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Smart buildings and the Internet of Things

As we become more connected, so do our products and devices. The Internet of Things is making our buildings smarter than ever, and how should we take advantage of this?



BY Andrew McDonald

26 March, 2020


When designing the interior of a building, the goal is always to unlock its true value, be that from an aesthetic or functional point of view. Unlocking the real value of a building can be achieved when you fully realise the value for its clients, and smart technology such as the Internet of Things will play a bigger and bigger part of this going forward.

Making a building project smarter, more connected, and comfortable is key to optimising the efficiency of a commercial space, and the Internet of Things – which is a fast-expanding digital ecosystem of connected devices – is helping pave the way for this new world of energy and design.

While many different software solutions are available, innovative building management software is a required aspect of the Internet of Things for commercial use. Integrating and automating the varying functions is what enables this technology to truly shine in the current commercial building sector.

By communicating with each other, the modern smart technology of commercial buildings can monitor themselves and act when needed, from turning off air-conditioning or heating systems, to lowering energy usage in low foot-traffic areas, providing data and analytics to best realise the true value of a design.

Lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation, security systems and context specific control devices are all able to benefit from the Internet of Things, and this connectivity is about more than optimising and making a building as smooth and efficient as possible. Long a proponent of smart technology in the commercial sector, Schneider Electric sees this as an opportunity for a smarter, and greener future.

Sustainability is at the heart of Schneider Electric’s design philosophy, and while the immediate benefit of a fully integrated and connected commercial building is the ease of which it can automatically operate, using Schneider’s suite of smart technology means you’re lowering your carbon footprint and doing your part for ecological design.

The Schneider Electric Internet of Things-ready product range has been designed to maximise efficiency as well as helping act on climate change, by constantly working towards minimising energy usage and optimising its consumption.

With the goal to become completely carbon neutral by 2030, Schneider Electric is not only leading the way in smart, connected technology, they’re helping guide our industry into a greener future.


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