Today, however, there are communication, computing, and automation technologies that are cost-effectively turning these promises into realities. The future of smart research labs is closer than we think, even though skepticism is still high—particularly among those who fund and operate research facilities. That skepticism stems from concerns about whether so-called smart buildings are easier to operate or more difficult; whether they improve occupant experience or diminish it; and whether they are more sustainable and resilient, or more wasteful and fragile? There is no doubt that they are more expensive than their “non-smart” counterparts, so where is the ROI?
This paper explores that question and concludes that if designed right, these smart research environments can be easier and more cost effective to operate, more resource sustainable and more resilient. Learn more below.