Smarter and More Efficient Buildings Thanks to IoT Connected Systems

The Internet of Things promises an expansive and nearly ubiquitous change to the physical world we live and work in. When it comes to commercial and industrial infrastructure, the new interconnectivity of site and building management solutions via IoT technologies may prove to be among the most important innovations of our lifetimes.

What is the Internet of Things?


The Internet of Things (IoT) consists of objects that are equipped with sensors, software, and other technology that allow them to be linked to the internet and each other through a shared IP address. These objects range from smart devices such as tablets and smartphones to complex building systems such as lighting, HVAC, and Security.

The various devices within a network collect and exchange data over the internet to create an advanced ecosystem calibrated to reduce energy consumption, optimize the user experience and create a desired overall environment.

The potential value in the data and information collected through IoT connected systems is only just beginning. Its application in Commercial Real Estate and Building Management is both interesting and exciting.

The increased accessibility to, and the affordability of, various components that make up the building blocks of IoT connected systems has opened the door for massive innovation in the realm of building management. According to Deloitte, “IoT applications aim to grow margins and enable features such as dramatically more efficient building operations, enhanced tenant relationships, and new revenue generation opportunities.” The emergence of IoT connected systems promises smarter, more efficient buildings.

How IoT is making buildings “smart?”

Within an IoT connected system, an object is no longer just an object that carries out a single function. It can now carry out that function while simultaneously reporting information about itself and its environment through a unified network. Each piece of hardware shares data with other systems to create a more efficient, smarter, and automated buildingThe benefits of smarter buildings through the use of IoT are expansive and increasing. According to Bettina Tratz-Ryan, research vice president at Gartner, “Especially in large sites, such as industrial zones, office parks, shopping malls, airports or seaports, IoT can help reduce the cost of energy, spatial management, and building maintenance by up to 30 percent.”

For example, sensors can determine areas where few people spend time in a building, and that data can be used to regulate heating or air conditioning levels in that area. This analytical data-driven approach can help facilities improve all aspects of a living or working space and help them create value for the humans interacting within the space. The positive implications of integrating IoT systems into buildings continue to be uncovered and explored as the technology rapidly advances and becomes more affordable and accessible. 

IoT and lighting


The user experience is also a key metric considered, especially by architects in designing a smart building. The lighting systems of a building, in particular, can be meticulously controlled within the IoT connected system to develop the desired user experience. Additionally, lighting systems connected to IoT help to decrease energy production tremendously.

With lighting accounting for 30-50% of a building’s energy usage, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, installing LED fixtures can reduce energy costs up to 40% while supporting improved building intelligence overall.

For example, one innovative aspect of IoT lighting systems that helps reduce energy consumption is internal sensors that detect natural light in real-time, allowing the system to reduce the amount of light produced when natural light is available. 

Looking to make your building smarter?


Digital Filaments works alongside lighting manufacturers who offer cutting edge IoT devices and products to customers. For example, Daintree’s wireless control platform helps smart buildings run more efficiently while also providing a platform for the Internet of Things.

If you’re considering adding smart IoT lighting tto your existing sites or new projects, reach to us today to discuss the process and benefits it can provide you and your customers.