Keeping it simple
One benefit of AI technology can be the low levels of configuration required, says Fuerschke, which is attractive in the commercial property industry where time-consuming commissioning processes are common.
Times are changing though.
Organic Response, an Australian-developed lighting system trialed at several Dexus managed properties, is a great example of out-of-the-box AI technology that doubles as an energy and cost-saving feature.
Depending on circumstance, each individual light can operate independently or as a collective. They are intelligent, able to detect motion and light levels and communicate that information to each other.
“The important difference to traditional lighting systems is that this all happens with minimal programming, without a traditional central control system or needing to configure whole zones,” Fuerschke says.
He also cites new occupancy sensors (which interpret optical images to count people) that will be a part of Dexus’s new ‘smart building’ at 100 Mount Street in North Sydney, as a real step forward.
The advantage of whole of building occupancy sensors is that for the first time, building managers will be able to see how spaces are being used by people and then overlay that with the large amount of data already being generated by building systems. This will lead to new levels of insight on how to design and operate a building.