By: Graham Dickens, Principal Enterprise Architect, BT Global Services
In the IT industry it’s difficult to escape from buzzwords — new ones seem to emerge every other day. Take smart, for example. Smart cities, smart offices and even smart homes are popping up everywhere, but what does it really mean? The smart thing to do, of course, is to unearth the definition. Only when you pin down the real meaning can you begin to work out how effective it can be, and what it means for our buildings.
At BT, our definition of smart has evolved over the years. We’ve been invested in smart technology from the word go, so we’ve been right at the heart of its transformation. It was originally a nod to internet connectivity, but now, as Information Communication and Technology (ICT) is becoming more of a utility than a commodity; smart refers to the use of collaborative and connected technologies (e.g. Unified Communications). Smart buildings are those that successfully integrate ICT into their infrastructure: it’s the reason that close to zero net energy buildings can now be achieved and it plays a large role in the reduction of emissions. [Read more...]