Six technologies making buildings smarter


Dan Probst,
Chairman Energy
and Sustainability
Services, Jones
Lang LaSalle
Singapore, London, U.K. and Chicago, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — July 5, 2013 – Smart buildings are leveraging emerging machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies to become even smarter, with six advances in smart building technology enabling a new era in building energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction, according to real estate services provider Jones Lang LaSalle.

These are:

  1. Wireless meters and sensors – which can now be used to monitor automated building equipment and relay data to a centralized remote command center
  2. Internet and cloud computing – which now make it financially feasible to transmit data from millions of building data points to the command center
  3. Open data communication protocols – which solve the “Tower of Babel” problem created in buildings containing multiple automated systems, each operated by proprietary controls
  4. Powerful analytics software – which provides dashboards, algorithms and other tools for interpreting building data
  5. Remote centralized control – which can be used to protect data transmissions from hundreds of buildings in a company’s portfolio to the central command center
  6. Integrated work order management – which can streamline communications with on-the-ground facilities staff when human attention is required.

“M2M technologies are converging to make smart buildings – and their owners – even smarter,” commented Dan Probst, chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services at Jones Lang LaSalle. “We can now perform real time remote monitoring, commissioning and control of entire portfolios of buildings, leading to dramatic improvements in building performance and meaningful energy savings.”

The top six technologies typically yield a return on investment for building owners within one to two years, according to Jones Lang LaSalle, in their latest quarterly Global Sustainable Perspective.