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    Smart Building IoT: Control and Automate Your Facilities

    Smart buildings use IoT devices to automate operations, analyze inefficiencies, detect security threats, and recognize equipment problems. With a network of connected devices, facility managers can reduce occupancy costs, improve security, and extend the life of critical infrastructure and equipment. The benefits of smart buildings continue to grow, and businesses are increasingly recognizing the value of automation and IoT connectivity.

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    Cellular IoT for smart buildings

    While smart buildings can use a range of IoT connectivity options, EMnify’s cellular IoT solution offers several key advantages. Cellular networks provide excellent signal strength, allowing them to penetrate dense building materials and work well indoors or outdoors. They also have high data throughput and low latency, making them a good choice for data-intensive processes and real-time applications.

    With EMnify, you never have to deploy network infrastructure—you can connect to established networks anywhere in the world. Our network agnostic IoT SIM cards enable your devices to connect to more than 540 networks in over 190 countries.

    Smart building use cases

    The Internet of Things offers endless possibilities for automation and remote control, but there are several key areas where IoT applies to smart buildings today. Here are some of the most popular applications our customers use connectivity for.

    • Smart alarms and security cameras
    • Smart metering
    • Building automation
    • Occupancy management
    • Failure detection
    • Predictive maintenance

    Smart alarms and security cameras

    Facility managers can’t monitor every entry point and piece of equipment 24/7. But with smart security systems, they don’t have to. Connected cameras, alarm systems, and tracking equipment use sensors to remotely monitor facilities and critical assets. If unauthorized personnel attempt to access a secure area, it automatically activates alarms and sends alerts via text, email, or notifications.

    With connected devices bolstering security, smart buildings are equipped to respond faster to threats, coordinate with law enforcement and security personnel, and prevent losses.


    Smart metering

    In every facility, utilities like electricity, gas, and water are some of the greatest operations expenses. Smart metering enables facility managers to remotely monitor utility meters and submeters. This empowers businesses to analyze usage patterns, identify wasteful consumption, and detect anomalies. Depending on how it’s structured, smart building IoT can even isolate problems to specific pieces of equipment or infrastructure.

    Smart submetering also enables landlords to charge individual tenants for their energy consumption. Each submeter records and transmits the corresponding unit’s energy usage, making utility billing simple and fair in multi-tenant housing.

    This reduces ongoing costs and helps businesses quickly recognize and respond to failures like burst pipes, open valves, electrical failures, and gas leaks. Whether a malfunction or human error is to blame, facility managers can solve the problem before it leads to significant waste.

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    Building automation

    One of the more widespread applications of IoT in smart buildings is automation. By connecting HVAC systems, lighting, access control, shading, and other building infrastructure with sensors, facility managers can automate these systems according to a schedule or based on triggers, such as when there’s no one in the building, or a system has been left running too long. This can help lower operating costs and reduce the risk of human error.

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    Occupancy management

    Increasingly, companies are investing in IoT for space management purposes. Light Detection and Ranging (LiDaR) strips and blurred vision cameras with IoT sensors help managers and administrative staff measure space utilization, detect overcrowding, and optimize their space according to what employees need and how the facility actually gets used. With better occupancy analytics, companies can repurpose underutilized space or even downsize their real estate portfolios.

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    Failure detection

    Installing IoT sensors on critical systems and equipment empowers facility managers to detect failures the moment they happen. IoT-enabled devices can identify power outages and surges, leaks, and other issues that result from malfunctions, then send alerts and troubleshooting recommendations through an application.

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    Predictive maintenance

    Maintenance is a major challenge for modern facilities, but smart buildings are solving this tenance. Using sensors to measure each asset’s performance in real-time, facility managers can detect when equipment and machinery need maintenance before there is a failure. Unlike preventive maintenance, which operates on a predetermined schedule, predictive maintenance only initiates maintenance procedures when they’re needed.

    Preventive maintenance can greatly reduce unscheduled maintenance and equipment failures. But it also leads to wasteful usage of maintenance resources. You do the work according to the schedule, even if everything is still in peak condition. Predictive maintenance minimizes downtime by ensuring that it only happens when an asset needs to be cleaned, repaired, maintained, or replaced based on its performance.

    Since there are countless types of assets and equipment that are often unique to different industries and kinds of facilities, this is arguably the aspect of smart building IoT that has the most room for innovation.

    Connect your smart building IoT solution with EMnify

    EMnify’s purpose-built IoT connectivity solution helps you develop best-in-class smart building applications. We keep your devices connected wherever you deploy, so they'll always work for your customers right out of the box. And whatever your application’s connectivity needs are, we’ll help you select a ready-to-deploy cellular solution.

    Want to see what EMnify can do for your smart building IoT application? Sign up for a free test kit, and we’ll send you SIMs preloaded with data and 60 days of complete access to our platform.

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