In the built environment there are few facilities as complex as commercial buildings. Consider that these structures must support hundreds or even thousands of occupants and visitors each day, and which have numerous subsystems necessary to maintain safety, comfort and efficiency.
When it comes to smart buildings it is all too easy to collect so many “toys” (technology products and solutions) that you can’t possibly use them all at once. With children this problem is easily solved. Simply put them away for a while and when you bring them back out they will be “new” and interesting again.
Smart buildings leverage automated processes to control infrastructure such as physical security (e.g. video surveillance and access control), lighting and HVAC. Many smart buildings rely on network-connected devices and other Internet of Things (IoT) technology in which sensors and software collect data to manage these systems.