U.S. glass-manufacturing company View announced its smart windows have been installed at the newly opened Versante Hotel, in Richmond, Canada.
The five-star boutique hotel is part of the International Trade Centre, an expansive mixed-use complex developed by Sunwins near the Vancouver International Airport. The complex consists of numerous new high-end retail and restaurant options, as well as two Class-A office towers.
Guests in each of Versante’s 100 rooms and suites enjoy access to View Smart Windows, which improve occupant health and building energy-efficiency. The windows use artificial intelligence to automatically adjust their tint in response to outdoor conditions, optimizing natural light and views of the outdoors while minimizing heat and glare. Every View installation includes a cloud-connected smart building platform that can easily be extended to improve indoor cellular coverage and enhance building security.
View noted that a recent study found that people working next to View Smart Windows slept an average of 37 minutes longer per night and experienced half as many headaches compared to those working behind regular windows with blinds. On average, buildings with View Smart Windows consume 20% less energy for lighting and HVAC, the company added.
“View is on a mission is to transform buildings to enhance occupant experiences and improve human health,” said Guthrie Cox, president, Canada at View. “We are thrilled to bring the game-changing benefits of View Smart Windows to guests staying at the Versante Hotel.”
Earlier this year, View announced the acquisition of IoTium, a provider of cloud-managed, software-defined IoT networks.
IoTium’ solutions enable building owners to achieve enterprise-grade security, reduce operating costs, and gain real-time visibility into their entire real estate portfolios, View said.
View highlighted that real estate owners recognize the need to make their existing buildings secure and smart but they face several challenges to upgrade legacy networks. The firm said that IoTium solves this challenge, as the company’s edge-cloud solution works with both new and existing operations technology (OT) networks and also reduces operational costs by virtually eliminating on-site service visits.
View is installed and designed into 75 million square feet of buildings including offices, hospitals, airports, educational facilities, hotels and multi-family residences.