Using IoT to make buildings energy efficient

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US headquartered 75F, a building automation systems company, has launched its ‘Dynamic Airflow Balancing’ technology in the Indian market. This technology uses the Internet of Things (IoT) philosophy and cloud computing. The company claims that its smart HVAC system has the potential to reduce energy usage by 562 trillion BTUs, energy enough to take 24 million cars off the road.

The company specialises in building solutions that make working spaces more energy efficient, automated and smart. The solutions, which are connected to the internet, sense, analyse and control the behaviour of the building to achieve consistent airflow and lighting on a zone or room-by-room basis.

"We hope to tap the huge addressable India market of commercial buildings spaces. Harnessing IoT to make buildings smarter is in its nascent stages, but we feel that in the next three to seven years most of the people will move towards predictive systems. With a strong R&D team we hope to design and tailor solutions specifically for the Indian market," said Gaurav Burman, vice president and country president, 75F India, while launching this technology for the Indian market in Bengaluru.

The technology involves wireless zone controllers that sense and collect hundreds of data points from a particular room in a building every minute and sends the data to the central control unit of the building and from there to the servers in the cloud. Each night, cloud computing algorithms analyse thousands of data points, including the weather forecast and the daily usage patterns that allow the system to predict future conditions. Post that a new set of instructions are sent to the central control unit and the motorised dampers are modulated a few degrees at a time to achieve the perfect balance.

The system also factors in real-time events, such as room occupancy, the position of the sun and weather patterns, to make continuous adjustments to the plan as per the requirement. The installation cost of the system would range from anywhere between Rs 40 to Rs 80 per square feet.

The company had launched its operations in the US a few years back and the Indian market is its next stop. Post its performance in the Indian market, the company will aim at the middle-east market. "Our main target customers in India will be the IT and the ITeS space, hospitals, R&D labs, hospitality segment, etc. We are targeting Rs 100 crore from the Indian market by FY 2018-19. We have already garnered some early customer wins in India in the form of Flipkart, Firstsource and Mphasis," added Burman.

Founded in 2012 in the US by Indian natives Deepinder Singh and Pankaj Chawla, 75F has installed over 1,000 control zones and its US customers include Taco Bell, Yoga Fit, Magnet 360, Rockler besides many others.

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