smart buildings

Toy manufacturer replaces reliance on sketchy magic with IoT

Written by Sarah Dudley and Graeme Noseworthy | December 20, 2018 | Asset Management, Buildings, Manufacturing...

A large toy manufacturer located at the northernmost point of the planet must produce in excess of 2 billion toys* each year. To meet this incredible demand, it is critical to ensure operations, facility management, and worker safety are at optimum efficiency. To top it off, they must distribute all the toys in just one ...read more


How UCSF Health is putting patients first with facilities management

Written by Bruce D Baron | November 6, 2018 | Asset Management, Buildings

If buildings are getting smarter, then medical facilities have to be brilliant. That’s why University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Health is working with IBM Maximo to create cutting-edge health facilities that aim to keep the patient care environment safe. It started when UCSF Health and IBM partnered to optimize the management of existing health ...read more


Buildings with DNA: why today’s “smart” buildings were never dumb

Written by Claire Penny | October 12, 2018 | Buildings

Ask yourself these questions: when was the last time you experienced the latest and most innovative technology, at work? Is your workplace more technically equipped than your home? It is widely accepted that buildings are getting smarter. But were they ever actually dumb? Or have they just been held back by closed proprietary systems and ...read more


Get a full view of energy consumption and patterns across your enterprise

Written by Chris O'Connor | October 9, 2018 | Buildings

Welcome to a new edition of our Get Connected series. In my last blog, I talked about facilities management and improving your building’s operations. Today, I am going to continue on the buildings theme and discuss a hot topic for any building owner or occupant: energy consumption. Do you know your building’s current and expected ...read more


Using AI to learn your buildings’ energy behavior

Written by Watson IoT Staff | June 27, 2018 | Buildings

Buildings are a central part of the world today. We live, work and play in them. We socialize, learn and engage in them. In fact, it’s estimated that we spend 93% of our time in buildings.  Of course, buildings don’t remain static once the builder hands over the keys – their uses, occupants and components ...read more


Artificial intelligence lays the foundation of buildings of the future

Written by Jen Clark | May 23, 2018 | Buildings

With artificial intelligence integrated into building systems and IoT devices, buildings become more than their brick-and-mortar shells. They begin to operate in new ways, creating personalized experiences for their occupants, and providing energy and cost savings for their owners. In the report ‘Building intelligence into buildings’, the Institute of Business Value (IBV) explores the potential of buildings ...read more


I think I saw you at Think? Top facilities management takeaways

Written by Bruce D Baron | April 11, 2018 | Buildings

Think 2018 was a week to remember, and I think I saw you there? But in case I am mistaken, and you weren’t one of the 40,000 attendees at IBM THINK, here’s what you missed. It was a week of networking, learning and sharing thought leadership with a global community. I paid particularly close attention ...read more


The Daily Think: Monday edition

Written by Laura Langendorf | March 19, 2018 | Conferences, Events

After so much time, planning, and effort, Think is finally here! IBM’s first-of-its-kind event is happening this week in Las Vegas. And IBMers, industry experts, clients and partners are gathering together to learn, share, network and have fun. If you can’t join us in person, you can still join online. World-changing ideas deserved to be shared, ...read more


What we THINK about: facilities management & smart buildings

Written by Bruce D Baron | February 8, 2018 | Buildings, Conferences

With the new year in full swing, I have been getting many questions about our upcoming event, Think. Questions such as: Will there be a focus on facilities management and smarter buildings? Will there be real use cases around how IoT & AI make buildings smarter? Are there certification opportunities? Will the entertainment be magnificent? ...read more


IoT ruins movies: The Thomas Crown Affair

Written by Jen Clark | December 5, 2017 | Commentary / Opinion

‘Tis the season to be sickly, so I spent Friday afternoon watching The Thomas Crown Affair through a haze of phlegm and self-pity. The 1999 one, not the 1968 one. Yes, it still counts as work. And the reason is that, fortunately, this Pierce Brosnan-y classic is terrific fodder for IoT ruination. Below, we delve ...read more


IoT ruins movies: Die Hard

Written by Jen Clark | June 27, 2017 | Blog

Setting the scene When a gang of organized criminals take over an LA skyscraper in order to steal the valuable bonds locked in its vault, it falls to a lone, off-duty cop (John McClane) to try and stop them. Any Die Hard fans will probably agree that McClane performs his task admirably, and probably couldn’t ...read more


Munich Genius of Things: Connected workplaces and buildings

Written by Sanjay Brahmawar | February 16, 2017 | Buildings

Data analytics applied to connected workplaces and buildings can help occupants discover new insights into how to reduce energy wastage, create a more efficient space and promote easier collaboration between the people inside. Why buildings matter We are not using buildings as efficiently as we might, which is important considering we spend 90% of our ...read more