We live in a world where information and how to apply this information has huge potential to affect change in our everyday lives, whether that is simply controlling the environment which we live in or improving the quality of the built project. Internet of Things (IoT) is an innovative move towards the utlisation of data and its application in our day to day experiences. And while it is not new it is progressing at a rapid rate. According to Cisco there will be 50 billion connected devices by next year.
An IoT ecosystem is made up of web-enabled smart devices that use sensors and communication hardware which when connected through the internet enable the exchange of data which can then be analysed without the need for human to human interaction. This data can be used to create a desired action or act as a key reference point to enhance the process within a given field. Because it is highly personal and based on actual data it is highly effective in creating a more tailored and personal experience allowing us to manage and control our environment based on our daily routine.
Information gathered allows users to personalise their own homes remotely based on their daily routine by allowing the management and control of areas such as room temperature or by intuitively assessing actual heat gain according to the number of people within a space and adjusting accordingly. By connecting our home to our smart phone we can control the heating and the lighting to switch on or off even when we are not at home.
Imagine a 40 storey residential building with 400 apartments. Each tenant has one car which requires an access card to enter the building’s parking and which takes three seconds each time twice a day amounting to around 240 hours per year. By linking your smart phone or your car’s GPS system to the gate that results in a saving of at least two-thirds of this time – around 160 hours. Time is, after all, a precious commodity.
There are many benefits of IoT’s role in our personal environment however for the MEP engineer having access to real information about the customer and user requirements helps make the end user’s lives much easier and more comfortable.
By Alaa Abdelmohsen Sayed, Partner
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