A "digital building" is more than just the connectivity of structural elements. A well-designed digital building can reduce energy usage up to 30%, improve employee productivity up to 16%, and generate higher operating income by 5% while also increasing the asset value of a building. By combining building systems that manage light, air quality, and physical security into a single IP network, companies with a digital building can increase energy efficiency, human resource productivity, and improve the overall experience for company employees or building residents.
Why Implement A Digital Building Solution?
Increase Resource Efficiency
Smart centralized management of core building components can improve energy savings. Building components connected to the network, such as HVAC and lighting, can be deactivated when not in use and activated on-demand through the use of networked sensors.
Increase Workforce Productivity
Recent studies have shown a connection between lighting and productivity in office settings. The American Society of Interior Design found that 68 percent of employees are discontent with the lighting in their offices.
"It's important to recognize how lighting can play a part in how alert your workforce is everyday," says James Roux, President of DataStrait Networks. "Lighting that is optimally managed within a well-designed digital building can positively impact stress and productivity."
A connected lighting system can be programmed to approximate natural light or modeled to suit individuals needs or requirements for specific tasks. A digital building solution can improve moods, health, and give employees more energy at work.
Automatically Adapt To Changing Conditions
With sensors connected to a digital buildings IP network, movement can be detected to determine when people enter or depart areas of a space. For example, when a connected HVAC system is alerted to movement within an area such as a ballroom, cool-air can be automatically distributed to that ballroom to ensure everyone remains comfortable.
Optimizing The Customer or Client Experience
Good digital building design ensures high levels of customization. For example, the color and intensity of a set of LED lights may be modified to attract attention to a specific item, a specific space, or recognize a particular theme such as a "big game' or holiday celebration.
3 Steps to Creating An intelligent Digital Building
Step 1: Network Convergence
Unite the building infrastructure within a single IP network. When everything is connected over a common IP network, it becomes easier to install, manage, and reconfigure components to meet an organization's needs. This lays the groundwork for the intelligent building.
Step 2: Collect Data & Learn Through Analytics
A digital building or digital campus connected to a common network can provide the ability to collect data on customer behavior, employee behavior, and building usage patterns. The insight gathered from this data analysis can help organizations better understand which workspaces are being underutilized or over utilized and then modify the space to to make building or campus improvements.
Step 3: Emerge Into A Mature Digital Workplace
The digital workplace lives at the intersection of people, organization and tools. It combines elements of the traditional physical workplace along with digital tools. The objective is to create an intelligent workplace environment for a highly-engaged workforce and a positive customer experience. Consistent enhancements made based on data can continually evolve and improve an office, building, or campus.
Low Voltage Control
Standby Power System
High Voltage SCADA
Combined Cooling, Heat, and Power (CCHP)
Base Building Telephone
Public Address & Intercom
Base Building Wi-Fi
Elevator Display System
Elevator Security Integration
White Noise Systems
Meeting Room Automation
Audio / Visual System
Sustainability & Wellness
Electrical, Gas, & Water Monitoring Demand Response
Water Recycling System
Flow Control & Monitoring
Toilet & Sink Flow
Data Access for Services
Plug Load Monitoring
Fire & Life Safety
Emergency Warning and Intercommunication System
Security System Integration
Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA)
Building Management System
Building Energy Management Systems
Close Circuit TV
Access Control Intruder Detection
Car Park Systems
Car Park Management
Car Charging Systems
DataStrait's Partner Community For Digital Building Solutions
DataStrait's Partner Community gives you access to the leading
manufacturers, distributors, contractors, and technology partners that are experienced with digital building solutions for lighting, video, security, analytics, and automation. See the complete list of partners at http://www.datastrait.com/manufacturers.