It is no secret that many buildings do not perform to their potential, and digital transformation certainly has the potential to address this. Building a business case for digital transformation needs to focus on an organization’s facility management objectives, whether that is improving user satisfaction, reducing complaints, the resilience of systems, comfort, air quality, or energy performance. Alongside the hard-commercial benefits, it is important to recognize the softer benefits, such as improvements to health and well-being, recruitment, and retention of staff.
According to our studies and surveys from different research companies, 80% of the executives of companies and property investors would like to convert their real-estate portfolio into digital assets which can generate data to optimize.
- Operations, by using fewer people but doing more with intelligent systems
- Energy Efficiency, controlling AC or other systems that are not connected to any BMS system without depending on human.
- Space Usage, understanding how the building is used during the day and decide whether they need so big and many buildings or not.
- Marketing Strategies, Get real-time information on occupancy patterns and direction in different floors, departments, or branches.
- Reducing Maintenance Costs, with real-time data from HVAC and other systems in the building and from the indoor environment of the building will help to reduce the maintenance costs and dependency of maintenance companies.
New and evolving human-centric technologies are driving a shift from measuring the usual empirical variables to sensing people and their bio and social feedback. Our core variables — temperature, humidity, light levels, etc. — still rule the control equation, but now deep personal information is accessible. INESS enables analysis of human behavior and occupancy patterns and direction with its proprietary sensor technology.
Human-Centric Building Operation improves the overall well-being and productivity of building occupants by providing the right ventilation and AC operation, space usage, at the right time, for the right task. HCL adjusts intensity and color temperature to support circadian rhythm, enhance concentration, or simply help relax.
What are the benefits?
Human-Centric Building Automation in turn has a benefit for future business growth and can enhance the position of the national economy.
The case studies identify four key areas where different approaches could be taken:
Lighting – improving daylight provision and the quality of artificial lighting;
Ventilation/air quality – increasing ventilation flows and reducing Volatile Organic Compounds and carbon dioxide;
Thermal comfort – including solar overheating in the working environment and enabling an individual to control the temperature of their immediate space
Interaction – increasing the control and self-determination of the office environment including control of lighting, ventilation, physical desk setup, and chosen setting;
Our target is to develop fully autonomous buildings that can learn and share data with other buildings, and adjust their systems based on human interaction and flow patterns in order to save energy and reduce carbon emission by 20% in the following 5 years.