Smart Buildings

Empowering smart and autonomous building management

Powering Smart Buildings with data-driven decisions

The Challenge

What features are smart buildings supposed to improve? Temperature, humidity, vibration, lighting, power, security, maintenance - all of it autonomously managed, all of it operating in perfect sync.

During the pandemic, transporting people has become a complex activity with proper distancing guidelines and new algorithms that must align with the requirements.

Because of this optimization potential, companies are investing massively. The smart buildings market is already worth $66.3 billion, with a projected annual growth rate of 10.5% a year through to 2025.1

But who today operates a genuinely “smart” building? Buildings are undoubtedly smarter than they used to be. Sensors and actuators are delivering a veritable value add in building management.

The challenge with data in smart buildings is with regards to diverse sources, volume and immediate impact from HVAC systems, elevators, lights, etc.

The Solution

CrateDB streamlines the information that is making existing databases inefficient. It tailors the query functions to deliver real-time information needed, when it’s needed. Just getting the right data, into the right people’s hands, to assist them in making the right calls, at the right time.

What does that mean in practice? IoT data in smart building has the power to affect how we live2:

  • Enable smart facility management for preventative maintenance and to detect equipment defects
  • Empower smart energy management to customize needs based on specific requirements
  • Enable occupants and resources location tracking to improve building performance and distribute resources in a balanced manner
  • Enhance interior comfort to improve well-being and productivity

Use Case

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Roomonitor specializes in IoT climate control systems that monitor and control air conditioning for the hospitality industry. Roomonitor helps optimize costs and energy associated with overuse of air conditioning. It is currently deployed in thousands of locations across Europe, ranging from vacation rentals to large hotels.

With CrateDB’s easy scalability, Roomonitor was able to reduce its database costs with a simple per node pricing structure.

“Our success depends on our ability to give property managers real-time insight to monitor air conditioning costs and tenant comfort. If that data is unavailable to use for any reason, our solution is ineffective. We needed a database purpose-built for IoT, and CrateDB was the best solution…”
Ignacio Suarez, CEO, Roomonitor.

1 Markets and Markets. January 2021. Smart Buildings Market
2 IoT and Bid Data Analytics for Smart Buildings: A Survey

Resources

CrateDB and Quantum Leap
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CrateDB in the Wild with Quantum Leap

Dr. Federico M. Facca talks about using CrateDB in an open-source project "CrateDB in the Wild with Quantum Leap"

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MongoDB Migration
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Building IoT applications with open-source tools

How an open-source platform stack makes it easy and economical to handle the requirements of IoT applications

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