Smarter Approach, Smarter Building


Patrick Stewart-Blacker, Steve Kidd and Gareth Johns break down "Smart Buildings Myths" and discuss how to optimise an environment to provide improved daily working experiences for staff while providing tangible benefits to the business

…it’s about breaking down the myths of a Smart Building. For us each case is unique, once we understand the complexity of the environment and its ecosystem; we can guide the client through all this complexity to formulate a simple user experience.
— Patrick Stewart Blacker | Principal Consultant
 

PTS Consulting defines smart buildings as optimised environments which provide an improved daily working experience for staff while providing tangible benefits to the business.

Independent Advisor: Consulting on Smart Building projects brings together all of our core skills. We don’t sell products, we advise our clients on the best-fit solutions for their unique set of requirements.

Core Competency: Our experience in understanding complex business challenges and delivering Workplace Technology Solutions is second to none.

Lateral Thinking: We take a holistic view of the requirements and our consultants challenge any and all preconceptions on every project.

Our Smart Building Ethos: PTS brings a people centric, ecosystem based approach.

 

5 'Smart' Building Myths

 

Myth 1

Building Management Systems: BMS is the foundation of a Smart Building

Myth 2

Internet of Things: Once everything is connected, it is therefore interconnected and creates a smart environment

Myth 3

Big Data: Sensors which produce large quantities of data for analysis will help to achieve a more efficient environment

Myth 4

Cloud Computing: Digitising the business means it's automatically ready for 'cloud only' or 'cloud first' computing

Myth 5

Artificial Intelligence: The intelligence of each system and component will automatically provide relevant analytics

Right?...

...Wrong!

Simply digitising your building doesn't make it smart

They are all component parts of the ecosystem, implementing one or all of these off these as an 'off the shelf' solution doesn't make your building intrinsically smart

 

PTS Smart: Breaking the Myths

A Building provides an improved experience to its staff and tangible business benefits when it is equipped with these three layers: -

1. Connected Building

2. Rules Engine

3. Cognitive

With these in place, the Building is equipped to provide benefits such as occupancy monitoring, way-finding, analytics, space utilisation statistics, usage data, energy savings, CapEx reductions, OpEx reductions, increased productivity, workspace alignment… the list goes on. 

 

Q: “Where can this be fitted?” A:...Anywhere!”

Our lateral thinking approach takes every case on its own merit, and no set of circumstances limit a space in contributing to business benefits through the PTS Smart model. 

 

Simplifying Complexity

Our role as technologists is to simplify complexity.  PTS focuses on the end user and strives to remove unnecessary complication to provide a simpler, more considered, predictable experience.

We achieve this by gathering knowledge of the people, their workflows, the building and identifying “spheres of influences” across this landscape.  From this analysis we can identify the relevant approaches to “layer” solutions that are foundational elements to achieve a Smart Building.

 

The Benefits

End-Users

Enhancing the relationship between the user and the building. Automation of time consuming and technically intensive processes. Ultimately a smart building mustn't make the user feel dumb.

 

Landlords

Enhancing the relationship between the user and the building. Automation of time consuming and technically intensive processes. Ultimately a smart building mustn't make the user feel dumb.

 

Internal Client Services

Enhancing the relationship between the user and the building. Automation of time consuming and technically intensive processes. Ultimately a smart building mustn't make the user feel dumb.

 

Vendor Independence

Each client ecosystem is different, their objectives are different, the desired outcomes and experiences can be different. 

This is where PTS thrives, by truly ‘consulting’ with clients and ensuring that when developing solutions, we leverage the fact that we are vendor independent and look across the whole market to find the right components to a solution.

 

Our hands-on approach

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