It sounds more like a plot from a science fiction film than real life: according to recent projections, there will be three times as many internet-connected things on Earth as there are people within the next 10 years. Consumers are already reaping the benefits of this transition, adjusting the air conditioning in their home from the office or lowering the heat to reduce costs while vacationing. These opportunities, which once seemed abstract and consumer-centric, have now become a reality to the more than five million commercial and industrial buildings in the US1.
Enabling an industry that consumes over $202 billion in annual energy costs to reduce its carbon footprint
For the first time in commercial HVAC equipment, Daikin Applied, the world’s largest global air conditioning company, is harnessing the Internet of Things (IoT) with the launch of its new technology platform, Intelligent Equipment™. Unlocking previously hidden data, Intelligent Equipment will enable an industry that consumes over $202.3 billion2 in annual energy costs to be a proactive rather than reactive business, improving overall operations and processes, increasing cost savings and reducing its carbon footprint.
Making buildings responsive to users’ needs by unlocking hidden data and shifting behaviors in real time
“The Internet of Things is impacting all levels of how we conduct business at the equipment and controls level,” said Paul Rauker, vice president of systems and controls at Daikin Applied. We’re able to receive actionable, real-time data and see shifts in behavior instantly, without expending additional effort – something that hasn’t been possible before now. This means cities will be able to significantly reduce their carbon emissions, while making buildings more responsive to the needs of users and occupants.”
Shining a spotlight on inefficient systems and business models for course correction
Currently, 30 percent of energy in commercial and industrial buildings is used inefficiently or unnecessarily3. With Daikin Intelligent Equipment, HVAC systems can be monitored and controlled remotely from any mobile device, allowing for quick adjustments to correct ineffective systems. Specifically, Intelligent Equipment makes it possible for HVAC systems to: deliver financial summaries of energy savings; sync with weather forecasts; intuitively adjust for occupant comfort and energy efficiency; and give users direct access to its power usage levels and CO2 use, benchmark performance vs. similar buildings, providing a more accurate view of its carbon footprint. The technology also enables companies to make better business decisions by examining current practices and making modifications in their business models to create efficiencies.
Powered by Intel®
Daikin Intelligent Equipment is powered by an Intel® IoT Gateway along with Intel® Decision Solutions: Trend Analytics Module that offers users the confidence of predictive maintenance. The solution also includes a Wind River® IoT platform based on its Linux operating system, and overall security is provided by Intel® McAfee.
Daikin Applied plans to incorporate the Intelligent Equipment platform across its entire product line beginning with what is known in the HVAC industry as packaged rooftop systems – specifically Daikin Rebel™, Daikin Maverick™ II and RoofPak™. The technology, Rauker says, easily interfaces with new or existing equipment and enhances energy efficiencies of the units. Rebel is already one of the most energy efficient rooftop units on the market and is the first to meet the Department of Energy’s Rooftop Unit Challenge, saving commercial building owners up to 60-70 percent on HVAC energy costs over traditional rooftop units.
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About Daikin Applied
Daikin Applied, a member of Daikin Industries, Ltd, manufactures technologically advanced commercial HVAC systems that customers from around the world can trust to advance their needs for performance, reliability and energy efficiency. The people at Daikin Applied use their expertise to creatively move HVAC technologies forward. Daikin Applied products and services are sold through a global network of dedicated sales, service and parts offices. For more information or the name of your local Daikin Applied representative, call 800-432-1342, or visit www.DaikinApplied.com.
About Daikin Industries Ltd.
Daikin Industries, Ltd. is a Forbes 1000 global company with 2014 revenues of nearly $18 billion and more than 56,000 employees worldwide, making it the largest HVAC manufacturer in the world. Daikin is engaged primarily in the development, manufacture, sales and aftermarket support of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) equipment, refrigerants and other chemicals, as well as oil hydraulic products. Daikin was named one of the world’s top 100 most innovative companies by Thompson Reuters and one of the 100 most sustainable corporations for three years in a row by Corporate Knights, Inc. For more information, visit www.daikin.com.
1-3 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ENERGY STAR program. “Useful Facts and Figures.” No date referenced.