Cognitive buildings with IBM Watson IoT

Cognitive buildings with IBM Watson IoT

Your buildings create an enormous amount of unstructured data. Cognitive computing and intelligent building technology let you use that data to make informed decisions about how to optimize the experience of occupants, staff and management.

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

With IBM Watson IoT, you can:

Consolidate information, generate recommendations, and manage energy and resources flexibly

Design and construction

Economic, regulatory and environmental challenges are changing the game for the engineering, construction and operations (EC&O) sector. Shrinking profit margins dictate transformative solutions like digitization and the Internet of Things. The IoT is restructuring every aspect of a building, from construction to habitation and management. It is also radically changing design and construction through building information modeling (BIM), the advent of green buildings, and intelligent prefab.

Building operations

Smarter buildings can have a big impact in many ways, from energy management with building information modeling (BIM), space utilization and optimization using various sensors, building equipment and maintenance, security and safety. Your building can help itself, facilities managers, and its occupants by taking proactive steps to prevent downtime, reduce costs and improve sustainability.

Gain unique insights

No two buildings are alike. Every building contains its own unique information on energy use, occupancy numbers, security and more. IoT Building Insights uses AI and building specific metadata to derive real-time insights on every building in an enterprise. IoT Building Insights streamlines, consolidates, and stores that data to guide informed choices and predict patterns in consumption to keep your enterprise functioning efficiently.

Financial management

Lease accounting compliance is only the beginning. Streamline business processes and expand profitability with a single, centralized management platform for corporate real estate transactions and capital projects. IBM TRIRIGA® provides automation for lease records and payments, data integration with ERP systems, and pre-built financial statement analysis. Make smarter capital project investment decisions and consolidate financial processes into a single system for a holistic view to help meet new regulatory standards.

Occupant experience

There is a better way to manage your building space and provide an improved experience for its tenants. Gain insight on floor-level utilization and better understand what spaces are used by the workforce; incorporate exogenous data on weather, parking, transit and other available local services; and create your own virtual campus to significantly increase the occupancy experience. Watson IoT can help develop a true connected office with deep analytics and real-time IoT data.

Solutions for the buildings IoT zone


A complete workplace management solution that combines data from sensors and equipment with powerful analytics to optimize your buildings' operations

Enterprise asset management

Gain insights from IoT to extend the useful life of equipment and assets. Improve labor utilization, reduce inventory and find the optimum balance between maintenance and operations.


Watson IoT in retail uses data from the connected store to reveal hidden insights, helping you make real time, contextually driven decisions and paving the way for innovative customer experiences

Learn how smart buildings can help with workplace management

Digital Twin

The ability to create a digital model of a physical object is transforming engineering, manufacturing and operations

I can create a smart building with unprecedented insight from Watson IoT


Solutions from 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 leverage the power of cognitive IoT to transform your business.

Sample of buildings partners integrated with Watson IoT

Client success



KONE is using Watson IoT Platform to connect, remotely monitor and optimize millions of elevators, escalators, doors and turnstiles in buildings worldwide

Siemens Building Technologies

Helps corporate real estate owners drive business results and meet energy efficiency goals by using sensor data, analytics and asset management to optimize their buildings portfolio


ISS is transforming the management of more than 25,000 buildings worldwide by tapping Watson IoT for IWMS to make buildings more personalized, intuitive and user friendly



Embrace IoT in the era of cognitive buildings

The IoT, cognitive and AI provide the opportunity to develop innovative services for engaging with occupants, reducing costs through automation and optimization of operations, and improving satisfaction from personalized, cognitive customer service

Select the right IWMS solution

The right integrated workplace management system (IWMS) can help you transform the way you manage your assets to achieve increased efficiencies, more effective utilization and greater financial return

The Cognitive Building

IBM® and WIRED Brand Lab examine how IoT is shaping the way we design, construct, use, maintain and experience the buildings around us