Most organizations with many buildings to manage struggle with the issue of providing comfortable building environments for occupants while balancing energy costs. Studies of U.S. college and university buildings found that about 67% of building energy costs are due to lighting, heating, and cooling. Occupancy levels can vary greatly depending on class schedules and special events. Equipment installed in the building influences the environment too. A recent study indicated that by carefully monitoring occupancy and performing analytics on the occupancy data, energy savings of 10-15% are likely.
In order to better manage energy costs and provide the occupants with a comfortable environment, cameras can be deployed in key areas so people traffic and congregation areas can be monitored and HVAC adjustments made accordingly. Automating this process means connecting cameras and sensors to a central IoT platform like Nokia’s IMPACT, and using video analytics to remotely trigger temperature or lighting adjustments based on occupancy. A pre-requisite is to ensure IoT-ready connectivity to all the locations.
The obvious return on investment is based on energy savings. However, university will continue to leverage their connectivity and IoT platform capabilities to other IoT projects for other insights and return on investment.