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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

Smart building architecture challenges

Unfortunately, the development of a common architecture is slow, and many believe there may never be an over-arching single architecture for smart buildings. Integration capabilities are an essential part of any smart building project and many solutions currently do not offer the required integration capabilities.

Let’s understand some of the challenges in building a smart building architecture:

  • Different communication protocols: Electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems are designed to stand alone without the thought of integration. This results in different communication protocols being used, with most of them being proprietary to the individual manufacturers. It also results in multiple computing and controlling systems, each requiring different skill sets to maintain and support.

While each system can collect data, it is not able to share this data with other systems. An open IoT software platform is needed to pull...