Smart Buildings: The Time is Right

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Smart Buildings: The Time is Right

By Susan J. Campbell

Now that the lingo is in place, it no longer seems weird to apply adjectives such as "smart" and "intuitive" to inanimate objects. The previous generation would have likely laughed at the thought of calling a building "smart" but in this day of green initiatives and eco-sustainability, smart buildings are no longer the innovation of the future, but the desired design of today.

If you take a closer look at our treatment of the environment today, communications technology accounts for roughly 2 percent of global carbon emissions. This figure is expected to double by 2020 - especially if we continue on this current path as the demand for broadband services will also continue to grow.

It is essential to curb these emissions and reduce environmental impact through innovative solutions. Alcatel-Lucent makes the development of such solutions a key priority in their business model as they aim to make networks more eco-efficient. At the same time, the company understands its solutions can be applied to other industries and reduce the other 98 percent of carbon emissions, improving the overall environment now and in the future.  

Alcatel-Lucent has developed an eco-sustainable communications transformation initiative that delivers tangible business and environmental benefits. The company takes a holistic eco-sustainability solutions approach to building intelligent and environmentally responsible end-to-end networks. At the same time, their solutions can also be used to reduce the environmental impact of consumers through the innovative application of communications solutions.

Curbing emissions to make a measurable impact on the environment is necessary not just from a network standpoint, but also from a whole building standpoint. Where can the infrastructure of the network, security operations, communications technologies, cooling and heating solutions and more all be combined together to drive a truly smart building?

Alcatel-Lucent's GreenTouch Initiative is a global consortium of leaders in the industry, academia and government labs organized by Bell Labs. This initiative was launched with the common goal of dramatically increasing network energy efficiency so that communications networks can become 1,000 times more energy efficient than they are today. In taking the Alcatel-Lucent holistic approach a building a smart building, this energy efficiency is not only attainable, but also sustainable.

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