The Advantages of Smart Buildings
have come a long way since Mark Honeywell unveiled the first programmable thermostat back in 1906. Today, has expanded far beyond the original temperature controls and water heating systems to include security, emergency, and .
Advanced integrated and telecommunication systems that can control anything from heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, security, and even user-centered functions like wayfinding and conference room scheduling. includes
With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) and , the promises a level of that will revolutionize the built environment and even the . will transform making them more like living organisms, with intelligent connected networks powered by adaptable interfaces and software. According to a study from Fortune Business Insights the value is expected to reach USD 109.48 Billion by 2026.
Bare Conductive’s Dynamically Functional Surfaces and development kits are directly addressing the market. Our services and products empower both global industrial partners, and creative individuals, to develop smart surface solutions that can integrate into floors, walls and furniture as we build them. Our printed electronics has the power to transform passive surfaces into smart active interfaces that serve specific use-cases, while deriving data from the built environment.
Why do we need smart buildings?
As governments pursue environmental targets to tackle problems such as carbon emissions and , owners are increasingly prioritizing the integration of to address and in both residential and .
Beyond , organizations are looking to to increase staff wellness and productivity, improve operations, support sustainability efforts and enhance decision-making through data.
The benefits of smart buildings
a that knows, and can adjust, to your preferences for light and temperature, that automatically turns systems on or off based on occupancy, or automatically monitors and reports cleaning events or water leaks to the . In the future, buildings will be able to do this and much more. They will make occupants safer and more productive through occupancy monitoring, hygienic surfaces and streamlined interfaces. For a and operator, this means lower costs through streamlined operational, tenant, security and performance management, and improved asset reliability. All of this, while lowering and reducing environmental impact. solutions have the potential to offer benefits far beyond . Imagine working in
There are many benefits to a , including real-time monitoring reports and communications, data and analytics, fault detection, remote control and adjustment, and proactive equipment testing. Industry leaders recognize this, and the revolutionary potential that has to offer , and they are looking for companies and technologies that can help them build the integrated .
Bare Conductive works to meet these needs by developing systems. Our touchless interfaces, occupancy , water leak detectors and can directly lower , increase efficiency, maintain hygiene and create extraordinary interfaces for . solutions that integrate into
Smart building technology
A today can employ a wide range of different technologies, materials and products for different outcomes and . Some are active, and others passive. Some examples include:
- LED lighting to reduce
- Air monitoring systems to monitor
- Motion detectors to conserve energy
- to monitor occupancy
- Photovoltaic panels to gather energy
- Solar water heating systems to reduce energy costs
- Electrochromic windows to reduce
- Automated skylights to improve
- Living walls to enhance
- Ultra-low flow and flush plumbing fixtures to conserve water
At Bare Conductive, we develop using capacitive sensing . We focus on intelligence directly into floors, walls and furniture from the point of manufacture, providing integrated, scalable and cost-effective solutions for the . Our Dynamically Functional Surface links to the cloud, providing real-time data on sensor usage which can be used to improve efficiency or monitor events.
There are three main use-cases for our capacitive sensing in :
Smart and dynamic interfaces – Integrating interactive elements into surfaces and materials to create active elements such as switches, keypads, buttons, dimmers and more. These can trigger light, sound, or any other control element required either through touch, or touch-less inputs for hygienic or automated solutions. When integrated into the , these can remove clutter, or provide .
Occupancy – Whether for monitoring space efficiency, controlling ., or for security, our can remotely monitor occupancy for desks, rooms, or spaces throughout the . Sensor data can be used for monitoring events or for
Water leak detection – Incorporating or retrofitting discrete and thin water leak into floors allows for real-time monitoring of leak events or high moisture content. linked to a ‘s allow for early detection of volumes as small as a droplet, preventing potentially costly damage by alerting the before a leak turns into a flood.
As and become more prevalent, will increasingly include both active and passive . will enable to arrive to work and have temperature, furniture, and lighting automatically adjusting to their preferences. It will allow to gather data from the environment to ensure people, spaces and equipment are being used as efficiently as possible. advances, and
We’re excited to be a part of the revolution not only because it makes economic sense, but because it makes sense from a design perspective. Living in a world where our surroundings are intelligent and interconnected will be better for our wallets and our environment, but most importantly, it will improve the quality of our day-to-day experience.
To prototype your own smart surface, explore our range of development kits.