Korean telecommunications firm KT plans to launch a suite of smart building services in cooperation with its subsidiary, KT Estate.
The new ICT-based integrated service consists of two solutions:”Smart Building Sensing” and “Smart Building BEMS” (building energy management system), the telecom company said in a release.
“KT’s smart building service ensures safe and convenient building management at low costs,” said Moon Sunguk, head of KT’s Enterprise New Business Development unit. “We will continue to expand our product lines with AI technology to provide an integrated building management solution.”
“Smart Building Sensing” monitors boilers, water tanks, motors and other operational facilities, alerting the building manager in real time to breakdowns, glitches and other malfunctions. The company’s IoT control center assists through remote monitoring.
“Smart Building BEMS” is a building energy management system jointly developed by KT and KT Estate, which specializes in property development and management. It is a real-time energy management and operational consulting service for building owners and constructors.
Those who apply for building permits are required to submit an energy-saving plan that entails a building energy management system (BEMS) that monitors and controls a building’s energy needs. Proof that the BEMS meets regulations must be shown before the building is used, KT said.
Currently, public buildings with a floor space of 10,000 square meters or more are required to set up a BEMS. The regulation is scheduled to be extended in 2025 to private buildings with a floor space of 1,000 square meters or more and public buildings with a floor space of 500 square meters or more, the telco added.
KT’s BEMS model, installed in cloud storage, costs less than the systems operating independently in conventional buildings, the telco said. Building owners will also be able to slash their maintenance costs, with KT Estate’s smart integrated control center offering remote energy management service for five years, according to KT.
Rival operator SK Telecom is already focusing on the provision of in-building wireless technology through 5G, according to previous reports.
Last year, SK Telecom completed the development of the “5GX In-building Solution”, which is capable of doubling the speed of 5G data transfer inside buildings and effectively dispersing data traffic to prevent overload on base stations in crowded areas such as shopping malls and subway stations.
Meanwhile, LG Uplus has been installing repeaters in small and medium buildings and underground parking lots to expand 5G coverage.