To save 30% energy and also achieve more comfort, would you be willing to live in a building that tracks your movement and energy use hourly?

Building Operating System Provides Brain for Smarter Cities

Innovative technology developed by Columbia Engineering's Center for Computational Learning Systems (CCLS) is the driving force -- in effect, the brain -- behind Di-BOSS™, a new digital building operating system that integrates all building operating systems into one, easy-to-use cockpit control interface for desktops and portable devices, including laptops, tablets, and smart phones. This new machine learning technology, known as Total Property Optimizer (TPO), combines the need to provide comfort and safety for large building managers and tenants with situational awareness, energy savings, and re-commissioning (continuous optimal performance), and provides the smart analytics and communications needed for real-time operations.

"This system is so effective that in the last six months, it has already realized more than a half million dollars in energy savings in over two million square feet of Rudin Management properties in Manhattan, resulting in an astonishing return-on-investment. And this savings was gained in Rudin buildings that were already citywide leaders in energy efficiency,"...

One of the system's primary features is its ability to continuously track occupancy. "The technology to link the building management system with occupancy to control energy use is a cutting-edge capability," Anderson observes. "The ability to track occupancy on a large scale and link who is where and when to energy use is a key component to its success."

Buildings currently do not have any operating system at all. Instead, they have hundreds of sub-system controllers that independently manage separate silos of responsibility, such as elevators, fire management, occupancy, and building and energy management systems.

The system also features the ability to analyze occupancy and energy consumption trends by tenant. Through secure online websites, tenants can check real-time occupancy and energy consumption data for their floors and can see their performance versus other tenants. [emphasis mine]

As I read this, not only will the building engineer know when you're home, awake or asleep, but so will the stalker who lives down the hall. It's a privacy sacrifice I'd be willing to make.

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I will have to think about this one. Do I want to have equipment in my home to which others had access? They know when I am gone, asleep, active? I would like the data for my own purposes and a programmable set of instruments so I could make decisions about control. 

On the other hand, this kind of information would be valuable on a community scale, knowing when power usage peaks and falls, for example. 

I had a security system for many years and it was a mixed blessing; I set off the alarm many times, never had an intruder, nor a fire. If there had been an intruder and fire, I would value that feature. Our neighborhood had more problems with garage and car prowlers, so I had sensors outside as well. Perhaps the sign in my yard kept prowlers away, or didn't catch any. 

I'll read other articles and get more information. Thanks for the link. 

Can you describe why you would like such a system in your home? 


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