What Growing Cities Mean for Intelligent Buildings

Ish Kandasamy--12-2-15--thumb Ispran Kandasamy, Ph.D. November 3, 2014

SmartBuildingAsiaPeople in Asia are moving in a big way—they are flocking to cities. Within the next 15 years, about 800 million people in China and 250 million in India will move into cities, according to the 2012 United Nations Development Program and a 2010 McKinsey Global Institute report. Combined, this is about three to four times the current population of the United States.

As cities grow, they become denser and consume more energy. Therefore, the principal concerns for each city will be how it can effectively manage space and optimize energy use.

Buildings are the defining characteristic of a city. For a city to get smarter in handling space and energy, its buildings must become more intelligent. Think of buildings as the muscles within the body of a city; the body needs toned muscles to operate efficiently. It is within buildings where businesses mostly operate and are connected (wired or wirelessly) throughout the world. How do we make buildings smart enough to be aware of the energy being consumed, instantly detect where in the building a connectivity failure has occurred, and whether the space in the building is being used efficiently?

As the saying goes, “If you can’t measure it then you can’t manage it.” The first step in making a building smarter is to architect a common structured wired and wireless infrastructure that seamlessly collects connectivity, space and energy data through sensors or devices. However, simply connecting is not necessarily communicating.

Billions of devices will become part of the Internet of Things; a recent report in Wired magazine estimates there will be one trillion networked devices by 2025. They all connect to the internet but are often not able to communicate directly with each other because there is no common communications protocol or language for the various devices in a building. This lack of communication means that buildings are not as smart as they could be; they are often not able to optimize space, quickly identify connectivity failure or effectively minimize energy consumption.

AsiaAwardA common architecture and global standards is needed for communication between devices in a building to make a building truly “intelligent.” Standards are progressing with the AllSeen Alliance and the Industrial Internet Consortium, two of the larger groups working on the endeavor. Devices that speak the same language can aggregate real time data about their immediate environment. This data can be fed into cloud-based analytic engines to help refine the action of the various active systems in a building with respect to how well a space is being used and how much energy is being consumed.

The myriad of fast-growing Asian cities desperately need buildings that are intelligent. It is interesting to note that the “Intelligent Building” genre is increasingly being recognized; CommScope has recently been chosen by the readers of Networks Asia and NetworkWorld Asia for the 2014 Readers’ Choice Product Excellence Award in the Intelligent Building Infrastructure category. This is CommScope’s second win in the same award category, thanks to the strength of our growing intelligent building solutions - specifically Redwood and imVision - which help manage an intelligent building infrastructure.

About the Author

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Ispran Kandasamy, Ph.D.

Dr. Ispran Kandasamy (Ish) works out of Singapore and Dallas as the global leader for CommScope’s Enterprise Building Solutions group. He leads a team of segment specialists and technical architects, located around the world, who are focused on helping customers design and implement their intelligent/smart building strategies.

Over the past 30 years, Ish has built up a proven track record in R&D, manufacturing, sales & marketing within IT, telecom/carrier and general communications industries. Previously, he worked as CommScope’s Enterprise sales leader for the entire Asia Pacific geography and also worked for Avaya’s Connectivity Solutions business as Managing Director for Asia Pacific based in HK. Prior to that, he was the Director of Channel Distribution and a sales manager for fiber infrastructure for Lucent Technologies based in London. Whilst at Pirelli Cables & Systems (now Prysmian) he lead a team that designed, developed and sold passive optical infrastructure.

Ish holds a doctorate of philosophy (Ph.D) in materials science and physics relating to optical devices from Brunel University (now University of West London), England. He is also the co-author of a number of patents.