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Smart Building Market To Grow 30% by 2020

Create: 08/11/2015 - 13:00

The global smart building market will grow from $7.26 billion in 2015 to $36.4 billion by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 38.0%, according to a recent report from Markets and Markets. Europe is expected to be the biggest adopter of building technology, while APAC is estimated to be the fastest-growing region with a CAGR of 47.8% in this market. 

Among the major vendors in the smart building market are ABB, Cisco, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Delta Controls, IBM and General Electric. A smart building connects the building automation system with the normal operations of a building such as HVAC, lighting, water supply and fire emergency. It monitors and controls the energy usage of the building and helps in saving and improving the energy efficiency of the building. 

The desire by companies to reduce operating costs and increase energy management are the main drivers or the increase in the adoption of building technologies. In addition, the rising demand for the deployment of building technology in the commercial sector and airports — in response to safety and security concerns — is further propelling the market’s growth.

The report also notes that government initiatives for companies to “go green” and to reduce their energy consumption will help this market gain momentum between 2015 and 2020.

Driving Down Energy Costs by $25B

Create: 08/09/2015 - 13:00

How much can smart buildings save in energy costs? As much as $25 billion annually, according to a recent Accenture report. Estimates predict that smarter buildings could save as much as $25 billion in annual energy costs. That’s a huge opportunity for solution providers and their vendor partners.

Some vendors are taking a critical look at just how to meet their customers’ needs using IoT technology. For example, Bridgelux, a developer and manufacturer of LED lighting technologies, earlier this month announced a plan to spin off its Smart-Lighting LED platform business under the name of Xenio Corporation in conjunction with the sale of Bridgelux to an investment group led by the China Electronics Co. Xenio will target the development of software-enabled LED modules and will take advantage of its partnerships and investments from Bridgelux, Toshiba, DCM Ventures, VantagePoint Capital Partners, among others.

Because lighting fixtures are a staple in every building, it makes sense they are central to the development of smart buildings. Intelligent lighting can also be designed to integrate with other building systems. In addition to efficiencies, smart buildings provide aggregated data that offers valuable insights into all areas of business operations for ongoing operational and business optimization. 

Xenio is looking to develop and deliver networked and software-driven solutions that bring intelligence to lighting fixtures. Xenio’s seamless integration of LED light source technology with advanced power, radio, sensor, application and cloud software into a low-cost, easy-to-install network will be critical to its success. Those types of technologies will provide environments requiring, for example, deep dimming and color tuning while deploying the sensor network to reduce energy consumption, and drive real-time engagement with buildings’ occupants. 

There are retail applications, too. In a store, the Xenio network can draw attention to a displayed product by brightening a spotlight as shoppers walk down an aisle. Or, lighting can dim in employee cubicles when they are away or adjust in response to changes in natural lighting. Lighting can also change color to create a more comfortable, productive or profitable environment.

Companies are jus starting to realize the benefits smart buildings can reap. Data-driven optimizations can reduce energy consumption, but companies can save reduce costs even more substantially by using data from sensors and controls more holistically to optimize their infrastructure, save money and significantly reduce environmental impact.

Dunkin’ Donuts, Marks and Spencer, Connect to IoT

Create: 07/30/2015 - 13:00

Whether you’re buying a new shirt or a dozen glazed donuts and a Box ‘O Joe,* your experience at two major retailers will be dramatically different than it was even a few years ago, thanks to modern retail solutions powered by Intel architecture and the Internet of Things for retail. These two recent implementations exemplify how collaboration across the Intel ecosystem brings together Internet of Things expertise and abilities that help create real value for B2B customers and end-users.

Dynamic Digital Signage from NCR a Success for Dunkin’ Donuts’ Customers, Franchisees

When you serve as many customers as& Dunkin’ Donuts does every day, you want to make the customer experience engaging, efficient, and memorable—especially for those early morning customers who haven’t had their first cup of coffee yet. Recently, the leading baked goods and coffee chain saw an opportunity to replace static menu boards with dynamic digital signage that can call attention to particular products and new offers, display important product information, and provide menu content tailored to the offerings at each restaurant.

After evaluating a number of solutions, the company selected NCR Vitalcast digital signage, which includes a media player that uses an Intel processor, an Intel motherboard, and an Intel Solid-State Driver (Intel SSDs) to deliver high-definition media to the screens. The system provides compelling media with minimized downtime, and reduces the clutter, cost, and inefficiencies inherent in traditional signage solutions.

More than 2,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants have deployed the NCR Vitalcast menu boards. The dynamic technology ensures that customers are seeing information about products and offers available at the store they are visiting, while helping the company maintain messaging and display consistency across its restaurants.

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Marks and Spencer Offer Omnichannel Access To Brick and Mortar Shoppers

With more than 700 stores in the UK and 350+ more in other countries, and a successful online store, Marks and Spencer (M&S) sells high quality clothing, home products, and food items from around 3,000 suppliers globally. Naturally, it’s not practical for each store to house the retailer’s entire inventory, but M&S—which is determined to become the primary destination shop for fashion and home purchases, both in-store and online—wanted to give its brick-and-mortar customers access to its complete product catalog for a more inspiring, service-focused shopping experience. Moreover, M&S wanted to boost awareness and use of its online store and bring the convenience of online shopping directly into the store.

To meet these goals, the company turned to multi-touch kiosk-manufacturer Pyramid Computer GmbH and retail and banking solutions provider Wincor Nixdorf, who collaborated to produce an innovative self-service kiosk solution based on Pyramid’s polytouch* multi-touch system.

The devices, which are able to respond to twenty simultaneous touches, include the first all-in-one touch screen equipped with integrated chip and PIN in compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard, along with a barcode scanner and thermal printer. Under the hood, they feature an Intel® Core™ i7 processor that provides fast, secure processing necessary for real-time interactivity. The system also includes Intel® HD Graphics 4000 on chip for immersive high-quality graphics and an Intel® Solid-State Drive for the fast.

I/O necessary for an interactive system. Additionally, the kiosks are connected to the store’s network via gigabit Ethernet and Intel Centrino Wireless Bluetooth* adaptors and make use of Intel Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT)1, which allows the entire fleet of kiosks to be managed from a single console.

With the implementation of this omnichannel retailing solution, customers can now look up product information and browse through merchandise, both in-store and online, effectively bringing the entire M&S inventory into brick and mortar stores and making available a greater diversity of product size and style options. The company expects the multichannel solution to increase store traffic and sales by allowing customers to move freely between shopping channels, make payments securely and quickly, avoid lines, and even opt for home delivery.

After successful implementation in the M&S High Street store in London, the kiosks have been installed throughout the UK and France, making this one of the most impactful in-store ecommerce projects deployed to date.

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