Buildings with smart systems can identify, diagnose and often correct potential issues without human involvement, saving energy and extending equipment life as well as reducing facility labor costs. 2011 saw the advent of two big steps forward for smart technology in buildings: 1) corporate portfolio-wide systems, and 2) cloud-based systems.
These innovations enable facility experts to remotely monitor systems across a worldwide portfolio, benchmark performance at similar properties across the portfolio to help guide capital planning, and determine when a maintenance or repair issue requires an immediate visit from facility managers who may be on-site or nearby. Cost savings and carbon reduction opportunities are greatly increased and results are more easily measured under these portfolio wide systems.
Through our partnership with Pacific Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle is at the forefront of these trends with our IntelliCommand system. When we launched the marketing campaign at the CoreNet Global Summit last fall, we knew corporate real estate executives would be interested, but we didn’t know whether they would see it as futuristic or an immediate market need. The answer: Plenty of companies were just waiting for someone to deliver a solution that made sense.
While we can deliver tremendous value with IntelliCommand today, far greater benefits are possible in the future as smart systems connect across a broader platform. Eventually, smart buildings, transportation modes and electrical grids will converge to create intelligent cities, running on cloud technology for efficiency and reliability. It’s a future we can only glimpse today, but it’s really not that far off.