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 building is based on Internet of things solutions. Thanks to IoT, a building can be connected with an optimized cost approach. Connected structures become real service platforms with multiple use cases.
Initially, the connected equipment takes care of capturing a very large amount of data: temperature, CO2, presence, pressure, sound level, door opening, the possibilities remain numerous. In a second phase, this wide range of data is enriched with third-party information, exogenous to the infrastructure, such as weather, humidity, traffic, etc. Finally, once linked, all this data is analyzed and enriched.
The primary goal is to think or rethink the building in terms of activities and from a “Building as a Service” perspective.
What does "building as a service" mean?
This concept consists in thinking the building differently, that is to say, no longer thinking “work” but “uses” present and future. Everything must be designed to meet the needs of the occupants and make their lives as easy as possible. The service offers will therefore be directly integrated and designed for the building 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 for people (e.g. at work) and preserving the environment, intelligent infrastructures represent the future and the Internet of Things is a player in the 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 the technology because if it is true that data are real gold mines creating value, we must not neglect the social and human value.
It is important to ensure that Smart Buildings are understood in relation to other smart city objects such as infrastructure, telecoms networks, decentralised electricity networks also known as smart grids and mobility services.
As a component of the Smart City, intelligent buildings help optimize urban spaces and develop services that are closer to the expectations of consumers and citizens.
Finally, all the systems and sensors must be able to communicate with each other and be controlled remotely, 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: making employees’ daily lives easier 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 the preferences of each person. With the help of IoT solutions, all parameters can be adjusted and customized.
In the shell, all components can be connected. For example, waste garbage cans can be equipped with sensors to facilitate collection, while providing users with a clearer picture of the volumes of waste they produce. In the same way, connected toilets help to optimize the number of interventions by maintenance workers and improve the level of hygiene by allowing the reporting of an incident for example.
- Think 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 the night or day.
A classic use case concerns the installation of intelligent cameras capable of recognizing abnormal behaviors and thus preventing intrusions and aggressions via the setting of alerts for example.
Security also refers to the securing of data flows between communicating systems.
- Think real time
Until now, digital signage systems have limited the distribution of information to that which was available, stored and established in advance. Connected systems can now transmit information remotely and in real time to dedicated interfaces.
- Think energy management
Smart building necessarily means efficient management of energy resources: heating, cooling, lighting, CO2… Implementing IoT solutions within buildings enables smart use of resources. For example by adapting the settings according to the frequentation, according to time slots, according to the days of the week…
Thanks to the IoT, it is possible to connect directly to the meters, to collect detailed data on energy consumption that will allow the detection of anomalies or energy-hungry devices.
How to implement a Smart building IoT solution?
Launching a large-scale IoT project is never easy, you need to be accompanied by experts with proven know-how in the deployment of an end-to-end IoT project.
You are not alone. Indeed, Synox is recognized 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 every step of the way to ensure the success of your IoT project.
Choose your objects
Speed, temperature, force, location, power, volume… According to your needs, Synox advises you in the choice of the sensor and facilitates its installation on site.
Connect your objects
In order to transport and secure the data, Synox recommends the networks and transmitters most suited to your project.
Securing your data
We provide you with an open and interoperable data collection and analysis platform that securely aggregates all your data with third-party data.
Host your data
A TIER IV type hosting and storage solution, based in France, which combines density, respect for the planet, availability and security.
Leverage your data
We offer an open data visualization platform that aggregates 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.
They trust us
"In our industry, smooth communication is a critical point since our service is tied to people. So we chose Synox because when we need technical support, we get a diagnosis and a solution very quickly."
Computer & telecom engineer
"We were looking for a mature solution for rapid deployment, which is what Synox offered us. From decision making, to hardware purchase and deployment (connectivity, dashboards...) thanks to Synox's end-to-end support, the 1st Proof of Concept was completed in less than a month!"
"We wanted to give ourselves the means to avoid breakdowns and reduce our customers' stress regarding production downtime. After some research, IoT quickly appeared to be the answer to this need. Synox's collaborative approach seemed to me to be the right one and convinced me. The ability to listen to the teams and the hyper responsiveness of the support department allowed us to successfully move this project forward."
"What is interesting about the Synox solution is that it can be adapted independently to the needs of our customers, and perhaps even later to other sectors of activity. With a very simple implementation and a modest cost, we were able to deploy the solution to about 20 customers within 6 months."
"It was possible to test the proper functioning of the solution proposed by Synox before the contract was put in place, so we were able to get quick feedback from the sanitation department, which proved to be very positive. The responsiveness of Synox support in the event of a problem is much appreciated. It promotes our collaboration in an environment of trust."
Technical Project Manager
"Before the installation of connected objects, sometimes it was our customers who informed us of a malfunction in the heating system... Now we can be proactive about this type of incident. We had already carried out several unsuccessful - and expensive - POCs before testing SoDATA#Viz but when we saw the real-time curves of our 50 objects, only a week after signing the POC, it quickly convinced us!"