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EMAIL INTERVIEW – Christine Boles and Ken Sinclair
Christine Boles, Smart Building Solutions Director, Intel
Boles is director of smart building solutions for the Intel Internet of
Things Group (IoTG) and is responsible for leading large, global,
cross-functional product development teams from concept to product
launch. (Intel Blog)
What is Intel doing to drive the
IoT future of building automation?
Boles: In October,
Intel announced the general availability of the Intel Building Management Platform (Intel BMP),
originally announced at IBCon in June. Intel BMP, integrated with CANDI
PowerTools, is designed to help small and medium sized buildings
become smart and connected with the help of Intel partners like CANDI,
Advantech and Microsoft.
Intel BMP provides a foundational
platform to connect disparate building equipment and devices to
cloud-based services and applications by retrofitting legacy systems
with sensors, allowing them to avoid a costly “rip and replace”
approach. Once building systems are brought online, Intel BMP provides
a secure way to deliver real-time data to cloud-based building
management interfaces like Lucid
BuildingOS®, offering actionable data insights that can reduce
operating costs and increase building efficiency.
With the capability to connect key
building assets including HVAC systems, lighting controls and
electrical meters, building managers can reach the ambitious
sustainability goals driving smart building and smart city development.
Not all businesses have the
resources to make a big investment. How might a small or medium-sized
business adopt smart building technology?
Boles: We’ve specifically built Intel BMP to deliver smart building solutions for small and medium-sized buildings. These building owners have typically found building management systems costly to deploy, and with Intel BMP, we wanted to simplify the deployment from building management application providers, with a trusted and secure foundation. As mentioned, we also designed the platform so that it can work with existing legacy systems, which can save smaller businesses from wasting budget.
What other factors will contribute
to the growth of smart buildings?
Boles: Competition and
tenant demand will be a major factor in the push toward smart
buildings. The vision of a smart and connected future where systems and
objects around us seamlessly predict and respond to consumer needs is
already driving IoT adoption in many areas. As that vision becomes
clearer, commercial building tenants will expect their environments to
become smarter as well, creating an additional incentive for building
owners to upgrade or extend their building management systems.
Smart building features like customized temperature controls and location services for finding parking spaces and available conference rooms, and optimized workflows through the building space will make commercial buildings more attractive to potential tenants, offering more value to building owners.
Sinclair: Do you see any potential issues of concern on the horizon?
As with all IoT systems, the push-pull of building an open but secure
platform remains a key challenge. For a solution to work, it needs to
be able to work with a variety of different systems, as well as adapt
to the needs of the owner or manager, but have security built in to
provide that peace of mind.
Intel BMP uses McAfee Embedded Control
software to enforce system integrity and prevent against threats and
attacks. The platform communicates with a cloud service used to
remotely maintain the software with over-the-air protocol drivers,
critical security patches, and other updates, so it’s kept up to date.
Sinclair: Where do you see IoT for smart buildings going in 2017 and beyond?
Boles: Across the globe, we’re seeing aspiring smart cities place a strong emphasis on limiting the effects of climate change through increased energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions. According to Gartner, smart commercial buildings will play a major role in helping smart cities reach their sustainability goals, representing more than 50 percent of IoT installed bases in smart cities by 2020.
Commercial buildings with integrated
building management systems enabled by IoT technology give building
managers more control over lighting, heating and cooling systems, which
currently account for 60 percent of a building’s energy consumption.
The data insights provided in an affordable manner by smart building
solutions empower building managers to reduce energy consumption for
their properties by up to 50 percent.
We expect that adoption of smart city
and smart building technology will rise together, as benefits like
reduced operating costs and increased energy efficiency become more
apparent in the next few years.
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