An intelligent building is defined as a building with increased levels of automation and integration, enabled by advanced electronic and information technologies. The concept of intelligent building was first framed in the 1980s. Back then it was considered to be a system which optimally matches the basic four elements like structure, systems, services, and management to create a perfect interrelationship between them with an emphasis on technology.

 Today, the ubiquitous presence of wireless connectivity, the need for energy efficiency, and an increasing focus on comfort and safety features, as well as “Internet Of Things (IoT) breakthrough in the 2000s, merged to advance the state-of-the-art in intelligent buildings.  The term “Building Internet of Things” (BIot) is going to create an impact in the real estate sector in years to come. This concept targets at everything within a building ranging from HVAC, lighting, security, lifts, AV, communications, parking, utility meters, vending machines, energy management, water management, landscaping/irrigation, digital signage, voice, and data.

BIoT creates the next-generation open architected, IP-centric, integrated smart buildings connected with each other that offer high performance in an economical manner.  Most of the new buildings these days are designed to support these features. This improves flexibility and productivity within the corporate real estate, as a connected building will have enhanced connectivity through wired and wireless network applications and advanced sensor systems. Machine to machine communication and machine to human communication within the building are also made possible with the advanced connectivity.

Intelligent buildings stay interconnected among different floors and other smart buildings in the areas through cloud platforms, forming smart grid infrastructures. Smart cities depend on smart grid infrastructure to coordinate between intelligent building, hospitals, educational institutions, shopping centers, and homes, resulting in intelligently and efficiently run sustainable cities

Amphenol ICC offers a wide range of connectors that support applications in intelligent buildings. While connectors like BergStak® 0.50mm, Minitek127® and MezzoStak 0.5 goes into security systems, Griplet®, Minitek®, and RotaConnect® BTB go into downlights. There are other connectors like Dubox®, FFC/FPC Connectors and Modular Jack which sustain applications like fire detection, cab panels, and access control.  

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