It knows where you live. It knows what car you drive. It knows who you’re meeting with today and how much sugar you take in your coffee. (At least it will, after the next software update.) This is the Edge, and it’s quite possibly the smartest office space ever constructed.
A day at the Edge in Amsterdam starts with a smartphone app developed with the building’s main tenant, consulting firm Deloitte. From the minute you wake up, you’re connected. The app checks your schedule, and the building recognizes your car when you arrive and directs you to a parking spot. Continue reading “Inside the Connected Future of Architecture: The Smartest Building in the World (Video)”
Are you familiar with what a ‘light table’ is? No trick question here, it is simply a backlit surface, commonly used to overlay drawings. Now imagine you have architects, engineers and builders all huddled around one. They are standing there with a stack of drawings trying to find ‘clashes’, … Continue reading “Building Information Modeling: How The Construction Industry Is Getting Smart”
Integrated building management and building automation systems (BASs) rely on networks of sensors, switches, fans, alarms, and other devices, along with powerful software tools to provide a real-time view of the current state of a building. Continue reading “Huge growth in nodes for building automation systems”
Hits Major Milestone: 1.7 Million Square Feet Under Energy Management. SensorSuite Inc., a leader in solutions for improving the performance and value of commercial buildings and real estate is proud to announce that its intelligent sensor technology and cloud software are being employed to reduce power consumption for more than 1.7 million square feet of commercial real estate. Major hotels and commercial clients have reduced heating and cooling energy costs by up to 20 to 30 percent in buildings outfitted with SensorSuite’s system. Continue reading “SensorSuite Introduces “Nest for Building Owners””
Esensors is developing an Internet via Ethernet gateway for Bluetooth LE enabled sensors suitable for smart buildings, smart grid and Internet of Things. The gateway is based on a standard Linux platform with a Bluetooth wireless transceiver which processes and reformats sensor data as Internet/Ethernet accessible formats. Continue reading “Development of a Bluetooth Sensor Gateway for Smart Building and IoT”
To answer the growing demand from business enterprises for full-scale intelligent infrastructure solutions, CommScope has acquired Redwood Systems, Inc., an industry leader in LED lighting solutions and integrated sensor networks for data centers and buildings. Continue reading “Redwood Systems Acquired by CommScope”
What if the first responders could quickly and easily reprogram networks to detect new hazard?
Many remote sensor networks already exist for other uses. Some may monitor building temperature or they may be motion sensors. Others may be set up outdoors to track pollutants in a river. What if the first responders could quickly and easily reprogram these networks to detect the new hazard? For instance, maybe they could use a voice command saying that they need to know where the fire is, and the software would reprogram any remote sensors in the area to look for fire. When the emergency was over, the sensor networks would return to what they had been doing originally.
That’s the vision of a team of researchers at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. They hope it will be possible in the future for emergency responders to have specialized software with them for this purpose — built into their helmets. The software could quickly detect and reprogram any remote networks in the area to report, for example, not whether it’s time to turn the lights off but instead on whether a certain part of the building is on fire.
The group is partway through a three-year project sponsored by the National Science Foundation. (The grant could be extended beyond the three years.) The project is called ALERT: An Architecture for the Emergency Re-tasking of Wireless Sensor Networks.