Major smart tech survey launched

Published:  20 November, 2016

Three industry bodies have launched a survey to gather views on the current and future use of connected technology

A major new survey on the use of connected technology by clients in the building services engineering sector, such as facilities managers, architects and consultants, has been launched by the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA), the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Scottish electrical trade association SELECT.

Available until 9 December, the survey aims to establish the extent to which buildings have already adopted some form of connected technology – such as lighting, audio visual, fire, security and HVAC systems – and its likely uptake in the future. The survey also covers areas including cyber security and the use of artificial intelligence in buildings.

Carl Collins, digital engineering consultant at CIBSE, said: "The built environment stands to be one of the big winners from the Internet-of-Things, with virtually unlimited potential for the amount of information that can be gathered and harnessed from buildings. This survey will help us to identify which areas are already making strides, and which areas could do with more help."

The Connected Technology survey will usually take around seven minutes to complete. It is open to all clients and building managers in the building services engineering sector, and one respondent will be selected at random to win an Apple iPad Mini.

The results of the survey will help inform on the current state-of-play in the industry, and lead to recommendations on how installers and clients, which also include property developers, and end clients such as housing associations and local authorities, can work together more effectively on developing connected buildings. The results will be released during the winter months.

To answer the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FVLNP6R.