N.C. company combines IoT, solar in 'smart campus' initiative
Global analytics software and services firm SAS in North Carolina is capitalizing on the growing Internet of Things, as well as its on-campus solar farms, to create a "smart campus" that it says will reduce energy costs and make the firm more sustainable.
“Analytics should be one of the cornerstones of smart city management,” SAS CEO Jim Goodnight said. “Using our own analytics to help us operate more efficiently and identify ways to make improvements on our campus has additional value for our customers. It gives us firsthand insight into how we can help them navigate their own smart city-related initiatives with products and best practices that will help them be successful.”
Sustainability is a big focus at SAS, reports WRAL TechWire.
"Environmental responsibility plays a prominent role in our numerous offices worldwide, which incorporate the most advanced design, engineering, materials and technology available," Goodnight wrote in a blog about his company's efforts and commitments.
"Recycling and energy conservation are priorities. In 2015, SAS generated 3.7 million kWh of clean, renewably sourced energy from rooftop and ground-mounted solar systems. Numerous recognitions in 2015 highlight our efforts as a good corporate citizen. With 11 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications and more underway, we remain dedicated to green building standards for all design, construction and renovation.”
The IoT effort will include monitoring of equipment to boost efficiency. It's also updating the panels at the two solar farms. The newest SAS structure, Building A, will have almost half of its power supplied by a renewable resources when it opens next year, SAS noted.
Also, some waste containers will be linked in for monitoring as well.
"Sensors placed in trash and cardboard dumpsters will deliver hourly volume data, so the company can adjust waste and recycling services," SAS said. "With this information, SAS can accurately measure waste and recycling, eliminate unused dumpsters and reduce pick-up schedules – therefore decreasing operational expenses."
SAS says the project will begin with two buildings and be expanded eventually across the 24-building headquarters campus in Cary.
SAS also says knowledge gained will be incorporated into its own research and development efforts plus SAS-backed IoT solutions.
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