IBM’ s Smarter Buildings division has posted five predictions on how smarter buildings will impact daily life and efficiency of our cities in 2012. With more people flocking to cities, IBM sees an urgent demand for smarter, more sustainable cities.
For IBM, a city’ s infrastructure is comprised of a number of systems, including transportation (e.g. roads, bridges, public transportation, etc.), sewage, utility (e.g. gas, electricity, water treatment and delivery), and public and private buildings. Urbanization and proliferation of these systems are key to quality of life, but also create a significant toll on the sustainability, energy efficiency and capacity level of a city.
IBM’ s Smarter Buildings division hightlights the impact of buildings to this strain. In the U.S. alone, buildings account for 70% of all energy use and 38% of all carbon emissions.
Smarter buildings technologies can help the government work toward its initiative by making it possible to better “listen’ to the abundance of information emitted from buildings. This includes thousands, if not millions, of data points produced each week from a proliferation of embedded technologies in data centers, water delivery systems, heating and air-conditioning, security devices, and office equipment. Analyzing this data and creating new applications to access it can squeeze out building inefficiencies to reduce cost, improve energy usage, and make them better places to live and work.
As the smarter buildings market continues to evolve, IBM predicts that we will start to see five top trends come to fruition:
- Smarter Neighborhoods
- X-ray Vision
- Beyond Parking
- Now Serving at the Energy CafÃ©
- Real Estate Management Becomes a Science