Intelligent buildings are constantly evolving as they incorporate the latest advances in instrumentation and information technologies to provide efficient systems control. While the state of instrumentation technology and controls seem to have reached a plateau with no major developments occurring last year, information technology took an exciting leap forward with the introduction of cloud-based building analytic services. The expected trends in intelligent buildings for 2013 are a surge in the use of cloud-based technologies, ongoing development of self-healing capabilities in smart buildings, and an expanded use of PDAs as the main point of interaction between users and smart buildings with an emphasis on improved user experience.
Cloud based technologies stand to revolutionize the use of smart building technology in both large and small buildings. The ongoing challenge of multiple systems integration will become more manageable as the development of cloud based systems changes the view of building control sub-systems from products or fit-outs that must be tied together to services that can be merged. One of the challenges in building analytics has been the large amount of data that intelligent buildings produce. Using cloud computing to analyze big data from intelligent buildings could allow entire portfolios of buildings to be aggregately managed. Small building use of intelligent building systems is expected to increase in 2013 as cloud based technologies make building automation systems more affordable. For a nominal upfront cost, HVAC, lighting control, access control, and energy management systems within a building could be integrated in a cloud based control system; users could then select the services that fit their budgetary and control needs.
As intelligent buildings have improved, the integration gap with IT has been decreasing. The progression of IT from thick Ethernet, to fast Ethernet, to high speed, high bandwidth data has fueled the evolution of three generations of intelligent buildings. While today’s third generation intelligent buildings have achieved seamless integration of IT and physical building sub-systems, they have the potential to do so much more. They are capable of learning from and adapting themselves to their environment without the intervention of the management console. By performing fault isolation and correction, intelligent buildings could become “self-healing.” Look for the development of this capability to progress in 2013.
As the use of PDAs as the main touch points of next generation buildings grows, expect most monitoring and controlling functions to migrate to PDAs. Users will be able to control building systems such as air conditioning and lighting through their Bluetooth enabled PDAs or iPhones. This move offers the potential for personalization on an unprecedented scale. Imagine a smart office that can reconfigure its environment to suit the personal preferences of individuals as they enter, adjusting the temperature and greeting them with their favorite music. This could be possible by configuring personalized settings as a program code to be activated as needed.
While PDAs are playing a larger role in interfacing with intelligent buildings, their prevalence is also helping to create a demand for improved end user experience. The high quality graphics and user interface of PDAs, smart phones, and tablets have raised user expectations for building automation systems. A drive to tailor intelligent building interfaces for improved end user experience is expected to be a priority in 2013.
Advanced Control Corporation has the building control systems to meet your intelligent building needs in 2013, and in all the years to come. As the industry leader in energy management and building automation in South Florida since 1987, Advanced Control Corporation is at the forefront of the emerging technologies and methods used in today’s advanced intelligent buildings. Whether you are managing a portfolio of buildings, or are seeking small building solutions, Advanced Control Corporation can provide you with a business solution tailored to your needs. Contact Advanced today at 954-491-6660 for the latest intelligent building solutions.