Intel enters the smart buildings market
For years now, one’s been talking about the internet of things (IOT) for the built environment – provisioning offices, stores, warehouses and other buildings with wireless thermostats and sensors, heating and air conditioning units, and other energy-controlling devices.
The only problem: the world of commercial real estate runs on decidedly last-generation technology. There’s nothing like the equivalent of the ubiquitous home or office Wi-Fi router to connect it all – at least, not until Intel’s Building Management Platform (BMP) comes to market later this year.
Over the past 18 months or so, Intel has been working with a set of software and hardware partners to put together a low-cost, simple-to-use IOT server of sorts. The BMP is meant to be as easy to set up as a wireless router, but equipped with all the legacy protocols required to tap into the world of energy-using “things” in buildings.