AI is Making Buildings Smarter

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 14:26

Technological innovation has been transforming structures that form the foundation of cities and their development.

In comparison with old buildings, modern ones are more than just four walls and a roof. In fact, buildings of the present even have ears and eyes. With pervasive wireless connectivity, buildings today generate tons of data that can be used to improve efficiency and sustainability, Forbes reports.

One such technology that is bringing in new waves of change is AI. AI and smart buildings are an ideal combination to streamline, optimize, and innovate the functioning of buildings. With AI and smart buildings combined together, building managers can ensure improved structural reliability and minimized harmful ecological impacts.

In simple terms, smart buildings can be referred to as automated structural models capable of responding to real-time events. Earlier, buildings deployed CCTV surveillance cameras, smoke detection sensors, and other light sensors for safety and efficiency.

Today, AI and smart buildings are an ideal combination to streamline, optimize, and innovate the functioning of buildings. With AI and smart buildings combined together, building managers can ensure improved structural reliability and minimized harmful ecological impacts.

Sensors embedded in water supply channels to toilets, bathrooms, and water tanks will give information on the standard water consumption of a single family or an office. The data from these sensors can be fed to an AI tool to check if any family or office is consuming more water than the expected levels. If yes, the tool will notify the manager and proper action can take place.

Buildings which have traditionally been mere brick and mortar enclosures are now capable of responding to real-time needs. The fusion of sensors, cameras, actuators, and other IoT devices have made buildings smart. But, AI is what makes smart buildings ‘smart’ in the truest sense of the word. In addition to reduced operational costs, enhanced tenant experience, and improved asset utilization, smart buildings promote energy conservation as well.

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