A new project in Finland aims to use data to improve the comfort, productivity and sustainability of the buildings we live and work in.
By integrating data from all the technical systems in the built environment in a single platform, the KEKO ecosystem will enable the analysis and automatic application of data in building design and maintenance.
The two-year project brings together seven partners: elevator and escalator company KONE; phone maker Nokia, which also offers network equipment, software, services and licensing opportunities; city developer and builder YIT; Caverion, a building technology company; Halton, a provider of indoor air systems and integrated, human-centric lighting solutions; Netox, an IT and cyber security company; and state-owned research centre VTT.
So far, the partners have identified 100 new use cases for building data by monitoring the everyday activities of building users and operators. These use cases will be used as the foundation for developing concepts for potential digital solutions, incorporating the buildings’ own data as well as external data.
Solutions and services for smart buildings are set to become increasingly connected, said Rauno Hatakka, head of KONE’s Technology Management unit. “In KEKO we will build a digital platform, together with the best industry players in Finland. We will use the smart building data to innovate new solutions that will predict the needs of building users, and make these environments more functional and responsive.”
“There is an unprecedented amount of building data as well as companies and organisations producing it in the world today,” added Halton Group’s Strategy and Business Development director, Mika Nieminen. “By making the data easily available in one platform for players of all sizes and points of view, we are opening whole new possibilities for creating human-centric indoor environments. These environments will offer smart comfort, security, sustainability and profitability.”
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