HomeInternet of Things (IoT)SAS uses IoT, real-time analytics to create a smart campus

SAS uses IoT, real-time analytics to create a smart campus

The IoT project is planned for SAS headquarters in North Carolina

Analytics company SAS is in the process of creating a “smart campus” at its headquarters in Cary, North Carolina. Through the implementation of SAS real-time analytics, the smart campus project will improve energy usage while proactively monitoring equipment performance to boost operational longevity, the firm said.

SAS said the internet of things (IoT)project will start with a number of buildings, two on-site solar farms, and select waste containers, the project will eventually span across most of the 24 buildings on campus.

“Analytics should be one of the cornerstones of smart city management,” said SAS CEO Jim Goodnight. “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.”

SAS explained that the smart campus IoT project provides direct access to data from equipment and energy meters connected to a building management system. Using SAS Visual Analytics, the company will analyze the data gathered from this system to improve operational efficiencies.

Additionally, the implementation of SAS Event Stream Processing will allow the firm to analyze the streaming data, capture that data and trigger alerts in real time. As the project progresses, data from other sub-meters, wireless sensors and smart-enabled devices will also be analyzed to identify opportunities for improvement, the company said.

SAS anticipated that knowledge derived from the pilot will also support R&D initiatives, and will also allow the firm to improve its IoT solutions.

As part of the project, SAS is also deploying hundreds of wireless sensors to track interval energy consumption in buildings. Transmitting data every 10 seconds, data from these sensors will be analyzed to improve facility operations and energy management. Detailed usage and historical data will help SAS better understand operations, monitor environmental conditions and benchmark energy consumption.

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