In the easiest terms, the Internet of Things is a network of sensors, meters, appliances and other devices that are capable of sending and receiving data.
Examples of IoT for Smart Buildings:
- A CO2 meter estimates the number of people in a room and tells the HVAC system to increase the ventilation rate in response.
- An occupancy sensor that can order lights of the house to turn on when it senses a presence.
- A dashboard that can analyze a building’s worth of sensor data and turn it into actionable insights.
According to Soya, IoT falls into four categories:
- Energy: It involves popular applications of wireless energy consumption monitoring.
- Equipment: It optimizes lighting and HVAC use in the buildings.
- Environmental quality: Devices measure particulate matter or CO2 present in the environment.
- People or spaces: Devices can measure occupancy, space utilization or how many people have passed through a certain entrance.
Few key points to keep when using IoT for Smart Buildings:
- T launch a smart building technology initiative a good deployment and setup strategy is the next key
- Start small by monitoring the performance of one air-handling unit or the energy consumption of the lighting on one floor – and scale up as you get used to using the system.
- An initial IoT implementation could be as small as a wireless device added to an existing meter to collect data. Starting with a couple of devices keeps your upfront costs low by putting a few sensors could cost a few hundred dollars to a few thousand, makes it easier for your facilities staff to get the hang of interpreting and acting on the data before the system is expanded.
When you’re ready to expand, determine to take the logical next step based on the data you’re already collecting and what other information you need to gain the insights you want.