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Everything is Connected
The real estate industry is being
disrupted big time, and
Head of Concepts and Innovations - Facilities,
planetary-scale computer fed by a trillion sensors will drive a global
industrial internet/” Larry Smarr, Professor, University of California,
San Diego. This is both overwhelming and exciting at the same time.
I had the privilege to attend Realcomm IBCON 2017, Intelligent Building Conference in San Diego California. I have to say that the ambiance and mindset in a typically “old-fashioned” real estate industry are changing with big steps now. The excitement of the new era is hand felt. The real estate industry is being disrupted big time, and everyone who wants to survive has to get onboard.
If you want to keep your feet dry, connect everything with IoT
There are still many questions unanswered, and as many unasked but what seems to be clear is if you want to keep your feet dry, connect everything with IoT. Figure out a service model which naturally goes for corporate working environments as well.
What is the common
factor being that we as humans are always searching
for ways to make life a bit easier for us. Now with the possibilities
provided to us with new tech such as AI, Machine Learning, Blockchain,
the real estate industry as well is starting to figure out how to
utilise these and make everything more effective. Connecting all dot´s
and figuring out what possibilities we have with new tech is on all the
player’s agenda. End game being in developing smart cities and what
everybody seems to be doing is piloting the tech in smaller
environments. Take Qualcomm for example who has made major investments
in their San Diego smart campus in order to understand the
possibilities of IoT or rather IoE (Internet of Everything).
Utilising the data is what gives intelligence to the Intelligent Building
The market is looking for a solution that gives the brains to the building, this is achieved basically with sensors, but that is not enough. We need to understand what to do with the data as well.
For now, we have to make sense out of the data collected ourselves, in the coming years this will be automated, and suggestions for actions will be given to us through AI. Again, the more we are able to connect, the more relevant information we get from the “hive” that is learning from each other. Tesla is an excellent example, in the Tesla “hive” each and every car learns from each other, the more cars on the road, the more intelligent the AI will get.
“Low hanging fruit is sensor data and machine learning. There is no excuse if you are not into that already”, Larry Smarr, Professor, University of California, San Diego.
We humans as are extremely good sensors for sensing the current environment, but we can't be everywhere. To complete us and to be able to predict with the deeper knowledge we have to connect with technology in a much faster pace and without boundaries.
Human-centricity in all we do is not to be forgotten
New technologies provide extremely good tools to help us with our daily lives. Such as Tieto Intelligent Building solution, which is a great enabler in the Activity Based working environment, where you choose how and where to work based on your own activities. Human-centricity in tech has the right tools and sensors in place to make sense of the data and to help us in taking the correct actions. Connecting the data from the “building brain” is the key to making any intelligent building truly intelligent.
One big challenge is how to take different system siloes and piece it all together to make sense out of everything to make a holistic view of the environment. Qualcomm smart campus in San Diego has cracked this challenge, by connecting everything with IoT, even the outside solar panelled trashcans (which in the future smart cities will be WLAN hotspots btw) has sensors to provide relevant information to the company picking up trash.
The water outlet for the fire department has a sensor to inform whether or not the system is functional, this saves up a lot of time for the county, as these maintenance checks have to be conducted systematically and all the time.
Healthy Buildings build on employee wellbeing
Finally, we are starting to hear even the real estate market talking about wellbeing and health; this drives the discussion towards human-centricity where end users are the kings and queens.
The fact is that the essential bullshit detector of how a corporation values their employees is determined by their investment in space. This naturally puts some pressure on the building owners and landlords, as corporations start to expect that the wellness factors are aligned with agreements. The space itself actually works as a recruitment tool for attracting and keeping talents.
Again, data and technology play a big part in this as well, as we are able to validate the health of the environment through different methods, e.g., biometrics with wearables. It delights me that Tieto Keilalahti Campus is a showcase also in employee wellbeing, and we were actually mentioned in a topic discussion in San Diego by the panelist Ken Sinclair, who is a renowned author in the field of smart/intelligent buildings.
In a nutshell
Solutions need to:
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality, to change something build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” – Buckminster Fuller
About the Author
Patrik Etelävuori, Head of Concepts and Innovations - Facilities
Patrik is passionate about design thinking and challenging the status-quo with a human-centered and disruptive approach. Creating new models and innovations in our daily work environment both in solutions and services are close to his heart. Patrik was driving the Tieto Keilalahti Campus head office project and now works closely with New Ways of Working and Intelligent Building solutions in the constantly evolving and digital work environments.
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