Intel has partnered up with GE to reimagine the way buildings use energy, testing the concept in its own headquarters. With the application of smart building technology, cities can build on the infrastructure already in place with the addition of energy-saving solutions that may be as easy to set up as a wireless Internet router.
“All of this is important because we’re trying to help reduce carbon footprints and costs, and we’re trying to drive transformational change by offering a platform that is sensor-enabled, computer-enabled and can run new applications and deliver new experiences,” explained Justin Christiansen, general manager of IOT Markets & Channels Sales at Intel, on Current powered by GE’s blog.
Below you’ll find a few other examples of how Intel is leading the way in this smart building revolution.
The GE and Intel partnership showcases two major benefits for the community: low-power and low-cost energy solutions. Thanks to Intel’s atom-based processor connected to GE Predix (the industrial Internet operating system that controls a building’s environment), smart building rooms can be equipped with everything from temperature-controlling sensors to automatic window darkeners. Now apply this type of smart building technology to an entire city, and you take it to a whole other level. Recently, GE Lighting (with the assistance of Intel Inside®) has helped cities increase citizen productivity by improving and metering parking; responding quicker to crime; and reducing traffic congestion.
Here are a few other benefits of smart building technology:
-Automation of lighting control systems, thermostats, sensors and alarms makes buildings more efficient while cutting costs
-Technology developed for in-house usage can be built on and expanded to new markets
-Compute power can be used to drive the development of more capable solutions for the ecosystem
-Work environment is improved for employees, from temperature to lighting control
-Use of smart systems to safeguard buildings, protecting again “identifiable, emerging and unknown threats”
One of the main deterrents to setting up smart building technology is cost, but by looking at the long-term benefits cities can show how this technological transformation is worth the investment while improving living conditions for citizens