Smart energy management with edge AI in a COVID-19 world
Things are looking a little different this back-to-school season than in previous years due to COVID-19. As many schools and businesses make the transition to hybrid or fully online learning and working, smart building managers and operators must also make the transition to accommodate for sudden occupancy fluctuations—varying from full classrooms and offices one day, to a completely empty campus and building the next, if an outbreak occurs.
Pre-COVID, organizations typically had a routine schedule that building-management systems are programmed to follow for lights and HVAC—for example, everything is on from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, with the varying levels of occupancy on a day-to-day basis as a result of rotating office and class schedules, smart building managers are tasked with the challenge of accommodating irregular schedules and activity. These tasks include ad-hoc schedule enforcement and setting room temperatures and lighting.