The term smart building covers both the concept of a smart home and a smart building.
Even though there are already various management systems within the tertiary sector buildings, new technological innovations now offer new control possibilities such as connected maintenance, and reinvent the world of building.
1-The changing buildings industry
The Smart Building marks the beginning of a new era with a building that has become connected, intelligent and, above all, communicating.
It is about bringing an active dimension to the building and an agile management by renovating the technical management systems in different ways, in order to speed up and simplify the process relating to the transmission of information:
- Digitally cover all technical equipment
- Centralize all management through new IoT technologies
This concept allows for an agile method of interconnection with a development of facility management: communication within the building to its occupants to review how they will be able to use it and communication with external service providers.
The Smart Building reorganizes the building industry with several objectives:
- Raise awareness among all players in the sector on the digital challenges
- Reduce energy costs in a concern for the environment and sustainable development
- Ensure the proper management of building equipment maintenance by its service providers
- Guarantee safety, improve the well-being and comfort of occupants and users
The buildings are today in full transformation on three levels. First and foremost, commercial building managers must present their customers with competitive management and automation services in order to provide the best control of the entire building (temperature, energy savings, maintenance, etc.). The Smart Building addresses this need by providing a centralized automation and management platform that can integrate this lack of connectivity and interoperability for efficiency. The first transformation therefore concerns facility management, which is clearly optimized.
This connected building concept also raises the challenge of assimilating two foreign domains: industry and digital. Buildings adapt to the digital evolution and adopt a digital transformation to save time, efficiency and productivity.
Finally, the Smart Building responds to the issue of sustainable development since it contributes significantly to the reduction of energy expenditure, regulation and control of these energies within the building.
As these few figures can show, the market is finally ready to take off.
The alliances created between the various profiles of actors (promoters, equipment manufacturers, builders / installers, start-ups) make it possible to develop offers that fully address the problems of managers and users: reduction of energy expenditure, optimization of operating expenses, improvement of comfort, control of service providers and maintenance operations … etc. The goal is to focus buildings on the needs of individuals.
Nevertheless, some questions may arise:
- On what criteria can a building be considered “smart”?
- What are the best services to implement and for which uses?
- What is the real added value for the stakeholders in this market?
- How to support, in the best way, the necessary transformations of the building sector to face these new challenges?
The Smart Lunch, a conference held on 16 January 2018 at VillagebyCA in Bordeaux, tried to provide answers with the 6 participants of the round table.
2- Smart lunch at VillagebyCA: back to the event
A 30-minute round table discussion, feedback and demonstration workshops punctuated the event, which was attended by nearly 80 people. Curious, experts in the area of facilities management, journalists, property developers or managers of buildings were able to discuss the theme around a gourmet buffet.
Among them, 3 founders of start-ups who have developed solutions to make more intelligent buildings: Julien Bruneau, Samuel Boury and Baptiste Berneron. They were accompanied to testify of 3 carriers of projects customers of these solutions: Remi Rossat-Mignod, Marianne Souchart and Pierre Flandrois.
iQSpot is a subscription-based software offering access to two major services: a web-based consumption monitoring dashboard and a mobile application allowing any building occupant to be informed of its energy consumption and comfort.
iQSpot can be eco-responsible and significantly reduce the electricity bill, whether for a company or a community.
Ubleam is based on a 3D technology called Bleam, which allows to connect the objects to the digital and to facilitate their use. She is mainly involved in the industrial field (maintenance, traceability, inventory management), customer relations and facilities management.
Its technology makes it possible to manage objects, products or equipment remotely via an IoT platform, to centralize several actions in its mobile application in augmented reality, while guaranteeing the field teams a gain in reliability and productivity.
Astéries is revolutionizing the monitoring of water quality through the Internet of Things, by automating the management of private pool water. Asteries guarantees a water quality always balanced 100% respectful of the standards of the Ministry of Health by reducing maintenance costs.
Coming from the state-of-the-art industry, its control center provides permanent alerts on water quality and passes information via the GSM network and the Sigfox network. The hyper reactivity of the system makes it possible to treat the water simultaneously. In case of problem, an SMS alert is sent to the operator.
To (re) see the video replay of the Smart Building Lunch organized at VillagebyCA on 16.01.2018, click on the link below.
Demonstration workshops by start-up have presented solutions in situation.
The challenge for Ubleam is to connect what is not like a fire extinguisher. We have placed a Bleam, 3D identifier, which once scanned through the mobile application, to access different types of services such as technical documentation, videos and also make up dysfunctions, all using the reality increased.
To find out more about the technology, or the IoT platform, we invite you to contact us to plan your online demonstration and to understand the various applications of Bleam applications according to your sector of activity.