With support from Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB), Azbil Corporation is developing new digital solutions – combining AI and big data – for use with intelligent building management systems (IBMS).
The new digital solutions aim to improve the safety of buildings and occupants, increase convenience and energy efficiency, and reduce operational costs and buildings' impact on the environment. This will be accomplished through an infrastructure that enables the status of the building and occupants to be checked and managed remotely.
"We are pleased that Azbil Corporation is advancing its innovation and digitalization capabilities in Singapore," said Linda Sein, senior vice president for investment facilitation at EDB. "Azbil's development of smart technologies and infrastructure in Singapore reflects the country's strengths in innovation and R&D for urban solutions and demonstrates our value in helping companies innovate and test-bed solutions for smart cities."
Japan-based Azbil Corporation specialises in providing solutions that automate operations, particularly for smart manufacturing projects. The company uses technological innovations in IoT, AI and big data in developing the solutions.
In 2018, the company opened a showroom in Singapore where various solutions are being demonstrated and different presentations are being conducted to discuss reference projects.
Conceptual images of the new digital solutions being developed for smart buildings will be exhibited at the Azbil Singapore showroom.
"We will continue to invest in Singapore, moving forward with the state-of-the-art innovation project of developing digital solutions for lBMS in response to rapidly increasing demands for digital transformation and smart solutions that leverage AI and big data," said Takayuki Yokota, Azbil's CFO and senior managing executive officer in charge of global corporate communication.
The company has been active in Singapore amid the Lion City’s aggressive push for smart city developments.
In January, Azbil announced its participation in an initiative to test new and innovative building automation solutions at the Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab. The Lab, which was launched late last year, is a smart city programme spearheaded by the real estate developer CapitaLand.
The Lab brings together leaders across various industries to co-create and test innovations at CapitaLand's 5G-enabled Singapore Science Park. Through the Lab, Azbil is exploring possible collaborations with other participating companies to develop and manage projects requiring energy management solutions for the life cycle of buildings.
As part of this initiative, Azbil has installed its pandemic-ready airflow control system in the Lab. The system can easily convert an office meeting room into a temporary "pandemic-ready room" to isolate anyone who is suspected of carrying an infectious disease, while waiting to be taken to medical facilities.