With so much going on in the technology field, it might be confusing sometimes to decide which trend to follow, what to invest in or even to imagine how the near future will look like. Things seem to be moving faster than ever and terms like AI, machine learning, virtual reality or smart buildings are thrown everywhere, creating a kind of chaos around us.
In order to shed some light on the matter, we asked two of the most important figures of Napal Innovation – Thibaud Peverelli, our CEO – and Andrei Soroaga – Napal’s CTO – to share with us their opinion regarding what are the tech trends that will shape 2019.
We’ll be also looking at how technology impacts the construction of buildings, so we invited a guest writer, Rodolphe Seynat, CEO at Lyris Group France, to share his thoughts with us: how will the future of smart buildings look like?
Context: Thibaud Peverelli has an experience of 10+ years in the cutting edge tech industry and in the international business world, among some of the major corporations in France.
Andrei Soroaga is a web development project leader with 12 years of experience, passionate about metrics-driven execution, continuous productivity gain, and creating innovative products.
Our guest writer for this blog post is Rodolphe Seynat, CEO Lyris Group, France. Lyris Group operates throughout France to carry out “turnkey” renovation, restructuring, compliance and new construction for any type of projects.
Thibaud Peverelli, CEO Napal Innovation:
This year, I believe in two trends that are actually an accentuation of the ones already felt at the end of last year.
AI. AI will be everywhere.
First, AI: AI will be everywhere, on the one hand in the already well-known format of digital assistants, or third-party integration with major player products (like Alexa from Amazon or Google Assistant).
On the other hand, AI will also spread in image processing (by using deep learning) or AI generated pictures and movies. We already had some amazing showcases from NVIDIA. Also to note, AI is leveraging Big Data systems, just like we are doing at Napal with MemAssist, the virtual healthcare assistant.
Second, and a clear sign of the changes happening in the industry, is a stronger focus on expertise, less space for amateurism and polyvalence. Therefore, there is a strong need in the market for specialization and experts focused on particular technologies. Ambitious projects requires real expertise on each segment of an application or a data system. For example, a company would prefer to have dedicated engineers working on a deep learning model or have a specialist in the field of data processing, rather than an know-it-all IT engineer.
Andrei Soroaga, CTO Napal Innovation:
Businesses can expect to perform their activities a lot easier this year. There will be more and more tools for automation that will enable them to give their end customers a completely unique experience, tailored for everyone’s needs.
By using machine learning capabilities, we are transforming how analytics content is developed.
By using machine learning (ML) capabilities, we are transforming how analytics content is developed, consumed and shared, becoming a key feature for predictive analytics, user behavior analytics, business process management and process mining platforms.
We are living in times where ideas can become reality really fast thanks to new technologies, the only limit is in our own capacity to choose from the many opportunities that lie ahead.
Rodolphe Seynat, CEO Lyris Group:
Technology has become inseparable from our daily lives and business functions. We are all connected, almost permanently, to our electronic devices that are there to facilitate our day-to-day activities and make productive use of every second of spare time.
The optimization of energy consumption (which leads to the reduction of energy waste) represents no exception to the global change that demands more and more virtue vis-à-vis a planet at risk. We have to come up with solutions all together that will also reduce our carbon footprint.
The revolution of smart buildings is on the way.
The real estate world has experienced a relatively slow technological turn compared to other sectors and the present actors did not always have the financial means to help real estate development to be part of the dynamic of change. However, the revolution is under way, be it on the architectural plan, where the projects are more and more connected to Nature (Biophilia) or on the technological level, where buildings have become more and more ‘connected’.
Insulation reinforcement is obviously a must, including for buildings that do not fall under the French Regulation 2012 RT (‘Thermical Regulation’) for buildings heated above 12 °C. That being said, the life of buildings is not limited to the first person using them and the subsequent need for heating can make transformations complicated and expensive.
Sensors can be a real plus for the pedigree of the building.
Moreover, in light of the evolution of regulations, it seems advisable to anticipate certain constructive means in order to make a building more flexible for its possible future reuse. The addition of smart sensors can be a relatively modest expense for a project owner and can be a real plus for the pedigree of a building that will be labelled as more ‘liquid’ in the investors market.
Today, many buildings have technical equipment to collect data, determine consumption profiles and correct situations by changing the parameters and means of behavior. But what is the actual use of all the data collected? What are the conclusions and especially the actions taken to correct the situations encountered?
An answer might be connecting Artificial Intelligence to the technical management of a building, in order to exploit this data in an active way. Imagine a life in which real-time readjustment of consumption parameters would take into account the reality of the data collected. A kind of iteration towards the ultimate optimization model.
Imagine a life in which maintenance will go hand in hand with scheduling and efficiency.
Imagine a life where it’s possible to translate data into risk of failures and adapt skills and response time in order to intervene in a programmed manner to avoid breakdowns or degraded operating modes. Imagine a life in which the safety of people and property is efficient in real time and interactive, by letting users communicate with facilities to verify the status of systems and their operational nature.
These adaptations are possible thanks to the critical analysis of data collected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Through the use of smart sensors put on as many structural key features as necessary, the gathered data will give life to the building for the greater comfort of its users, thus having a ‘greener’ impact on our planet.
Artificial intelligence can also anticipate climate models and take into account the number of people in each room to regulate heating, lighting or air renewal needs.
In short, the future of smart building is technologies that will react, interact and adapt in real time their operations to the needs of the building users. This is already part of an exciting project on which Lyris and Napal Innovation are working together. By the end of 2019, users will be able to see the first version of a BMS model (Building management system), interfaced and driven by an AI.