Gallery: IBM Announces Intelligent Building Management Software to Maxi...

Fig.1 (left) depicts a physical model of the “Late Gothic Hall” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The orange areas represent the doors, the olive ones the works of art, and the golden areas the windows. Fig.1 (right) shows a corresponding mesh. In order to model the temperature distribution the structures are represented as finite collections of elements and nodes. Temperature distributions can then be computed from a set of equations.

Today IBM announced a new software product that promises to markedly improve the efficiency of buildings by giving real time information on performance and problems. The software is a group of analytical tools that can detect when anything in the building’s systems are out of whack and pinpoint the issue — think of it as always having a bedside doctor so at the moment a building gets sick, it can be treated right away. Since buildings make up 40% of all of our energy use, and consume 70% of all electricity generated, the Intelligent Building Management software can make real inroads for energy efficiency in an industry that has a lot of catching up to do.

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