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Smart buildings and smart campuses are gaining popularity. Smart campuses improve the quality of life for the occupants – including employees, owners, visitors, vendors and service providers, says Ashish Khare – General Manager and Business Head Systems Integration (India & ME), Wipro Limited, during a one- to one with Ravi Chandran

Smart buildings not only connect to the basic systems like fire alarms and IBMS but also give a layer for overall integrated operations of the buildings. This helps in managing energy better.

A visitor coming to a campus may be issued a gate pass in advance. He can be navigated to the destination within the campus on his own without requiring an escort. A route guide can be provided to the visitor. The authentication of the visitor, before he returns, can also be automated. This whole process ultimately reduces the inconvenience experienced by the visitor and the manual intervention in the cycle. It will reduce the overall lead time for a visitor.

Energy optimisation is an area which definitely gives a benefit in terms of cost savings. This is especially true of India where the energy supply falls short of the people’s requirement. Any energy saved is energy produced. It is an important aspect from both the environmental and cost perspectives. A smart building can give integrated control based on analytical data to make energy optimisation decisions.

Besides energy, another area is security. Better the integration between surveillance, access control, fire and other systems, better will be the ability to run security in an automated fashion. Analytics is becoming more and more commonplace. Access control is being used by a good number of organisations these days. It does not work in stand-alone mode. There are technologies to match the photograph on the access card with the photograph of the person using it. This prevents somebody from entering on someone else’s access card.

Much of the current work in the industry around smart campus is piecemeal. Wipro is working on developing an integrated offering. The ultimate aim is to optimise on all possible parameters – be it power, water or even waste. Energy savings alone can save 20-35% of the cost. India is slightly less advanced in this area compared to other economies, but catching up rapidly.

– Ashish Khare

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