new events already associated with new employees. Ensuring the stability of the operation of all systems, minimizing energy costs with guaranteed ensuring the comfortable stay of people inside the building is being transformed today into electronic building management systems with minimal human participation. Creating a smart building allows the owner to:

Reduce costs up to 20% for the energy resources of the building:

  • elimination of the “human factor”: the operation of engineering systems according to scenarios, switching on / off devices and equipment according to a schedule, transferring energy consumers to the “day / night” mode
  • reduction of energy consumption due to timely detection of faulty equipment
  • exclusion of simultaneous operation of mutually competing systems (heating, air conditioning)
  • identification of illegal connections to the power grid of third parties

Reduce the cost of maintaining facilities (for example, 34% repair of electrical equipment, 63.5% repairs of ventilation systems, etc.), due to:

  • online monitoring of systems operation, equipment of people with sensors, and not employees
  • reducing the number of accidents based on the identification of events preceding the accident
  • reducing the consequences of an accident by the speed of its elimination based on reliable information about the source
  • reducing the number of own teams
  • reducing the cost of inappropriate calls for contractors’ repair teams

Reduce the losses of the facility downtime by carrying out preventive maintenance before the onset of an accident.  

Technically, this is achieved in practice by installing the appropriate IoT sensors at the main technological points of monitoring the engineering systems of the facility, as well as in the rooms where people are (or a large crowd of people), in order to link the four main elements of the solution into a single whole: the work of engineering systems buildings, indoor climate, number of people in the room, temperature and humidity outside the building (outdoors).

The building management platform analyzes this data received from the installed IoT sensors and builds the optimal operation of all engineering systems without excessive consumption. When the end of the working day of non-working time for organizations in the building, the system automatically de-energizes non-working consumers and reduces the energy consumption of the building to the level of the minimum sufficient level, depending on the type of object and the performance of service work by night crews.