Data-driven technology such as smartphones, smart watches and smart glasses continue to optimise every aspect of our daily lives and it won’t be long before the Internet of Things (IoT) enables us to use this data to create emotionally intelligent workplaces as well.
The potential that lies in the relationship between these connected, smart devices represents the next step in closing the gap between humans and computers, with real efficiency lying in machine-to-machine interaction.
After announcing its AutoML project in May 2017, Google announced that the project’s artificial intelligence (AI) has beaten the human AI engineers at their own game by building machine-learning software that’s more efficient and powerful than the best human-designed systems. The real challenge, therefore, will be to clear the fog of data for users to make it a human-centered experience.
Operations – asset and facility management for both new and existing buildings
Today’s building occupants already have the wearables, apps and smart phones with everything from email, social media and calendar schedules, but the ability to tie it all together with their place of employment is what will help businesses differentiate themselves in the future. This aligns with many property owners, who are aware that tenants’ expectations have shifted from buildings that are high-tech and luxurious, to buildings that are sustainable and intelligent.
Smart sensors are a key element in the “things” of IoT, along with software, network connectivity and electronics that enable them to gather and communicate data. Smart sensors in buildings of the future extend far beyond merely picking up on changes in a physical environment and the movement of people.
IoT ecosystems that run on state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms can provide unprecedented precision in detecting the movements and location of occupants. When integrated into other building systems and appliances, truly smart buildings that enhance safety, save energy, provide business intelligence, and optimise facility management and occupants’ experiences are possible.