As I was reading my notes and other materials to write this blog post, it occurred to me that in the future, the concept of using a light switch might be one of those antiquated habits that are a generational giveaway. That is, if the sorts of capabilities promised by the intelligent LED lighting and building control solutions developed by Redwood Systems achieve widespread adoption over the next decade. The reason I'm thinking about Redwood Systems today is that the company has announced three "strategic" new customer installations at Atheros Communications, Johnson Controls, and Fenwick & West. (The technology is also being used at SAP Labs.) I chatted with Dave Leonard, Redwood Systems CEO and cofounder, and Sam Klepper, Redwood Systems CMO, about some of the applications that these and other companies are using. Redwood Systems is a maker of intelligent lighting controls and building management systems. Some of the applications it enables -- such as daylight harvesting, which … [Read more...] about Redwood Systems intelligent building tech: Part security guard, part energy saver
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In demand: buildings that can talk to local and national utilities, to help smooth spikes in demand and moderate energy consumption. IDC Energy Insights released a market forecast that projects a global compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in spending for smart building technology of 27% between 2010 and 2015, with forecasted sales reaching $10.2 billion in 2015. The annual growth in North America will be about 28%, and 29% in Western Europe. The forecast includes systems and services for the control and optimization of building operations and maintenance, and IDC says the growth will be driven by energy management requirements: "Worldwide, smart building systems market growth will be driven by building owners and managers seeking ways to reduce operating costs and increase the uniqueness of their building assets, thereby embracing the complementary objectives of energy efficiency and sustainability. SB systems are a set of intelligent technologies that enable building managers to … [Read more...] about Smart buildings: the first ‘killer app’ for smart grid?
Two of the biggest forces in technology are leveraging their market positions to target what has become one of the sexiest distractions for leading high-tech players: building energy management. The reason this area has so much attention is that some figures imply that buildings could suck up as much as 42 percent of energy usage worldwide. That's a lot of money. This time, it is Cisco and Schneider Electric putting their brains and sales brawn together. Schneider Electric has already teamed up with another high-tech behemoth targeting this space, IBM. Under the most recent deal, Cisco and Schneider Electric have integrated their respective products -- EnergyWise and EcoStruxure -- into a solution that promises to let facilities and IT managers control five different business domains via an uber-network approach: power, data centers, processes and machines, building control and physical security. The combined management solution will touch any and all of the following: Heating … [Read more...] about Cisco, Schneider Electric team for smarter building energy management
New York's iconic Empire State Building's astonishing architecture looks much the same as it did 81 years ago, but a recent retrofit will reduce its energy consumption by almost 38 percent. At nearly a century young, the building is setting an example for modern day efficiency. Today, the Empire State Building Company, the building's current owners, announced that energy savings has exceeded expectations from when a run of retrofit projects was completed one year ago. A total of US$2.4 million was saved, and 4,000 metric tons of carbon was kept out of the atmosphere. A ragtag coalition of environmental interest groups, a real estate services firm, and Johnson Controls partnered with Empire State Building Company, to complete the overhaul. Annual energy savings will expand to $4.4 million after the upgrades are complete, eliminating 105,000 metric tons of carbon emissions over the next 15 years. "It is critical that we tackle the billions of square feet of inefficient office buildings … [Read more...] about Empire State Building becomes model for energy efficiency
Honeywell (NYSE: HON), announced today at INTERSEC 2018 its latest smart building technology, Command and Control Suite release 200 (CCS R200), which connects building personnel with data analytics to help drive operational improvements and efficiencies. CCS R200 builds on the original Command and Control Suite by offering more user interfaces to bring building performance data to key personnel in the Middle East, when and where they need it — from building operators and managers to security incident response teams — helping to reduce operational costs, mitigate risk and enhance business continuity. Honeywell’s CCS R200 combines intelligent automation, advanced analytics and data visualization with the contemporary user experience of consumer home and mobile electronics, bringing simple, intuitive displays to building operations to enhance facility and security management in an easy-to-understand manner for building operators in the region. The latest release brings … [Read more...] about Honeywell’s Enhanced Building Technology Offers New Interfaces To Help Improve Data Visualization And Decision-Making