Collaborating for a Smarter Future
by Robin Hegg
With members across all disciplines of engineering, IEEE has a unique ability to foster collaboration and innovation. In the field of smart buildings, the IEEE is setting standards, researching across disciplines, and encouraging the growth and development of new technologies through professional collaboration.
One of the IEEE’s roles is to set standards in electronics and networking. Some of these standards have provided the foundation for networking many devices, allowing devices from different manufacturers to be networked together, and helping to ensure that new building technology maintains the health and safety of building occupants.
The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society’s has a Smart Building Technical Committee that takes advantage of IEEE’s reach across many different fields of engineering. Since smart building technology and building energy efficiency involve multiple fields of study, IEEE RAS’s Smart Building Technical Committee works to promote cross-disciplinary research. Conferences and newsletters help smart technology professionals share their research, allowing other professionals to learn about the latest developments in smart building technology.
Developing the smart grid is a vital part of in the growth of smart technology. But growing the smart grid means developing new communications and control capabilities, energy sources, and adherence to complicated regulations. It will also require cooperation and collaboration of engineers across disciplines. IEEE has created IEEE Smart Grid, which works to provide “expertise and guidance for individuals and organizations involved in the modernization and optimization of the power grid,” bringing together professionals from different disciplines to encourage the advancement of smart grid technology.