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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


Buildings are a System of Systems (SoS), each controlling a vital function to achieve the building’s purpose. Smart buildings use Internet of Things (IoT) devices, sensors, and software to monitor and control various building functions to optimize the building’s environment and operations. As a result, they improve building efficiency, reduce costs, reduce resource usage, and improve occupant satisfaction.

Almost every function within a building is a candidate for building your smart building applications with IoT devices. Whether you start with one function or multiple functions, this book will review the many opportunities and technologies used to build a smart building. Edge routers, numerous IoT sensors and devices, the various connection options available, and the software required both locally and via the cloud to make it all work together seamlessly are discussed.

This book will leverage my smart building experience to help you to do the following:

  • Make a building’s mechanical, electric, HVAC, and networks smart with the addition of IoT, connectivity, and software solutions
  • Get multiple building systems (HVAC, security, fire, and so on) to communicate with each other to analyze data and deliver actionable operations outcomes
  • Improve operational efficiency, reduce waste and carbon footprint, consume fewer resources, improve productivity, and enhance the occupant’s quality of experience
  • Understand the communications protocols, methodologies, components, and architecture used to deliver IoT for smart buildings
  • Solve key building industry issues such as return-to-building, proprietary software languages that prevent other vendors from connecting, lack of IoT and smart buildings skills, and meeting government energy and environmental requirements

It is the only comprehensive book explaining nearly every aspect of how IoT makes buildings smarter. You will learn about terminology, technology, standards, methodologies, and frameworks to help you decide which projects are right to build your smart buildings.

It will provide application examples, definitions, and detailed explanations of what building systems can be made smart with IoT. Various technologies and architectures are reviewed to demonstrate how to design and implement solutions, including how to use IoT stacks. By the end of the book, you’ll be able to identify and design your own smart building initiatives to solve building-related challenges.