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How Honeywell helped the Burj Khalifa become a smart building

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Honeywell piloting its Outcome Based Service (OBS) solution across the mechanical components of the HVAC system

Honeywell has been working with management of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, to implement several connected building and internet of things (IoT) projects in the marquee venue in Dubai to optimize the experience of its residents through improved air quality, enhanced thermal comfort and light levels.

The Burj Khalifa building, located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been working with Honeywell over the last decade on these smart building projects.

“Through our ongoing 10-year partnership with Honeywell, Burj Khalifa has remained at the cutting edge of technology innovation, making it truly iconic as the smartest and most sustainable building in the UAE and across the Middle East,” said Bashar Mohammad Kassab, Director, Facilities Management of Burj Khalifa. “We are proud to be deploying some of the most advanced technologies in the world through our IoT platforms.”

“With our connected offerings for smart cities, Honeywell is demonstrating how IoT creates intelligent homes and buildings for a smarter future,” said Norm Gilsdorf, president, Honeywell, Middle East, Russia, Turkey and Central Asia.

The Burj Khalifa team partnered with Honeywell Building Solutions to pilot Honeywell’s Outcome Based Service (OBS) solution across the mechanical components of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The OBS software as a service solution involves collating real-time field data, pushing this data to the Honeywell Sentience IoT Platform, identifying anomalies, and running smart algorithms for predictive and prescriptive maintenance of the building’s mechanical assets.

This service has enabled Burj Khalifa’s maintenance team to transform from a traditional planned and preventative maintenance regime to a predictive maintenance program for mechanical systems, which is also known as a Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) approach. The RCM approach optimizes maintenance costs and increases asset reliability, Honeywell said.

At the core of OBS is Honeywell Sentience, a cloud-based IoT platform that delivers secure big data capabilities for all of Honeywell’s connected solutions. The platform allows Burj Khalifa’s facility managers to use building data analytics for predictive and prescriptive maintenance. Honeywell highlighted that the pilot has resulted in a significant reduction in preventative mechanical maintenance tasks and an overall 40% reduction in total maintenance hours for mechanical assets, while improving the availability to 99.95%, enabling a significant reduction of unplanned reactive maintenance.

Burj Khalifa also uses Honeywell’s EBI system, a technology that provides a unified view of building systems and increases the connectivity of smart devices to improve efficiency, increase responsiveness and maximize operational control. With access to real-time facility data, Burj Khalifa’s facility management team is now able to detect incidents faster, respond more quickly and mitigate any impact, more cost effectively.

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