A SMART or intelligent building is one that provides a productive and cost-effective environment based on three basic elements: people, products, and processes.
In this context, the people are the building services users and facilities managers. The products are those employed in the building fabric and structure and as part of its facilities.
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When it comes to processes, we’re really talking about automation, control, systems, maintenance, and performance. Inevitably, there will be interrelationships among these three elements. The CIBSE definition continues:
Intelligent Buildings help building owners, property managers and occupants realise their goals in the areas of costs, lifetime energy management, well-being, convenience, safety, long term flexibility and marketability to achieve buildings which have high social, environmental and economic values.
Benefits of an Intelligent Building:
Energy Saving. Many buildings constructed in the past two decades have been designed with sustainability and low energy use in mind.
Reducing cost of changing occupancy and configuration
Improving end user / employee productivity in the workplace
Maintaining a comfortable, safe and secure environment at all times for those who work within
“Unmanageable complexity is the enemy of good performance.”
From an engineering perspective, there have been instances of overly complicated designs that are difficult to apply in a real-world setting.
Bringing together building and business systems have gained in popularity of late, but there are risks involved. Individuals may look to bypass security controls, for example, or otherwise operate systems incorrectly for some kind of short-term advantage. However, converged infrastructures typically realise more efficient and effective working environments. They purposefully allow for access control and other security-focused solutions to mirror change in use patterns within a given building. This is a time-efficient, practical step forward.
One $64,000 question that today’s professional needs to answer in relation to security and risk management is “What problems are we trying to solve?” Once that question has been answered, the security/risk mitigation solutions put in place absolutely have to be the most appropriate for the tasks at hand, the most robust, and, importantly, the most reliable ones available.
Intelligent, simpler buildings
From a security perspective, the major issues at play are protecting the security and privacy of a building’s owners and users, maintaining the integrity of that building (and what happens inside it), ensuring the building’s continuing availability for those owners and users.
Although making matters far simpler may not be at the top of every security solutions provider’s list of initial goals, every provider must remember at all times that intelligent buildings are intended to render operations smoother and easier for their occupants — the end users. Building intelligence into the equation should beget sensible systems that are also of themselves intelligible.
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