Searching for Smarter Solutions for Smarter Buildings

UCF has partnered with Siemens to apply analytics to building operations.

The University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, Florida, will collaborate with Orlando-based Siemens, a global technology company, to harness data specifically to improve the performance and efficiency of the world’s buildings and the energy grid. Siemens will provide software and hardware to be installed at UCF’s Smart Infrastructure Data Analytics Lab. These tools include MindSphere, the company’s cloud-based Internet of Things operating system; Navigator, its platform for data analytics related to building technologies; and Desigo CC, a platform that centralizes the monitoring, control, and automation of building systems.

Siemens’ Digital Grid Lab, founded last year, will be combined with the Smart Infrastructure Lab and continue to focus on power-grid-specific infrastructure components of the project. UCF will work with local utilities that serve the campus and the surrounding communities to collect utility consumption and related weather data, as well as operational and planning data for their power distribution systems.

The Smart Infrastructure Data Analytics Lab is expected to open early this year.