Building operators in the Middle East are increasingly adopting the Internet of Things (IoT).
Dilip Sinha, general manager, Honeywell Environmental and Energy Solutions (E&ES), Middle East, Turkey and Africa, told MEP Middle East that building operators in the Middle East are under increasing pressure to make their facilities safe, green, productive and more efficient while reducing operational costs.
He added: "In order to achieve this, they are increasingly turning to the Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics and cloud computing technologies. They want solutions that help them rapidly respond to incidents, reduce costs, enable compliance with local standards, and in turn, enhance the customer experience."
He said that the MEP sector is integral to the construction industry and for the development of smart cities. The Dubai government has created a roadmap that highlights 545 smart initiatives and services across eight government entities and two smart districts, pushing the emirate to become a leading smart city by 2021.
Sinha said: "For these initiatives to come to life, MEP stakeholders such as contractors, building owners, and facility managers must ensure that the correct solutions and systems are in place, and that they are designed for optimum performance. These systems must be efficient and productive to ensure energy conservation and sustainability.
"In the construction sector, there is a shift towards software based solutions hosted in the cloud, which has opened new opportunities to improve efficiencies in buildings – the fundamental building blocks of a smart city."