Smart building, the intelligent building that offers more efficient use and energy consumption

Intelligent buildings are made up of spaces designed around common objectives such as environmental protection, energy efficiency, security, or simply for functional purposes such as communication or the management of leisure spaces. Intelligent building technology is a real help for business management: it allows them to reach their full potential while optimizing their costs.

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Smart Building: IoT for connected buildings and their energy costs

By 2025, the Smart Building market is expected to be worth 80 billion euros. A trend that is exploding because cities are transforming and so are our structures: they are becoming connected. But what are we really talking about? The smart building aims to reduce expenses, offer better conditions of occupancy and preserve our planet. It is a solution to a major concern of our century: the preservation of energy resources. According to ADEME, buildings alone account for 23% of CO2 emissions in France.

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Your questions about Smart Building

What is the Smart Building?

The main drivers of smart building combine the increasing adoption of new technologies with IoT, the growing awareness of the need to optimize available space and the increasing demand for energy efficient systems.

How does Smart Buidling work?

Smart buildings and the transformation of intelligent buildings are based on Internet of things solutions. Thanks to the IoT, a building can be connected with an approach based on savings and cost optimization. Connected structures become real service platforms with multiple use cases.

In the first instance, connected equipment takes care of capturing a very large number of data relating to the occupants: temperature, CO2, presence, pressure, noise level, door opening, the possibilities are numerous. Secondly, this wide range of data is enriched with third-party information, exogenous to the infrastructure, such as the weather, humidity, traffic, etc. Finally, once linked, all this data is analyanalyzedsed and enriched, notably with the aim of reducing energy consumption. This is one of the characteristics of intelligent buildings.

The primary aim is to think or rethink the building in terms of activities and with a view to Building as a Service.

What does building as a service mean?

This concept consists of thinking about the building differently, i.e., no longer thinking in terms of work but in terms of present and future uses. Everything must be designed to meet the needs of the occupants and make their lives as easy as possible. The services offered will therefore be directly integrated and designed for the building in order to improve the comfort and well-being of the occupants.

Why intelligent buildings?

Thanks to digital technologies, and more particularly the Internet of Things, buildings are now becoming true service platforms, for the benefit of both users and operators.

In this sector, innovation was often focused on construction methods. Today, with the generalization of the connected world and the digitalization of practices, needs are changing and structures are responding to these changes with innovative solutions.

With the aim of reducing costs, providing better conditions of occupancy (e.g. working conditions), and preserving the environment, intelligent infrastructures and intelligent buildings by definition represent the future, and the Internet of Things is one of the actors of change.

What are the challenges of Smart Building?

  • Optimization of energy resources used through better monitoring and management
  • Enhanced security with powerful alarm systems and real-time monitoring
  • Preventive maintenance to anticipate breakdowns and identify malfunctions

How to succeed in a Smart Building project?

It is important not to focus only on technology, because while it is true that data is a real goldmine that creates value, social and human value must not be neglected. It is important to ensure that Smart Buildings are understood in relation to the other objects of the Smart City such as infrastructures, telecoms networks, decentralized electricity networks also known as smart grids, and mobility services.

As a component of the Smart City, intelligent buildings contribute to the optimization of urban spaces and to the development of services that meet the expectations of consumers and citizens.

Finally, all the systems and sensors must be able to communicate with each other and be controlled remotely, and centrally from a single interface to facilitate decision-making.

Which use cases for the Smart Building?

  • Thinking about the well-being of occupants

At work: facilitating employees’ daily life by connecting office buildings is a typical example. The connected building allows multiple use cases such as temperature control, lighting, or shutters adjustment according to external actors such as the environment, the weather, or individual preferences. With the help of IoT solutions, all parameters can be adjusted and personalized.

In the building shell, all components can be connected. For example, waste bins can be equipped with sensors to facilitate the collection, while providing users with a clearer picture of the volumes of waste they produce. In the same way, connected sanitary facilities help to optimize the number of interventions by maintenance staff and improve the level of hygiene by allowing the reporting of an incident, for example.

  • Thinking about safety

Thanks to the Internet of things, all accesses to a building can be equipped with sensors to detect the opening or closing of doors and windows, depending on the time of day or night.

A classic use case concerns the installation of intelligent cameras capable of recognizing abnormal behavior and thus preventing intrusions and aggressions by setting alerts, for example.

Security also refers to the securing of data flows between communicating systems.

  • Thinking in real-time

Until now, digital signage systems have limited the dissemination of information to that which was available, stored, and established in advance. Connected systems now allow information to be transmitted remotely and in real-time to dedicated interfaces.

  • Thinking about energy management

Intelligent buildings inevitably mean efficient management of energy resources: heating, air conditioning, lighting, CO2, etc. Implementing IoT solutions in buildings allows resources to be used intelligently. For example, by adapting the settings according to the number of visitors, time slots, the days of the week, etc.

Thanks to the IoT, it is possible to connect directly to the meters, to collect detailed data on energy consumption which will make it possible to detect anomalies or energy-hungry appliances.

How to implement a Smart building IoT solution?

Launching a large-scale IoT project is never easy, you need to be helped by experts with proven know-how in the deployment of an end-to-end IoT project.

You are not alone. Indeed, Synox is well-know for its expertise on the entire IoT value chain: from data capture to its restitution on web and mobile interfaces, including storage.

Synox supports you at every stage of the project to ensure the success of your IoT project.

Choose your devices

Choose your devices

Speed, temperature, force, location, power, volume… According to your needs, Synox advises you in the choice of the sensor and facilitates its implementation on site.

Connect your devices

Connect your devices

In order to carry and secure the data, Synox recommends the networks and transmitters most adapted to your project.

Securing your data

Securing your data

We provide you with an open and interoperable data collection and analysis platform that safely aggregates all your data with third-party data.

Host your data

Host your data

A TIER IV type hosting and storage solution, based in France, which combines density, environmental awareness, availability and security.

Leverage your data

Leverage your data

We offer an open data visualization platform that joins all of your third-party flows and allows you to manage them in a simplified, secure and customizable turnkey interface.


Is Synox the right choice for you?

Through our positioning on the IoT value chain and our expertise in Smart Building use cases, we are convinced that the technological answer is not the only element to bring to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s IoT projects. The success of a Smart Building project also lies in the fact that the proposed solutions must be equal to the business, ethical and environmental challenges they address.

From POC to large-scale deployment, Synox supports you throughout your Smart Building project in accordance with our values: fun, agility and humanism.

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