The IoT devices are gaining popularity for controlling and monitoring the operations of a building in 2020 and beyond it due to reducing costs of cloud computing and connected sensors. 

According to an estimate, by 2020, more than 10 billion devices will be installed in buildings all over the world to make them smarter. It will increase the global market for intelligent buildings to $58 billion by 2022, which was only $8.5 billion in 2016. It will be due to the use of various technologies to make buildings smarter.

Some of the technologies that will change the operations of a building in 2020 and beyond are briefly discussed hereunder for your consideration. These technologies will not only make your building smart but also provide you a safe and healthy environment to live in.

Smart Lighting technologies

The invention of LED technology, nearly thirty years back, has considerably reduced the consumption of electric power as LED lights with ten times longer life consume almost 80% less energy than traditional bulbs. 

Many people all over the world, who have not used this technology so far, should use it to replace conventional lighting systems to make their homes smarter than ever.

Smart lighting systems known as Human Centric Lighting systems have been developed in recent years to provide bright lighting to the building in the future. These systems will follow the circadian rhythm to change the intensity of lighting systems and offer you light similar to the natural daylight according to your requirements. 

Bright lights will help the workers focus more on their work in the offices, whereas patients will relax in the hospitals with soft light.

Air Quality Monitoring sensors

The excellent quality of indoor air is the basic need to live in a safe and healthy environment, which can also improve the productivity of the inhabitants as most of the spend lots of their time indoors. According to a study, the score of cognitive functioning will be higher in offices where people work in a well-ventilated space with a CO2 level less than average.

For this reason, people are installing sensors to monitor the levels of CO2 in their homes and offices to make their buildings smarter. 

Along with the level of CO2, these sensors will also monitor the level of harmful tiny particles in the air as well as adjust ventilation and send warning messages to alert you. It is essential to monitor the quality of outside air, especially in most polluted countries, to filter the air before entering into your home.

IoT devices for Cybersecurity

With the increasing use of the internet and online transactions, the risk of cybercrimes has increased to a considerable level during the last few years. So to make a building smarter, you will have to use devices that can help in exposing cyber crimes. 

Today hackers can steal your data or put malware in your system due to the increasing number of internet-connected devices in your home as well as the workplace. Various types of Operational Technologies are used these days by the building operators to make their buildings smarter as well as cyber safe for its inhabitants. 

These technologies will ensure the control of authorization, work close to other digital devices, and use a stronger encryption system.

Smart safety devices for Intelligent Parking

A building can be smart when intelligent systems are used not only in work and living places but also in its surrounding areas. For instance, the parking spaces should also be made intelligent by using smart equipment like traffic cones, etc. 

In parking lot sensors and cameras can be installed to find out free spots in it as well as inform the commuters to park their vehicles at the proper place. They will also allow you to reserve a parking space for your guests when required.

IoT devices for the security of the building

The facility manager of the building can easily ensure the safety of the entire building is connected IoT devices are installed in it. 

Systems to control access and cameras are some of the essential devices that can make it easy to identify unwanted commuters to the building as well as allow the visiting workers to enter into it. IoT devices can also help the manager of the building to find out the genuineness of the alarm or accidental opening of the doors of the building.

Thus, various technologies can easily make a smart building smarter in 2020 and beyond it.

By Linda

Linda Green: Linda, a tech educator, offers resources for learning coding, app development, and other tech skills.