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Building Technologies – the Digital Transformation

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Building technologies have undergone a sea change over the years with the rise of the digital revolution, leading to digitisation, automation integration and more recently smart buildings. We are seeing the rise of the connected world where all components of a building are integrated with the help of Internet of Things (IoT), analytics and pervasive communications. A presentation by the Siemens Building Technology Division at the Siemens Industry Analyst Conference, September, 2016 gives newer insights.

Trends in digitalization affecting the building industry:

  • By 2018 there will be more connected devices than people alive; Estimate: 25 billion by 2020
  • Business IP traffic will grow at a CAGR of +20% from 2014-2019
  • Mobile computing to grow by +57% CAGR from 2014-2019
  • Costs sinking dramatically:
    — ($500 per 1 million transistors in 1990;
    — $0.05 per 1 million transistors in 2012)
  • Large amounts of data can be turned into value for our customers
  • Customer’s expectations are at the heart of digital transformation

The trend is towards instant access to information, user defined experience, more choices and reduced complexity.

A brief history of BT solutions

The 1900s were mainly characterised by Electric and Pneumatic Controls. Later, in the 1970s, Supervisory Systems and Energy Management rose into prominence. The 1980s saw the rise of networked DDC and control systems. The 1990s brought open platforms, while the turn of the century saw IT integration and discipline integration coming to the fore. Vertical Integration started in 2005, culminating in the development of the smart grid in 2012.

By 2018, we will see increased deployment of analytics, advanced control systems and application interoperability through web services. We will see the widespread use of IoT, paving the way for a future where devices become smart.

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