Intelligent Building Design and Implementation, and Operation

Intelligent Buildings are Internet-connected and rely upon Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to provide improvements over legacy commercial real estate such as enhanced efficiency, safeguarding assets, and other operational improvements. Smart Buildings encompass central control of the vital systems that provide security, comfort and sanitation for its inhabitants. The discrete operations are integrated into a common network of control.

Enterprise across a wide range of industry verticals benefit from Intelligent Facilities, as will certain services provider companies that manage large industrial facilities and equipment such as Drives, Pumps, Cooling Towers, and Compressors, which are all large, expensive, and utilize a lot of electricity.

Intelligent Building Engineering and Planning

One of the most important aspects to consider for Intelligent Buildings is design and implementation of technologies such as AI, Data Analytics, and IoT. For example, IoT will improve life cycle cost management for facilities and equipment through more intelligence utilization, maintenance, and predictive replacement. In addition, Smart Buildings often represent a platform from which to establish new value-added services.

A sampling of companies in this space include:

  • Cadillac Fairview
  • Current (GE)
  • Daikin Industries, Ltd.
  • Enlighted Inc.
  • ENTOUCH
  • Honeywell International, Inc.
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • KMC Controls
  • Robert Bosch LLC
  • Southwire Company LLC
  • Steelcase Inc.
  • United Technologies Corporation (UTC)

The above companies provide important services to the Smart Building industry as well as the Smart Infrastructure segment as a whole, which includes physical infrastructure includes buildings, transportation (roadways, railways, and ports), utilities, and more. Improving the operational effectiveness and efficiency, safeguarding assets, and establishing new value-added services are the fundamental goals of establishing Smart Infrastructure.

Intelligent Buildings and the Smart Workplace

The Smart Workplace concept is closely associated with Intelligent Buildings and Smart Facilities. In this context, it is related to various Building Automation solutions including Smart Lighting, Smart Security (such as access control via biometrics), Intelligent HVAC systems, and more.

Roughly speaking, the Smart Workplace is characterized as one that provides a safer, more comfortable, and productive work environment. Beyond the solutions mentioned above, next generation smart workplaces will include advanced technologies such as detection systems to determine presence of employees for work space optimization.

While closely tied to Smart Buildings, it is important to note that the Smart Workplace is not tied to only to a building space as remote work includes home workers, telecommuting, and work while traveling. Accordingly, a larger definition of the Smart Workplace includes technologies and solutions to enable more efficient and effective workflow and other business operation considerations.

A broader definition of “Smart Workplace” takes into consideration those technologies and solutions that provide process improvement, work flow improvement, internal and external supply chain management optimization, visibility into product/service usage, opportunities for moving from products to services in an “as a Service” model, intelligent worker monitoring, data analytics, control of the entire Product Life Cycle (PLM), and more.

Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS)

Many Intelligent Building functions/features rely upon Building Automation Software (BAS) and are often provided on a Software as a Service (SaaS) basis. Software is typically tied into a Building Automation System, which provides a central point of control as well as a means of accessing analytics data.  Advanced systems also support Smart Workplace applications, services, and solutions.

It is sub-optimal to provide BAS as a standalone function. Accordingly, Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) often deployed to tie all components and sub-systems together. IWMS typically represent a combination of five separate modules (1) Property Management, (2) Facility and Space Management, (3) Maintenance Management, (4) Sustainability and Energy Management, and (5) Technology Management.

Each software module addresses specific functions powered by Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, as well as Artificial Intelligence (AI), 3D Visualization, and Data Analytics. IWMS solutions as a whole typically include software as well as related services such as network and system integration, professional services, predictive analysis, and more.

Role of IoT in Smart Buildings

Smart Buildings utilize IoT and other supporting technologies to provide enhanced facility management as well as improved safety, comfort, security, and productivity for workers.  Certain leading companies within the Commercial Real Estate (CRE) sector are realizing tangible benefits from developing Smart Buildings.  The CRE industry is able to charge higher fees for IoT enabled intelligent buildings as well as leverage various capabilities to provide Smart Workplace solutions.

Supporting technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Mobile Edge Computing, 5G networks will all support new and enhanced smart building system related applications and services. The anticipated massive growth of IoT smart building systems also creates a substantial market opportunity for asset tracking systems and real time IoT analytics, especially associated with smart workplace solutions.  Mind Commerce sees many opportunities for AI in Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS), especially pertaining to simultaneous resource allocation and workflow management optimization.

Smart Buildings Research from Mind Commerce

The Mind Commerce report, Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) Marketplace: IWMS Platforms, Software, and Solutions Market Outlook and Forecasts 2018 – 2023, provides a multi-dimensional view of the IWMS market including analysis of software solutions and service providers, evaluation of key technologies, assessment of current market trends, and outlook for future business opportunities.

The report evaluates important trends. For example, IWMS solutions, enterprise organizations are able to optimize asset utilization, energy consumption, technology deployment, building and infrastructure efficiency, and overall workplace productivity to gain substantial savings in CAPEX and OPEX. Integration of IoT and AI is accelerating the transformation from software-driven to service-centered automation with the added benefit of generating positive return on assets for enterprise.

The report also provides detailed quantitative analysis and forecasts including:

  • Global and Regional market forecasts for 2018 to 2023
  • Leadership Matrix identifying 20 leading IWMS vendors
  • Analysis and forecasts by deployment type and pricing model
  • Analysis and forecasts by industry vertical, software and service type

The report also includes specific industry recommendations with respect to IWMS software and services.

The Mind Commerce report, Smart Workplace Market in Industry Verticals 2018 – 2023,  provides analysis of the market for Smart Workplace solutions, applications, and services across industry verticals.

Sectors analyzed and forecasted in this report include Education and Training, Financial Services, Government and Public Services, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Media and Entertainment, Real Estate and Construction, Retail Sales and Services, Telecommunication and IT, Transportation and Logistics.

The report analyzes smart workplace products and integrated systems, transformation services, and integrated workplace management systems.  The report provides detailed forecasts for years 2018 to 2023.

The Mind Commerce report, IoT in Smart Buildings Market Outlook and Forecasts 2018 – 2023, evaluates the Smart Buildings marketplace including technologies, players, and solutions. The report analyzes Smart Buildings challenges and opportunities, assessing market potential and provides accompanying forecasts globally as well as regionally and by market segment for 2018 – 2023.

The report includes analysis of technologies supporting building automation, IWMS, and smart workplace applications and services. Solution areas covered include 5G, AI, Data Analytics, and Edge Computing.

Intelligent CRE for Enterprise: Smart Buildings, Intelligent Workplace, and Management Systems 2018 – 2023 evaluates the Smart Buildings marketplace including technologies, players, and solutions. The report analyzes Smart Buildings challenges and opportunities, assessing market potential and provides accompanying forecasts globally as well as regionally and by market segment for 2018 – 2023.

The report includes analysis of technologies supporting building automation, IWMS, and smart workplace applications and services. Solution areas covered include 5G, AI, Data Analytics, and Edge Computing.

IntelligentCRE_2018-2023

This research provides analysis of the market for Smart Workplace solutions, applications, and services across industry verticals. Sectors analyzed and forecast in this report include Education and Training, Financial Services, Government and Public Services, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Media and Entertainment, Real Estate and Construction, Retail Sales and Services, Telecommunication and IT, Transportation and Logistics.

It analyzes smart workplace products and integrated systems, transformation services, and integrated workplace management systems. The report provides detailed forecasts for years 2018 to 2023.

This research also provides a multi-dimensional view of the IWMS market including analysis of software solutions and service providers, evaluation of key technologies, assessment of current market trends, and outlook for future business opportunities.

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