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Internet of Things for Smart Buildings

By : Harry G. Smeenk
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Book Image

Internet of Things for Smart Buildings

5 (1)
By: Harry G. Smeenk

Overview of this book

Imagine working in a building with smart features and tenant applications that allow you to monitor, manage, and control every aspect of your user experience. Internet of Things for Smart Buildings is a comprehensive guide that will help you achieve that with smart building architecture, ecosystems, technologies, and key components that create a smart building. In this book, you’ll start by examining all the building systems and applications that can be automated with IoT devices. You’ll learn about different apps to improve efficiency, reduce consumption, and improve occupant satisfaction. You’ll explore IoT sensors, devices, computing platforms, analytics software, user interfaces, and connectivity options, along with common challenges you might encounter while developing the architecture. You’ll also discover how to piece different components together to develop smart buildings with the help of use cases and examples and get to grips with the various IoT stacks. After finding out where to start developing the requirements for your project, you’ll uncover a recommended methodology to understand your current building systems and a process for determining what needs to be modified, along with new technology requirements. By the end of the book, you’ll be able to design and build your own smart building initiative, turning your city into a smart city with one building at a time.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Part 1: Applications for Smart Buildings
Part 2: Smart Building Architecture
Part 3: Building Your Smart Building Stack
Part 4: Building Sustainability for Contribution to Smart Cities

The elusive smart city

There has been much talk about smart cities over the past decade but much fewer results have been delivered than were promised. Even prior to the pandemic in 2020, smart city initiatives fell short, with single-purpose projects merely centered on reducing city lighting costs, delivering neighborhood Wi-Fi, or providing bike-sharing services. To be fair, there are a few exceptions, and we will discuss a couple of these later in the chapter, but otherwise, many smart city initiatives have tended to fall short of their intended goal.

Google’s Sidewalk Labs in Toronto was a billion-dollar smart city grid loaded with sensors and cameras envisioned to revitalize the post-industrial shoreline. While many will claim the project was shut down due to COVID-19, Bennat Berger summarized in his article Sidewalk Labs’ Failure and the Future of Smart Cities that the real reasons were the residents’ fears of data privacy and the inability to make the...