Smarter buildings are actually becoming easier to build. And not only are new IoT solutions making the build out of smarter buildings less complicated, but the ability to make them more agile has become possible. The fact is, efficient IoT systems in smart buildings need a hybrid architecture based on different technologies for data transfer. These systems are composed of the right combination of wired and wireless solutions to transport various volumes of data through the entire building. The article that follows outlines four key elements in the latter part of the post, that need to interact to achieve the optimum result from an IoT system for a smart structure. 

Five years ago, it was an industry buzzword: the internet of things (IoT). Analysts predicted billions of sensors would be connected to the internet, delivering a tremendous amount of information from everywhere around us.

IoT has already become reality, as foreseen by experts. A Deloitte Center for Financial Services market study expects sensor deployment in the IoT sector to grow to nearly 1.3 billion by 2020. Cambashi, a market research company that measures the global IoT market, sees the growth of IoT platform sales and digital transformation projects leveling off, mainly due to the intense resource requirements to integrate and develop new platforms and to manage organizational change. However, it soon expects a spurt in growth through the rapidly increasing availability of connected applications — targeted towards specific industries and use cases — that can be quickly delivered and implemented.

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