Dec 11, 2018
The era of “smart buildings” is here, bringing new opportunities for significant gains in efficiency, safety and environmental protection. Let’s look at the impact of smart buildings on fire detection and what it means for organizations planning new facilities.
To begin, let’s recognize that the term “smart buildings” means different things to different people. For some, it’s all about the Green Initiative. Is the building able to sustain itself or reduce its carbon footprint? Can they reuse some of their water or generate electricity from onsite solar cells or wind turbines?
Another definition of “smart buildings” is based on sensors. Is the building smart enough to know that, if I’m the first person there in the morning and I swipe my card, it should switch the HVAC system into occupied mode? Can it start to turn the lights on? Can it adjust the window shades to allow the sun to come in? Can it call the elevator down for me because it knows that I’m in the lobby and I’m going to the tenth floor?
It’s all about how the systems integrate with one another—not just providing information to each other, but also interacting with one another, causing things to happen from one system to another.
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