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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

Cybersecurity for smart buildings

As buildings become more connected, they are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Cyber-attacks continue to rise year on year and infrastructure is a common target. An attack can have devasting consequences, from exposing sensitive information and shutting down or disrupting critical building services to compromising occupant safety. The estimated average costs of a data breach are 4.24 million USD. Ransomware attacks can create safety issues as hackers disable locks, alarms, elevators, and other critical building controls to prevent people from exiting or entering the building.

Buildings are an attractive target since they are often not well protected and have critical control systems. They often contain other non-building-related IT databases and systems. In an earlier chapter, we highlighted that the Target store data breach a few years back resulted from hackers entering their confidential database through the HVAC system vendor’s portal...