Burj Khalifa, Honeywell marks 10 year IoT milestone

The IoT systems helped in optimising the experience of its residents through improved air quality.

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The 828m tall building exemplifies cloud technology innovation through the implementation of a series of Honeywell smart devices and platforms based on IoT.
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The 828m tall building exemplifies cloud technology innovation through the implementation of a series of Honeywell smart devices and platforms based on IoT.

Burj Khalifa in collaboration with Honeywell is marking 10 years as a pioneer in the use of connected building and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

The IoT systems helped in optimising the experience of its residents through improved air quality, enhanced thermal comfort and light levels, that improve productivity, health and well-being for occupants.

This has been made possible with solutions from global software-industrial firm Honeywell that have been used to build, power and maintain the tallest building in the world.

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The 828m tall building exemplifies cloud technology innovation through the implementation of a series of Honeywell smart devices and platforms based on IoT.

Technologies deployed during the 10-year collaboration included Honeywell’s cloud-connected building management platform, Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI).

Bashar Mohammad Kassab, director, Facilities Management of Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall, said: “We are proud to be deploying some of the most advanced technologies in the world through our IoT platforms.”

Norm Gilsdorf, president, Honeywell, Middle East, Russia, Turkey and Central Asia, added: “With our connected offerings for smart cities, Honeywell is demonstrating how IoT creates intelligent homes and buildings for a smarter future. Our long-standing relationship is a testament to Emaar’s ongoing commitment to developing truly smart cities, and providing Burj Khalifa’s occupants with comfort and satisfaction – making it the smartest building in the Middle East. We are delighted to have supported Burj Khalifa over the last decade and to be able to join in the celebration of such achievements.”

The Burj Khalifa team has partnered with Honeywell Building Solutions to pilot Honeywell’s Outcome Based Service (OBS) solution across the mechanical components of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The OBS software as a service solution involves collating real-time field data, pushing this data to the Honeywell Sentience IoT Platform, identifying anomalies, and running smart algorithms for predictive and prescriptive maintenance of the building’s mechanical assets. In turn, the service has enabled Burj Khalifa’s maintenance team to transform from a traditional planned and preventative maintenance regime to a predictive maintenance program for mechanical systems – this is also known as a Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) approach. The RCM approach optimises maintenance costs and increases asset reliability.

At the core of OBS is Honeywell Sentience, a cloud-based IoT platform that delivers robust and secure big data capabilities for all of Honeywell’s connected solutions. The platform allows Burj Khalifa’s facility managers to use building data analytics for predictive and prescriptive maintenance. The pilot has resulted in a significant reduction in preventative mechanical maintenance tasks and an overall 40% reduction in total maintenance hours for mechanical assets, while improving the availability to 99.95%, enabling a significant reduction of unplanned reactive maintenance.

Burj Khalifa also uses Honeywell’s EBI system, a technology that provides a unified view of building systems and increases the connectivity of smart devices to improve efficiency, increase responsiveness and maximise operational control. With access to real-time facility data, Burj Khalifa’s facility management team is now able to detect incidents faster, respond more quickly and mitigate any impact, more cost effectively, Honeywell stated.

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