Siemens: Enhancing building performance and sustainability with IoT

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At a session in the Cognitive Building Forum, Peter Halliday, the Head of Building Performance and Sustainability at Siemens Building Technologies, shared his perspectives on the role the Internet of Things plays in building performance and sustainability.

The explosion of data and devices that are available today provides a massive opportunity to incorporate IoT into the performance of buildings and sustainability. With continued and rapid growth in IoT, buildings companies can and should utilize this opportunity to apply Internet of Things to optimize buildings, identify productivity improvements and switch to predictive maintenance instead of preventative maintenance, which will make building management more efficient and cost-effective.

Siemens’ Navigator platform

Siemens Buildings Technologies has over 300,000 systems installed, with 60,000 of them connected onto their Navigator platform.  Navigator is a cloud-based energy management and sustainability platform developed in partnership with Watson IoT.  Siemens plans on expanding Navigator’s use across its portfolio – as buildings come online, Siemens will be able to connect them to the cloud and provide analytics rapidly through its IBM partnership, increasing operational performance.

Watch the complete perspective shared by Peter in the forum here.

Benefits of cognitive buildings

To elaborate on Peter’s view, IoT has made facilities management much easier, but has also made the discipline much more advanced. Buildings are becoming like living things, providing data and feedback on a real-time basis into energy requirements, IT efficiency, and much more.  By connecting facility sensor data, human sensors, video, and other types of building data, you can gather significant feedback to help you make informed operational decisions. IBM’s Watson IoT for Buildings improves this process further by applying cognitive capabilities to analyze, understand, and learn from all the data generated, giving you intelligent and innovative insights.

Greener buildings

Operations account for 71% of the total cost of a building over its lifespan, and buildings consume 42% of all electricity—more than any other asset. By 2025, buildings are projected to be the largest emitters of greenhouse gases on our planet. In the United States alone, buildings produce 38% of green-house gas emissions. So how can you make your buildings more green, efficient and cost-effective? There are several ways that Watson IoT for Buildings helps you:

  • Learn from energy use patterns and recommend ways to improve energy management
  • Use video and image analytics to improve safety
  • Analyze people movement through sensors to improve space and energy management
  • Increase the sophistication of your building information modelling

Visit the Cognitive Buildings page for more information on how we see the science of facilities management changing with the Internet of Things.

Last year Siemens announced a global strategic alliance with IBM. The collaboration will develop future technology for Siemens’ Navigator platform and a joint real estate offering. Read this white paper to learn more about this partnership and gain a deeper understanding of how you can apply the capabilities emerging out of this partnership to optimize facilities management.

Learn more

Want to know more about how the IoT can enable cognitive buildings? Attend our webcast ‘Using IoT to understand space utilization.’  Register here for the session and get valuable insights to improve your facility operations while lowering costs.

Read two case studies to learn more about how the IBM Watson IoT for Buildings solutions can help you optimize your real estate space and facilities.

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