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Introduction

The constant emergence of new technologies. The pressure on everyone to minimize their carbon footprint. The need to reduce day-to-day operational costs. The desire to optimise resource utilisation while still being efficient and secure. These reasons (and more) have caused a sudden and massive surge in the smart buildings market. According to a recent report, the global smart building market is projected to grow from $96.96 billion in 2023 to $408.21 billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 22.8%.

Technology innovations like the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) play a huge role in the success and growth of smart buildings. While multiple platforms are available for developing smart buildings, ThingWorx offers various capabilities that make it truly stand out.

Read on as we shed light on the various ThingWorx digital solutions that help to make smart buildings a reality.

Understanding the benefits of ThingWorx IIoT

ThingWorx IIoT is purpose-built to cater to the development of smart buildings. The platform offers practical solutions that bridge technical barriers to IIoT implementation and quickly return value.

  • ThingWorx’s rich set of IIoT capabilities makes it easy for enterprises to get to market faster and accelerate innovation.
  • The platform’s rich and diverse features are built to improve quality, allowing businesses to make building operations more secure, scalable, and reliable.
  • With several on-premises, cloud, and hybrid deployment options, ThingWork maximizes flexibility across various industrial use cases.
  • Through constant analysis of data from connected products, organizations can increase daily efficiency, boost productivity, and reduce costs.
  • ThingWorx also makes it possible for enterprises to unlock new business models and scale to new markets, thus maximizing revenue and throughput.

Exploring ThingWorx Digital Solutions for Smart Buildings

When it comes to smart buildings, ThingWorx offers an array of innovative and intelligent digital solutions. Let’s explore them in detail:

  1. Building automation solutions: ThingWorx building automation solutions present an enormous opportunity for greater comfort, efficiency, and sustainability. These solutions enable organizations to control, regulate, monitor, and optimize assets, saving time and cost while optimizing productivity. Using a single interface, businesses can manage individual devices remotely and securely. From heating and ventilation to lighting and air conditioning – ThingWorx building automation solutions aid in the intelligent automation of entire buildings or individual assets with the same efficiency.
  2. Connected workstations: Connected workstations are an integral aspect of smart buildings. With ThingWorx, organizations can equip workstations with interactive user interfaces and scheduling features. These connected workstations can feed usage data into a centralized platform for operational insights. Using dashboards, they can record real-time utilization, track over-time occupancy, and monitor peak usage. The platform can also re-open reserved meeting rooms if occupants don’t show up – ultimately improving operational throughput, boosting productivity, and lowering energy costs.
  3. Daylight harvesting systems: Modern buildings utilize tons of energy, which not only raises energy costs but also contributes extensively to global warming. With ThingWorx’s daylight harvesting systems, businesses can optimize natural lighting and minimize the use of artificial lighting. The platform’s lighting control systems automatically monitor natural daylight inside buildings and adjust electric lights accordingly to ensure the correct level of illumination.
  4. Building management systems: With building management systems, organizations can effectively manage and analyze connected lighting and energy components. They can monitor electricity meters on each floor, optimize systems based on usage, and measure and document energy utilization trends. Using IoT analytics, they can also optimize device usage in response to real-time information.
  5. Zero emissions energy management: With the International Energy Agency aiming for a net-zero emissions scenario by 2050, organizations need a clear carbon-reduction strategy in place. The ThingWorx IIoT platform helps businesses reach their sustainability goals. Employing modern automation technology, the platform gathers emissions data from building operations, calculates and aggregates near real-time emissions information, and flags areas for energy optimization.
  6. Remote device management: As the number of devices in any building continues to surge, organizations can enable effective remote device management. ThingWorx advanced monitoring software enables remote monitoring of building assets. Using Digital Twin technology enables organizations to get access to a virtual model that is an exact replica of the physical building.  This allows them to visualize devices in real-time, troubleshoot installations, and predict performance and maintenance requirements before a breakdown occurs.
  7. HVAC system monitoring: With organizations looking to minimize energy consumption and associated costs, ThingWorx IIoT allows for seamless and reliable HVAC monitoring. Using smart sensor technology, companies can collect data about conditions throughout the building, including temperature, humidity, and airflow. They can use this data to optimize comfort and have greater control over building systems while making better building management decisions.
  8. Security and access control: For smart buildings, ThingWorx offers a range of intelligent access control mechanisms. From limited access accounts to application keys for connected devices and permissions for remote access – using ThingWorx, businesses can strengthen their security game and ensure the safety and security of occupants and data from a single interface.
  9. Energy app: ThingWorx also enables businesses to monitor and optimize the energy consumption of smart buildings. Using an app, facility managers can view real-time heat maps by area or floor and get a comprehensive overview of occupancy, equipment status, and more. They can use this data to study historical trends, forecast future energy requirements, and plan their energy requirements.
  10. Building health app: For organizations that want to maintain the health of their smart buildings, ThingWorx offers a detailed overview of various devices and assets. Leveraging the building health app, they can view real-time meter readings, measure the energy performance index, identify faults or outliers, and control or fine-tune equipment availability and uptime.

Conclusion

Smart buildings are here. However, developing and maintaining these IoT-powered buildings can be challenging. To take a smart building project from the pilot stage to functional presence, one must exploit ThingWorx’s IIoT capabilities. Leverage these pre-built applications and developer tools to connect, build, analyze, manage, and experience the world of smart buildings.

Milind Barve
Milind Barve

After successful stint in a corporate role, Milind is back to what he enjoys most – conceptualizing new software solutions to solve business problems. Milind is a postgraduate from IIT, Mumbai, India and in his 24 years of career, has played key roles in building a desktop as well as enterprise solutions right from idealization to launch which are adopted by many Fortune 500 companies. As a Founder member of Pratiti Technologies, he is committed to applying his management learning as well as the passion for building new solutions to realize your innovation with certainty.

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