IBM moving into the Business of "Cities as Living Organisms"
City buildings will sense and respond like living organisms
As people move into city buildings at record rates, buildings will be
built smartly. Today, many of the systems that constitute a building
- heat, water, sewage, electricity, etc. - are managed
independently. In the future, the technology that manages facilities
will operate like a living organism that can sense and respond
quickly, in order to protect citizens, save resources and reduce
carbon emissions. Thousands of sensors inside buildings will monitor
everything from motion and temperature to humidity, occupancy and
light. The building won't just coexist with nature - it will harness
it. This system will enable repairs before something breaks,
emergency units to respond quickly with the necessary resources, and
consumers and business owners to monitor their energy consumption
and carbon emission in real-time and take action to reduce them.
Some buildings are already showing signs of intelligence by reducing
energy use, improving operational efficiency, and improving comfort
and safety for occupants.