SMART BUILDINGSIT THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

A real smart building provides benefits both for its users and owners.

The opportunities are provided by the data generated by the building

The greatest potential in the further development of the buildings of the future does not lie in the physical components of the building. It lies in the IT systems that extract value from the data generated by the building. We are facing revolutionary opportunities which will have an enormous impact on both existing and new projects.

It is all about generating value

By combining the skills of our consulting engineers with those of IT specialists, we are able to offer a unique approach to the way in which technology is integrated into new and older buildings. Our focus is ensuring that technology generates value. By focusing on smart functionality for users and efficient operational tools, we deliver cost-effective and attractive buildings. The experience we have gained in the construction industry and retail sector in streamlining energy use is invaluable when applied to helping our clients to create the most valuable buildings on the market.

The user is key!

Our starting point is always the users of a building! By offering solutions that generate value for users, we also increase the price per square metre for the owners of the building. That is why we work with building developers to obtain a clear vision of the user processes that the building needs to support. We do this by defining usage examples.

These may illustrate e.g. how employees receive customised information on arrival at the building based on knowledge of their usage patterns and data from sensors within the building, such as vacant workspaces that offer automatically adapted climate settings. In our work with user processes, we recommend innovative and flexible methods focusing on opportunities and not technology or limitations.

Data processing in top systems

A building generates large volumes of data from sensors and other dedicated systems. Real benefit is gained when these data are collected and made available in a single top system. Only then is it possible to analyse, understand and optimise usage patterns quickly and accurately. Such a top system allows greater flexibility in future modifications, requirements and new services as the system is not dependent on underlying technologies and suppliers.

A prerequisite for the success of such a top system is focusing on options for integration with dedicated systems. This requires open interfaces. We work with several types of top system and offer a solution and service platform of our own called Quant.

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Continuous improvement

Where we previously relied on technical experts and experience models, the buildings of the future will be able to harness collected data to measure a building’s efficiency on an on-going basis. Collected data on user movement and actions provide a high level of insight. This information can be used to optimise dedicated systems in the building quickly and efficiently. Collecting data over time gives a very good insight into the history of the building so that the parameters that affect each other can be plotted. The development of machine learning and AI will also be able to provide further insight into the use of the building – potentially to offer an even greater degree of efficiency.

Mobile first!

As users, we have in recent years become used to using our mobile as a work tool – and this lies at the core of high-quality user experiences in buildings as well. The mobile can be used as a data collector, but also to provide users with customised information and functionality. Efficient user experience and functionality solutions are crucial to success – both for young advanced users and older users who may require more simplicity. Combined with analysis and improvement processes as described above, an excellent ‘improvement loop’ is established for successful use of the buildings of the future.

A new life with IT

Smart buildings mean new functionality for users and new challenges for operational staff. IT will play a key part of building infrastructure – and with that comes the need for new skills among those managing the building. Rejler’s business area of IT-Operations offers modern hybrid IoT-orientated IT operations for clients in demanding industries such as energy, retail, manufacturing, offshore and public transport. We design solutions that provide cost-efficient and proactive operation of IT infrastructure in buildings and limit the need for clients to invest in this expertise in-house.

Security and privacy

The smart buildings of the future will make entirely new demands of security and privacy. This will only escalate with the introduction of IoT devices and management of data streams from sensors. This is a priority in everything we do as suppliers in every phase of the project. We focus on IT services with built-in security, often called Security by Design, which ensures confidentiality, integrity, availability and quality.

Privacy is key in the processing of data related to users of the building. The collection of data that can be linked to people needs to be handled sensitively and within legal regulations, but it also needs to be ensured that uncertainty is not caused so the persons applying the technology processes.

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