IoT In Commercial Buildings – Connected Lighting & Beyond

Warehouse-Icons_smallThe Internet of Things (IoT) is ushering in a new era of connected devices that stream real-time data, bring intelligence and enable consumers to make better decisions thereby saving money. From wireless thermostats, security systems and smart watches that sync to an app – monitoring and control of remote devices has reached the mainstream consumer market.

Enterprise IoT applications, on the other hand, are more complex. Smart building control solutions, the core application for enterprise IoT, need robust design, high availability, redundancy and architecture designed to scale in order to satisfy the high performance requirements. Unlike residential buildings, warehouses, distribution centers and manufacturing sites are characterised by large open spaces, high ceiling and 24X7 operation in harsh environment. Connecting thousands of nodes at these facilities using a consumer grade wireless technology is pushing the envelope in terms of scale. Moreover, many facilities have proprietary building management system (BMS) and each system relies on a different communication protocol (BACnet, Modbus or LonWorks) to exchange information. Integrating disparate systems, getting them to communicate using a standard protocol and providing interoperability across devices is the biggest roadblock preventing the IoT from reaching its true potential for enterprise market.

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