At IBcon 2016, June 21-24 in San Jose, California, Intel showcased a collection of Intel-based connected building solutions to demonstrate how IoT technologies enable significant new cost savings and efficiency gains from next-generation smart building gateways and services.
As a leader in the IoT space, Intel is addressing a previously un-met need in the building automation market with the Intel Building Management Platform (Intel® BMP). BMP is a new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) building management platform aimed at solutions providers in the small-and medium-size buildings market segment. The platform gives applications secure and seamless access to connected things and the data they generate within smart buildings by connecting building systems and sensors. The platform reduces time to market for solution providers, according to Intel. ”This Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform reduces development time and effort for solution providers by offering a pre-integrated building management platform to allow them to deploy a wide range of applications,” said Cristina Boles.
Intel exhibited its collaboration with three other companies on management system aimed at small and mid-sized buildings. The Intel Building Management Platform features PowerTools device and data management technology from CANDI, an operating system from Big River and McAfee security. The problems the Intel BMP is meant to solve, Intel says, revolve around the difficulty and expense of integrating incompatible legacy systems and the data they produce. IoT-based solutions to this point, according to Intel, have focused to this point on separate silos (such as lighting or HVAC), the company said. It is scheduled for commercial launch by the end of 2016.
Over the past 18 months or so, Intel has been working with a set of software and hardware partners to put together a low-cost, simple-to-use IOT server of sorts. The BMP is meant to be as easy to set up as a wireless router, but equipped with all the legacy protocols required to tap into the world of energy-using “things” in buildings.
Intel BMP, integrated with CANDI PowerTools, provides the first secure cloud-based IoT management solution that gives mobile and web-based applications easy access to data and devices in smart buildings. CANDI software bridges the largest array of the industry’s leading building systems and sensors, and filters and securely transfers their data to the cloud (or on-premise servers). All of the protocol translations needed to communicate are handled seamlessly by CANDI software.
With this CANDI-enabled building management system, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers can quickly and easily deploy a wide range of applications. We help them reduce their cost of deployment, scale their businesses more cost-effectively, and deliver exciting new services to new markets.
The target user for Intel BMP will be small to medium-size building managers who want to take advantage of IoT technologies and energy management but are unable to pay the installation costs and have other concerns about traditional building management systems.