Microsoft Azure IoT for Smart Buildings at BOMA 2018

06/25/2018 | By Valerie Dennis Craven

In the Technology Pavilion at the BOMA annual conference, vendors were showing off their high-tech solutions. For Microsoft, it was an opportunity to showcase its spatial intelligence capabilities in Azure IoT for smart buildings scenarios, announced earlier this month. These capabilities can take connected devices further in IoT than currently being used. Microsoft and its partners showcased capabilities at the expo.

“At BOMA our partners are demonstrating how the newly announced spatial intelligence capabilities have dramatically accelerated their time to results, each within their own domain of expertise,” says Bert Van Hoof, Group Program Manager for Azure IoT at Microsoft.

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“We are excited about the application diversity. Azure IoT is accelerating smart building solutions across a wide range of partners, including workplace design firms, large global [independent software vendors] and companies spanning the tenant experience, facilities management, building infrastructure, construction and IoT solution provider industries. Across these sectors, Microsoft brings cloud, IoT and AI capabilities, and partners layer on their domain expertise.”

For facilities managers and building owners, Van Hoof says that Azure IoT capabilities can:

  • Engage your building tenants: Tailor individual customer experiences by harnessing data and drawing actionable insights. To stand out, organizations need to understand customers as individuals and find new ways of interacting with them.

  • Empower your employees: Help employees and facility management crews to achieve more by creating a work environment that’s intelligent, flexible and secure.

  • Optimize your operations: Accelerate the responsiveness of your business, improve service levels and reduce costs with intelligent processes. By coordinating people and assets more efficiently, you can respond to issues in real time—and even preemptively solve them. This applies to building owners, operators and occupants.

  • Transform your facilities: Differentiate and capture emerging opportunities by using data as a strategic asset and shifting from hindsight to foresight. The opportunity to embed software and technology directly into building facilities and services is evolving how organizations deliver value.

In addition, Microsoft announced this spring it will be investing $5 billion in IoT over the next four years, including in Azure IoT. “Our goal is to simplify the journey in IoT so any customer, no matter where they are starting from, can create trusted, connected solutions,” Van Hoof says.

Valerie Dennis Craven is editor-in-chief at BUILDINGS.

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