M2M Technology Convergence Making Smart Buildings Even Smarter

        M2M Technology Convergence Making Smart Buildings Even Smarter

Global Sustainability Perspective identifies most impactful building
automation technologies

PR Newswire


SINGAPORE, LONDON and CHICAGO, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Smart buildings
are leveraging emerging machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies to become even
smarter. According to the latest Global Sustainability Perspective from Jones
Lang LaSalle (JLL), six advances in smart building technology are enabling a
new era in building energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction, yielding
a return on investment for building owners within one to two years.

"M2M technologies are converging to make smart buildings – and their owners –
even smarter," said Dan Probst, Chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services
at Jones Lang LaSalle. "We can now perform real-time remote monitoring,
commissioning and control of entire portfolios of buildings, leading to
dramatic improvements in building performance and meaningful energy savings."

The top six technologies contributing most to making buildings smarter

1.Wireless meters and sensors. Affordable wireless sensors and meters can
    now be used to monitor automated building equipment and relay data to a
    centralized remote command center. 
2.Internet and cloud computing. The advent of the Internet and decreasing
    costs of data transmission now makes it financially feasible to transmit
    data from millions of building data points to the command center. The
    relatively affordable high-capacity computing power of the cloud allows
    for cost-efficient data analysis to an extent not possible in previous
3.Open data communication protocols. New software applications solve the
    "Tower of Babel" problem created in buildings containing multiple
    automated systems, each operated by proprietary controls. Today, such
    protocols as ASHRAE's open-source BACnet, Echelon's LonTalk and emerging
    systems support cross-platform data sharing.
4.Powerful analytics software. The best new-generation smart solutions
    provide numerous dashboards, algorithms and other tools for interpreting
    building data, identifying anomalous data, pinpointing causes and even
    addressing some issues remotely.
5.Remote centralized control. Secure Internet technologies can be used to
    protect data transmissions from hundreds of buildings in a company's
    portfolio to the central command center, staffed around-the-clock by
    facilities professionals.
6.Integrated work-order management. Today's building management systems can
    be integrated with a work-order system to streamline communications with
    on-the-ground facilities staff when human attention is required.

"Even five years ago, remote monitoring and control of an entire portfolio of
properties was not possible," said Probst. "Owners and investors are now
realizing that the return on smarter building management is worth the
investment, and can potentially pay for itself within one or two years."

Commercial and public property owners are seeking these returns to boost
operational efficiency, achieve energy savings, improve capital planning and
reduce their carbon footprints. Companies worldwide invested $5.5 billion in
intelligent building systems in 2012, and the number is expected to rise to
$18.1 billion by 2017 — a 27.1 percent compound annual growth rate, according
to IDC Energy Insights. The promise of even more potential for cost savings
from operating smart buildings in the context of smart grids is an incentive,
as well.

The term "smart building" typically refers to a building that uses
computer-controlled equipment managed via a building automation system (BAS),
which controls heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting, as well as
water, fire and life safety equipment throughout a building.

Global Sustainability Perspective

Jones Lang LaSalle issues a quarterly online report that covers a range of
timely energy, sustainability and climate issues, typically as they relate to
the commercial real estate industry. Participants from around the world
contribute ideas and articles of interest to the firm's clients, colleagues
and others interested in sustainability news and trends.

In addition to smart building advances, the just-released report also covers:

  oHow smart buildings and the smart grid interact.
  oA case study on Procter & Gamble's application of IntelliCommand, Jones
    Lang LaSalle's smart building solution powered by Pacific Controls

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About Jones Lang LaSalle

Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment
management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking
increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual
revenue of $3.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle operates in 70 countries from more
than 1,000 locations worldwide. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides
management and real estate outsourcing services to a property portfolio of 2.6
billion square feet and completed $63 billion in sales, acquisitions and
finance transactions in 2012. Its investment management business, LaSalle
Investment Management, has $47.7 billion of real estate assets under
management. For further information, visit www.jll.com.

SOURCE Jones Lang LaSalle

Website: http://www.joneslanglasalle.com
Contact: Margy Sweeney, +1 312 612 0343, Margy.Sweeney@am.jll.com; Jennifer
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