The Future of Smart Buildings: Integrating Electrical Systems
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Smart building technology. It’s the next big thing in facility management. Cutting-edge WiFi-enabled devices are poised to increase employee productivity and reduce absenteeism by creating a healthier, more comfortable work environment. It will reduce operating costs by promoting greater energy efficiency, as well as more effective security. Best of all, smart building tech will make facility managers’ jobs a whole lot easier by streamlining their duties.

We may not see smart buildings become mainstream in the immediate future. But little by little, integrated smart building management technology is going to start appearing more frequently in all classes of commercial properties. Retail. Medical. Office. Hospitality. If a business can be conducted indoors, it stands a lot to gain from smart tech.

Smart HVAC Systems

A smart HVAC system does much more than digitize heating and cooling so you can control your facility’s climate with a phone app. It also utilizes temperature and motion sensors to determine precisely which spaces require heating and cooling. Integral machine learning software enables a smart thermostat to record facility usage and develop a heating/cooling pattern which minimizes energy consumption and resultant greenhouse gas emissions.

An HVAC system that anticipates the future doesn’t just minimize energy consumption. It also facilitates maintenance. You’ll receive real-time alerts whenever worn out or malfunctioning parts begin impacting heating and cooling systems’ efficiency, and know precisely when and where to make repairs that keep your HVAC system in peak working order.

Smart Security Systems

Fire alarm systems. Building defense systems. Internet protocol video systems. These are just some of the elements of a commercial property’s security system. They used to function independently of one another, but smart tech has tied them all together into one wirelessly integrated security management solution.

Smart security systems don’t just make surveillance possible through a phone app. They provide higher-resolution video feeds, and record them so they may be used as unambiguous evidence during insurance claims and legal proceedings. They feature door entry, card reader and intercom solutions which facilitate accessibility to all personnel who have proper clearance. They also give the facility manager the option of outsourcing security personnel.

Smart Communication Systems

No smart building’s internet of things (IoT) is complete without an intelligent communication system. Wired broadband communication is essential for smart HVAC and security systems. State-of-the-art wireless broadband networks enable higher bandwidth consumption, which is especially necessary for businesses with large numbers of work-from-home employees. And now that building metrics are monitored via dozens (or hundreds) of small sensors, low-power IoT connectivity is only due to become increasingly important.

Smart building technology is undeniably the future – but many buildings are not yet ready for it. If you expect to integrate so many state-of-the-art systems into a single solution to facility management, then your building’s electrical system must be up to the task. It must meet key criteria for reliability, flexibility, safety and energy performance. Its lighting system, power quality system, and power conditioning devices all have to satisfy certain standards as well.

Preparing your commercial property for smart building technology begins by hiring an experienced electrician. If your building is located in the United States, then we welcome you to contact Mid States Electric!