Australia’s Brisbane Skytower:
A Smart Skyscraper Brings Better Quality of Life
Brisbane Skytower is a landmark building under construction in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Brisbane Skytower, a role model for smart buildings, will be made possible by the collaboration of two Global 500 companies — Huawei and Honeywell. In March 2017, Huawei and Honeywell announced they would collaborate to construct other smart buildings that take advantage of the latest IoT technologies. The goal is to help make buildings more sustainable, secure, and energy efficient.
Meanwhile, the Skytower is recognized as the best residential tower among the tall buildings built in Brisbane’s central business district in recent years. This iconic, 270-meter, 90-story residential tower will become Brisbane’s tallest building when completed.
What will it be like to live in the Brisbane Skytower?
At dawn, when sunlight spills over the Brisbane River, a variety of sensors will transmit data over the Skytower’s agile network to a building automation system. The system will then trigger equipment to take action according to preset rules. For example, lights will automatically dim in response to the indoor illumination data, and the system will automatically reduce the air ventilation frequency when indoor air quality has reached the best condition.
You can go to the gym and start the day with healthy morning exercise. Later, you can go downstairs with your family to have lunch, and then go shopping in the building. At dusk, inﬁnity pools at the tower’s crown will let you swim to the edge of the building, savoring the spectacular vistas over Moreton Bay and Brisbane. You can share these memorable moments with friends around the world through a live streaming or social platform. Meanwhile, the building’s management staff will guard you and the entire Skytower around the clock by using a state-of-the-art video surveillance system.
‘Sustainable, secure, and energy efficient’ are becoming the three key characteristics of smart buildings and the construction industry in general. These characteristics are supported by a new generation of information technologies represented by the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, and Big Data.
In addition, the new Internet economy has influenced the role of buildings as essential places for people to eat and live. As a result, buildings are rapidly evolving to become more networked, human-centric, and intelligent — and, of course, supported by the growing use of IoT, cloud computing, and Big Data. These technologies enable seamless interoperability between building intelligence systems and information systems. IoT and social platform technologies are increasingly applied to daily property management and equipment room operations, taking building intelligence to a new level.
Building networks are being transformed from simply providing telephony, television, and data services to delivering all-round services such as video surveillance, Wi-Fi, and environmental awareness. The network is taking on a new look. It features service diversity, intelligence, and mobility, which raises network requirements even higher.
In the Skytower project, Honeywell will provide the Enterprise Buildings Integrator, a building automation system, and take charge of system integration. This includes Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), security protection, and firefighting facilities. Additionally, Honeywell will centrally manage various building subsystems and provide a visualized management portal as well as alarm management and work order management services. The goal is to implement efficient facility management, fast response, and predictive maintenance.
Huawei will provide a Passive Optical LAN (POL) solution to build a network inside the Skytower. Huawei will unleash the full potential of the passive network with its U2000 network management system, optical line terminals (MA5608T), optical network units (MA5626, M5671, and MA5620), and optical network terminals (HG8242H).
POL can be viewed as a passive optical network for enterprise applications. Using POL technology, an enterprise can combine data, voice, video, and other weak-current systems into one optical network. Prominent features include high bandwidth, high reliability, comprehensive security authentication, easy deployment, and integrated video surveillance and Wi-Fi coverage.