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TECHNOLOGY
building owners can
ยป Smart
integrate the IoT in projects
with little or no added expense.

ON THE RISE

Buildings are becoming smarter thanks to IoT technology. BY TANUJ MOHAN

T

he Internet of Things (IoT) is on the
rise and impacting the building
landscape. Buildings are now
becoming even smarter thanks
to this technology - with real time and
historical data on space utilization, HVAC
and more that can inform key decisions in
the building management process. Through
networked lighting systems with app-based
technology, smart building owners are able
to easily integrate the IoT in new construction and retrofit projects with little or no
added expense in dollars or time.
Thinking about IoT during the early stages of the construction process increases the
lifetime value of a building while also helping building owners to future-proof their
buildings and ensure that energy usage and
building environments are optimized. As

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the technology is becoming more popular,
construction executives and contractors
should familiarize themselves with the
capabilities and benefits of IoT solutions to
meet demand in the marketplace.

Ease of Integration
Selecting the right IoT platform is crucial,
and will determine both the long-term
costs and savings as well as the initial ease
of integration. Some vendors have finance
mechanisms that allow the system to be
installed at no upfront cost with payback
through a portion of future energy savings.
These systems are advantageous because
they are turnkey solutions that are quickly
installed in as little as one to two weeks.
They also typically do not require costly and
time-consuming infrastructure projects that

require electrical engineering, and rewiring.
They integrate with existing electrical infrastructure at the fixture-level.
Some networked lighting solutions are
also out-of-the-box Title 24 and ASHRAE
90.1-2010 compliant, which helps avoid
the cost and delay of needing a trained
engineer to approve plans.

Extensibility and Data
Beyond installation, there are numerous
benefits to selecting a networked lighting
system with IoT capabilities - such as advanced data that can inform key decisions
in the building environment. IoT applications can extend a networked lighting
system's capabilities past lighting alone, to
integration with other buildings such as
HVAC and asset tracking. The sensors are


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