For years Information Technology has relentlessly penetrated virtually all of the control and management systems in a building. The list of systems is long and growing and it’s harder to identify a building system without some aspect of IT. Yet despite the industry’s strides in building controls, automation and deployment of IT we’re not close to the potential of fully implementing advanced automation in our buildings.
We look at aircraft autopilots that have automated flight for almost a century, driverless cars, and a society drenched with electronic devices and apps. We have an Earth where almost everyone has a cell phone and we look for a future of billions of electronic devices networked by the internet that will be managed, monitored, integrated, implanted and worn. More automation than anything currently deployed could take building operations to a new level for the benefit of occupants and building owners.