There are more
people living and working in Asia than in any other part of the world, placing
increased stress on space and energy supply. Energy reduction and space
optimization are now fundamental objectives of many Asian
economies. One important approach that can help reduce energy consumption and
increase space optimization is to invest in intelligent building solutions.
percent of the world’s population is in Asia, and the demographic of the people
living and working in Asia is changing. The UN (UNDP 2012) estimates that, by 2030, the urban population in Asia will grow by
more than 800 million people. Consequently the number of mega cities (cities
with a population of more than 10 million people) is spreading rapidly across
Asia. The role of technology in how we design, build and operate buildings in
these cities is becoming more important.
are constructed before a host of different network infrastructures are embedded
to support important services. This retroactive approach produces what I call a
“dead” building, and the opportunity to optimize space and reduce energy consumption
Advances in technology
now permit a pro-active approach to developing a “living” intelligent building.
A single common infrastructure is deployed, supporting critical building
services such as:
The key is that the
building’s network is based on a high performance twisted pair cable infrastructure.
This enables IP-based device connectivity, meets the requirements of the latest
Wireless LAN standards (IEEE 802.3 11ac), enables remote powering by meeting
the latest Power over Ethernet standards (IEEE 802.3af 2012), supports ubiquitous
cellular coverage through distributed antenna system (DAS) deployment and allows
LED-based smart lighting and sensors to be used.
Power used for
lighting is a significant element in the total power budget for a building. LED
lighting with smart control systems, powered over the same twisted pair cable,
has been shown to dramatically reduce light power consumption. The addition of
sensors embedded in the lighting fixture, effectively distributed throughout
the fabric of the building, allows new data sets to be collected and analyzed for
better space optimization.
In Asia, where
energy and space are at a premium due to its growing population, buildings
designed and built with a common network infrastructure can reduce energy costs
and improve space utilization. Look for this growing demand on space and energy
to play a vital role in the rise of intelligent buildings—not only in Asia but
in cities around the world.
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