Partnership with Carnegie Mellon University is part of IBM’s commitment to sustainability.
IBM has announced a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University to develop smarter buildings through cloud-based analytics.
Through the implementation of the IBM Building Management Centre system the university expects to save approximately 10% on utilities which equates to almost $2 million annually.
Donald Coffelt, associate vice president for Carnegie Mellon University’s Facilities Management Services, said: "On its own, the deployment of this technology will drive significant energy and operational savings with a very attractive return on investment."
"Just as important, improved building performance enhances the occupant experience and provides a much more effective education and research environment."
"IBM is a clear leader in the field of advanced building analytics and facilities systems integration. This technology offers us important gains in initiatives related to advanced infrastructure systems research, the Pittsburgh 2030 initiative and a more proactive building and infrastructure management model."
Buildings systems such as lifts, HVAC, lighting and alarms are forecast to make buildings’ the largest consumer of global energy by 2025, according to the National Science and Technology Council.
Despite the many systems in building all collecting data, many organisations do not use the data. Carnegie Mellon and IBM are addressing this challenge through the Building Management Centre which will be delivered on IBM’s SoftLayer cloud.
By monitoring thousands of data points the system will be able to detect problems and be able to trigger corrective actions, leading to efficiency savings.
Wayne Balta, vice president, IBM Corportate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety, said: "IBM and Carnegie Mellon University share a commitment to innovation and a rich history of collaboration."
"Given CMU’s renown as a world leader in engineering and computer science, this new collaboration for smarter buildings is a natural fit. CMU recognized early on that a college campus shares several things in common with a city."
"Just as Smarter Cities are using data and analytics to improve diverse aspects of their operations, CMU will harness data and analytics delivered via cloud computing to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of building management across campus."
"We’ve done this within IBM and know it to be good for our business as well as the environment."
The technology will initially be piloted in nine buildings before being extended to 36 buildings across the university campus.
The partnership comes as part of IBM‘s wider vision for smarter cities and commitment to sustainability.