Smart cards revolutionized payment systems decades ago. Now, emerging machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies are doing the same for smart buildings and their owners.
Key advances in smart building technology are ushering in a new era of building energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction. And those same technologies are yielding rapid returns on investment for building owners within one to two years.
Today’s M2M building management technologies can be used to perform real-time remote monitoring, commissioning and control of entire portfolios of buildings, processes that were not possible as little as five years ago. With today’s advanced technology, owners can expect energy efficiency to improve 15 to 20 percent in the first year, even at buildings with strong energy management programs already in place. In addition, smart building systems automatically can calculate carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions, thereby streamlining the corporate social responsibility reporting process.