Listening to Buildings

Today's commercial buildings are smart -- so smart that they have a lot to say.  Who's listening to all this, and what can they learn? And who's job will it be to run the building of the future -- facilities professionals or the CIO? Learn what buildings are saying -- and how to respond. 

David B. Bartlett, IBM's Vice President of Industry Solutions, shared his thoughts on the secrets smarter buildings have to share at the State of Green Business Forum, presented in the video below, as well as during an invite-only lunch session on the future of smarter buildings:

'[W]orking with mechanical engineers," Bartlett said, "we realize there's an opportunity: Given the proliferation of smart sensor technology and the range of appliances and systems now available in buildings, there's an opportunity to collect data at a level that has never been done before."

Smarter buildings, Bartlett said, are about getting that wealth of data "into a warehouse, doing the sorting, the sifting, the correlation and applying rules to understand what needs to be done, so you can use real-time analytics and optimization."

"This is where companies like IBM make a lot of sense," Bartlett continued. "We've been in the business of data collection, warehousing and running analytics and providing analysis."

Wedding the firm's analytic might with robust data collection, building systems and energy management is at the heart of a growing line of business for IBM -- and for other companies that are vying for marketshare as the intersection between technology, the built environment, transportation and cars, and management of resources such as energy and water becomes more pronounced.