Microsoft, PCL to Team Up for Building Solution
Microsoft and Canada-based PCL Construction recently announced their collaboration to develop a smart building solution that implements Microsoft’s Azure cloud services and Internet of Things technology, meaning more customizability and less energy consumed.
Smart Building Solution
During construction, the technology will reportedly be able to track workers, environmental conditions and inventory to improve both efficiency and safety. Energy usage, as well as maintenance and utility costs, will be monitored to optimize resources and create more comfortable working environments.
The companies said in a press release that data collected in utility, maintenance and energy usage will be geared toward energy-conservation measures such as turning off energy in an unused room. Users will also be able to personalize the building’s features, including lighting, heating, cooling and room utilization, among others.
To work toward peak optimization, data gathered would be used to create a more central view of inefficiencies and other issues. Achieving this end would include using Micosoft’s Azure suite: Power BI, Azure IoT and Microsoft’s advanced analytics and Artificial Intelligence.
“Smart [building] solutions are important to our clients, enabling building operators to gain valuable insights, and it’s an exciting area to be involved in," said PCL’s CIO, Mark Bryant. "PCL Construction is delighted to be partnered with Microsoft to enable leading marketplace solutions."
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, using smart building technology can result in an average energy savings of 18 percent for offices, 14 percent for hospitals, 14 percent for retail stores and 8 percent for hotels. Several other companies already offer IoT platforms, including IBM’s Watson IoT, which uses sensors to collect data regarding space utilization, building equipment, energy expenditures and other details.
PCL Construction carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Australia.