Smart buildings on the rise in Malaysia
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KUALA LUMPUR, 20 MAY 2024: Smart buildings, a symphony of interconnected technology, are currently on the rise in Malaysia, said Kuala Lumpur Mayor, Datuk Seri Kamarulzaman Mat Salleh.

"For generations, buildings have been static...concrete and steel buildings providing space for work, shops, and shelter. Today, this scenario is changing rapidly.

"We're witnessing the rise of smart buildings, where sensors communicate seamlessly, systems synchronise effortlessly, and building performance data flows abundantly, empowering property managers to oversee buildings and services with remarkable efficiency," he said.

The needs and requirements of tenants, users, and occupiers are better satisfied, he said in his keynote address on 'Building a Brighter City Future with Smart Buildings and Cities' at the MIPFM Smart Building Conference 2024.

Highlighting the promises of smart buildings, Kamarulzaman emphasised their potential for unparalleled efficiency, elevated occupant experiences, and unmatched sustainability.

Nevertheless, he acknowledged that the journey towards a genuinely smart future is not devoid of obstacles.

Kamarulzaman outlined three key considerations: integration, cybersecurity, and people-centric design.

Emphasising the necessity of seamless integration between diverse technologies and platforms, Kamarulzaman stressed that the success of smart buildings depends on this crucial aspect.

He cautioned that as buildings grow more interconnected, the risk of cyberattacks escalates.

"Robust cybersecurity measures are crucial to protect sensitive data and ensure the smooth operation of these complex systems.

"Technology is the tool, not the goal. We must prioritise the needs and well-being of the occupants when designing and implementing smart building solutions," he said.

Kamarulzaman said the MIPFM conference is a testament to the collaborative spirit driving the smart building revolution.

"We have a vibrant community of IT engineers, architects, and technology experts working together with important inputs and feedback from property managers and facility managers to overcome these challenges and unlock the full potential of smart buildings," he said.
Source: New Straits Times

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