Technology is rapidly growing. Looking at developments in the Internet of Things (IoT) the writing is on the wall – we have to embrace technology in both our personal and professional lives. For instance, smart home technologies have made life a lot easy for homeowners. Companies are ushering in smart technologies into the buildings. The concept of a smart building, some years backed, seemed impossible. In light of these developments, this article takes a sneak peek into the idea and utilization of smart building technology.
Role Played by Sensors in Smart Buildings
For a building to become smart, a whole set of sensors should be introduced into the entire structure. Sensors are integrated into IoT, which has been a critical tenet of intelligent technologies. Sensors deployed in a building might be used to assess temperature levels, light intensities, or determine the number of free space as a parking lot.
Sensors can be deployed at thousands of places in any building. The more the number of sensors, the smarter the building becomes. That said, here are some key components of a smart building that make it possible for the smart puzzle to fit together.
Lighting sensors: These sensors are placed inside the building. Depending on the nature of bulbs that they are connected to, they can be used for automated lighting of security lights for optimal power expenditure.
Motion detectors: Motion detectors are used for security reasons. These sensors detect any movement in the building space. The security departments rely on these sensors to monitor areas that do not have a guard.
Temperature sensors: It is essential to ensure that thermal conditions inside the building are at optimal state at all times. Smart buildings employ a variety of sensors that help in collecting thermal data, which is sent to the air-conditioning system.
Energy storage systems: Almost every smart building uses a collection of solar panels. But since not the energy from the panels is used, these building relies on sensors and systems that ensure that unused energy is stored for future use.
Building management system: As all sensors collect data, this data is, managed by a centralized management system. Centralization of this data makes it easy for building managers to make critical decisions. In some cases, this information might be shared online to the residents of the building.
Having a smart business is key to optimizing expenditure, improving living conditions, and securing the building. Looking at the gains offered by smart technologies, it is high time that building owners introduced this technology.