In recent years, Smart Buildings in the commercial real estate industry have gained significant momentum due to the increasing need for enhanced tenant experience, and market drive for higher performing assets. Additionally, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) priorities have given energy reduction technologies even more impetus than improving operational costs. However, building management teams very frequently do not have adequate visibility into their building performance and energy usage, not to mention enough data from operational systems to indicate efficiency or performance level. This hinders their ability to manage the effectiveness of real estate assets and impedes their minimum energy consumption objective. Lamentably, many smart building projects are ineffectively designed and executed due to shallow life cycle strategies and inadequate collaboration between design teams, implementation teams, and operational teams, resulting in a misleading perspective on Smart Building capabilities.
This is where IBIS (pronounced eye-bis) is making a difference by providing state-of-the-art smart building solutions and services using innovative integration and data transformation technologies to commercial real estate organizations for the efficient and seamless building performance management of campus and enterprise scale real estate portfolios. “We act as consultants and owner’s representatives for operational technology projects and provide a cradle to grave turnkey solution for smart buildings,” states Eugene Gutkin, CEO at IBIS.
The company’s IBIS 2.0 platform, a cloud as well as on-premise platform, offers a single pane of glass view into the buildings’ critical operations, including lighting, HVAC, and power.
We act as consultants and owner’s representatives for operational technology projects and provide a cradle to grave turnkey solution for smart buildings
The platform also integrates with systems like renewable generation, water and waste systems, vehicle charging stations, occupancy monitoring, indoor environmental quality, and many more to create a centralized management and performance enhancing system for smart buildings. It provides a custom and easy-to-use dashboard interface to the building operations team for around-the-clock visibility into the building performance, enabling all the aspects of the building operational systems to work in unison. Notably, the IBIS 2.0 software platform is developed in-house, which enables the company to adapt the UI, database source, and other critical factors to clients’ security and infrastructure needs. “The combination of our software and services allows us to deliver the complete solution to our clients, across any number of buildings, in any geography worldwide,” mentions Gutkin.
We frequently participate in the smart building commissioning to ensure that all the subsystems are performing according to the design
Moreover, unlike other solution providers, IBIS does not undertake a one-size-fits-all approach and understands clients’ goals before rendering its solutions. As the clients’ representatives, the company collaborates with the architects and engineers to create an ideal smart building infrastructure that fits the clients’ bill. “We frequently participate in the smart building commissioning to ensure that all the subsystems are performing according to the design, and we also participate in operational development and structure creation for change control and ongoing change management processes, which is extremely vital for Smart Buildings,” informs Gutkin. More importantly, the company keeps listening to its clients and comes up with innovative solutions to meet their needs. For example, IBIS’ SmartFloor feature that maintains performance and efficiency for flexible and hybrid workforce arrangements, which is an ideal technology in the post-Covid workforce environment where employees are going to be occupying buildings with shorter periods at irregular times. Additionally, the post-pandemic CRE workspaces are transitioning to collaboration centers which will lead to space re-purposing and dynamic hours of operation, which current building operating systems are not designed for. With SmartFloor, the IBIS platform monitors the number of people in the building and accordingly adjusts the provision of the building’s lighting, HVAC, and other systems to ensure optimum energy utilization all while improving the occupant experience.
With several such innovations, the company is making a mark for itself in the Smart Buildings arena. The company has also added comprehensive system management as a service for quicker response times and less downtimes to enhance the experience of efficiently managing Smart Buildings. “We are prepared to respond to our clients’ existing as well as future needs with innovative operational strategies that will not only increase the performance of the building but also its occupants,” concludes Gutkin.