Two Keys to a Smart Building Management Solution

Smart building management means enabling a building to function efficiently in a digital world. Improving the performance of the systems your building relies upon can reduce operating costs and enable the people inside to work smarter.

Lighting is where many organizations start when creating a smart building. Energy-efficient LED fixtures are easily integrated with sensors that can do everything from detecting room occupancy and ambient lighting conditions to recording room usage data and relaying it to cloud-based systems.

Some building owners are also integrating on-site solar power generation and energy storage technology into energy management systems, such as AllSites from Current, powered by GE, to optimize energy costs. When it comes to choosing the platforms that manage these smart buildings, two aspects are critical for consideration.

The Two Keys: Security and Scalability

1. Security

Whether you’re running critical power plant infrastructure, a B2B SaaS company, or a financial institution, preventing cyber security vulnerabilities is necessary.

For example, the team at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. wanted to bring smart building management technology to many markets at once but they needed to have confidence that the chosen solution would be secure. They decided on a platform with roots in powering mission-critical machines to help drive greater optimization across 4,500 U.S. bank branches. The chosen smart building management solution, which uses Predix software, boasts a certification process to ensure risk management and the creation of appropriate firewalls to prevent cyber security issues.

2. Scalability

Two easy ways to judge if a solution will scale is whether it’s built on an open platform and the scope of the platform’s integration capabilities.

Open platforms offer flexibility and lower ownership costs. They also provide a comprehensive developer environment that enables rapid development and deployment of new cloud applications. Scalability hinges on integrations with existing HVAC and enterprise systems. The ideal platform is one that simplifies complex and disconnected building system management in an intuitive way to deliver enterprise-wide scheduling and building controls, along with centralized management and real-time visibility.

The Results of Smart Implementation

At the end of the day, the right smart building management solution has a multitude of benefits for various stakeholders. Of course, there’s the progress made towards sustainability. But there’s more: Employees have an improved work output, while customers and visitors benefit from a vastly improved environment.

“This program is a win-win-win. It’s good for our employees, our customers, and the environment,” said Mike Norton, Managing Director, Global Real Estate at JPMorgan Chase. “From a sustainability standpoint, the LED installation allowed us to cut energy consumption by 50%; the Building Management System installation allowed us to reduce electricity and gas usage by 15% and water usage by 20%.”

In large buildings, smart systems yield not only productivity, but also substantial cost savings. Investing in smart building management systems may be one of the savviest moves a company can make in its quest to create lasting value and become more energy efficient.

Learn more about the infrastructure used in a smart office to get started down the path to create a digital workplace. Register now for The Digital Workplace: Transforming the Employee Experience webinar featuring a live demo from Current’s premier partner, iOffice.


Nick Diligente is an experienced sales and marketing professional in the commercial real estate industry. With over 15 years of industry experience, Nick has spent a majority of his career putting together succinct growth strategies for fortune 500 companies as well as developing programs to achieve sustainability goals for these companies.

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