How the Internet of Things (IoT) Can Make the "Smart" Building Brilliant

Richard Morrison
Practice Lead - Information Communications Technology
AECOM, Sydney

Consistent with the world’s best, Australian tall commercial buildings are continuing to be transformed through the use of technology for new developments or for repurposing existing buildings. To successfully deliver buildings that meet occupants’ and owners’ technology expectations - an Internet of Things (IoT) strategy is an increasingly fundamental building block to achieving these outcomes. Equally, the future of Building Management Systems (BMS) lies within IoT, and this evolution has already begun. Soon, devices may simply form part of the building IoT network, with no physical barriers between systems we see today.

Is this the end of the BMS industry? While that may be one possible outcome of IoT technology disruption, there is much development that is required before new-age applications can replace and operate a building efficiently, including “tuning” themselves for efficiency across every season, checking the performance of equipment and advising when maintenance is required. It is expected that BMS front ends will be replaced by powerful Building Analytics platforms, providing a depth of integration that enables optimization of the tenant workplace in real time and better financial management.

This session conveyed the lessons learned in the design of personalized, cloud-connected, Smart City precincts supporting large commercial and residential buildings through a wide range of technology experience: Parramatta Square, Collins Square, Australia 108, Barangaroo Commercial and Crown Towers. Comparisons are made to leading Australian and international examples.

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