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Microsoft creates digital twin of regional HQ

The initiative brings together artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and productivity tools to improve building efficiency as well as help employee productivity.

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Microsoft has created a connected workspace that can be adjusted based on usage
Microsoft has created a connected workspace that can be adjusted based on usage

Bentley Systems, Microsoft and Schneider Electric have created a digital twin for the ‘holistic’ management of Microsoft’s new regional headquarters at Frasers Tower in Singapore.

 

Described as a “living blueprint” for the future of smart buildings, the initiative brings together artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and tools to improve efficiency as well as help employee productivity.

 

Management of the environment

 

 

At Microsoft’s offices in Frasers Tower, data is collected using a mix of 179 Bluetooth beacons in meeting rooms and 900 sensors for lighting, air quality and temperature by Schneider Electric. The platform generates nearly 2,100 data points that are connected to the cloud on its Azure platform for management of the environment.

 

“The workplace of the future is about embracing innovation into the very fabric of our space, so that we create multiple touchpoints of connectivity, are intentionally inclusive and accessible, while being very mindful of sustainability and the environment,” said Ricky Kapur, VP for sales, marketing and operations for Microsoft in Asia Pacific.

“Smart sensors allow us to collect meaningful data in real time, which enables us to optimise various aspects of our spaces, making them more comfortable, while reducing energy consumption.”

 

“At Frasers Tower in Singapore, we worked closely with Bentley Systems and Schneider Electric to implement sensors and telemetry to create a connected workplace, that allows us to adjust the space based on usage, therefore improving energy efficiency.”

 

The sensors optimise space utilisation, air conditioning and lighting adjustments. All these are intended to provide a comfortable and productive space for employees, while increasing overall energy efficiency. Open, interoperable technology also allows activity-detection-enabled lighting and room sensors to reflect room bookings on Microsoft’s smart building CampusLink app.

 

"Meaningful data"

 

According to Microsoft, the sensors could potentially also monitor carbon dioxide levels in the air that negatively affect work performance and neural activity, as well as noise levels and energy usage. This could result in savings of up to 25 per cent, the company says, as experienced at its headquarters located in Redmond, Washington.

 

“Smart sensors allow us to collect meaningful data in real-time, which enables us to optimise various aspects of our spaces, making them more comfortable, while reducing energy consumption in a sustainable and economical manner,” added Damien Dhellemmes, cluster president, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Schneider Electric.

 

“Our partnership with Microsoft offers a real model on how connected devices combined with contextualised sensor processing can deliver smart building systems that do not intrude on the privacy of individuals, and can be applied beyond offices, to buildings, malls and even homes of the future.”

 

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