Buyer’s Guide: Smart Building IoT Platforms (2020)

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Executive Summary

This report provides individuals responsible for selecting, implementing, and managing building technology with an up-to-date analysis of 17 of the most prominent vendors offering IoT (Internet of Things) platforms for buildings. This report updates and extends our analysis of smart building IoT platforms provided through our benchmark published in November 2019, by analysing how solutions have evolved over the past year. The past 12 months have seen vendors improve their space monitoring and air quality tracking functionality, a trend that was accelerated by the emergence of COVID-19. Vendors have also launched further integrations for third party software systems and devices, broadening the compatibility of IoT platforms with existing infrastructure. Buyers should use this guide to support them in their search for an IoT platform that fits their needs and to help them build a shortlist. 

Table of contents

Buyer's Guide For Choosing A Smart Building IoT Platform  
Defining IoT Platforms For Smart Buildings 
Building Occupiers And Facilities Services Firms Should Review IoT Platforms
Facility Executives Are Rolling Out IoT Technology Across Higher Value Use Cases 
The Deployment Of IoT Platforms For Building Management Is Growing 
Buyers Need To Watch Out For Variation In IoT Vendor Strategies
Buyers Should Also Explore The Scalability And Functionality Breadth Of Platforms 

Review Of Key Product Enhancements  
Functionality Enhancements Focus On Space Tracking, Air Quality Monitoring And COVID-19 Management
Vendors Are Extending Their Integration Capabilities For Smart Buildings And Third-Party Software 

Inclusion Criteria For The 2020 Buyer’s Guide For Smart Building IoT Platforms  
Accruent Enhances Its User Interface And Continues To Expand Its Device Integrations
Bosch Launches A Dedicated IoT Subsidiary In 2020
EcoEnergy Insights Strengthens Its Asset Monitoring And Management Capabilities
Energisme Deepens Energy Management Functionality With Predictive Insights
Envizi Strengthens Its Reporting Functionality Through A New Business Intelligence Integration
Fabriq Enhances Its Energy And Sustainability Management Offering 
Facilio Deepens Analytics Capabilities For Energy Management And Occupant Wellbeing 
Johnson Controls Expands Its IoT Product Line With The Launch Of OpenBlue
KGS Buildings Launches New Analytics To Support Capital Planning 
PointGuard Enhances Tools And Analytics To Support Capital Expenditure Planning 
Schneider Electric Focuses Functionality Improvements On The Health And Wellbeing Of Building Occupants
Siemens Deepens Functionality Across Asset, Space And Security Management
Smart Spaces Deepens Its Workplace Services And Occupant Wellbeing Capabilities
Spacewell’s Space And Occupancy Capabilities Enable A Safer Return To Work 
Spica Technologies Broadens Its Environmental, Security And Space Monitoring Capabilities 
Switch Automation Implements Updates For Improved Building Control And Operation
ThoughtWire Enriches Its Occupant Comfort Capabilities And Enhances Its User Interface

Table of figures

Figure 1. IoT Technology Stack For A Smart Building
Figure 2. Common User Groups Of Smart Building IoT Platforms
Figure 3. Deployment Of IoT In Facilities Management Across Nine Usage Scenarios
Figure 4. Deployment Of Building IoT Platforms By Industry
Figure 5. Seventeen IoT Platforms Included In The 2020 Buyer’s Guide
Figure 6. Accruent’s IoT Platform Solution Overview
Figure 7. Bosch’s IoT Platform Solution Overview
Figure 8. EcoEnergy Insights’ IoT Platform Solution Overview
Figure 9. Energisme’s IoT Platform Solution Overview
Figure 10. Envizi’s IoT Platform Solution Overview
Figure 11. Fabriq’s IoT Platform Solution Overview
Figure 12. Facilio’s IoT Platform Solution Overview
Figure 13. Johnson Controls’ IoT Platform Solution Overview
Figure 14. KGS Buildings’ IoT Platform Solution Overview
Figure 15. PointGuard’s IoT Platform Solution Overview
Figure 16. Schneider Electric’s IoT Platform Solution Overview
Figure 17. Siemens’ IoT Platform Solution Overview
Figure 18. Smart Spaces’ IoT Platform Solution Overview
Figure 19. Spacewell’s IoT Platform Solution Overview
Figure 20. Spica Technologies’ IoT Platform Solution Overview
Figure 21. Switch Automation’s IoT Platform Solution Overview
Figure 22. ThoughtWire’s IoT Platform Solution Overview

Organisations mentioned

Accenture, Accor, Accruent, Acuity Brands, Adeunis, ADP, Al Fajer Facilities Management, Amazon, AMGEN, Apple, AppNexus, ARCHIBUS, ARM, Aruba, Ashby Capital, ASHRAE, Ask Real Estate, AssetWorks, Atos, Automated Logic, Aviva, AXA, AXA Real Assets, Axonize, Baylor Scott & White, Bellrock, BNP Paribas, Bosch, Bosch.IO, Boston Scientific, Burj Khalifa, Capgemini, Carrier, CBRE, CDP, Charter Hall, Cisco, City of Houston, Commonwealth Bank Australia, Co-op, Coop Danmark, CopperTree Analytics, Cradlepoint, Cree, CrowdComfort, Cushman & Wakefield, D2 Interactive, Delhi Airport, Deloitte, Density, Deutsche Telekom, Diageo, Distech Controls, EcoEnergy Insights, Energisme, ENGIE, Enlighted, Envizi, Equiem, Ericsson, eSight Energy, Eurovent, EY, Fabriq, Facilio, Floorsense, FM:Systems, Fortune, FSI, Gaw Capital, GE Lighting, Gooee, Google, GPT Group, Great Portland Estates, Green Optima, GRESB, Haltian, Hamilton Health Sciences, Harvard Business School, Helix, Hermes, Hewlett Packard (HP), , Hilton Worldwide, Hive, Honeywell, HqO, Iberdrola, Ibis, IBM, Industrial Scientific, Inspire FM, Intel, ISS,, JLL, Johnson Controls, Juniper Networks, Kaiser Permanente, KGS Buildings, KONE, LaSalle, Legal & General, Legrand, Lidl, Lincoln Properties, Locatee, Mace, Macquarie University, Marriott International, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McKay Securities, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Microsoft, Mitie, National Gypsum, Nemetschek Group, Nest, NG Bailey, Nordea, Novant Health, Nuvap, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, OpenText, Oracle, OSRAM, OVG Real Estate, Oxford Properties, PD7 Technology, Planon, PointGrab, PointGuard, PostNord, Priva, Prologis, PTC ThingWorx, Qivicon, Qlik, RATP France, RBS, RESET, Rigado, Ruckus, Rudin Management Company, SALTO, Savills, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Sierra Wireless, Signify, Smart Spaces, Société Générale, Sodexo, SpaceIQ, Spacewell, Spica Technologies, SPIE, Stanford University, SUEZ, Switch Automation, Tableau, Telefόnica, Telstra, Tesco, ThoughtWire, Tishman Speyer, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Trend Micro, Trilogy, Trimble, Ubidots, UbiqiSense, UK Government, United Supermarkets, Unity Health, University College London, University of Iowa, University of Pittsburgh, US Department of Defense, UST Global, Veolia, VergeSense, Wattics, Wattsense, WELL, WEMS, WhatsApp, WideSky, William Osler Health System, Yanzi, Zumtobel, Zurich Insurance

About the authors

Dayann Charles

Manager, Advisory Services
Dayann is a Manager in the Verdantix Advisory Services team. He has led a wide variety of consulting projects across all the Verdantix practices, with a particular focus on ESG, Net Zero & Climate Risk and Smart Building engagements. Projects delivered encompass market/product analysis and strategy, acquisition scans, competitive analysis and corporate strategy engagements. Dayann joined Verdantix in early 2020, following a period as a business and technology consultant at IBM. He holds an MEng in Engineering (Mechanical) with Business Finance from University College London.

Susan Clarke

Research Director

Susan leads the Verdantix Smart Buildings practice. Her current research agenda focuses on software solutions for real estate management including integrated workplace management systems and IoT platforms for buildings. Her research expertise also includes a broad range of energy management technologies and energy services. Susan has eight years of experience in technology research. She holds a MSc from the University of London in Sustainable Development.

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