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WZMH partners with Microsoft for ‘Internet of Things’ buildings project


September 11, 2018
by Canadian Architect

WZMH Architects, an award-winning international architectural firm based in Toronto, has been accepted and is now participating in Microsoft’s global Internet of Things (IoT) Insider Labs, a program designed to accelerate businesses that are reshaping their industries by transforming the way people, devices, and data interact. WZMH Architects along with Quasar Consulting Group, Stephenson Engineering and C3PoE have been accepted into this prestigious program thanks to their development of a new building technology, an Intelligent Structural Panel (ISP), with which they are engaging in a number of ongoing technical workshops at the Microsoft IoT lab headquarters.

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An illustration of the Intelligent Structural Panel (ISP) technology, set to be further developed with Microsoft. Photo via WZMH.

The Intelligent Structural Panel (ISP) is a smart building solution that provides plug and play infrastructure to allow a wide variety of devices to be connected and wirelessly controlled from any location. By collecting real-time data from localized surroundings, the ISP enables a range of devices – from lighting, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), elevators, motorized shades, smoke alarms, and security systems, etc. – to react and respond to an environment according to changes in movement, touch, sound, sunlight, room temperature, or even personnel flow. The ISP was created with the goal of providing true value add to all stakeholders of a building project by providing them with a prefabricated and modular solution that is: cost effective, reduces a construction schedule and long-term operating costs, sustainable, and allows the implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the integration of all Internet of Things connected devices.

“The Intelligent Structural Panel© technology reimagines the traditional approach to the design and build process, taking a critical look at how buildings are built from the inside out. Bringing smart technology directly into the fabric of the structure instead of applying it as an after thought will improve the quality of the building’s performance,” said Zenon Radewych, Principal at WZMH Architects and ISP project lead. “Ultimately, the ISP is a solution geared towards leveraging the connectivity of technology to help make buildings more user friendly, barrier free, accessible, and safe.”

The ISP can be applied to numerous building types across a number of different sectors, including: office, retail, residential, institutional, mission critical, hospitality, healthcare, industrial, transportation, etc.


More information about the Microsoft Internet of Things (IOT) Insider Labs is available here.



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