What is a cognitive building?

The people and assets in your building create an enormous amount of unstructured data. The challenge is using that information to make informed decisions about how to optimize the experience of building occupants, staff and management. Watson IoT can help you tap new sources of data and apply cognitive capabilities to help you flexibly adapt your space to changing needs.

Cognitive computing enables the systems within your building to understand, reason and learn from the data they create. This means that the systems can figure out what matters to your business, generate their own hypotheses, test them and make recommendations. Over time, cognitive systems can even learn from the results of their own recommendations.

Commercial real estate in the US accounts for

12 billion

square feet of covered area, but only 67 percent is utilized.*

*IBM Institute for Business Value study, The Economy of Things: Extracting new value from the Internet of Things, June 2015

Watson IoT for buildings

Watson IoT for buildings is a complete solution for smart buildings that allows you to capture data from sensors and devices and consolidate that information on a single cloud platform. Using cognitive computing, Watson generates recommendations for you that can be operationalized by your asset and facilities management software.

Watson IoT provides solutions for:

Architecture, engineering and construction projects are the starting point for many smart buildings. Watson IoT can help you:

  • Combine building information modeling (BIM) with insights from sensor data to intelligently inform building design.
  • Maintain the health, reliability and efficiency of construction equipment through preventive maintenance.
  • Promote worker health and safety by employing wearable technology.
  • Avoid costly change orders and increase speed-to-market with data-driven project management.

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IoT can drive efficiencies in building operations and provide significant cost savings, while also improving the occupant experience. Watson IoT can help you:

  • Streamline planning with better facilities management.
  • Preserve the health of critical building systems and assets by enabling preventive and predictive maintenance.
  • Improve space utilization and optimization by better understanding how people navigate your building.
  • Monitor energy use to take proactive steps that can reduce costs and improve environmental sustainability.

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Watson IoT can provide a single, centralized management platform for corporate real estate transactions and capital projects. Watson IoT can help you:

  • Use real-time sensor data and cognitive computing to make smarter capital project investment decisions.
  • Consolidate financial processes into a single system that provides a holistic view across your operations and buildings portfolios.
  • Take advantage of sensor data and analytics to help meet new regulatory standards and improve lease controls.

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Using the Internet of Things, buildings can “get to know” occupants in order to maximize their comfort, security and convenience. Watson IoT can help you:

  • Optimize people movement throughout a building with a better understanding of space utilization.
  • Maximize safety and security through smart access control, intruder detection and emergency planning.
  • Manage energy and resource use flexibly based on personalized occupant needs.

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Our ecosystem

Unlock the full potential of the data your buildings are generating by working with IBM IoT partners. The IBM Internet of Things ecosystem connects you with our portfolio of trusted technology, hardware, software, cloud and implementation partners to help you leverage the power of cognitive IoT to transform your business.

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