Wednesday, 24 June 2015

India needs to invest more in smart building technology: survey

Government, building owners and service providers need to invest more in smart building technologies to serve the rapidly urbanising population, a new survey by Honeywell has said.

The survey conducted across 2,000 buildings in top Indian cities by the company and IMRB International found that while in general the smartness of buildings in India is low, the airports and hotels are leading the way.

Honeywell on Tuesday launched a Smart Building Score, a tool to evaluate a building’s use of 15 technology asset groups that make a building green, safe and productive. These 15 elements include flexible cooling/heating, power supply, wired communication, surveillance, use of natural resources, among others.

Alex Ismail, President and CEO, Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions, said, “We have launched the score in India and are planning similar initiatives around the world.”

According to the findings, the national average for buildings was only 33, while the scores for buildings in the education and residential space were even lower at 27 and 26, respectively.

Most buildings scored high on green elements, and low on safety, pointing to the need for more investment in safety and security solutions.

The score aims to establish an industry benchmark for buildings under the 100 smart cities mission of the Government.

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