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Credit: Monash University

Credit: Monash University

Monash University uses big data to create cognitive office buildings at the University

According to a recent announcement, Monash University recently signed a collaboration agreement to use big data to deliver one of the world’s first cognitive office buildings, enabling buildings to intelligently and automatically alter the internal environment, transforming the way staff and students live, work and learn at the University.

The partnership between Monash University and Honeywell Building Solutions brings together next-generation technology and research to significantly change the way buildings are managed.

Monash Faculty of IT Dean, Professor Jon Whittle said the size of the Clayton Campus and its energy requirements are similar to a small city, making it the perfect place to establish a cognitive building. environment.

“As Australia’s largest university, with more than 78,000 students, 16,000 staff and over 150 buildings spread across four domestic campuses, we’re a significant consumer of energy,” Professor Whittle said.

“The team at Monash, working together with Honeywell, are changing the way building performance data can be used to help mitigate risk, enhance business continuity and reduce operational costs,” he added.

Using the convenience of today’s smartphones, Monash University’s industry partner will deploy its app across the Clayton Campus to collect data on how staff and students rate spaces, how they navigate buildings; report faults, and how often and when buildings are accessed.

The data gathered from their buildings will allow Monash to achieve unprecedented levels of optimisation. The data will feed into Honeywell’s Command and Control Suite based in the Future Control Room at Monash to connect key personnel with data visualisations. It will provide simple, intuitive displays to building operations teams and allow them to enhance facilities and security management, and to create comfortable spaces for students and staff while reducing energy consumption.

The research outcomes will contribute to the broader Monash University Net Zero initiative, in which Monash aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030, the most ambitious project of its kind undertaken by an Australian university.

Monash University is the first Australian university to commit to an energy reduction target. By 2020, the University will build an on-site microgrid at the Clayton campus, allowing it to control when and how to use energy.

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