You can’t turn a corner (or open a blog article) without reading something about Artificial Intelligence (AI) these days. And for good reason, too. Forecasted market growth could bring the value of AI to trillions of dollars by 2030, according to some estimates. The applications are endless and leading to more productivity and efficiency.
One area where AI is poised to make a material impact: building automation, where large models will drive the intelligence, efficiency and sustainability of our commercial and industrial buildings. Let’s take a look at a handful of the ways in which AI will transform building operations (some of which are already underway).
Improved energy efficiency: AI-powered building automation systems can analyze data from a variety of sources, such as sensors, building management systems, smart thermostats and more to identify energy-saving opportunities. For example, AI can be used to detect when windows or doors are left open, or when equipment is left running when it is not needed. By detecting and responding to these activities, AI-enabled automation systems can help reduce energy waste.
Enhanced occupant comfort: AI can also be used to improve creature comfort by adjusting the smart thermostats, lighting and ventilation systems based on occupancy levels and preferences. We’ll have the ability to create unique and comfortable environments for people who are working overnight shifts or for people who have special needs.
Increased operational efficiency: AI can also be used to improve operational efficiency by automating tasks such as scheduling maintenance, ordering supplies such as air filters and responding to service requests. And the proactive task management can be executed based on rich insights, not only “if this, then that” algorithms.
Optimized space utilization: Advanced technology will monitor occupancy patterns and propose adjustments to the layout of furniture and equipment accordingly. If a space is underutilized, you may receive recommendations for potential repurposing.
Predictive maintenance: While nothing new, predictive maintenance will get a material boost in accuracy with more robust learning models. The result: no costly downtime and an improvement in the lifespan of your equipment.
Security enhancement: AI can detect security threats such as unauthorized access to a building or data breaches, based on anomalies or calculated risk factors. The result: reduced losses and increased peace of mind.
Personalized experiences: Buildings have become more flexible, modular and adaptable over the years thanks to a combination of technology and design. AI will further build on that trend by personalizing the experience for building occupants, such as adjusting a smart thermostat or lighting based on their preferences. This can help to improve both occupant comfort and productivity.
These are just a few examples of how artificial is being incorporated in building automation today. As the developments continue, we’ll see even more advanced applications and use cases which make our buildings smarter, more efficient and more comfortable. We promise to stay on the forefront of design and technology at ENA Solution as we deliver economical and effective solutions for your buildings.