smart buildings

By Sarah Dudley and Graeme Noseworthy on December 20, 2018

Toy manufacturer replaces reliance on sketchy magic with IoT

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 […]

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By Bruce D Baron on November 6, 2018

How UCSF Health is putting patients first with facilities management

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 […]

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By Claire Penny on October 12, 2018

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

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 […]

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By Chris O'Connor on October 9, 2018

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

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 […]

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By Bret Greenstein on June 27, 2018

Using AI to learn your buildings’ energy behavior

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 […]

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By Jen Clark on May 23, 2018

Artificial intelligence lays the foundation of buildings of the future

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 […]

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By Bruce D Baron on April 11, 2018

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

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 […]

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By Laura Langendorf on March 19, 2018

The Daily Think: Monday edition

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, […]

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By Bruce D Baron on February 8, 2018

What we THINK about: facilities management & smart buildings

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? […]

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By Jen Clark on December 5, 2017

IoT ruins movies: The Thomas Crown Affair

‘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 […]

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By Jen Clark on June 27, 2017

IoT ruins movies: Die Hard

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 […]

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By Sanjay Brahmawar on February 16, 2017

Munich Genius of Things: Connected workplaces and 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 […]

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