The recent "From Smart Buildings to Cognitive Buildings" event, organised by the EnOcean Alliance IBM South Bank, London, was extremely well attended and raised some interesting points from the speakers.

The event was kicked off by Dr Claire Penny, from IBM Watson IoT, who spoke on how important data is and how this data can make buildings change to become more productive. The also stated that the construction and engineering market would be worth more than $212 trillion in 2030. Stephen Hayes from Beckhoff backed this up saying that buildings were moving from being smart to cognitive.
Mark Brown from ISS in Denmark illustrated this with a case study on its own offices in Copenhagen and showed how FM can drive down asset costs.
Ravi Lakhani from Schroders and Giulia Usai from Arcadia Group, told the meeting that by using a platform from Smart Buildings UK they had saved money and in some instances had a return on investment of six months.
Mark Davenport from Smart Buildings UK rounded off the event, with a demonstration of the company’s platform and how it integrates with existing hardware and software.
There was also a CPD seminar which was free to attend for the audience of building professionals.