The Building as Computing Platform
A building’s nervous system—its data network—will ensure that occupants are able to access the information and services they require wherever they are in a facility. That connectivity will enable users to experience a “soft layer” of the building environment that permeates the physical space but enables remote interaction across digital devices. In smart buildings, the nervous system comprises every system in the building to monitor and maximize efficiency.
Beyond the Smart Building
But as we move beyond the smart building, systems integrated through open standards will produce new cooperative operational paradigms. Building components that were once seen as distinct and disparate will blend together to deliver unprecedented environmental efficiency, while simultaneously delighting occupants and minimizing operational costs.
Cohesive Digital Infrastructure
As systems blend into a cohesive digital infrastructure, the building itself—the sum of the systems—will become a computing platform, allowing owners and occupants alike to upgrade their spaces with simple app downloads. Critical to the operation of these advanced facilities will be making location information available for occupants, devices, and infrastructure, so indoor positioning systems (GPS for indoor spaces) must provide accurate position information throughout the building.
Deep Software/Hardware Integration
The socialbuilding® platforms deliver personalized information based on context. It’s a simple concept, but to deliver such an advanced experience to building occupants requires deep software/hardware integration and advanced planning.