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IoT is Much More Than Just ‘Things’


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IBM is promoting the use of data streaming in from building systems to better manage energy consumption. The company recently announced a new smarter buildings partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, which is using a new cloud-based analytics system to save approximately 10% on utilities, nearly $2 million annually across 36 buildings on its Pittsburgh campus.

Systems such as elevators, HVAC, lighting and alarms constantly report data across building networks. However, most organizations do not use the data as well as they could to monitor overall building performance, identify trends in building use, or improve customer satisfaction.

Carnegie Mellon will use IBM’s cloud technology to monitor thousands of data points from building automation and control systems. The system will also detect system problems such as simultaneous heating and cooling not identified by other means, and proactively trigger corrective actions.

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