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Microsoft knows how to save energy and millions in maintenance and utility costs

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In 1986, Microsoft’s Redmond Washing campus was an 88 acre land full of grass and trees. Fast forward to today, Microsoft’s campus spans over 500 acres and features 125 buildings. According to Microsoft, the campus is soon to be considered the “City of the Future” due to the technology used.

A team of covert engineers at Microsoft have come up with ideas that will allow the company to turn its 500 acre campus into a “smart campus” to achieve energy savings and other cost-saving gains.

“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,” Microsoft stated in an official post.

Microsoft conducted a test run of the program it developed in 13 of its buildings, only to achieve “staggering results.” Microsoft was able to save energy as well as millions in maintenance and utility costs. According to Microsoft’s director of facilities and energy, “Smart buildings will become smart cities. And smart cities will change everything.”

The idea is simple, the software identifies issues and places them in a prioritized list according to how much the problem will cost the company. Majority of problems are solved by engineers right from their desks and for other issues, work orders are created.

We recommend heading over to the source link to read the different “chapters” on this topic, simply select it from the navigation at the bottom of Microsoft’s page. Also, for those interested, check out a time-lapse video of the company’s campus being built:

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