Microsoft today detailed their recent efforts at their home campus in Redmond to make it achieve energy savings and other efficiency gains. They installed thousands of sensors across the campus to sense everything, at the end you can now control whole of the Microsoft campus energy spending with a single laptop.
A small, covert team of engineers at Microsoft cast aside suggestions that the company spend US$60 million to turn its 500-acre headquarters into a smart campus to achieve energy savings and other efficiency gains. Instead, applying an “Internet of Things meets Big Data” approach, the team invented a data-driven software solution that is slashing the cost of operating the campus’ 125 buildings. The software, which is saving Microsoft millions of dollars, has been so successful that the company and its partners are now helping building managers across the world deploy the same solution. And with commercial buildings consuming an estimated 40 percent of the world’s total energy, the potential is huge.
They also posted a time lapse video of the original Microsoft campus under construction.
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