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5 NOV 2019

Maintaining pace with the fast-moving world of smart buildings

Looking ahead to 2030, building functions should aim to become completely autonomous and self-learning — "smarter" buildings. This starts from the basic design and conceptualisation stage through to construction, energy, and life-cycle and people-flow stages.

While new buildings can be designed and constructed to implement smart technologies from the ground up, existing buildings can also be transformed or converted to incorporate smart technologies.

As Singapore continues along its smart-nation journey, we have partnered with REDAS to deliver annual conferences that deep-dive into the bigger, brighter, and smarter built environment that is continually evolving around us.

It all started in 2018

Our inaugural Smart Buildings Conference focused on defining what smart technology actually is and how they might be adopted by new and old buildings.

During the conference we discovered the wealth of opportunities that are available to developers, consultants and industry practitioners, but were also reminded that the intention of these smart technologies must not be forgotten: to improve the lives of people that live and work in these buildings, enabling them  to reach their full potential.

Recap what happened in 2018...

Moving into 2019

We followed up our inaugural conference with a focus on not just what techology is available to developers and industry professionals when building "smart", but how this technology could be implemented and used to improve peoples' lives.

This was showcased through innovative projects that are taking, or have taken, place both here in Southeast Asia and elsewhere across the globe. Again, we showcased the trailblazing work Singapore is doing to drive their smart-nation agenda, speaking to Er Dr Johnny Wong from the Housing Development Board (HDB) about how they have driven "smartness" in HDB developments from as early as 1960.

Among many other noteworthy speakers, we also asked Jimmy Lee Yeong Wee from Surbana Jurong to present on the current state of smart development, what professionals should keep an eye out for, and what fascinating work his company is doing to encourage "retrofitting", a process wherebe older developments are embedded with newer technology.

Listen to interviews by these smart-technology leaders...

Driving smartness in HDB

Interview with Surbana Jurong

Smart spaces for smarter times

IoT business for Microsoft in Southeast Asia Ansley Yeo showcased the myriad of developments that Microsoft is creating and selling into the market: sensor-driven workspaces, cognitive services, and "digital twin" technology, to name but a few. This overview of products revealed the true scope of technologies available to industry professionals, and showcased Microsoft's aggressive building, deploying, and testing of smart-building technology.

But are there risks are on the horizon?

Smart technologies are arriving into offices, hoems and buildings in fits and starts. Plenty of developments have sensors for people, lighting, and heating, or use big-data analysis to make decisions about services. However, very few are fully integrated, which can become problematic.

Cyber Resilient Infrastructure, a 2016 report from consultancy Atkins, found that 60% of business leaders lack confidence that critical national infrastructure can withstand cyber attacks. 7 in 10 respondents felt the advantage lies with hackers, not defenders, while many do not believe that supply chains are secure from attack.

Are you aware of the risks smart technology can present? If not, read more...

Continuing the discussion in 2020

The REDAS-RICS conference will return in 2020 to once again highlight, debate and discuss the key topics. We are committed to convening industry leaders and driving the narrative forward.

Watch highlights from last year's conference and register your interest below...