Qualcomm ups smart campus IQ with sensing tech


[quote] According to Qualcomm’s website, by utilising various wireless technologies and open protocol standards, the company has been able to break down the silos of legacy building management systems to make the vision of intelligent buildings a reality. Through the deployment of smart sensors and intelligent edge devices, Qualcomm has developed a smart campus OS that will help it to achieve 10% – 12% savings in energy utilisation and about 15% increase in operational efficiency.

The smart campus will integrate GE’s ‘Current’ sensors, microservices and intelligent LED infrastructure to help drive more energy efficiency, operation savings, while extending the company’s existing intelligent environments showcase for visiting customers. [EC-funded Smart Campus project achieves 30% in energy savings]

A release states that as part of the deployment, Current’s sensors will detect and analyse building occupancy levels to help control lighting and HVAC in real time, with the goal of driving down energy costs in the locations where they are used.

Moreover, air-quality sensors for temperature, humidity and CO2 will work in concert with ventilation systems to enable optimal temperature and environmental conditions based on building occupancy, with the goal of enhancing the comfort and productivity of occupants.

Edge intelligence 

Supporting Qualcomm’s efforts to gain more intelligence and further increase efficiencies on its smart campus, edge intelligence gateways powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors will support the collection of critical data, while normalizing and filtering for various sensors in real time. The intelligent gateways will also promote seamless communications between various enterprise assets such as lighting, water, energy and HVAC.

LED light fixtures can also be used to send VLC signals to a customer’s smartphone, and Qualcomm Lumicast can determine their location with centimetre-level accuracy. [University of NSW becomes testbed for IoT and smart city tech]

Its website adds that the company’s smart city development approach contains three main elements. First, it reuses existing systems such as mobile broadband networks. Second, reimagining existing infrastructure to derive additional value. Third, the transformation of single-purpose devices into multipurpose devices to maximise efficiency.