IBM Reloads for Smarter Buildings
IBM is taking buildings to school to make them smarter. The company discusses its Smarter Buildings initiative at the Pulse conference for IBM Tivoli users.LAS VEGAS-IBM is taking buildings to school to make them smarter. Well, IBM is not exactly taking the buildings themselves to school, but the company is adding smarts to buildings to help managers manage them better. Indeed, the "smarts" help make it so that the buildings can manage themselves. The company talked up Smarter Buildings here at its Pulse conference for IBM Tivoli users.
Rich Lechner, IBM's vice president of energy and environment, said, "Many of the systems that constitute a building-heat, water, sewage, electricity [and so on]-are managed independently and often inefficiently."
"Sustainable Asset Analytics is supported by a number of key IBM offerings, services, software tools and products, including: IBM Maximo Property Performance Management Solution software, which is designed to extract and consolidate key property data from across all of a client's real estate to help assess and manage true total cost of ownership and environmental performance for buildings and other tangible assets; The Green Sigma consulting offering, which is based on Lean Six Sigma methods, tools and advanced analytics to help clients measure and reduce energy and water use, waste and greenhouse gas emissions. After the data are collected and analyzed, the information is presented on a dashboard that allows the client to understand where consumption and waste are occurring; Strategic Carbon Management, which uses a Component Business Model approach to help analyze CO2 emissions and energy use in any part of a client's business or an entire operation. This allows the client to prioritize where to make changes that will lower environmental impact and reduce costs. IBM's strategic information management and analytics tool, Cognos, which is being integrated with many of our offerings in the sustainability arena: notably with both IBM Maximo and Green Sigma. This will allow powerful, flexible, customizable queries across the entire set of asset-related sustainability data."Al Zollar, general manager of IBM's Tivoli unit, said, "Some buildings are already showing signs of intelligence by reducing energy use, improving operational efficiency and improving comfort and safety for occupants." For instance, "IBM is developing an intelligent hotel management system for China's Hangzhou Dragon Hotel (Dragon Hotel), integrating all of the hotel's major systems-the management system, the communications system and the one-stop service center-which include the personal digital assistant (PDA) system, self check-in kiosk, interactive TV, radio-frequency identification (RFID) system, Internet telephony, cell phone system and room control system," IBM said. In addition, IBM said, "The St. Regis Hotel in Shanghai is the only five-star hotel that is a Smarter Building in the Shanghai region in China. Working with IBM, the St. Regis integrated 12 subsystems to create one intelligent building, with a ratio of energy costs to revenue below 5 percent compared to 8 percent for other five-star hotels in the Shanghai region-a 40 percent improvement."