Smart Cities Require the Right Intelligent Building Solutions

Prem Rodrigues, Director-Sales & Marketing, Middle East, India & SAARC, Siemon
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Prem Rodrigues, Director-Sales & Marketing, Middle East, India & SAARC, Siemon
Headquartered in the U.S., Siemon is a leading global network infrastructure specialist with a strong legacy and industry leadership of over 100 years. The entity leads the industry by manufacturing and innovating high quality, high-performance low-voltage infrastructure solutions for LANs, Data Centers and Intelligent Building Solutions.

Around the world, building developers, owners and operators are striving to reap the economic and environmental benefits delivered by Intelligent Buildings (IB). To support environmental initiatives, as well as the overall savings delivered through lower carbon emissions, reduced energy consumption, improved customer satisfaction and government incentives, the planning and construction of IBs are on the rise in India. At the same time, investing in the development of IBs is what will ultimately enable India’s Smart Cities Mission. It is therefore important to understand what makes a building an Intelligent Building and how they collectively come together within the grander scheme of a Smart City.

What Makes a Building Intelligent?

IBs deploy advanced systems and sensor technology to monitor, collect and analyse information from a variety of building systems and their devices - everything from occupancy, air quality and temperature sensors, to access control systems, surveillance cameras and life safety/alarm systems. This valuable information gives building owners, operators and other stakeholders an unprecedented visibility into a building’s operations.

The enabling technology behind an IB is a structured cabling system that converge low-voltage building systems and their devices onto a single unified network infrastructure. It supports common communications protocols such as Internet Protocol (IP). Rather than disparate platforms, the use of common cabling media and communications protocols over a single converged infrastructure supports system integration where information can be shared between systems and utilised to improve overall building control and management. As a result, facilities can optimize operations and maintenance, reduce waste and energy consumption, and enhance the overall building environment, ultimately improving customer and employee satisfaction, health and productivity.

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