IBM cloud fuels smart building innovation

By Zenobia Hegde

IBM announced several new clients deploying cutting-edge Smart Building solutions built on the IBM Cloud, cementing the company’s commitment to transforming the buildings we live and work in into connected spaces, using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. New contracts signed with Sodexo, Karantis, R +V Versicherung and HUF Haus, and existing relationships with KONE and Chameleon Technologies, are examples of IBM’s work fueling smart building innovation in connected work and home environments.

Today’s smart buildings generate massive amounts of data. The IBM Cloud provides the foundation to capitalise on this data by offering a powerful service delivery and consumption model that organisations can use to drive operational efficiency, innovation and improved quality of life through smarter buildings.

“Buildings have long mimicked living organisms – plumbing circulates through the walls, wires innervate every room, and concrete and beams provide skeletal support – but until recently, buildings lacked the most critical body part: a brain. The IBM Cloud is the cognitive centre that enables buildings we live and work in to serve our needs in new and unprecedented ways,” comments Bret Greenstein, global vice president of Watson Internet of Things (IoT) at IBM.

Bret Greenstein

IBM provides a complete portfolio of offerings to support smarter connected spaces: for example, IBM’s cloud-based Watson IoT platform gathers and analyses exponential data volumes; IBM TRIRIGA helps to increase the operational, financial and environmental performance of a facility; and IBM Maximo provides asset management for real-time visibility of things within buildings.

In the home, IoT analytics coupled with AI capabilities in Watson Assistant enable home and in-home manufacturers, insurers and home care providers alike to cater for individual needs in innovative ways.

Connected Spaces

Sodexo turns to IBM Maximo to manage connected workplaces

Sodexo is a world provider in Quality of Life services that provides its customers with an integrated offering including food and facilities management services. Sodexo has selected IBM Maximo to transform its worldwide asset management function, and to meet the diverse needs of a wide array of client facilities and demographics, spanning offices, hospitals, research centers, schools and factories.

IBM Maximo provides Sodexo with real time data analysis and optimisation across 2.5 million assets, making it easier to streamline global operations. Building an asset management program around Maximo will layer further agility and flexibility into Sodexo’s existing IBM Maximo asset management as-a-service solution.

“At Sodexo, we are highly focused on the consumer journey, ensuring an optimal environment for consumers at all service touchpoints, and always looking for new ways to improve upon their quality of life through our facilities management capabilities,” Keith Hamer, vice president, asset management and engineering, Sodexo. “Through IBM Maximo, we are now able to deliver a better, connected workplace, which links these advanced technologies to the everyday consumer experience, from walking in the building to going to lunch to when they leave the facility.”

IBM elevates KONE’s people flow innovation with IoT

KONE is a global provider in the elevator and escalator industry, and moves around one billion people each day. By connecting elevators to the IBM Cloud-based Watson IoT platform, the company helps its customers increase the flow of […]

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Posted on: June 12, 2018

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