Building Automation Moves Forward
Many of you following my blogs in the past few weeks know I am doing a series on what technology is hot, and what technology is not. The first focused on 3D printing, while the second addresses mobility including apps, VR (virtual reality), and AR (augmented reality). The objective is to help you with technology buying decisions in the year ahead. Today’s focus is automation in buildings.
Whether it be in the home, in facilities, or even in the very fabric of the roads and bridges spanning the country, technology is more often being embedded, helping create “smarter” structures.
We see many of the research firms pointing to such growth in this area. For instance, MarketsandMarkets, www.marketsandmarkets.com, Seattle, Wash., predicts a 10.73% growth rate in building automation between 2017 and 2022.
This is due to increase in demand for energy-efficient systems, growing need for the automation of security systems in buildings, and the advancement of the IoT (Internet of Things). One area in particular that will see significant growth is security and access control systems. This will be seen in both the residential and commercial applications.
But as many of our readers know, and as we have reported in the past, the challenge with implementing smart technologies in homes, buildings, and infrastructure is the lack of a common data protocol. All of these systems need to be able to speak to each other.
This is something we are addressing in our Baseline to Build On initiative, which aims to develop a standard to impact all aspects of construction, including architecture, engineering, fleets, machinery, and more. The second event will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017, and is open to anyone who is interested in helping build a data standard for the construction industry. I encourage you to register, if you are interested in helping create a standard.
So we see here that “smarter” homes, buildings, and infrastructure is a growing trend. It is certainly a “hot” trend to keep an eye on—one that will likely impact your business in the months ahead.
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