Making Buildings Smart With Data Analytics



buildings are cool because they evolve over time I think that's what really drives my interest in buildings is understanding how they respond to people and how they adapted buildings use 40% of or primary energy for me pursuing sustainability it's a great sector to be included so many improvements to be found cisco has a very long term relationship with the university there's a lot of collaboration between our engineering group and the university that has really helped us shape our overall wireless product line over the years colleague in EB CIT geremy coho and his group they invited me to come over visit and in that room they have big monitor screens that showing all the Wi-Fi analytics that are happening simultaneously in September we're expecting you know sixty to seventy thousand concurrent clients and 120 to 130 thousand unique devices every day supporting that is about 5,500 access points the light bulb love is when I realized actually that data could be used to make building smart to make buildings responsive to people when Stefan first approached us we're pretty excited working with him was really nice for us because we get some intelligence out of that data now so essentially what we're doing is we're using the Wi-Fi access points as a sensor network the solution tells you when people are coming when people are leaving a space how busiest face is at any one particular time and what we're doing is taking that data and sending it to building control systems which means that the building can respond really quickly to tell where the people traffic is what Cisco brings into this is the ability to accurately show how many clients are connected and where they are that's the key that we never had before so I want to realize the potential of this data the first group that I got in touch with with BBC energy water services blanket and his team he built a very simple pilot with the support of UBC IT and from that point stated we could see we're getting 5% energy savings normally we have to fight four or five percent savings we have do usually spend a great deal of money to get five percent savings and so seeing that success we wanted to roll this out we saw that this was something we wanted to be involved with we actually provided them a couple of appliances that they would be able to run cmx on to be able to conduct this more across the campus so UBC has over 1 million square meters of floor space it's a small city frankly if we can expand that out to the whole of campus we're looking at between two and four hundred thousand dollars worth of energy savings on an annual basis UBC has some of the most ambitious climate targets for any public organization in the world and already we have achieved a 33 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 2007 levels and we're looking to push that to 67% in the next five years if we can get savings campus-wide it's a huge accomplishment for not a huge amount of money this is a transformational type of a project where we can take this beyond UBC we can take it to our partners in the building management space we can take it to our customers around the world and they can see the same benefits this would not have happened without the extensive teamwork within UBC and from our outside partners like Cisco Wi-Fi analytical systems have not in the past talked to building control systems and that in itself is a breakthrough to help buildings become much more responsive and intelligent towards occupant needs you

4 Comments

  1. Matt Reidy said:

    Great outcome leveraging technology – the opportunities seem endless.

    June 30, 2019
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  2. Rob L said:

    That's some very cool stuff, so useful beyond building control.

    June 30, 2019
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  3. Ich Supreme said:

    is very very cool
    i like this

    June 30, 2019
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  4. FrogSqueal said:

    That's a beautiful campus! Makes me want to go to school there!

    June 30, 2019
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