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06. 28. 2017

Really IoT? Another Acronym? What’s the "Building Internet of Things (BIOT)?"

The Building Internet of Things puts the power of the Internet of Things to use in commercial applications, ranging from sky-rise buildings to smaller enterprises.

“What impresses me is a talking train,” said General Electric (GE). Do you remember those famous words?

Those words have been your introduction to the Internet of Things and its endless possibilities, but what does that mean when applied to create smart buildings? What is the Building Internet of Things, and what breakthroughs does it hold for the future of humanity and construction?

The answers to these questions lie in understanding how the Internet of Things can be applied to make energy systems more efficient, increase resource availability, while decreasing reliance on diminishing fossil fuels, and fine-tune every step is taken into the future.

The Impact of the Building Internet of Things on City and Rural Areas

During the 4th SMART Conference in Belgium, reports Dr. Nicola Davies of ExtremeTech, researchers and industry experts cited a massive population growth among city-dwelling citizens, growing from 50 percent to 70 percent by 2050, as being a key driving force in the Building Internet of Things.

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The Building Internet of Things can help individuals understand their role in communities, reduce the environmental impact caused by population growth and ensure everyone makes it to his or her destinations successfully and cost-effectively. While transportation may seem nominal compared to the Internet of Things, it is important to remember that transportation and a strong infrastructure are essential to sustaining population growth. As a result, implementing smart building systems within infrastructure will make city life easier and affordable.

What Does the Building Internet of Things Look Like?

Look at these two images, one of a city map and another detailing the processes within the Building Internet of Things.

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This creative commons’ map shows various streets, homes and core functions of an example city, but do you notice any similarities between the two?

Imagine every street is a circuit or WiFi stream between the various points in a building. Next, think of the map’s buildings and structures as parts of a standard building. The police station ensures safety and watches the community, not unlike Access Control and Security systems. The shopping center provides food and products needed for life, comparable to water, electricity, and waste disposal in today’s buildings. Meanwhile, the aquarium provides a space to rest and see things you might never have noticed before, comparable to outsourced facilities management and analytics systems in smart buildings. While you might be able to enjoy life and succeed without the building Internet of things, the simple act of going gives you a chance to peek into the hidden world of Big Data-based insights.

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What Does It Mean?

Demand for the Building Internet of Things is growing. According to Cabe Atwell, the Building Internet of Things will be worth more than $80 billion by 2020, encompassing cloud-based technologies providing information to analytics’ systems and driving value in physical security, emergency alert systems, lighting control, HVAC systems and more. These systems make life easier for everyone, ranging from parents looking for a way to save money on monthly utility costs to commercial companies struggling to balance energy conservation, labor costs of manual system controls and enterprise apps or systems. In fact, this image, created by IBCON, provides a quick glimpse into everything the Building Internet of Things comprises.

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The possibilities are endless. The Building Internet of Things is not just a trend; it is the revolution in how everyday projects and new structures will have a foundation and framework keeping connectivity and smart devices in mind.

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