The Intersection of IoT with Building Safety Codes

Blog Post created by kathleenalmand Employee on Jun 6, 2017

AT the first session this morning, Steve Griffith and Jack Lyons from NEMA reviewed the Association's strategic initiatives related to the internet of things. Steve showed the projected growth of interconnected devices to 40 billion by 2019. He focused on the architectural structure of IoT - describing system networks, technology protocols and relevant standards for various markets. The list of IoT applications in the home is growing rapidly- think appliance and HVAC controls and lighting- including your living room curtains control. My sense from listening to the presentation is that the commercial and associated standards development that are behind this movement are much deeper than I had thought. Jack then connected this to our world of fire and electrical codes. He painted the picture of a lighting device as an energy saving system, a fire detector, a motion sensor to support evacuation strategies and a communicator. This opens up so many opportunities to increase safety - if we can connect this capability to other safety systems. This is our challenge going forward- to enable this communication through standards.