courtesy of Eagle Eye Networks
Smart Video Search by Eagle Eye Networks

5 smart building solutions that make everyday operations intelligent

Sept. 7, 2022
From surveillance to restroom maintenance and waking up, these five products use technology to make life more efficient and streamlined.

From surveillance to restroom maintenance and waking up, these five products use smart building technology to make life more efficient and streamlined.

Smart Video Search, Eagle Eye Networks

Sifting through hours of video for a specific person, vehicle, or object becomes as easy as an internet search with Eagle Eye Smart Video Search, an AI-powered feature that the company recently added to its video management system. Searching for “man with red shirt” or “white Ford car” will generate results that customers can filter by date, time, location, and camera. The tool offers a “re-identification” feature that can track an entity of interest across different cameras, and a real-time alert system to send notifications when an issue arises, such as a vehicle parking in a restricted location. All Eagle Eye customers have access to Smart Video Search without needing special equipment or local installation.

Onvation, Kimberly-Clark Professional and Gojo Industries

Cleaning professionals can spend up to 25% of their daily shift checking on commercial building restroom dispensers, according to Kimberly-Clark Professional. The Onvation connected software solution aims to cut that time by 90% with its traffic-activated, on-demand restroom cleaning notification feature, informed by sensors mounted inside KCP’s and Gojo’s Purell smart dispensers. Through the Onvation dashboard and app, users can monitor restroom traffic and supply levels of soap, toilet tissue, and hand towels. They can also alert cleaning staff when restocking is required and when service is needed based on a customizable traffic threshold. The data can help improve work efficiency and right-sizing staffing levels.

Signe and Tap, Philips Hue

The slender Signe gradient floor lamp aims to provide a relaxing experience throughout the day with its LED source, capable of transitioning between color temperatures of 2000K and 6500K. Standing 57.4 inches tall with a 4.37-inch-diameter base, now available with an oak finish, Signe offers a Sunrise wake-up style available under the Philips Hue app that rouses users in blue to soft orange light. Philips Hue also offers Tap, a smart dial switch that can control smart lights in up to three distinct rooms or zones. Available in black or white with a matte finish, Tap has intuitive dimming control—the faster or slower a dial a user turns a dial, the faster or slower the lights dim.

RE Series Tankless Water Heater, Rinnai America Corp.

The RE Series is the first noncondensing tankless gas water heater with a built-in pump, as well as Rinnai’s first product manufactured in the U.S. The product comes equipped with Rinnai’s Smart-Circ Intelligent Recirculation technology, which learns users’ hot-water patterns over seven days and then automatically schedules pump and recirculation patterns; hot water usage must exceed 20 seconds to be recognized by Smart-Circ and to avoid unwanted recirculation. Traditionally, Rinnai’s tankless water heaters relied on external controllers to provide recirculation for customers. The RE Series also features an LED screen to set maintenance and service reminders and to display error codes and alerts.

Grid Operations Platform as a Service, Schneider Electric

As part of its digital EcoStruxure platform, Schneider offers a deployment environment for grid planning and operations that the company can now host and manage on the cloud. Grid Operations Platform as a Service, backed by Microsoft Azure, allows operators to leverage simplified, stepwise, cybersecure approaches in the IT and OT aspects of grid management. Solutions delivered via GOPaaS are deployed and maintained by Schneider in a full-service manner, enabling proactive maintenance and managed and advisory services. These solutions include Schneider’s EcoStruxure DERMS (distributed energy resource management systems) and EcoStruxure ADMS (advanced distribution management system), as well as use cases such as DER management, outage management, grid planning, and user training.

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About the Author

Wanda Lau | Editorial Director

Wanda Lau is the editorial director of Smart Buildings Technology, LEDs Magazine, and Architectural SSL. She is an award-winning editor, writer, and podcaster whose work appears in several publications, including Architectural Lighting and Architect, where she was most recently the executive editor. In 2021, she was named one of Folio: and AdMonsters' Top Women in Media, in the DEI Champions category. Along with working a decade in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, she holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Michigan State University, an S.M. in building technology from MIT, and an M.A. in journalism from Syracuse University.

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