IBM, Ingersoll Rand partner to build Smarter Buildings

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 12, 2012

The initiative is aimed to help customers reduce operating costs and increase productivity.

IBM and Ingersoll Rand partnered to provide Remote Energy and Asset Management solutions in India to drive greater energy efficiencies for organizations who are engaged in infrastructure creation or maintenance for high growth sectors like commercial, hospitality, healthcare, pharma and other verticals.

According to a joint release, the solution leverages IBM’s Intelligent Building Management (IIBM) system, a combination of monitoring, asset management and advanced analytics along with Ingersoll Rand’s Energy optimization technologies, to help trigger preventive and predictive maintenance to create Smarter Buildings.

“Technology today can make it possible to listen to the abundance of information emitted from buildings. IBM is working towards building a Smarter Planet. This partnership with Ingersoll Rand reaffirms our commitment by using intelligent data to build Smarter Buildings that are accountable for energy and carbon resource use, helping create a sustainable environment,” said Nipun Mehrotra, Vice President and General Manager, Sales and Business Development, IBM India/South Asia.

The companies said that buildings in India account for 30 percent of energy consumption. Of this consumption, the major usage is due to Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) and lighting.

Ingersoll Rand offers technology convergence solutions by which systems within a facility communicate with each other resulting in coordinated responses in various situations. With IBM’s data analytic tools, end users will be able to remotely monitor, analyze and record various energy and performance related parameters. The availability of such analytical data will enable greater efficiencies through global benchmarking metrics, the companies said.

“This partnership is a strategic initiative where IBM and Ingersoll Rand are combining their strengths in operations and management systems to bring end-to-end managed services to customers,” said Venkatesh Valluri, Chairman and President, Ingersoll Rand India.

With remote management solutions, the end result would be a Network Operations Nerve Centre that will monitor distributed assets, analyze large amounts of data for actionable information and optimization, and orchestrate operational processes. This would effectively manage customer assets that drive energy consumption, from a single shared services platform.