Intelligent Buildings and Big Data at CABA Forum 2015


This year’s annual CABA Intelligent Buildings and Digital Home Forum coincided with the 2015 Broadband Communities Summit in Austin TX. Combined, the Broadband Communities Summit and the CABA Forum brought together over 1,000 professionals from the Internet of Things, Connected Homes, M2M and Intelligent Buildings industries. At the CABA Forum, there was an increased interest in the commercial building space, with an emphasis on technology deployment and data analysis. One session in particular highlighted the opportunities that lie within the field of big data analytics for commercial buildings.

The Intelligent Buildings and Big Data – Research Findings workshop presented the major findings of the 2015 Intelligent Buildings and Big Data study conducted by Navigant Research. The goal of the study was to help define what Big Data means in buildings and how property owners and managers, service providers, and building equipment manufacturers can capture value from that big data.

Today, most building data management systems cannot handle the enormous amount of data produced by integrated and intelligent building technology and connected devices. Therefore, end-users miss an opportunity to analyze this data and apply the results towards improving the efficiency and competitiveness of their buildings.

The Intelligent Buildings and Big Data study results emphasized the need for support in Big Data analytics (e.g. visualization, reporting, fault detection and diagnosis, and predictive maintenance) through extensive survey results.

“There’s a chasm between the technology and the end-users, and that gap has to be bridged by educating people on what the value of ‘Big Data’ solutions really is — and that value in terms of ROI or in terms of increased operational efficiency — but also there’s the technology deployment side of things,” said Norah Goldstein, research director at Navigant Research. “A lot of buildings today in North America are run with older systems and are running at a level that’s OK with their owners or operators, but that performance can be incredibly improved and energy can be saved and carbon can be saved.”

Attendees of this workshop also echoed insights from throughout the three-day CABA Forum. In particular, intelligent building solutions not only cut energy consumption but also increase productivity of the occupants of a building. Therefore, building owners and managers should see value to their top and bottom lines. As the intelligent buildings market continues to flourish, companies providing Big Data solutions will have a major hand in shaping the future structure of building systems, and in turn, increasing energy efficiency and industry productivity.



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