AI Makes Your Building a Smart Healthy Building

Envision returning to work soon, to a Smart Healthy Building and using an app on your smartphone to open the door, hands-free. Artificial Intelligence (AI) recognizes you as having authorized access to the building, selects your floor on the evaluator and has adjusted your temperature, lighting, window shades and music preferences for your office. It knows your coffee preferences and has one waiting for you at the lobby café. Even before arriving, you take comfort in the fact that the buildings AI has been constantly monitoring the air quality to make sure it is fresh and virus free with UV sterilization. While you were home sleeping, it dispatched UV sterilization robots to clean conference rooms, bathrooms, common spaces and shared hoteling stations. AI continues to monitor and make real time adjustments throughout the day analyzing data from devices and sensors embedded in doors, windows, chairs, meeting room ceilings, dispensers, and air conditioning systems coupled with outside temperature, sunlight positioning, and office occupancy information. Building management and automation systems are making continuous air quality, energy and cost efficiency adjustments to maximize comfort and costs. AI is also working behind the scenes using immediate data to monitor pressure values, water, gas, and other liquids for level management and potential leak detection. Artificial Intelligence is the term used to describe a machine mimicking human cognitive functions such as problem-solving, pattern recognition, and learning. Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) are subsets of AI that use statistical techniques to give computer systems the ability to learn from data, without being programmed. The AI system continually gets better at providing insights through its exposure to more and more data. Data and lots of it, therefore, is the magical key behind AI and begins with the massive implementation and connection of Internet of Things (IoT) devices within buildings. Smart sensors for temperature, humidity and C02, cameras, actuators, digital twin technology and shared information will feed AI through ML and DL. Data generated by these sources connect different building components and allow them to interact with each other allowing truly “Smart Healthy Buildings” to ensure improved operational reliability and minimal harmful environmental impacts. As the world’s workers prepare to return to their offices after this pandemic, they will expect to return to a healthy and safe environment. Building occupants will demand more control of their entire building experience with touch-free access, clean and well-filtered air, space and occupancy management, and the implementation of new technologies that enhance their overall Quality of Experience (QoE.) Artificial intelligence (AI) will be integrated with building systems and Internet of Things (IoT) devices to improve occupant experience, increase operational efficiency, and optimize space and asset utilization. Soon AI will be everywhere. Individuals will have AI assistants that monitor their activities from work, shopping, eating, to interactions with others, what we read and the questions we ask.

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