How can connected technologies amplify the built environment?

Robert Bosch’s Hakan Ozyigit on connected technologies' role for building's security and integrity

Robert Bosch Middle East regional director of security systems & building technologies, Hakan Ozyigit (pictured)
Robert Bosch Middle East regional director of security systems & building technologies, Hakan Ozyigit (pictured)

Connected technologies are advancing security, integrity and safety of our buildings like never before.

Installed sensors and technical systems – including building, lighting and energy management systems married to the latest security technologies – are generating large data volumes, making the built environment increasingly smart and ‘aware’.

IoT (Internet of Things) technology is paving the way to a myriad of possibilities and opportunities for making buildings even safer, more comfortable and more efficient.

Furthermore, emerging innovative building technologies are offering unprecedented opportunities for accelerating transitions of the construction, building design, facilities management, hospitality, and security industry.

Innovation has also helped software evolve to provide a “digital twin” that is a full digital image of a building that includes all its technical systems and sensors.

Today, a single integrated digital twin is enough to deliver information on the detailed interactions of the building’s various systems, something previously possible only for individual systems and often performed manually when combining disparate technologies and processes.

Such advances and parallel development of cloud computing and wireless technology has revolutionised the concept of smart buildings from mere data transmission between machines within a singular facility to limitless communication across the globe.

This provides limitless possibilities for building and project managers in gathering data on safety, energy use and user-friendliness.

Innovation within IoT to deliver open-source platforms and affordability and the widespread adoption and evolution of sensors has bolstered the evolution of cognitive building technologies.

At Bosch, we focus on improving the interaction of integrated solutions to gain the best use out of investments in physical infrastructure further to protecting lives, buildings and assets across the world.

Over the years, our product portfolio has expanded to include video security, intrusion detection, fire detection and voice evacuation systems as well as access control and management systems.

In 2020, the building technologies division at Bosch celebrates its 100-year anniversary supported by its legacy in product and system competence in safety and security technology.

For the next phase, especially to sustain this accelerated momentum, significant investment and collaboration is required.

Artificial intelligence for instance, will play an essential role in energy saving programs through intelligent algorithms to identify deviations in energy consumption.

We are investing worldwide in people and in competence centres to apply AI to building technologies through an approach that harmonises commercial, environmental and social responsibility.

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