It is 2018 and the Intelligent Building has become the norm rather than the exception as it was back in 2015. Now there is a new set of challenges, and one of them is Data Overload from all the sensors we installed everywhere. Computers will do their best to filter the data and share it as needed, but there is no replacing (yet) the power of the human brain to rapidly determine the value and importance of thousands of bits of data. Augmented Reality (AR) is not being talked about anymore, and the early adopters in facility management are using the Microsoft HoloLens to assist them in wading through the flood of building data. The image below is a HoloLens view as seen by staff;
One of the first changes will be for the building’s central control room to become virtual. No longer will a staff member be tied to a desk looking at boring displays with data flowing by like the Matrix. This view above may be seen by everyone on the building support staff, and depending on their role, staff may add or remove data from their virtual display based on current needs. Junior technicians will not require constant supervision in the field, but will have experienced support at their virtual side all the time.
The audio visual support tech is no longer a full time position in the building, but has been replaced by programmers that are constantly adding new AR capabilities to the support staff’s HoloLens view, and new ways for employees to view presentations, Skype calls and personal communications.
Of course the downside to all this virtual awareness is that the pending failure of the 3rd floor water pump will alert you just as you arrive home, instead of tomorrow morning when it fails just above the 2nd floor server room. I suppose “downside” is a matter of perspective.