IBM is moving into the smart building market, working with partners to create smarter buildings, offices, and urban infrastructure worldwide.
With intelligence embedded into the physical assets of an organisation, IBM will help clients create a command center to manage not only their data center and IT design, but also the physical assets as diverse as water mains, office equipment, door locks, printers, heating systems and fire hydrants.
Buildings account for 80% of New York City's carbon emissions each year, for example, and buildings emit more emissions into the environment than cars do.
A smarter building can quickly sense and respond at every system level possible. By joining its software, research and services expertise together with industry-leading partners, IBM is helping clients:
* Manage energy use by monitoring and analyzing heat, air conditioning and power consumption so that they can lower costs and decrease emissions;
* Identify security breaches;
* Maintain equipment proactively and even predictively, preventing breakdowns and ensuring that critical assets such as fire systems, manufacturing equipment, HVAC systems, etc. will work when they're needed;
* Locate assets across facilities including tools, equipment and machinery; and
* Manage printing costs and usage in offices.
"Smarter buildings are key to the economic and environmental sustainability of urban environments," says Rich Lechner, vice-president, energy & environment for IBM, "Realtime infrastructure data coupled with analytics can enable better economic decisions and environmental outcomes. Together with an array of partners, we are delivering this value to clients today."
IBM is working with partners, including Johnson Controls and Ricoh.