10x Growth in Wireless Sensor Networks in Small and Medium Sized Buildings by 2017

Wireless Sensor Networks in Small and Medium Sized Buildings

Wireless Sensor Networks in Small and Medium Sized Buildings


A new report recently published by ON World  is predicting that Wireless sensor networks (WSN) will be responsible for the majority of the growth in intelligent building systems over the next decade.

“A paradigm shift is underway in the building automation market due to the advent of low-cost sensors, cloud infrastructure and mobile technologies.” says Robert Platek, SensorSuite CEO and Founder.  “From building-wide wireless mesh networks to room-level controls, companies like SensorSuite are leading the way and challenging the building automation incumbents that are too expensive for small and medium sized buildings.”John Wick: Chapter 2 movie streaming

Wireless HVAC monitoring and control solutions have increased dramatically over the past few years with the majority of the growth from Internet enabled smart thermostats and sensors in smaller buildings.

In 2017, there will be 32 million Wireless Sensor chipsets shipped worldwide for smart building applications with 6lowpan, ZigBee and EnOcean increasing the fastest. However, technology market shares and growth rates will vary significantly by market and application. ZigBee/802.15.4,  and EnOcean will make up 61% of the combined market for HVAC and lighting in 2017.

Professional installers rank data reliability and security as the most important WSN adoption considerations followed by equipment costs, installation flexibility and scalability. IP addressable sensors also rank high with nearly 8 in 10 saying this is “important” or “most important.”

ON World’s recent survey of 85 professional installers found that 80% are targeting commercial markets. For the installers targeting commercial markets, 27% of their combined businesses comes from commercial versus residential deployments. One in four of the installers have deployed wireless sensor networks with >100 nodes. Sixty-four percent are using or planning WSN systems such as those offered by Control4, Crestron, Ecobee, HAI/Leviton, Honeywell, Lutron, Nest Labs, SensorSuite and Vantage.

Although they only made up about 15% of the WSN unit shipments in 2012, small and medium sized buildings are the fastest growing segment in building automation. In 2017, global WSN revenues from buildings under 50,000 square feet will increase 929% from 2012 and reach $1.3 billion at this time.

ON World’s report “Smart Building Wireless Sensor Networks” is based on phone interviews and online surveys with over 250 individuals including facility/property managers, professional installers, equipment manufacturers, software developers and component suppliers. It covers the global WSN market for non-residential buildings including six application areas (lighting, HVAC, security/safety, metering, environmental monitoring and guest controls) in ten market segments. Forecasts are for WSN equipment and services in each market as well as by geography and technology.

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SensorSuite MicroCortex in Hotels

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SensorSuite’s MicroCortex is a new breed of distributed sensor and control technology that can control anything based on distributed wireless sensor nodes. In hotels, occupancy sensors placed in all guestrooms detect movement in the room, to determine whether guests have just arrived, or just left. If the sensors detect that the room is empty, the lights are switched off and the air conditioning or heating is turned down, but only by a few degrees at first. This way, if guests have only stepped out for breakfast or a swim, they will scarcely notice any temperature difference when they return to their room. If no one comes back to the room for an hour or so, the climate controls are set back an additional few degrees. This system enables energy usage to be reduced during the day without guests being affected. The minimum and maximum temperatures for the rooms can also be set to a level that is still comfortable-for instance, 60 degrees-so that even after being out all day with the energy saving system working, guests don’t return to a room that is too hot or cold. If the sensors detect that people have just entered the room, the air conditioning or heating is immediately turned back to the level last set by the occupants. At any time, the temperature controls can also be set manually.



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Top 10 Smart Building Myths Busted!

Smart buildings are a no-brainer and are becoming more affordable than most building owners, managers and investors realize. 



Smart buildings have been proven to save energy, reduce operational risks, and prevent expensive equipment failures. Yet, to many property owners, managers, and investors, the value of smart buildings remains a mystery. In this article, we debunk the top 10 misconceptions they encounter through their experience helping clients improve company performance around the world.

In most buildings, we can demonstrate a strong business case for strategic investments in smart building systems and management technologies that provide real-time building intelligence. Not everyone is aware that the tremendous advantages of today’s affordable smart building management technologies easily justify the cost.


Myth #10: Smart Building Technologies Are too Expensive. 

Smart building technology investments typically pay for themselves within one or two years by delivering energy savings and other operational efficiencies.


Myth #9: Smart Buildings are Only About Energy. 

A smart building management system often can detect when a piece of equipment is close to failure and alert facilities personnel to fix the problem. Knowing the right time to repair or replace equipment extends machinery life, and reduces facility staff, operations and replacement costs. More dramatically, smart building management systems can prevent full-scale building system failures—potentially embarrassing to a Superbowl stadium host, but life-threatening in a hospital or laboratory.


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Myth #8: Smart Buildings Can Only Be New Buildings

Some of the smartest buildings in the world are not new at all, but have demonstrated the return on investment in smart technologies. The Empire State Building, for example, has exceeded projected energy savings for the second consecutive year following an extensive phased retrofit begun in 2009.


Myth #7: Industrial Facilities or Laboratories Can’t Become Smart Buildings. 

All types of buildings—whether residential or commercial—can be built or retrofitted to become highly automated and smart.


Myth #6: Smart Buildings and Green Buildings are the Same Thing

Smart buildings maximize energy efficiency from building systems and ensure air quality, while a complete “green” sustainability program includes strategies beyond building automation systems. So, while “smart” and “green” features may overlap, they are not identical concepts. The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) explains the difference in Bright Green Buildings: Convergence of Green and Intelligent Buildings, a comprehensive report authored with Frost and Sullivan.


Myth #5: Without a Municipal Smart Grid, a Building Can’t Really Be Smart.

It’s true that smart buildings gain functionality when supported by advanced electrical grids installed by municipalities and their utility company partners. But even without a smart grid, owners and investors can draw a wide range of benefits from smart buildings and a smart building management system that can monitor entire property portfolios.


Myth #4: Smart Systems Don’t Make a Building More Attractive to Tenants. 

Anything that improves energy efficiency, reduces occupancy cost and improves productivity is valuable to tenants, as numerous studies and surveys attest. Tenants and their advisors increasingly expect smart building features such as zoned HVAC, sophisticated equipment maintenance alert systems, and advanced security systems.


Myth #3: Smart Building Technologies are Not Interoperable. 

In the past, building automation equipment and controls were designed as proprietary systems. However, affordable new technologies, such as wireless sensors, now make it possible to gather data from disparate systems produced by any manufacturer, as evidenced by real-time building intelligence platforms such as SensorSuite Inc.

Myth #2: Smart Buildings Are Complicated to Operate

Combined with a smart building management system, a smart building is often easier to operate and maintain than a building that lacks automated systems. A smart building management system can integrate work-order management applications; pull equipment repair and maintenance data into performance analytics; and pinpoint equipment issues to a degree not humanly possible. On one client site, for example, SensorSuite diagnosed a programming problem that had been undetected for 15 years, enabling facility managers to resolve a recurring equipment malfunction.

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Myth #1: Smart Buildings Are a No-Brainer

This myth isn’t a myth at all —it’s actually true. As affordable new technologies are adopted, tenants are beginning to expect smart building features—and owners and investors are beginning to realize the return on investment in smart systems. watch full Lucy movie


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