Technology is continually evolving, thereby enabling commercial buildings to upgrade their security, management systems, and improve on their overall sustainability concerning energy usage and other outputs.
The integration of smart building technology opens new doors for smart property managers, employers, and employees. According to research, smart technology can help make buildings more environmentally friendly which increases the productivity of workplace employees.
The State of Technology 5 Years Ago vs. Now For Commercial Buildings
Commercial buildings see a lot of traffic on a daily basis. Apart from employees coming and going, visitors also stop by and a lot of deliveries are made almost every week. The ebb and flow of people entering and exiting a commercial building is to be expected but can make securing the building a bit of a challenge.
Compared to the traditional locks and outdated CCTV systems used only a few years ago, new building technology makes securing office buildings a lot more enforceable and manageable. Smart technology enables remote management and will even allow you to program scheduled visits with access control security.
Intentional design is now used as a tool to encourage engagement and fuel productivity while keeping energy usage in mind. Systems are also being automated to help preserve energy, which maximizes turnover as the implementation of new technology is resulting in fewer company expenses.
Types Of New Building Technology
Smart Technology and IoT Integrations
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning require a considerable amount of energy both in the summer and winter months. Seeing as it’s a year-round monthly expense, companies stand to save a lot of money by automating their ventilation systems. By automating ventilation management, companies can avoid accidental overnight ventilation when it’s not needed.
Through the continuous monitoring of the premises through smart sensor technology, you can ensure an even temperature. Humidity and carbon dioxide monitors will not only help to keep employees comfortable but can also up security by alerting you to accidental fires.
As with ventilation control, smart technology can also help you to regulate lighting systems by activating certain lights as and when needed. This helps to save valuable resources, and at the end of the day, also contributes toward a greener and more environmentally friendly commercial output.
Cloud-based access control allows for management integration of various systems, which gives users one access point for all of the customizable systems within the building. Cloud-based access control and IoT in building automation is flexible, cost-effective, easy to use, offers more security, and allows you to customize all linked smart appliances within your commercial building.
Retail, food franchises, and other commercial establishments experience heavy traffic which can make them harder to monitor and secure. Compared to older CCTV models that failed to blend into the immediate environment due to their size and design, smart cameras offer more discreet monitoring.
Newer devices come with free cloud storage and offer up to 7 days’ worth of high-resolution footage. Along with night vision, most devices also offer a wide viewing field with two-way audio which allows for in-depth monitoring of the premises from any location.
Smart cameras are also programmable, with some even being weather-proof which enables outdoor use. If you don’t want to invest in cloud storage then you can buy a DVR recorder, purchase a separate internal hard drive, and manually back up all recordings on a USB device.
For outside surveillance, motion-detecting cameras offer the best security outside office hours. When the sensors are tripped, the cameras will automatically start recording and send a notification to all linked smart devices. Apart from the notification that is sent to your phone or to a security company’s control room, smart cameras also save you lots of time combing through conventional camera footage after a security breach occurred.
Environmentally Friendly Design and Tech
Environmentally friendly technology enables commercial buildings to make the most of the available resources through anticipating human behavior. Smart technology not only monitors certain environments to keep its inhabitants safe but also to detect change.
In fact, sensors and monitors can easily adjust lighting, energy use, shading, and water utilization automatically, thereby modifying internal environments to optimally serve its inhabitants, saving resources and leaving a lighter carbon footprint.
Smart buildings are also much more sustainable than regular buildings. Constant smart communication enables these environmentally aware structures to exist off the grid and become self-sustaining, which essentially means they are able to produce and use their own resources.
According to research, IoT brings a new age for IT technologies. It can elevate your life and job to a more intelligent and modern stage. By investing in new building technology, you are essentially taking a holistic approach to security, comfort, convenience, and environmental well-being.
Unlike conventional technological approaches, smart technology forms a biosystem of interconnected monitors and sensors that work in unison to uphold a unique environment that you control.