Company Recognized with 2018 IoT Breakthrough Award Designation
DENVER, Jan. 4, 2018 – BuildingDNA (www.BuildingDNA.com), the leader in visual intelligence for smarter, safer buildings, today announced that its platform has been selected as winner of the “Overall Smart City Solution of the Year” award from IoT Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global Internet-of-Things (IoT) market today.
“BuildingDNA is honored to receive IoT Breakthrough’s Overall Smart City Solution of the Year award,” said Joe Hernandez, BuildingDNA CEO. “A smart city starts with smart buildings and we are harnessing IoT technology to make buildings safer and more efficient. Thank you to IoT Breakthrough for recognizing our innovations.”
Two Clipboards and Some Sticky Notes
I was checking in at a well known mid-market hotel property in Washington DC recently and while at the desk waiting for my turn, I noticed some very interesting things.
On the front desk were 2 clipboards and some sticky notes. There was also a stack of Maintenance Request forms that are preprinted with 2 copies so one can record a maintenance request. It appeared that the first clipboard contained notes from the General Manager’s daily walk-through of the property. The second was holding a stack of completed Maintenance Request Forms. The sticky notes were hard to read but appeared to be scribbled notes about items requiring maintenance that were taken by front desk staff.
While E9-1-1 and the evolution to Next Generation 9-1-1 allow us to get our first responders to a building in a more efficient and informed manner, once they get to the building, they have no idea what’s going on inside. The lack of in-building situational awareness is a tremendous issue for first responders. It’s like Indiana Jones facing perilous challenges before reaching the Grail. At any moment, he could be seriously injured or worse because he has no idea what dangers might be waiting for him and where they might be lurking. If he had situational awareness about his surroundings, he could better plan his route and deal with now known issues and challenges in the safest way possible.
What do we mean by situational awareness? As buildings get smarter with more technology, we are, in a way, enabling them to speak. If a building could speak, what would it say? What questions would you ask it? What if it could show you where a threat exists? Situational awareness is having the ability to know exactly what is going on and where in the building the problem or threat exists. How powerful would it be to know the floor, the room, and the condition of the area where the incident occurred even before the first responder arrives on scene?