Constructing an IoT-enabled building

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The IoT brings new business opportunities and services. For example, with the help of Huawei and DTZ, University of Melbourne deployed an energy efficiency management solution to intelligently control lighting systems and air-conditioners inside all its buildings.

The demand for smart building keeps growing, as smart buildings become fundamental to the ecosystem of a smart life.

Organisations in Australia are recognising the importance of conserving energy and reducing emissions. This has given rise to an increasing number of green buildings that greatly reduce carbon emissions. However, re-planning is almost impossible for many existing buildings, especially when it comes to redesign the high- and low-voltage current systems of old buildings.

A future of smarter and greener buildings
IoT is the engine powering the emergence of fully connected safety and security buildings. DTZ is a global leader in property services. One of its customers – University of Melbourne – follows the Green Star certification program championed by the Australian government, and thus has stringent requirements on the energy consumption of its buildings. Both DTZ and the university found it hard to comply with the five-star criteria to modernise buildings that were built decades ago, if not over a century ago. They needed smarter and greener buildings.

How Huawei Australia helped
With the help of Huawei and DTZ, University of Melbourne deployed an energy efficiency management solution to intelligently control lighting systems and air-conditioners inside all its buildings. Huawei also helped the university expand its network capacity with software services. Additionally, all buildings were centrally managed and connected by a new flexible access system. Thanks to these measures, the university met the Green Star five-star criteria, reducing energy costs by as much as 30 per cent.

The result: Energy efficiencies
With 50 years of history behind it, we would not expect this old school building to be very energy efficient, but the University of Melbourne’s recent efforts at remodelling this historical structure to increase energy efficiency have been truly impressive. This project has clearly demonstrated how IoT technologies can provide the most energy efficient solutions possible for these types of scenarios. They can guarantee immediate savings, and establish comprehensive control systems that are both efficient and effective. Not only that, these systems allow the end users to experience just how incredibly convenient these smart systems can be.

Bringing new business opportunities
The IoT will do more than just reduce energy consumption – Internet-connected buildings can put context-aware services into the hands of everyone. The IoT will definitely bring new business opportunities and services.
Building a greener world cannot be achieved by a single company; it requires joint efforts, and Huawei proudly plays an active part in setting green standards, and has joined green organisations and forums.

Through close collaboration and smooth communication, we aim to exert a positive influence and contribute to a greener world.

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