Articles and interviews on building management, BMS systems, energy management, the built environment, industrial automation, facility management, smart buildings, construction, the AEC industry, and commercial real estate in times of digital transformation, increasing automation, IoT and Industry 4.0.

What is BIM? Building information modeling and management

BIM stands for Building Information Model, Building Information Modeling, and Building Information Management. While most people who know BIM will refer to Building Information Modeling or the 'Model' dimension, the 'Management' part is at...
Formal project data strategies enable to avoid the cost of bad data in construction

Why and how to adopt a project data strategy in construction

Better data strategies might have saved the global construction industry $1.85 trillion (€1.58) in 2020, with less safety incidents, change orders, project delays, budget overruns, and work to redo. A 2021 Autodesk and FMI...

Smart sensors and the evolution of the global sensor market

Sensors have become ubiquitous. They have existed since long before the advent of the Internet and certainly before the Internet of Things or IoT. Modern smart sensors enable more applications than ever, and the...

Digital transformation in the construction industry

The AEC industry (architecture, engineering, and construction industry) is often seen as rather slow in terms of digitization and digital transformation. That's a generalization since larger AEC players in recent years realized true business...

Smart office solutions, goals, technologies and use cases

For several years, organizations started transforming their offices into smart offices and workplaces overall into smart workplaces. Several evolutions have accelerated smart office (building and technology) demand, driven by digital transformation and changing needs of...

Hybrid working and the physical workplace environment

The future of work is here, and it’s predominantly about hybrid work, impacting the physical workplace environment. That’s at least the consensus for numerous types of jobs. Several messages and forecasts keep getting repeated since...

The impact of growing IT sector electricity demand

IT sector electricity demand is expected to grow by 50 percent by 2030, reaching a total of 3,200TWh, according to a forecast that looks at the main – certain - IT technology developments and...

IoT solutions for (post-)COVID retail facility use cases

George Das, Global Solutions Architect at Schneider Electric, takes us through the needs and pain points of retailers as they reopen their stores and the retail solutions, enabling them to tackle the challenges of...

Digital transformation in the new normal: respond, recover and thrive

Nicolas Windpassinger, Global Channel Program & Digital Platforms VP at Schneider Electric and IoT expert, on COVID-19 and the acceleration of digital transformation in the next or new normal. In an interview last year,...

The next level of KNX – the integrated SpaceLogic KNX approach

KNX, the open standard for building and home automation, is entering its fourth decade. In 2020 it was exactly thirty years ago since the EIB (Association), from where the standard originates, was founded. The KNX...