80 percent of employees today say they want to work for companies that are digitally-enabled. With technology constantly evolving, building technology has become a key component in meeting the demand of a digitally-enabled workplace while improving safety, productivity, and comfort for building occupants and employees.
Solutions like Cisco’s Digital Ceiling Technology utilize IoT to incorporate lighting, heating, cooling, and security systems via motion detection and a multitude of other sensors. A single mobile app controls the sensors, resulting in a highly personalized user experience and data driven building management.
What You Can Do With A Digital Building:
- Combine disparate building networks by merging lighting, air, physical security, and other networks onto a single IP network.
- Improve efficiency and sustainability by saving money on energy and operating expenses to meet environmental-protection standards.
- Improve building security and safety by providing a comprehensive threat intelligence and defense by using the one network as a sensor and enforcer.
- Deliver new user experiences with room temperature, light color, and intensity settings that follow employees to their work stations.
- Enable business analytics because sensors help analyze traffic patterns, use of space, and occupancy rate in real time.
Digital Ceiling Technology makes it easier to harness the intelligence of your building by linking building services via a single converged IP Network. The result is a smart and connected building that lowers costs and eliminates more than 40 percent of energy waste.
ITS’ Digital Building Solutions provide installation simplicity, seamless security, and sustainable savings through 5 simple steps.
1. Simple Construction
Traditional buildings have a complex manual installation and expensive high-voltage AC. With a digital building, there is simple install via mobile app and inexpensive PoE/DC cabling. LED (PoE) lighting accelerated the transformation of building systems while decreasing installation and operating costs. 70 percent of new commercial building lighting installations will implement this smart lighting because the LED and PoE technologies easily provide energy savings and fit the International Energy Conservation Code. Installing a traditional building’s AC wiring will be 20 percent more expensive than a digital building.
2. Deploy Networking and Technology
Digital buildings incorporate a unified IP network and IoT protocols. This allows for simple management and deployment. Traditional buildings include multiple inflexible and unsecure technologies while digital network architecture gives dependable automated security to building systems. With a digital building a business can save up to 30 percent in energy, spatial management, and maintenance at large sites.
3. Converge Architectures and Building Systems
Siloed building subsystems, independent subsystem difficulties, and delayed maintenance or repair are common in traditional buildings. Digital buildings, however, allow centrally controlled management systems for the building with a simplified debugging and reporting system. Converging heating vacuum and air conditioning systems (HVAC), lighting, and surveillance systems, digital buildings are capable of receiving their LEED Certification. These advanced digital building solutions can cut energy use by up to 40 percent.
4. Move In
68 percent of people do not like their office lighting and 50 percent are often dissatisfied with the office temperature. Digital buildings allow customized temperature, humidity, and lighting control at each personal workspace. An estimated 16 percent improvement in productivity happens when employees can adjust these controls. In a traditional building, company devices do not communicate with each other. Digital buildings allow interoperability of IoT devices for analytics.
5. Manage and Maintain
Real time analytics and heatmaps through networked sensors allow savings of approximately 38 percent in digital buildings. Commercial real estate projects an annual growth of 79 percent in sensor deployment from 2015 to 2020. Traditional buildings waste around 30 percent of consumed energy. Buildings without digital solutions require paper records and manual reporting which equals more time and money.
Case Study: Results of Cisco implementing their own Digital Ceiling in new office building, RBC Waterpark Place, in Toronto, Canada:
- 78% of occupants report a better sense of well-being and comfort
- Potential $2M in annual productivity gains from better lighting and temperature controls
About 10-15% operational savings with energy efficiency
- $150,000 annual savings in conference room energy alone
- Coined “The Smartest Building in North America”
“Digital Ceiling Technology changes the way we think about how we work and operate on a daily basis,” says Steve Meany, CEO of ITS. “When you think about the impact of this technology, particularly in settings like schools, hospitals, and government buildings where safety and security are primary concerns, the impact of this technology is highly significant,” says Meany.
To learn more about Digital Ceiling Technology or to request a quote, contact ITS.