CABA researches impact of IoT on intelligent buildings

by Brianna Crandall — March 1, 2017 — The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) recently announced that it has completed its Intelligent Buildings and the Impact of the Internet of Things research project. This landmark research study was a major initiative of the CABA Research Program, which offers a range of opt-in technical and advisory research services designed to provide industry stakeholders with collaborative research and R&D opportunities.

The CABA Intelligent Buildings Council, a core working council of CABA, commissioned the landmark research project to examine the impact of IoT related to intelligent buildings. IoT is seen as a tool to improve the efficiency of building automation systems (BASs) and to change the dynamics of facilities management.

The research report provides actionable data relevant to all segments of the intelligent building value chain, including, but not limited to: building owners, technology manufacturers, builders and developers, integrators and installers, service providers, insurance companies, industry associations and utility companies.

Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA president and CEO, stated:

CABA believes that it is critical that organizations in the building and IoT value chains have a solid understanding of the current state and future direction of the building IoT market. Consequently, we developed this research to provide a comprehensive examination of all the major aspects of IoT related to buildings, including the state of the market, building IoT trends, business opportunities, technical barriers and opportunities, future market direction, issues and industry recommendations. Organizations participating in this project have deemed it a success.

The report finds that IoT is not a specific device or technology, but is a conceptual framework, driven by the idea of embedding connectivity and intelligence in a wide range of devices. The report projects that by the end of 2025, there will be approximately 70 billion IoT-connected devices, and that annual shipments will have reached 18 billion devices per annum.

More information about the Intelligent Buildings and the Impact of the Internet of Things research project, conducted by information and analysis provider IHS Markit on behalf of CABA, is available on the CABA Web site, along with an introductory Webinar, a downloadable PowerPoint presentation, and the names of CABA members that funded the study. The report will be available for purchase in the near future.